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CHICAGO, January 16, 2019– Jenner & Block announced today that it has appointed Partner Craig C. Martin as the firm’s next Chair.
Mr. Martin, Chair of Jenner & Block’s 400-lawyer Litigation Department, is a nationally recognized litigator who has spent his 30-year career at Jenner & Block. He is regularly called upon by corporate America and some of the nation’s most influential families to protect their interests from the courtroom to the boardroom. He has tried dozens of cases in state and federal courtrooms, and federal appellate courts. For many well-known and prominent corporations, he has overseen sensitive internal investigations and advised boards of directors on fiduciary and litigation matters, and will continue to do so in addition to taking on this strategic leadership role.
As Chair of Jenner & Block, Mr. Martin will work with other firm leadership to help drive the firm’s client-centric strategy which is built on its commitment to delivering unparalleled excellence in high-impact disputes, investigations and transactions. “As I take the role of Chair of Jenner & Block, our primary focus will continue to be on serving our clients in their most demanding engagements in high-stakes litigation, investigations and transactions,” said Mr. Martin.
In addition to his new role as Chair, Mr. Martin will continue to represent clients in disputes, investigations and governance matters in a wide range of substantive legal areas. Mr. Martin, who is well-known for his representation of Aon, General Dynamics, MacAndrews & Forbes, United Airlines and the Crown family, and many other prominent corporations, said, “I look forward to continue to devote my efforts tirelessly to representing our firm’s clients in their most important matters, and bringing the full resources of our firm to those matters for our clients.”
“We are excited to appoint Craig as Chair of Jenner & Block,” said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax. “Our partners are looking to Craig for his energy, focus and very importantly, the strategic and client-centric approach to the marketplace he has applied to his work over many years.”
Lester Crown, the long-time businessman, civic leader and Jenner & Block client who has known and worked with Craig for decades, said, “Craig is the right leader for Jenner & Block, and Jenner & Block has shown superb judgment by selecting him as Chair. Craig’s legal skills are first-rate, but uniquely, he brings a set of business judgment to everything he does that is unparalleled in my experience. Craig is the best lawyer business adviser I have ever worked with.”
Susan Levy, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Northern Trust Corporation, who previously served as Jenner & Block’s Managing Partner, observed: “I’ve worked with Craig personally and have seen first-hand how he adds extraordinary value to the most complex situations through his intellect and insight.”
Mr. Martin becomes only the fourth firm lawyer to serve as firm Chair in Jenner & Block’s 105-year history, joining Albert E. Jenner, Jerold S. Solovy and Anton R. Valukas in this distinguished position.