Jenner & Block

Paul B. Rietema is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office concentrating in complex civil litigation.  He has represented clients in matters involving major contract disputes, fiduciary duty claims against directors and professionals, federal and state false claims acts, appellate litigation, and government enforcement actions.

Mr. Rietema is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Class Action, Consumer Law, and Private Wealth practice groups.  He has assisted clients in federal and state courts across the country, including in cases involving overlapping domestic and foreign litigation.  Recently, Mr. Rietema was a member of teams that achieved the favorable settlement of a complex software dispute and the successful defense at trial in a long-running challenge to management of a family trust.  His practice in connection with government enforcement actions against corporations spans both civil and criminal matters.

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 served in 2013 and 2014 as a 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 Honorable E. Grady Jolly and serving as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law.  He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2009, graduating cum laude and serving as Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.