Emily M. Savner

Emily M. Savner is a special counsel in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice. She has experience in civil and criminal investigations and trials.

Leveraging her experience as a former DOJ trial attorney, Ms. Savner represents and advises companies across industries in connection with high-stakes governmental and internal investigations. Ms. Savner’s experience spans areas including financial crime, bribery, fraud, campaign finance, and false statements and claims. She helps clients through the process of self-reporting violations to government regulators and works with clients to assess risks and develop effective compliance programs. Ms. Savner also served on a cross-office, multidisciplinary team acting in support of the monitor of a global, tier-one financial institution. Ms. Savner maintains an active pro bono practice that includes helping clients raise constitutional claims in post-conviction proceedings and challenging substandard prison conditions.

Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Savner served as a trial attorney in the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division for six years. There, Ms. Savner litigated both civil and criminal cases of national significance in the areas of housing and lending discrimination and criminal civil rights violations, including hate crimes, police misconduct and human trafficking. While at the Department of Justice, Ms. Savner took a lead role in all aspects of civil and criminal investigations and litigation, including extensive grand jury work, discovery, settlement and plea negotiations and trial.  Ms. Savner won several Department of Justice awards for her investigation and trial work and served as an instructor on trial advocacy skills for the Department of Justice. 

In 2017, Ms. Savner served as a special assistant US attorney in the District of Columbia, where she prosecuted and managed a high-volume docket of domestic violence cases.