William M. Strom is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the Professional Responsibility, Class Action and ERISA Litigation practice groups.
Mr. Strom is a trial lawyer, litigator and counselor, with experience in complex commercial litigation, putative class-action and derivative suits, legal malpractice, business torts, internal investigations, commercial arbitration, internal investigations and First Amendment defense. Mr. Strom has represented clients in both state and federal court and at both the trial and appellate levels. In addition, Mr. Strom maintains an active pro bono practice in the areas of criminal defense and prisoners’ rights litigation, including a jury verdict in his client’s favor in a Section 1983 prisoner’s rights case in December 2019.
Before joining Jenner & Block, Mr. Strom served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sue E. Myerscough of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. Before clerking, Mr. Strom worked as a Law Fellow in the Children and Families Practice Group at LAF (now Legal Aid Chicago), where he focused on education law.
Mr. Strom received his BA in 2005 from Yale College, completing major fields of study in the Program on Ethics, Politics and Economics (EP&E) and the Department of Music, from which he graduated with distinction. He received his JD in 2013 from Northwestern University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While at Northwestern, Mr. Strom was co-president of the campus chapter of the American Constitution Society; Colloquy editor for the Northwestern University Law Review; and teaching assistant to Professor Joshua Kleinfeld (Criminal Law) and Professor Kathleen Dillon Narko (Communication and Legal Reasoning). Before law school, Mr. Strom was a 2005 Teach For America corps member, working as an elementary school teacher in Mission, South Dakota, on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation.
Mr. Strom is a member of the firm’s Associate Board of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Executive Committee of Legal Aid Chicago's Ambassadors Board. He is a member of the Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and he is admitted to practice in Illinois.