Reid J. Schar is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, serves as co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department, and is managing partner of the San Francisco office. Individuals and businesses seek him out as lead trial counsel in a wide variety of lawsuits and arbitration proceedings involving complex commercial and financial transactions. He also counsels boards and board committees of public and private companies on a variety of sensitive and complicated matters, and conducts board and management-driven investigations involving various subjects domestically and internationally.
Since joining Jenner & Block in 2012, Mr. Schar has been involved in multiple, significant litigation cases, representing clients in high-stakes, multi-district litigation, nationwide class actions, consumer and securities fraud claims, contract disputes, civil RICO matters, professional malpractice claims, and antitrust issues, as well as high-profile investigations. In one matter, he led a team that obtained a more than $1 billion judgment in a breach of contract action.
During his 13-year tenure as an assistant US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois before joining the firm, Mr. Schar led a number of significant prosecutions and trials, including United States v. Rod Blagojevich, the case that led to the conviction of the former Illinois governor. Mr. Schar also served as counsel to the US attorney, providing management, personnel, and other guidance for the US Attorney’s Office, including charging decisions involving businesses and individuals, strategic investigation decisions, and interactions with various Department of Justice components and officials.
In addition to his trial and litigation experience, Mr. Schar has led domestic and foreign internal investigations 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. Clients have sought his assistance in investigating and addressing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering issues, health care fraud, financial market manipulation, public corruption, cyber intrusions, leaks of sensitive information and the theft of trade secrets, among other issues. Mr. Schar led an independent investigation into the Chicago Blackhawks’ response to allegations of sexual misconduct by a former coach.
Mr. Schar has been recognized in Chambers USA every year since 2014 and is Band 1 ranked; he has also earned recognition from Legal 500, most recently in 2020.
He lectures on a variety of legal topics around the world. Mr. Schar has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law numerous times since 2002.