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Jenner & Block Names New Co-Chairs of Its Appellate and Supreme Court Practice

Jenner & Block is pleased to announce that Washington DC Partners Matthew S. Hellman and Jessica Ring Amunson along with Chicago Partner Michael T. Brody have been named co-chairs of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice. 

“We are excited to have Matt, Jessie and Mike lead our team of talented appellate practitioners,” said the firm’s Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax.  “They are part of Jenner & Block’s next generation of appellate advocates and have already amassed an impressive record of appellate success at the highest levels and in the most significant cases.  Our firm has had the great privilege to be on the front lines of cutting-edge appellate work in our country for decades.  We look forward to continuing that tradition in the years to come.”

The appointment of Mr. Hellman, Ms. Amunson and Mr. Brody follows the departure of Chair Paul M. Smith, who is leaving the firm to teach at Georgetown University Law Center and litigate for voting rights and campaign finance reform at the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center.  

“It is an honor and a privilege to lead Jenner & Block’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice, helping clients prevail in some of their most complex and difficult matters,” Mr. Hellman, Ms. Amunson and Mr. Brody said jointly.  “A hallmark of our practice has been our ability to dig in and work hand-in-hand with our clients to guide them through the appellate process.  We look forward to leading our talented team in continuing to provide appellate counseling that is second to none.”

Mr. Hellman is a former clerk to now-retired US Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter; Ms. Amunson clerked for the Hon. Merrick B. Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Mr. Brody clerked for the late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia when Justice Scalia served on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

Mr. Hellman, Ms. Amunson and Mr. Brody will lead a deep bench of talented partners and associates in the practice that includes a number of former clerks at all the levels of the judiciary, including the US Supreme Court.  The group is poised for continued success.  This term, for example, the Jenner & Block team is slated to argue four cases before the US Supreme Court in addition to dozens of appeals in other courts across the country.

“This is an exciting time for our Appellate and Supreme Court Practice as both our established practitioners and our next generation of advocates are contributing their many talents to our client engagements and to the continued expansion of our work,” said Craig C. Martin, chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice.

The Jenner & Block Appellate and Supreme Court group has a long tradition of excellence.  In 2016, for the eighth consecutive year, Jenner & Block was named to The National Law Journal’s “Appellate Hot List”.  The firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice has also been consistently recognized in Chambers USA as being among the nation’s foremost appellate law practices.