Jenner & Block is known for its ability to secure major litigation victories for clients from the trial level through appeal in jurisdictions around the world; for its sophisticated corporate transactional practice; and for its unyielding commitment to public service. Clients from around the world trust Jenner & Block with their most complex and challenging matters.
Our mission is to exceed our clients’ expectations every day by providing the highest caliber legal counsel and advice; to contribute to the legal profession; to maintain our long tradition of public and community service; and to provide an unrivaled environment for superior talent. Located in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC, our more than 500 lawyers offer substantial experience across a broad range of legal areas. Throughout our more than a century of service, we have grown because of our dedication and unwavering commitment to our clients, to the bar, to our people and to public service. Leading independent outlets have recognized us as an elite law firm and among the top-tier firms most committed to pro bono service throughout the profession.
Jenner & Block has traditionally served as a leader in public service and pro bono advocacy. In The American Lawyer’s annual guide of leading pro bono firms, the firm has placed among the leading 10 pro bono programs every year since the survey began in 1990. The firm has been named No. 1 in the United States 10 times, most recently in 2019. Many additional organizations have honored the firm for its longstanding pro bono commitment. We have received the Pro Bono Institute’s John H. Pickering Award, the Public Interest Law Initiative's Pro Bono Initiative Award, the DC Bar’s Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award, the prestigious Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association and many more.
With more than 400 litigation and dispute lawyers in five offices, Jenner & Block’s known reputation and trusted experience for board-level counsel, internal investigations, complex commercial disputes and arbitrations position the firm to handle its clients’ most sensitive, high-profile and complex matters. The firm has built a team of distinguished trial lawyers, recognized for their principled and effective advocacy, with breadth, experience and sophistication across industries and subject matters. Over the years, our lawyers have presented more than 100 arguments before the US Supreme Court and argued in all 13 US circuit courts of appeals, as well as dozens of other federal and state courts across the United States, and even the United Kingdom’s highest court.
The firm is also recognized for running complex investigations, whether industry-specific, regulatory or involving highly confidential issues. Jenner & Block’s approach blends extraordinary preparation with a search for the truth and the clear and unbiased presentation of the facts to clients. The firm advised the board of United Airlines throughout an investigation and negotiations regarding the “Chairman’s flight” investigation and also conducted an investigation and produced an internal report for General Motors with regard to events leading up to certain recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches.
Among Jenner & Block’s trial lawyers are 12 Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 10 former US Supreme Court clerks, many former US court of appeals and state appellate court clerks, two former US attorneys and numerous former assistant US attorneys, a former US associate attorney general and a former chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. Several former Jenner & Block lawyers currently serve as federal judges, maintaining a remarkable history of judicial service by members of the firm.
Jenner & Block’s sophisticated corporate transactions practice is equally committed to excellence. The transactional practice is primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions but also covers a broad array of complex transactions and counseling for a wide range of clients, including large public companies, middle market and emerging companies, closely held or family-owned businesses, private equity and other funds and other investors. With more than 100 lawyers, our services include corporate law (M&A, securities, finance and private equity), tax, bankruptcy and restructuring, IP transactions, employee benefits, real estate, environmental and private wealth. The firm’s corporate lawyers work closely with lawyers from its regulatory and other transactional groups to provide comprehensive and integrated transaction structuring and execution. Our commitment to creating teams with only the best and brightest lawyers results in bringing innovation through technology as well as highly effective staffing solutions, deal execution and cost-containment processes. It has also resulted in the firm’s substantial experience leading some of the largest corporate transactions in history, including General Dynamics’ $9.7 billion acquisition of publicly traded CSRA in a contested transaction, GM’s US$50 billion+ asset sale in connection with its bankruptcy and Schneider Electric’s US$1.25 billion acquisition of ASCO Power. The firm has also provided representation for numerous IPOs, including US Food’s US$1 billion+ IPO and GM’s US$23 billion+ IPO. Clients choose Jenner & Block to assist with their most complex and sophisticated transactions, often with cross-border components, from counselling Lonza Group AG in the $630 million sale of its Watercare business to Platinum Equity, to assisting Diamond Castle Partners on its $2.5 billion acquisition of Multi-Color Corp. also by Platinum Equity.
We recruit our lawyers from top-tier law schools and prominent clerkships. They contribute to our firm’s culture, one that is shaped by our profound respect for the law, commitment to providing outstanding client service and collegial atmosphere.
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View some of the stories of Jenner & Block’s pro bono clients here:
· Asylum: The Story of Jean B
· Presidential Pardon: The Story of Jesse Webster
· Caring for Our Community: The Ramirez Sisters
· Justice for Johnnie Lee Savory
· Protecting a Legacy: The Story of Jason Wulf