Sarah L. Futernick is an associate in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office in the firm’s Litigation Department, concentrating on complex civil litigation. She joined the firm in 2014.
Ms. Futernick has a broad range of litigation experience in federal and state court, and has represented clients in all phases of litigation. She has represented clients in litigation arising out of contract disputes, subprime lending and financial transaction disputes, and general complex commercial litigation. In 2018, Ms. Futernick defended a mortgage originator against breach of contract and tort claims stemming from the sale and securitization of billions of dollars of mortgage loans during a three-week federal bench trial. In addition, she also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing clients in domestic violence court and Illinois circuit court, where she represents clients seeking to prove their actual innocence based on newly discovered evidence.
She also serves the firm as a member of its Associates Committee and Hiring Committee, and co-authors a chapter on Corporate Information Technology Transactions and Disputes as part of Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, published by Westlaw. She is a member of the Illinois bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois.
Before joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Futernick obtained her BA in Organizational Studies and Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she graduated with high distinction. She received her JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. While in law school, Ms. Futernick served as secretary for the Law School Student Senate, and volunteered for the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, where she assisted incarcerated youth with their legal needs. Additionally, Ms. Futernick served as an Associate Editor for the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review (MTTLR).