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 criminal 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 often 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 contract disputes, fraud, civil RICO, professional malpractice, and antitrust, among other areas.

Mr. Schar has led domestic and foreign internal investigations on behalf of a variety of clients 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 on behalf of clients. Individuals and companies 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 Mr. Schar’s tenure at the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, he attained wide acclaim. He was the lead prosecutor in both corruption trials of former Governor Rod Blagojevich.  Before leaving the US Attorney’s Office, Mr. Schar served as counsel to the United States Attorney, where he provided counsel and guidance in significant case, 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 is a prolific speaker on criminal law issues and lectures on a variety of related topics around the world. Since 2002, Mr. Schar has served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law.