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Matthew S. Hellman is co-chair of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice. He has been lead counsel in dozens of appellate matters, and has presented arguments in the US Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate courts around the country.  He has successfully defended on appeal more than $1 billion in commercial claims, and he has prevailed in the Supreme Court in important bankruptcy, copyright, First Amendment, and administrative law cases.  Clients such as Marriott, GE, Nomura, and General Dynamics have sought his counsel on a wide variety of banking, hospitality, government contracts, copyright, and business torts matters.

Mr. Hellman maintains a substantial pro bono practice, including matters with significant commercial implications, such as his win in the US Supreme Court in Law v. Siegel, which was called the most important bankruptcy case of that term. He has argued or supervised more than a dozen pro bono cases in the courts of appeals, including two capital cases.  In 2007, Jenner & Block recognized Mr. Hellman with the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award, which annually recognizes attorneys in the firm with a strong commitment to pro bono or public service work.

In 2016, Mr. Hellman was named co-director of the Jenner & Block University of Chicago Law School Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, a testament to his experience as well as his ability to teach the next generation of appellate advocates. He is also a member of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court and an Associate Trustee for the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.  He serves as the co-chair of the DC Hiring and Hiring Executive Committees and is also a member of the Associate Development and Evaluation Committee and the Finance Committee.