Craig C. Martin is the Chair of Jenner & Block. In addition, Mr. Martin regularly represents clients as lead counsel in trials and appeals in state and federal courts as well as domestic and international arbitrations in a wide range of substantive legal areas. Mr. Martin counsels boards and board committees of public and private companies and law firms on a variety of sensitive and complicated matters including ethical code of conduct issues. Mr. Martin also conducts board and management driven investigations involving various subjects domestically and internationally.
Mr. Martin frequently speaks and writes on a variety of business and legal topics. Among his recognitions, he is listed in Chicago Magazine's “Power 100,” a list of the city’s most powerful people, Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine's “Who’s Who” in Chicago civic, professional and cultural leaders and Chambers USA's prestigious rankings, which notes that he is “truly a courtroom to boardroom lawyer,” a “great trial lawyer” and “very skilled,” and that “juries love him.” Mr. Martin has appeared in The American Lawyer's "Litigator of the Week" column for his courtrom successes, been profiled as a "Law Firm Leader" by Law360 and featured in The National Law Journal's "Masters of the Courtroom Winning Litigators" special report honoring trial lawyers for their victories in high-stakes matters. He teaches Trial Advocacy at the Harvard Law School and frequently presents at the Stanford Directors' College on a number of legal topics, including crisis management.
Mr. Martin serves on the Boards of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Crown Family Philanthropies, the Urban League of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the University of Chicago Law School Visiting Committee. He is also a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago. For nearly two decades, he was a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, including serving as secretary, vice-chairman and, most recently, as chairman from 2011-2014. For nearly a decade, Mr. Martin served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. He received the Judge Learned Hand Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee for his extraordinary professional accomplishments and dedication to philanthropic and civic endeavors.
Mr. Martin attended Harvard Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1988. While there, he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Before attending Harvard Law School, he received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1985 from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied economics, government and international relations.