Jenner & Block

Paul B. Rietema is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office concentrating in complex civil litigation. He helps clients solve their most difficult and significant contract and other business disputes, including matters involving fiduciary duty and fraud claims. He has advised boards and executives of Fortune 500 companies across industries on corporate governance and investigatory matters, and has extensive class action and securities experience.

Mr. Rietema is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Private Wealth, Class Action, and Securities Litigation practice groups. Over the past decade, Mr. Rietema has led complex litigation to successful outcomes in state and federal courts and a variety of arbitral forums. That experience includes up to nine figure contract, shareholder, and class action matters for corporate clients, as well as several trust disputes for private wealth clients. In his counseling practice, Mr. Rietema advises boards and executives on corporate governance issues and internal investigations, including in connection with informational or enforcement activities by major U.S. regulatory agencies.

Mr. Rietema’s substantial pro bono practice has included the successful defense of a capital murder prosecution in Georgia, obtaining a multi-million dollar award for a Chicago non-profit, and § 1983 cases involving excessive force and medical indifference. Mr. Rietema is a member of the American Bar Association and has served as subcommittee co-chair in the Commercial & Business Litigation section. He currently serves on the firm’s Hiring Committee.

Mr. Rietema joined the firm after clerking on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Hon. E. Grady Jolly and serving as an adjunct professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School in 2009, graduating cum laude and serving as executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.