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. Consistently recognized as a leader in the legal, business and civic communities, Chicago Magazine listed him in the “Power 100,” a list of the city’s most powerful people. In August 2019, he was 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. Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine includes him among the “Who’s Who” in Chicago civic, professional and cultural leaders. The Chambers Guide includes Mr. Martin in its ranks, writing that clients report he is “truly a courtroom to boardroom lawyer,” a “great trial lawyer,” “very skilled” and “juries love him.” Leading Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in America Guide and the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America Guide also include Mr. Martin among the highest ranked litigators.
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.