Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block Elects 12 New Partners across Offices for 2019: Firm’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Demonstrated in New Partner Class

CHICAGO – DECEMBER 20, 2018 – Jenner & Block has elected 12 lawyers to the partnership, effective January 1, 2019.  The group of six women and six men come from across offices and practice areas, bringing to the partnership and clients additional experience in a wide range of complex and sophisticated litigation, counseling and transactional matters. 

“We are proud to announce the promotion to partnership of this diverse group of lawyers,” said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax.  “This is an extraordinarily talented group of lawyers who are committed to the firm’s core values of excellence, collaboration, and pro bono and community service.”

Of the firm’s new partners, 75 percent identify as racially diverse or women, which is in line with the firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.  The new partners include:

Chicago

  • Laura E.B. Hulce focuses her practice on commercial disputes, including breach of contract, business torts, restrictive covenants, trademark, health care and others.  She is a trusted advisor in a variety of industries, helping clients solve complex problems and obtain victories, mitigate risk and avoid unnecessary litigation.  Ms. Hulce is a trial lawyer, experienced in federal and state courts nationwide, as well as in arbitrations.  She also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on criminal defense.  Her pro bono victories include working on a trial team that obtained a jury verdict of not guilty for a client wrongfully charged with first-degree murder and first-chairing an attempted murder trial to a not-guilty verdict.  She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Nancy G. Edmunds of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  She received her BA from Dartmouth College and her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
  • Blake P. Sercye focuses his practice on investigations, compliance and complex commercial litigation.  He has counseled clients in the areas of state and local anti-corruption laws, as well as federal anti-corruption laws including the False Claims Act (FCA), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act.  Mr. Sercye advises clients in a wide array of industries including health care, government contracting, automotive services and technology.  He provides clients with anti-corruption compliance training and counseling and assistance with responding to government information requests.  Mr. Sercye also has experience counseling corporate clients in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration, in complex civil matters involving contract disputes and breach of fiduciary duty claims.  He earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of The University of Chicago Legal Forum and the Black Law Students Association.  He received his AB in politics with honors from Princeton University.
  • Emma J. Sullivan advises clients in a wide range of employment matters, including employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage/hour, employment contracts and severance agreements, and restrictive covenants.  She has represented clients before federal, state and appellate courts, in arbitrations, and in administrative proceedings held before various federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor.  Ms. Sullivan also counsels employers on sensitive personnel matters as well as employment policies and practices.  Additionally, she advises employers on the labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.  She has an active pro bono practice, which includes providing employment counsel to non-profit entities.  Ms. Sullivan received her BS from the University of Illinois.  She earned her JD, magna cum laude, from University of Illinois College of Law, where she was editor of the university’s Legislative Update section of the Illinois Bar Journal and Order of the Coif.
  • Ramon Villalpando represents clients in complex and high-stakes matters in a variety of industries.  He advises clients on business tort, antitrust, professional responsibility, financial services and defamation matters.  His practice focuses on representing clients in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate level.  He also has experience in white collar defense and in responding to government inquiries.  Mr. Villalpando has a robust pro bono practice, successfully representing indigent clients in both civil and criminal cases.  Mr. Villalpando served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rubén Castillo of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Honorable Carl E. Stewart of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He received his BBA from the University of Notre Dame and his JD from Stanford Law School. 

London

  • Elizabeth Shimmin is a solicitor-advocate with extensive experience advising financial institutions and corporates in a broad range of complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters, as well as regulatory investigations.  Ms. Shimmin has acted for clients in proceedings before the English High Court, Competition Appeals Tribunal and in a number of international arbitrations conducted under institutional and ad hoc rules.  She advises clients on a wide range of commercial issues across various industry sectors, including banking, finance, energy and defense.  Ms. Shimmin received her LLB from the University of Leicester and is a graduate of BPP Law School in London.

Los Angeles

  • AnnaMarie A. Van Hoesen focuses her practice on entertainment, intellectual property and professional responsibility matters.  She has robust experience representing companies and law firms in complex, high-stakes disputes in both state and federal courts, as well as arbitration.  Ms. Van Hoesen advises clients on disputes involving copyright and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, profit participation, idea submission, film finance and media torts.  She also represents clients in complex commercial cases, such as breach of contract claims, business torts and corporate governance matters.  As a significant part of her practice, Ms. Van Hoesen represents national and international law firms in a variety of contexts, including malpractice actions, disqualification motions and internal investigations.  She maintains an active pro bono practice, often representing survivors of domestic violence.  Ms. Van Hoesen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California Berkeley and received her JD from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

New York, NY

  • Andrew J. Lichtman focuses on complex civil litigation, representing clients in cases involving securities, breach of fiduciary duty, mergers and acquisitions, breach of contract, antitrust, accounting, and consumer protection.  Mr. Lichtman also has significant experience conducting internal investigations and representing companies and individuals being investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the US Department of Justice (DOJ), and state attorneys general.  Before joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Lichtman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and to the Honorable R. Barclay Surrick of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University and received his JD from New York University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.  

Washington, DC

  • Zachary C. Schauf litigates on behalf of clients in highly regulated industries and in complex commercial disputes, focusing on legal strategy, critical motions and appeals.  He has particular experience in the energy sector, where he has defeated attempts to block multi-billion dollar mergers and defended innovative clean energy programs and infrastructure initiatives against constitutional challenges.  Mr. Schauf also has deep experience in financial services litigation, the hospitality industry and Indian law.  Mr. Schauf clerked for Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Justice Elena Kagan of the US Supreme Court.  He received his JD, summa cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he graduated first in his class, served as president of the Harvard Law Review and was a member of the winning team of the Ames Moot Court competition.
  • Michelle R. Singer has substantial experience on a broad range of matters, including class action and complex breach of contract litigation, congressional and federal investigations, and compliance counseling involving subject matters such as consumer fraud, the hospitality sector, First Amendment issues and securities laws.  She represents clients in complex civil and constitutional matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as before government agencies.  Ms. Singer assists clients with all aspects of complex litigation, including pre-litigation counseling, compelling arbitration, discovery strategy and disputes, briefing dispositive motions, planning for and defeating class certification, and trials and appeals.  She also provides strategic advice to clients who operate at the intersection of law, business and government regulation.  Ms. Singer clerked for the Honorable Phyllis D. Thompson of the DC Court of Appeals.  She received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, with honors, and her JD from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, where she served as supervising editor of the California Law Review.
  • Keisha N. Stanford represents and advises public and private multinational corporations and individuals in the areas of compliance, white collar criminal defense matters, government enforcement matters and internal investigations.  She has experience conducting confidential internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and representing companies and individuals in criminal, civil and regulatory investigations, including representing clients before the DOJ, the SEC and US attorneys’ offices.  Ms. Stanford counsels multinational clients on a variety of compliance matters, including the FCPA, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), US sanctions laws administered by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and state and federal laws governing corporate collection and use of biometric information.  She clerked for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Ms. Stanford received her BA, summa cum laude, from Emory University.  She also received an MA from Emory and her JD from Stanford Law School, where she was an associate managing editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law.
  • Elliot S. Tarloff advises clients in regulated industries on a variety of state and federal regulatory proceedings, including merger reviews, rulemakings, investigations and enforcement actions.  Mr. Tarloff has represented clients in the telecommunications, cybersecurity, defense, financial services, and hospitality industries.  He has experience counseling clients on issues before federal regulators, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), SEC, and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as state regulators.  In the telecommunications industry, Mr. Tarloff has represented parties to several prominent transactions, providing guidance on transaction structure, preparing regulator-facing advocacy and discovery materials, and working closely with business units.  He also has provided strategic counseling and drafted comments on numerous FCC rulemaking proceedings.  Mr. Tarloff has also been involved in several internal investigations, addressing allegations of fraud and other regulatory violations, and for three years he has assisted in the monitorship of a global financial institution.  In addition, he has provided counseling regarding US sectoral privacy laws and international privacy regimes, and he has counseled multiple clients on risk mitigation for diverse cybersecurity tools and authentication methods, including “bug bounty” programs.  A cum laude graduate of Harvard College, he received an MS with merit honors from the London School of Economics and Public Policy and his JD, magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law, where he was Order of the Coif and senior executive editor of the NYU Law Review.
  • Previn Warren has broad experience representing clients in all stages of complex, high-stakes civil litigation, from complaint through appeal.  His focus includes copyright enforcement, trade secrets, breach of contract and class action litigation.  Mr. Warren advises a wide variety of clients, including leading auto manufacturers, major record labels and academic institutions.  He also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing prisoners in civil rights lawsuits.  Mr. Warren clerked for Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.  Before clerking, he served as an enforcement attorney and as a senior advisor to Director Richard Cordray of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Mr. Warren graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as articles co-chair for the Harvard Law Review.  He received his AB magna cum laude from Harvard College.