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CHICAGO, March 4, 2016 – Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that former partner Randall E. Mehrberg is rejoining the firm in the Chicago office. Mr. Mehrberg has more than 35 years of experience in private practice, and as a chief legal counsel and a strategic business leader for multi-billion-dollar public companies. As a Jenner & Block partner, Mr. Mehrberg will support the firm’s Corporate, Litigation, and Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practices. He will also help grow the firm’s Energy and Regulatory industry groups.
In addition to having both transactional and litigation experience, Mr. Mehrberg twice served as general counsel for large public companies, ran a subsidiary of a multinational company and was also a government GC. He has had significant P&L responsibility, led thousands of employees, managed multi-million-dollar budgets, and directed M&A and corporate strategy at two public companies.
”I look forward to helping clients across the business and legal landscape,” Mr. Mehrberg said. “Having run a business and as a member of senior leadership teams, I helped leading companies establish strategies, set goals, prioritize, execute plans and achieve results across industries and geographies. As a general counsel, I focused my teams on finding a way to yes within the bounds of ethics and the law, providing clients with multiple business solutions to complex problems. I understand the challenges, pressures, barriers and budgetary constraints general counsel and their teams face every day. I have engaged scores of law firms over the years, and I know what differentiates great law firms and superior legal services, how to drive excellence and help clients achieve their goals. I look forward to employing those experiences to help my Jenner & Block clients achieve success on their most important matters.”
Mr. Mehrberg has worked across all aspects of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, financings, securities, corporate governance, regulatory, commercial transactions, government relations, restructuring, work-outs, tax, real estate, environmental and labor and employment. He also has significant litigation experience, including internal investigations.
In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Mehrberg also has had leadership experience at major, complex organizations, including serving as executive vice president, chief administrative officer/chief legal officer at Exelon, the United States’ largest electric utility at the time, and as president of PSEG Energy Holdings, a multi-billion-dollar subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group. At PSEG, Mr. Mehrberg also had responsibility for the parent company’s strategy, M&A, government affairs, communications, human resources, diversity and inclusion and philanthropy. He also served on the board of directorsand as Vice Chairman of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited, an insurer of every US and many international nuclear utilities.
“We are both fortunate and excited to have Randy rejoin the firm,” said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax. “His deep understanding of the business and legal landscape is a significant asset to the firm in advising on our strategic efforts in several practice areas.”
Mr. Mehrberg rejoins the firm after serving most recently as executive vice president and general counsel at Vail Resorts, a leading mountain resort company headquartered in Colorado. In that role, he was responsible for all legal affairs, governance, compliance, ethics, sustainability, public affairs and philanthropy.
“Randy has had a distinguished business career involving significant leadership positions at major corporations and organizations,” firmwide Corporate Chair Joseph P. Gromacki said. “His experience adds to the corporate governance and strategic counseling capabilities of the firm in advising boards and senior management on their most challenging issues. Randy’s arrival represents yet another significant addition to our firm.”
Mr. Mehrberg represents the seventh lateral partner to join Jenner & Block’s transactional practice in the past 12 months. Partner H. Kurt von Moltke, a three-decade corporate lawyer, last month departed Kirkland & Ellis to become co-chair of the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. Richard Levin, an author of the 1978 US Bankruptcy Code, left Cravath, Swaine & Moore last year to join Jenner & Block as a partner in New York; he is currently co-chair of the firm’s Restructuring and Bankruptcy Practice. In addition, Chicago private equity lawyer Alan B. Roth, who has one of the most active fund formation and small business investment company practices in the United States, joined the firm as a partner from Locke Lord.
Mr. Mehrberg began his legal career in 1980 as an associate at Jenner & Block, where he became a partner in 1986. In 1993, he became general counsel and lakefront director for the Chicago Park District. He returned to the law firm in 1997, remaining until he joined Exelon as its general counsel in 2000.
During his time with the firm, Mr. Mehrberg had a broad and diverse practice, including significant restructuring and work-out matters. He was a key member of teams involved in the firm’s notable railroad restructuring work; he represented media companies in libel matters and law firms in malpractice matters. Mr. Mehrberg maintained an active pro bono practice and successfully intervened in the United States Supreme Court and lower courts on behalf of 65 major corporations in support of the University of Michigan’s consideration of diversity in admissions. He served as second chair in an independent investigation into allegations of racial profiling by the Highland Park Police Department.
Mr. Mehrberg has served on the boards of a variety of organizations, including the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the University of Michigan Law School Dean’s Advisory Council, the Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum of Science & Industry and Millennium Park in Chicago. He is a member of the Association of General Counsel, which comprises the GCs of the largest companies in the United States. Mr. Mehrberg also chaired the Northwestern Law School Corporate Counsel Institute.
“Jenner & Block is my professional home. It is where I learned how to be a lawyer, grew as a professional and a person, made many life friends, and practiced with a strong sense of purpose, ethics and pride. I have tremendous respect and affection for the firm, ” Mr. Mehrberg said. “There is a genuine Jenner & Block difference. Across the firm, lawyers operate at the highest levels in the legal profession, driving excellence in all they do with complete devotion to their clients. This consistent level of excellence enables the firm’s lawyers to truly achieve superior outcomes.”
Mr. Mehrberg earned his JD from the University of Michigan and his BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, magna cum laude.