Jenner & Block

Michele L. Slachetka is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Aviation and Aerospace, Bankruptcy Litigation, and Class Action Practice Groups.

As part of her civil litigation practice, Ms. Slachetka has represented public and privately-held companies and individuals in a wide range of matters in federal and state court, including litigation involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, fraud, and insurance claims, and in mediation and arbitration proceedings.  Ms. Slachetka also served as counsel for the chapter 7 Trustee in numerous litigation matters relating to the collapse of five related hedge funds with more than $1.5 billion in assets under management, including litigating avoidance actions and actions against the funds’ third-party professionals.  She previously was a member of the team that represented a privately-held company in a class action lawsuit in which a federal district court judge granted summary judgment dismissing all EEOC claims against the company and awarded over $4.5 million in attorneys’ fees.  In recent years, Ms. Slachetka has represented several Fortune 500 companies in internal investigations and in investigations initiated by the United States Department of Justice. 

Ms. Slachetka has significant experience in the area of attorney-client privilege and is Co-Editor of the firm’s privilege outline, Protecting Confidential Legal Information: A Handbook for Analyzing Issues Under the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine, and Consulting Editor of Testimonial Privileges, a ten-chapter, two-volume treatise published annually by Thomson Reuters. 

As part of her pro bono practice, Ms. Slachetka has successfully represented clients in affirmative asylum applications before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and on appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals.  She currently represents asylum clients in affirmative and defensive asylum proceedings before USCIS and the Immigration Court.  In 2014, Ms. Slachetka was recognized as a “Rising Star” by the National Immigrant Justice Center (“NIJC”) for her commitment to ensuring access to justice for immigrants.

From 2012 to 2013, Ms. Slachetka served as a law clerk to the Honorable Suzanne B. Conlon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Prior to joining Jenner & Block, she interned with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and completed a research fellowship with international criminal law expert Professor Nancy Combs of the William & Mary School of Law.