In addition to his private practice, Mr. Valukas has made a career-long commitment to public service and pro bono.  Due in great measure to his solid leadership with respect to the performance of pro bono work, and his willingness, as chairman of Jenner & Block, to devote considerable firm resources to these endeavors, the firm's pro bono program is nationally recognized for its unique breadth and depth.

Mr. Valukas has also led Jenner & Block in the formation of a “partnership” with Fairfield Academy, an elementary school on Chicago’s south side, 98 per cent of whose students reside below the poverty line.  Since 2002, this ongoing commitment has provided Fairfield students with more than 70 computers,more than $100,000 toward school supplies and parent education, and hundreds of hours of tutoring by Firm employees who go to the school on a bi-weekly basis (with transportation provided by Jenner & Block) to meet with students.

Mr. Valukas has served in many public capacities on behalf of the people of the City of Chicago and State of Illinois - for example, as special counsel to the City of Chicago to investigate the city’s health care system, special inspector general to the Chicago Transit Authority to investigate vendor fraud, and counsel to the Chicago Housing Authority to investigate vendor and pension fraud.  In 1993, he chaired the Illinois Governor’s Task Force on Crime and Corrections, a two-year effort that led to the passage of major prison reform legislation.

He is a member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Steering Committee of CHANGE Illinois, an influential coalition of more than 40 major civic organizations aligned to bring honesty and ethics to Illinois government.  He is an active member of numerous other community and civic organizations.

In 2007, Mr. Valukas chaired the inaugural Chicago Bar Foundation’s groundbreaking “Investing in Justice” Campaign, which raised more than $905,000 to supplement the salaries of Chicago’s legal aid attorneys and is now an annual fundraiser.

In 2006, he was appointed by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. to the select U.S. Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, responsible for drafting and recommending amendments and additions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


  • American Jewish Committee
    Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award - 2005
  • The American Lawyer
    Litigator of the Year2011
    Lifetime Achievement Award - 2016
  • Anti-Defamation League
    First Amendment Freedom Award - 2010
  • Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, Chicago
    Distinguished Public Service Award - 1990
  • Armed Forces Council of Chicago
    Civilian of the Year Award - 1988
  • Benchmark Litigation
    Litigation Star (Illinois) - 2009-2017
    Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America - 2015
  • Best Lawyers
    Chicago Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year - 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America - 1983-2021
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Commercial Litigation
    Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • BTI Consulting Group
    Client Service All-Star, 2014, 2015
  • Chambers Global
    Named as one of the world's leading litigation lawyers - 2004
    Trial Lawyers (Band 2) - 2013
  • Chambers USA
    Leading litigation lawyers - 2003-2015
    Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations (Illinois) - 2003-2020
    Litigation: General Commercial (Illinois) - 2014-2020
    Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide) - 2015
  • Chicago Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Distinguished Service Award - 1990
  • Chicago Jr. Chamber of Commerce
    Named one of Ten Outstanding Young Citizens of Chicago - 1976
  • Chicago Lawyer
    Person of the Year - 2009
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation
    Citizen of the Year Award - 1987
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Who's Who in Chicago Business
  • Department of Justice, Chicago
    Special Commendation Award - 1975
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
    Richard N. Rovner Award - 2004
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
    Business Litigation - 2010-2020
    Top 10 Illinois Super Lawyers - 2010, 2011, 2013-2015, 2018
    Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers - 2010, 2011, 2013-2019
  • Jewish Council On Urban Affairs
    Arthur Goldberg Social Justice Award - 2009
  • The John Marshall Law School
    Freedom Award - 1985
  • Lawdragon Magazine
    500 Leading Lawyers in America - 2010-2013
  • Lawrence University
    Distinguished Achievement Award - 1990
  • Leading Lawyers Network
    Top 10 Leading Lawyers in Illinois in All Areas of Law - 2011
    Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law, 2003-2019
    Commercial Litigation, 2003-2019
    Criminal Defense Law: White Collar, 2003-2019
    Products Liability Defense Law, 2003-2019
    Number 5 on the list of Top 10 Business Lawyers in IL - 2004-2009
    Number 3 on the list of Top 10 Business Litigators in IL - 2004-2009
    Top 100 Business Lawyers in Illinois - 2004-2009
  • Leaders League Litigation & Competition Directory
    Nationwide Commercial Litigation - 2018
  • Legal 500
    Finance: Corporate Restructuring - 2010
  • Legal Media Group
    Best of the Best USA 2013 - Litigation
  • Metropolitan Family Services Legal Aid Bureau
    William H. Avery Award for Equal Access to Justice - 2007
  • National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship
    100 “Most Influential People in the Boardroom” - 2010-2014
  • National Law Journal
    Litigation Trailblazer and Pioneer - 2014
    “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” - 2013
  • Northwestern University Alumni Association
    Alumni Merit Award - 1995
  • Northwestern University School of Law - Student Funded Public Interest Fellowship Program
    Distinguished Alumni Award - 2009
  • Palatine High School, Illinois
    Distinguished Graduate Award - 1984
  • WBBM Radio, Chicago
    Man of the Year Award - 1988
  • Who's Who Legal
    Investigations - 2017
    The International Who’s Who of Investigations Lawyers & Forensic Experts - 2014-present
    The International Who's Who of Business Crime Defence Lawyers - 2013-present
    The International Who's Who of Commercial Litigators - 2004, 2010
  • Who's Who Legal Illinois
    Business Crime - 2007 and 2008
    Commercial Litigation - 2007 and 2008


  • Boy Scouts of America
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)
    Member, Board of Directors - 1998-2014
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
    Member, Board of Directors - 1999-2014
  • The Chicago Inn of Court
  • City of Chicago Special Counsel - 1991
  • The Commercial Club of Chicago
  • Economic Club of Chicago
    Member - 1990-present
  • Executives Club of Chicago
    Member - 1996-2014
  • Governor's Task Force on Crime and Corrections
    Chairman - 1992-93
  • Lawrence University
    Trustee - 1992-95
  • Metropolitan Fair and Exposition Authority
    Director and Treasurer - 1985
  • Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Member, Visiting Committee - 1992-95
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries
    Member, Board of Directors - 2004-2009


  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Adjunct Professor - 1980-1982
  • The John Marshall School of Law
    Instructor - 1972-76


  • Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules
    Member, 2006-2012

Service To The Bar

  • Chicago Bar Foundation
    Chair, Investing In Justice Campaign - 2007