Jenner & Block

Paul B. Rietema is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office concentrating in complex disputes involving securities and shareholder claims, government enforcement actions and commercial litigation.  His experience includes counseling public companies, officers and directors in connection with claims in state and federal forums and at all stages of the litigation process, from pre-litigation counselling through trial and appeal.

Mr. Rietema is a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation, Class Action and Consumer Law practice groups.  He has assisted clients in federal and state courts and arbitral forums across the country, including in cases involving overlapping domestic and foreign litigation.  In securities matters, Mr. Rietema has defended and is defending clients in both securities fraud class actions and derivative actions alleging fiduciary misconduct by officers and directors.  In one recent matter, Mr. Rietema worked as part of a team to counsel a public company’s board through the process of receiving, investigating and responding to a shareholder demand, and then successfully defended that response through litigation.  His practice in connection with government enforcement actions spans both civil and criminal matters and has involved the DOJ, SEC and other state and federal entities.

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.