Sarah L. Futernick is a partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago Office and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department and its Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Futernick represents clients in a wide array of high-stakes commercial disputes and has a broad range of experience in all phases of litigation.
Ms. Futernick has represented clients in litigation stemming from breach of contract claims, alleged environmental liabilities, insurance recovery rights, class action disputes, right to publicity claims, and other complex civil litigation matters. Ms. Futernick also has experience representing clients in litigation arising from subprime lending and financial transaction disputes. For example, 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.
Throughout her career, Ms. Futernick has also maintained an active pro bono practice, representing clients in domestic violence and post-conviction proceedings. Recently, Ms. Futernick represented a client seeking to prove their actual innocence based on newly discovered evidence in an appeal before the Illinois Appellate Court. Additionally, Ms. Futernick serves the firm as a member of its 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.
Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Futernick obtained her BA in Organizational Studies and Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high distinction. She received her JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School. While in law school, Ms. Futernick volunteered for the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, where she assisted incarcerated youth with their legal needs, and served as an Associate Editor for the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review (MTTLR).
Ms. Futernick is a member of the Illinois bar and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois.