Andrew W. Vail is a first-chair litigator who has significant experience in both federal and state courts, representing individuals, privately held, public and Fortune 500 companies as both plaintiff and defense counsel. Mr. Vail counsels clients on complex business litigation matters, providing sophisticated, creative and passionate representation at all stages. He also has extensive experience representing clients in internal corporate and government investigations. He speaks and/or testifies nationally on issues relating to reforms in the justice system and legal ethics.
Mr. Vail has practiced at Jenner & Block his entire professional career, coming to the firm after graduating from law school with honors in 2003. In 2015, Illinois Super Lawyers and Chicago Magazine recognized Mr. Vail in their “Best of the Best” lists of the top 100 lawyers in Illinois. In 2016, the Law Bulletin Publishing Company named him as one of the “40 Illinois Lawyers Under Forty to Watch.” In 2017-19, he continued to receive recognitions, including being named a Super Lawyer for five consecutive years. He has been named a member of the Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC) Signature Fellows Program, Class of 2020.
Mr. Vail is a member of several firm litigation practice groups (listed to the left). His practice focuses on "bet the company" complex commercial, property (both real estate and trade secret) and financial matters, among other important matters, and requests for emergency or injunctive relief. Examples of his recent work are listed on the “My Work” page, and include trying four significant litigation matters over the past 8 months in federal court, Illinois state court and private arbitrations.
Mr. Vail authors the Illinois Civil Practice Guide and he has significant experience litigating in Illinois and Cook County courts. He is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions.
His investigation practice has included representing companies in internal or governmental investigations. Mr. Vail also served as one of the team leaders—on issues relating to fiduciary duties—in the representation of Anton Valukas as the court-appointed Examiner in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy case.
Mr. Vail is the chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s (CBA) Strategic Planning and Civil Practice Committees and served on the CBA's Board of Managers for the 2016-2017 term.
Mr. Vail chairs the firm's Pro Bono Committee in Chicago and has been recognized for his commitment to the Chicago community, pro bono legal representation and the organized bar. He was profiled in the National Law Journal’s article naming Jenner & Block to its "Pro Bono Hotlist" (click here for full text of article). Among other pro bono awards and recognitions, in 2008, he received the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award, and in 2014, PILI presented him with the Distinguished Fellow Alumni Award.