Blake P. Sercye is a litigator focusing his practice on white-collar investigations, compliance, and defense, and complex commercial litigation.
Mr. Sercye has counseled clients in the areas of state and local anti-corruption laws, and federal anti-corruption laws including the False Claims Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the U.K. Bribery Act. Mr. Sercye’s experience includes advising clients in a wide array of industries including healthcare, government contracting, automotive services, and technology. Mr. Sercye 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 court, and in arbitration in complex civil matters involving contract disputes and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
Mr. Sercye maintains an active pro bono practice that includes criminal defense, criminal appeals and post-conviction actions, prisoners' rights litigation, and civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Jenner, Mr. Sercye handled family law, and criminal records sealing and expungement matters as a Public Interest Law Initiative fellow at the Chicago Legal Clinic in the city's Austin neighborhood.
Mr. Sercye is active in several civic and community organizations. He serves as chair for Chicago's Zoning Board of Appeals, a body charged with reviewing land use issues that pertain to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance including proposed variations from the zoning code, special uses that require review to determine compatibility with adjacent properties, and appeals of decisions made by the Zoning Administrator. Mr. Sercye previously served as president of the Illinois Medical District Commission, a land-use board governing the second-largest medical district in the country located on Chicago’s Near West Side. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Mr. Sercye earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of The University of Chicago Legal Forumand the Black Law Students Association. He received his A.B. in politics with honors from Princeton University. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.