Andrew W. Vail is a litigator who has significant litigation 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 and becoming a partner in 2011. 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.”
Mr. Vail is a member of several firm practice groups (listed to the left). His litigation practice focuses on "bet the company" complex commercial, property (both real estate and trade secret) and financial matters, and high-stakes cases involving requests for emergency or injunctive relief. Examples of his recent work are listed on the “My Work” page. 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 authors the Illinois Civil Practice Guide. He is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions. He also has served as a member of the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board since 2012. Mr. Vail is the immediate past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s (CBA) Federal Civil Practice Committee and recently was nominated to serve on the CBA's Board of Managers for the 2016-2017 term.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Vail was awarded the CBA and Chicago Bar Foundation’s Exceptional Young Lawyer Award, and he was repeatedly named a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation.
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 awards and recognitions, in 2008, he received the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award in recognition of his active and wide-ranging pro bono practice and in 2014 PILI presented him with the Distinguished Fellow Alumni Award.