Jenner & Block

Reid J. Schar co-chairs the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He is a former assistant US attorney who has tried more than 20 cases, many involving complex fraud and financing issues.  Clients turn to him with their most significant complex commercial litigation and white collar matters and investigations.  Mr. Schar regularly advises boards of directors and board committees and appears on their behalf before regulatory bodies.

As an accomplished trial lawyer, Mr. Schar represents clients in a variety of complex commercial litigation matters, including nationwide class action lawsuits.  In addition to consumer fraud litigation, his relevant experience includes defending claims related to securities fraud, contract disputes, fraud, civil RICO, professional malpractice and antitrust, among other areas.

Mr. Schar has led domestic and foreign internal investigations across a wide range of industries and has extensive experience handling compliance reviews around the globe.  He regularly interacts with the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory bodies in enforcement actions and investigations.  Clients have sought his assistance in investigating and addressing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering issues, health care fraud, financial market manipulation, cyber intrusions, leaks of sensitive information and the theft of trade secrets, among other issues.

During his 13-year tenure as an assistant US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Mr. Schar led a number of significant prosecutions and trials, including United States v. Rod Blagojevich, the case that led to the conviction of the former Illinois governor.  Mr. Schar also served as counsel to the US attorney, providing guidance in important cases, program and management decisions of the US Attorney’s Office, including charging decisions involving businesses and individuals, strategic investigation decisions and interaction with various DOJ components and officials.

Mr. Schar lectures on a variety of legal topics around the world.  He has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law numerous times since 2002.