Jenner & Block

Election Law and Redistricting

Practice Concentration

The complexity of election law and the ramifications of redistricting efforts at the federal, state, and local levels have resulted in the advent of a small, but effective contingent of practitioners who are truly qualified in these areas.  Jenner & Block is one of the few firms in the country with a strong track record and sophisticated capabilities in these highly specialized fields.  Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in election law disputes before the United States Supreme Court and in state and federal courts across the country at both the trial and appellate levels.   Our lawyers have also appeared before the United States House of Representatives in election contest proceedings under the Federal Contested Elections Act.

The Firm’s redistricting experience is unrivaled and goes back several decades.  In the aftermath of the 2000 census, the Firm litigated challenges to redistricting plans in more than a dozen states.  Two of these cases ended up before the United States Supreme Court.  Our nationally recognized appellate and Supreme Court advocates briefed and argued Vieth v. Jubelirer (2003), regarding the standards for partisan gerrymandering claims, and Jackson v. Perry (2006), regarding congressional redistricting.  Our lawyers were involved in advising state legislatures and their staffs regarding the redistricting to take place following the 2010 census.

Jenner & Block also argued before the Supreme Court in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board (2008), a case involving the constitutionality of voter identification requirements that observers have called the most significant election law case to reach the Court since Bush v. Gore.  In addition, the Firm filed briefs in Voting Rights Act cases decided by the Supreme Court, Bartlett v. Strickland and NAMUDNO v. Holder.

Jenner & Block’s attorneys are regularly called on by the media to offer views on election law  and related issues and they regularly speak and publish articles in these areas.  Our lawyers, as well as the experts with whom they work, have developed a unique proficiency in these intricate fields of practice and provide our clients with a distinctive avenue for well-reasoned counseling and dispute resolution.