Jenner & Block

 
  • Prior to re-joining Jenner & Block and on behalf of the US government, Mr. Perrelli negotiated all aspects of the $20 billion trust fund that BP set up to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and monitored the operation of that fund.  He subsequently led negotiations with BP to set aside $1 billion for early restoration of the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the oil spill and oversaw the Justice Department’s litigation against those responsible for the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.
  • Before re-joining Jenner & Block and on behalf of the US Justice Department, Mr. Perrelli brokered settlements that exceeded $25 billion arising out of the five largest mortgage servicers’ alleged failure to comply with legal obligations owed to their customers (including such things as robo-signing, other violations of law in the foreclosure process, and violations of law related to the making of loan modifications).  This complex, multilateral negotiation involved 49 state attorneys general, state banking regulators, the largest US financial institutions and a dozen federal agencies.
  • Before re-joining Jenner & Block and on behalf of the US Justice Department, Mr. Perrelli resolved the long-running dispute between Native Americans and the United States over individual trust accounting (the Cobell case), which had been in litigation for more than a decade and involved claims that went back over a century.  Mr. Perrelli led negotiations that resulted in a landmark $3.4 billion settlement and successfully pursued congressional legislation to implement aspects of the settlement.
  • Before re-joining Jenner & Block and on behalf of the U.S. Justice Department, Mr. Perrelli negotiated the resolution of the claims of African-American farmers against the Department of Agriculture for discrimination in the making of farm loans (the Pigford II case).  Mr. Perrelli led the United States’ effort to negotiate a $1.25 billion settlement and successfully pursued congressional legislation to implement aspects of the settlement.
  • Negotiated a series of settlements totaling almost $1 billion to resolve lawsuits brought by tribal nations against the United States for mismanagement of tribal trust funds.
  • Served as vice-chair of the Executive Committee of the Attorney General’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force
  • Served as co-chair of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico’s Status, which, among other things, resulted in a landmark report on status, as well as on economic, housing, health care, energy and other challenges faced by the island.
  • Served as a lead attorney on the Jenner & Block team that represented a consortium of 28 of the largest entertainment companies in the country in the landmark copyright case MGM v. Grokster, involving peer-to-peer file-sharing services.