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Jenner & Block LLP

  • Designation: Chicago
  • Head Count: 434
  • Gross Revenues: $357,500,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $825,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,235,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -12

Jenner & Block is a Chicago-based law firm. The firm is ranked 72nd on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms based on revenue, with $379,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. According to the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250, with 438 attorneys, the firm is the 99th largest law firm in the United States. In the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm ranked as the 90th highest grossing law firm in the world. The firm's practice areas include antitrust and trade regulation; appellate and Supreme Court practice; class action litigation; environmental, energy, and natural resources law; government contracts; and media and first amendment law. In addition to its Chicago headquarters, the firm has offices in Washington, D.C., New York City and Los Angeles.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 87 -12 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 87 -12 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 103 -1 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 1 1 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 73 -21 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 65 36 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 64 -9 Summer programs

In the News

Jenner & Block Wields RICO to Reach Landlord Settlement

Vinayak Balasubramanian : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2014

Jenner & Block took 
a law designed to combat the mob and turned it against New York landlord Pinnacle Group. As a result, as many as 22,000 tenants now have access to a streamlined claims process that lets them seek reimbursement from Pinnacle for alleged rent overcharges, harassment and interference in tenancy rights.

Who Won $12.7 Million Judgment For Setai? These Lawyers

Adolfo Pesquera : Daily Business Review : January 23, 2014

The former property manager at Setai Resort & Residences wins $12.7 million in arbitration against a Lehman Brothers company.

Obama Names Record Number of Gay Federal Judges

Todd Ruger, John Council and John Pacenti : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

President Barack Obama's 11th nomination of an openly gay or lesbian lawyer to a federal district judgeship reflects both his declared mission to diversify the courts and the widespread cultural shift in acceptance of gays and lesbians in public life.

A Summer Surprise: Obama, Rubio And Cruz Agree On Gay Federal Judge Appointments

Todd Ruger, John Council and John Pacenti : Daily Business Review : January 20, 2014

Naming openly gay judges to district courts has given the judiciary wider perspective and a foundation from which circuit ­judges—and possibly a U.S. Supreme Court justice—could emerge.

Obama's Historic Role in Nominating Gay Judges

Todd Ruger, John Council and John Pacenti : Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2014

Robert Pitman's uncontroversial selection—Cornyn called Pitman's sexuality "irrelevant"—was Obama's 11th nomination of an openly gay or lesbian lawyer to a federal district judgeship.

Clinton Docs Reveal Concerns About Court Nominees

Marcia Coyle, Tony Mauro and Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

Clinton White House documents released on Friday predicted a "vicious attack" against the possible nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Clinton Docs Reveal Concerns About Court Nominees

Marcia Coyle, Tony Mauro and Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

Clinton White House documents released on Friday predicted a "vicious attack" against the possible nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Churn: As DLA Turns, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

A flurry of moves at DLA Piper; a longtime Quinn Emanuel partner departs; and Bingham loses two more amid merger talks in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

GM's GC Tells Skeptical Senators He's 'Deeply Sorry'

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Michael Millikin, general counsel of General Motors Co., told skeptical senators on Thursday that he was "deeply sorry" for his legal department's handling of an ignition-switch defect and was working to make sure a similar scandal doesn't happen again.

GM's GC Tells Skeptical Senators He's 'Deeply Sorry'

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Senators grilled General Motors GC Michael Millikin about why his legal department failed to report ignition switch defects—and asked how Millikin has kept his job.

Bridgegate Committee Cooperating with Federal Investigators

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

The committee of the New Jersey Legislature investigating last fall's closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge doesn't call any witness to give testimony before first checking with federal prosecutors.

The Heat Is on GM's Top Lawyer in Hearings

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 16, 2014

In remarks, GM general counsel Millikin says lawyers in the department erred and are no longer with the automaker.

N.J. Firms Improve Pro Bono Numbers But Still Lag

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

New Jersey firms showed improvement in their dedication to volunteer work, though there's plenty of room for further gains, a recent survey of national pro bono work at large firms shows.

Ruling Limits Unions' Ability to Collect Agency Fees

Zoe Tillman and Marcia Coyle : New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled so-called agency fees charged to certain nonunion members violate those members' First Amendment rights, although it stopped short of barring all public-employee unions from charging agency fees to nonmembers.

The GM Lawyers Were Here

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A look at the reigns of General Motors' last three GCs sheds light on the company's current crisis.

The A-List: A New Number One

Drew Combs : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Paul Hastings reaches the A-List's top spot for the first time, while a pair of Second Hundred firms move onto the list.

Supreme Court: Public Unions Can't Force Fees on Nonmembers

Zoe Tillman and Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

The high court's decision in Harris v. Quinn came in a challenge by a group of Illinois home care workers who argued the agency fee charged by the Service Employees International Union violated their rights by forcing them to associate with a particular union.

A New Yardstick for International Pro Bono

Michael D. Goldhaber : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

Big differences emerge among large U.S. firms as we measure their foreign pro bono efforts for the first time.

Lawyers Nervously Await Supreme Court Term's Final Day

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

The Roberts Court wraps up its ninth term on June 30 and, as has become its tradition, the final day brings the most closely watched case of the entire term.

Lawyers Nervously Await Supreme Court Term's Final Day

Marcia Coyle : Legal Times : January 27, 2014

The Roberts Court wraps up its ninth term on June 30 and, as has become its tradition, the final day brings the most closely watched case of the entire term.

Hertz To Pay $14 Million To Settle Class Suit Over Added Toll Charges

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Car rental giant Hertz Corporation has agreed to settle a class action by customers hit with unauthorized charges for using the company's electronic toll payment system.

NY Agency Selects Neil Barofsky to Oversee Credit Suisse

Isobel Markham : The American Lawyer : January 25, 2014

A five-member committee within the New York Department of Financial Services has chosen Neil Barofsky, the former watchdog of the U.S. government's bank bailout program, to monitor Credit Suisse Group AG's compliance with a tax evasion settlement that it reached with federal and state authorities.

GM Suits Moved Into Slow Lane

Amanda Bronstad and Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 23, 2014

CEO Mary Barra pledged before Congress that General Motors Co. would compensate the families of people injured or killed because of its defective ignition switch, but that hasn't stopped the automaker from trying to stall lawsuits on those victims' behalf.

The Churn: Defections Mount at Edwards Wildman, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired Shawn Atkinson, the former cochair of the venture capital and cross-border M&A practice at Edwards Wildman Palmer in London, where the latter firm is trying to stave off a partner exodus. Plus: Bingham McCutchen bulks up in Asia, a partner trio decamps for top in-house roles and other lateral moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

GM CEO to Congress: 'I'm Not Afraid of The Truth'

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

General Motors Co. will create "a new norm and a new industry standard" for safety and quality, the automaker's chief executive officer, Mary Barra, said in her first public appearance on Capitol Hill since publication of a report critical of the company's handling of an ignition-switch defect.

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

GM CEO to Congress: 'I'm Not Afraid of The Truth'

Andrew Ramonas : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

General Motors Co. will create "a new norm and a new industry standard" for safety and quality, the automaker's chief executive officer, Mary Barra, said Wednesday in her first public appearance on Capitol Hill since the publication of a critical report of the company's handling of an ignition-switch defect.

The Morning Wrap

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: plaintiffs lawyers are skeptical of GM's internal report; a bad day for Rajat Gupta; Sun Trust settles with DOJ.

Evidence of GM Ignition Defect Lay Hidden in Plain Sight

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

A serious problem with the ignition switch in GM automobiles has been linked to 13 deaths, dozens of crashes and millions of recalled vehicles.

Setai Management Firm Wins $10 Million Lehman Suit

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : January 17, 2014

A property manager forced out of the Setai Resort & Residences in Miami Beach won more than $10 million in damages against the now-defunct Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

Legal forums throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

KPMG Tax Shelter Scam Rejected by Ninth Circuit

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

John Paul Reddam has a varied resume: businessman, former college philosophy professor, owner of the 2012 Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another, and failed tax shelter investor.

Safety Group Calls GM Report 'Elaborate Whitewash'

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

The Center for Auto Safety and other critics are not impressed with the Valukas report on General Motors Co.'s defective ignition switches.

Panel Finds Agency Has Power to Require 'Taxi of Tomorrow'

Brendan Pierson : New York Law Journal : January 11, 2014

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission has the authority to require drivers buy new, specialty cars from Nissan Motor Co. for its "Taxi of Tomorrow" project, a divided state appeals panel has ruled, reversing a lower court judge who found the mandate illegal last year.

INADMISSIBLE: GM Legal Dept. Faulted In Internal Report

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2014

An exhaustive internal investigation of General Motors Co.'s ignition-switch recall shortcomings found fault with the company's legal team, but "confirmed" that its top lawyer did not learn about the safety issues until after the recall. Plus more in this week's column.

Cascades Challenges Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

Cascades Challenges Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 06, 2014

Patent licensing firm Cascades Ventures Inc. claims that the inter partes review provisions of the America Invents Act violates the Seventh Amendment. K&L Gates is advising Square Inc., which initiated the review.

Valukas Report Critical of GM Legal Dept.

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2014

The reports cites a plea from King & Spalding attorney Philip Holladay: "This case needs to be settled . . . There is little doubt that a jury here will find that the ignition switch used on [a certain] 2005 Cobalt was defective and unreasonably dangerous."

GM Report Critical of Legal Dept., Recommends Changes

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 06, 2014

The General Motors Co. report from an internal investigation into the ignition-switch scandal includes suggestions for GM's legal department.

GM Report: Failures 'Led To Tragic Results'

Todd Ruger : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

An exhaustive internal investigation of GM's ignition-switch recall shortcomings revealed a "pattern of incompetence and neglect," but no overarching conspiracy to conceal information from the public, the company said Thursday.

GM Report by Longtime Counsel a Mixed Bag for Auto Giant

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 05, 2014

In a 315-page investigative report submitted Thursday, Jenner & Block and King & Spalding—Am Law 100 firms closely tied to General Motors—detail a "pattern of incompetence and neglect" at the company, while absolving top executives at the auto giant of trying to cover up a mechanical flaw that has been linked to 13 deaths and sparked the recall of 2.6 million vehicles.

Plaintiffs Lawyers Suing GM Assail Internal Report

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

Plaintiffs lawyers who have sued General Motors Co. over its ignition switch recalls on Thursday criticized the automaker's internal investigative report as biased and incomplete.

Where Were the Lawyers?

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

At congressional hearings, GM execs are questioned about the handling of complaints.

Circuit Orders New Trial After Finding 'Impropriety'

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2014

The panel found "evidentiary errors and prosecutorial misconduct infected every stage" of the first trial for an asbestos abatement company and two of its principals.

GC at the Wheel, GM Investigation Shifts Into Next Gear

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

General counsel Michael Millikin continues to colead General Motors Co.'s internal investigation into its ignition-switch scandal.

Report: GM Probe Focuses on Its Legal Department

Amanda Bronstad : Daily Report : January 20, 2014

General Motors Co. is looking into how its legal department handled a Cobb County wrongful death case that helped lead to disclosure of the ignition switch defect at the center of the company's recent recalls.

Former Christie Official 'Dumbfounded' at Retaliation Against Fort Lee Mayor

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 20, 2014

A former member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration, who unsuccessfully sought Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich's endorsement of Christie's re-election bid, told a legislative committee investigating last fall's closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge that he was "dumbfounded" that anyone would retaliate against Sokolich in such a way for his decision.

FCC Punts on Net Neutrality

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 19, 2014

Commission chairman charts a course that satisfies no one.

Report: GM Legal Department Focus of Internal Investigation

Amanda Bronstad : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

General Motors Co. is looking into how its legal department handled a wrongful death case that helped lead to disclosure of the ignition switch defect at the center of the company's recent recalls.

Report: GM Legal Department Focus of Internal Investigation

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

General Motors Co. is looking into how its legal department handled a wrongful death case that helped lead to disclosure of the ignition switch defect at the center of the company's recent recalls.

Post 'Flash,' Where Trading Reform Is Headed

Timothy Karpoff and Michael Margolis : Corporate Counsel : January 15, 2014

The authors argue that Michael Lewis's book does not square with a market where execution is arguably cheaper than it has ever been.

No Limit on Gibson Dunn's Bills for Bridgegate Work, State A.G. Says

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 13, 2014

The $1.1 million in fees billed New Jersey by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for its Bridgegate investigation may be just the first installment, acting state Attorney General John Hoffman tells legislators.

Same-Sex Marriage Case Appears to Divide Fourth Circuit

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 13, 2014

Virginia is not the only state with a stake in the same-sex marriage arguments heard on Tuesday before a federal appellate panel. If Virginia's ban goes, so too may bans in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia.

When Your Expert Becomes Their Expert

Robert L. Byman : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

The professional you've hired for your case has an opinion to support the other side. What to do?

Fee Tracker: Bridgegate, Detroit and Apple

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

Gibson Dunn's Christie tab grows, Jones Day revs it up in Motown and filings by Goodwin Procter and Fried Frank hint at the Apple e-book fight's high cost.

Firms Ranked by Revenue Per Lawyer

: The American Lawyer : January 07, 2014

Average revenue per lawyer for The Am Law 100 declined in 2013, the first time since 2009, albeit only slightly.

Howrey Trustee Racks Up Deals With Ex-Partners, Firms

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Allan Diamond raises more than $5 million by reaching settlements with four firms and 60 former partners.

Baker & Hostetler Beats Back Attack on Cape Wind Project

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

An "obdurate band of aggrieved residents of Cape Cod and the islands," backed by billionaire William Koch and represented by Jenner & Block, were rebuffed again in their latest attempt to block a massive offshore wind farm.

Lawyers Group Sides with D.C. Council in Budget Fight

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 05, 2014

A group of Washington lawyers, including attorneys at some of the city's biggest firms, are supporting the D.C. Council in its court fight against the mayor over management of the budget.

May 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

2014 Rising Stars

: New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

The New York Law Journal congratulates the 42 young lawyers chosen as 2014 Rising Stars by a panel of 20 esteemed judges. Our panel reviewed more than 230 nominations of attorneys 40 and under who have established a record of accomplishments and demonstrated that they are top contributors to the practice of law and their communities.

Am Law 100 Firms Lead on Pepco Sale

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

Kirkland is advising utility operator Exelon on its $6.8 billion purchase of Pepco, which has turned to S&C and Covington.

INADMISSIBLE: Justices Have Their Heads In The Cloud

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is worried about the cloud — cloud computing, that is. Plus more in this week's column.

Jenner & Block: Squeezed by the Sequester

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

A slowdown in government spending takes its toll on the firm's profits per partner.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

New hires and lateral moves in this week's column.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL INC.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Maintaining strong relationships with the 72 attorneys on Marriott's legal team means that in-person contact often takes priority over email correspondence. An old-fashioned device helps, too — the telephone.

The 2014 Am Law 100: The Super Rich Get Richer

: The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

The American Lawyer's annual report on the nation's top-grossing law firms.

Northern Trust Brings in Jenner & Block Partner as GC

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 25, 2014

Susan Levy, former managing partner at Jenner & Block, is taking the GC job at Northern Trust Corporation.

D.C. Federal Judges Honor Law Firm Pro Bono Service

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 23, 2014

Federal judges in Washington gathered Wednesday to honor 30 law firms where at least 40 percent of all lawyers performed at least 50 hours of pro bono service last year.

Trade-Secret Case Straddles Domains of Civil and Criminal Law

Suevon Lee : Delaware Business Court Insider : January 23, 2014

The incarceration of a financial analyst accused of stealing company trade secrets—and what that arrest means for future cases of its kind—has prompted one New York Supreme Court justice to question whether the Manhattan district attorney's actions have been "over the top."

Supreme Court Turns Down Appeal by Exxon Mobil

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 22, 2014

The high court made no comment in denying Exxon Mobil's petition for a writ of certiorari in its challenge to a 2009 verdict requiring the company to pay $105 million for contaminating New York City groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive.

High Court Heavyweights Girding for Aereo Battle

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

Prominent Litigators Lining Up on Either Side of Aereo Battle

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 will hear arguments in — what some observers have called the most important copyright challenge to reach the high court in a decade.

Judge Questions Prosecution of Trade Secret Suspect

Suevon Lee : New York Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The incarceration of a financial analyst accused of stealing company trade secrets—and what that arrest means for future cases of its kind—has prompted one state Supreme Court judge to question whether the Manhattan District Attorney's actions have been "over the top."

'Student Arguing Against the Teacher' in Challenge to Ban on Campaign Lies

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 21, 2014

If Jones Day partner Michael Carvin dials back his typically aggressive advocacy style before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 22, there may be two explanations.

High Court Snubs Exxon in New York City MTBE Case

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 21, 2014

Bancroft's Paul Clement argued that leaving the city's $104.7 million verdict against Exxon in place could open up "whole new arenas for abusive and speculative litigation." The U.S. Supreme Court apparently didn't find the situation quite so dire.

Trade Secret Case Straddles Domains of Civil and Criminal Law

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : January 18, 2014

The incarceration of a financial analyst accused of stealing company trade secrets—and what that arrest means for future cases of its kind—has prompted one state Supreme Court judge to question whether the Manhattan District Attorney's actions have been 'over the top.'

The Churn: Bingham Hedge Fund Duo Defects, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2014

Two prominent hedge fund partners and a privacy practice cochair have left Bingham McCutchen.

Jenner Taps Litigator Truax as New Managing Partner

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Litigation partner Terrence Truax will succeed Susan Levy as Jenner & Block's managing partner.

Next Step for Marriage Equality

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Two federal appellate courts are poised to decide the constitutionality of three state bans against same-sex marriage and move the fundamental question closer to the U.S. Supreme Court.

3 Ways to Ease the Leap From Firm to In-House Counsel

Craig C. Martin and Jeffrey A. Atteberry : Corporate Counsel : January 14, 2014

Here's some advice from those who have made the sometimes difficult transition to corporate counsel.

Jenner Takes Aim at Google in Authors' Copyright Appeal

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 14, 2014

Some think the Second Circuit has already signaled its approval of Google's effort to digitize the world's books, albeit indirectly. After seven years of crusading against Google's project, the Authors Guild has tapped a new legal team and asked the court for a straight answer.

Cuomo Names Members of Juvenile Justice Panel

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday appointed a 16-member commission to provide "concrete, actionable recommendations" on juvenile justice, with the aim of raising the age of criminal responsibility.

New Jersey A.G. Defends Hiring of Gibson Dunn at 'Discounted' Rates

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie's attorney general defends the hiring of outside counsel to conduct an internal investigation of the administration's potential involvement in the Bridgegate scandal.

Bridgegate Panel Vows To Continue Probing as Grand Jury Investigates

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 08, 2014

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation made clear Tuesday that it will push on with its task even as a federal grand jury looks into the Bridgegate scandal.

Fee Tracker: Big Legal Bills for Gibson Dunn

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 08, 2014

The Am Law Daily's periodic tabulation of notable fees earned—or owed—to Am Law 200 firms on a variety of engagements starts off with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which is reaping the benefits from its work in New Jersey's Bridgegate scandal. The firm is also representing the Garden State in a sports gambling case and counseling the American Foundation for Equal Rights in a high-profile gay marriage fight in California. And that's not even including what the firm is seeking for advising energy giant Chevron.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

DC Lateral Moves

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

Lawyers leave the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Justice and the White House to join firms in the Washington area.Here's our roundup of local hires and promotions announced in the first week of April:

GM In-House Lawyers Pulled Into Ignition Switch Probe

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 07, 2014

The in-house lawyers at General Motors Co. are slowly being pulled into the public questions over its ignition switch recall.

High Court Drama Steps on Stage In Play on Landmark Nudity Case

Tony Mauro : The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Justices scooting around on their chairs like whirling dervishes. Advocates pushing their lecterns back and forth, one lawyer even orating and dancing — briefly — without benefit of clothing. That is how the play "Arguendo" holds its audience through the inevitably dull stretches of a high court argument.

Jenner Managing Partner Levy Leaves for Northern Trust

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Susan Levy, who has spent her entire legal career at Jenner & Block and became its managing partner in 2008, will leave the Am Law 100 firm as of May 1 to become general counsel of Northern Trust Corp. The Chicago-based financial services giant is a Jenner client.

Court Puts Brakes On Last-Minute Voter Purges

Noreen Marcus : Daily Business Review : January 07, 2014

Ira Kurzban, an advocate of immigrant groups, said the Eleventh Circuit's ruling forces voter purges to take place 90 days in advance, "which gives people the opportunity to go to court and contest the alleged ineligibility."

New York Financial Chief Exerts Power Over National Lenders

: Bloomberg : January 04, 2014

While Benjamin Lawsky's purview is confined to New York state, he's used his leverage over licensing to dictate business practices to global banks, consulting firms and non-bank lenders.

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

GE Unit Loses Bid to Sink Megabucks Mortgage Suits

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

Rejecting defense arguments by Jenner & Block, a Paul Krugman-quoting federal judge in Connecticut refused to toss claims brought by MoloLamken and Ropes & Gray over more than $4 billion in mortgage-backed securities.

Not Invincible

Ross Todd : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Television's establishment continues its assault on upstart Aereo.

Judge Stays Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Class Action

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 01, 2014

Judge Stays Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Class Action

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : January 01, 2014

A class action in Virginia federal district court challenging the state ban on same-sex marriage will be on hold pending a federal appeal court's decision on the constitutionality of the prohibition.

G.M.'s Top Lawyer To Advise CEO On Capitol Hill

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 01, 2014

General Motors Co.'s top lawyer will be on Capitol Hill this week to guide CEO Mary Barra through two congressional hearings about the automaker's recall over ignition-switch problems, a company spokesman confirmed.

Play Brings Supreme Court Drama to the Masses

Tony Mauro : Supreme Court Brief : January 01, 2014

Starting tonight and for the rest of April, Supreme Court aficionados in Washington won't have to go to the court building to watch an oral argument. They can attend instead a performance of "Arguendo" at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Penn Quarter in D.C.

The Churn: Weil, Patton Boggs See More Defections, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 01, 2014

Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses a securities litigation partner to Jenner & Block; Patton Boggs goes through another spate of departures; and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr hires a former FBI director and his ex-chief of staff.

INADMISSIBLE: Kirkland Partner Eyes White House Post

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Kirkland & Ellis' Washington office, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spoke on background about an administration personnel decision. Plus more in this week's column.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 31, 2014

Comcast/Time Warner Cable; Actavis / Forest Labs; Facebook / WhatsApp; Santander Consumer USA IPO; Carlyle / J&J Diagnostics Unit

Kirkland Partner in the Running for White House Counsel

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 26, 2014

W. Neil Eggleston, a white-collar defender in Washington, is the leading contender to replace White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler when she steps down, according to five Washington attorneys following the selection process who spoke on background about an administration personnel decision.

Gay-Friendly Policies Can Help Law Firms, Advocates Say

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A work environment that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lawyers is not only fundamentally fair, it can boost the bottom line. That was the message of Out in Law, a daylong event at New York University School of Law this month.

Winners and Losers

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 21, 2014

The title says it all.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Make Sure the Investigator Is Truly Independent

Sherry Karabin : Corporate Counsel : January 20, 2014

Some question whether General Motors and others retained truly independent investigators.

New Deals

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Jenner & Block and Debevoise & Plimpton advised The Hertz Corporation on the company's spin-off of its equipment rental business to shareholders in a transaction valued at $2.5 billion.

Toyota, GM Both Facing Action on Safety Probe Front

Hilary Johnson : The American Lawyer : January 19, 2014

As Toyota reached a $1.2 billion settlement with federal authorities in connection with an investigation into safety flaws in its vehicles, the internal inquiry into fatal problems with some General Motors cars moved forward.

Jenner, Debevoise Help Steer Hertz Spin-Off

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 18, 2014

The car rental company is spinning off its equipment rental business to shareholders in a transaction valued at $2.5 billion.

Google, Viacom End Long-Running Copyright Feud

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 18, 2014

Rather than continue to duke it out in the latest appeal, Viacom and Google's YouTube inked an out-of-court settlement in their precedent-setting copyright fight over video uploads.

Legal Department of the Year: Exelon Corp.

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

When Exelon Corp. absorbed Constellation Energy Group Inc. in 2012, the legal department spread word of its values with Constellation colleagues whose department had lacked internal diversity or pro bono programs.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Jenner's Profits Plunge 17 Percent

Susan Beck : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

Jenner & Block had a down year in 2013, with gross revenue off nearly 8 percent, to $357.5 million, and profits per partner plummeting 17 percent, to $1.235 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Bridgegate Committee Says It Lacks Power of Immunity for Subpoenas

David Gialanella : New Jersey Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Counsel for the Bridgegate investigative committee tells a state judge that it has no statutory power to grant immunity to witnesses Bridget Kelly or Bill Stepien if they should comply with its subpoenas for documents.

In-House Counsel Profile: University of Illinois' Thomas Bearrows

Lisa Holton : The National Law Journal : January 17, 2014

Thomas Bearrows manages a legal department of 50, including 26 attorneys, most of them in Chicago.

Legal Issues Pile Up for General Motors GC

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 13, 2014

Michael Millikin, General Motors Co.'s general counsel, may have to add a criminal inquiry by the U.S. Department of Justice to his overstuffed inbox.

Immunity Questions Postpone Ruling On Bridgegate Subpoena Compliance

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 11, 2014

After a three-hour hearing, a New Jersey judge reserves decision on the right of former confidantes of Gov. Chris Christie to take the Fifth Amendment against subpoenas from the Bridgegate investigative committee.

GM GC Begins Investigation Into Fatal Engine Shutdowns

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : January 11, 2014

General Motors Co. general counsel Michael Millikin will cohead an internal investigation into the company's handling of complaints related to sudden vehicle shutdowns that led to at least 13 deaths.

D.C. Moves

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Legal industry job changes in our nation's capital.

Revenue Growth Can't Keep Husch Playing in Peoria

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

With five Peoria-based partners jumping to local shop Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo, Husch Blackwell has decided to close its outpost in the central Illinois city.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 10, 2014

Jennifer Weiss joins Goulston & Storrs' tax practice as partner in the Boston office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

D.C. Bar Announces 2014 Presidency Candidates

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 07, 2014

The D.C. Bar announced yesterday that this year's candidates for president-elect are Stephen Glover, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Timothy Webster, a partner at Sidley Austin.

Former Christie Staffer Kelly Files Opposition to Bridgegate Subpoena

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly filed court papers on Thursday seeking to block a documents subpoena issued by the legislative committee investigating the Bridgegate scandal.

Va. Same-Sex Marriage Plaintiffs Fight Class Request to Intervene

Mike Scarcella : The National Law Journal : January 05, 2014

The lawyers challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage are fighting a request by class representatives, in a separate but parallel case, to join pending litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Music Rights Holder SESAC Must Face Antitrust Claims

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 05, 2014

A judge in New York refused to throw out part of an antitrust class action brought by TV station owners against SESAC, a music licensing organization that represents thousands of composers. The ruling comes just months after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that radio broadcasters are likely to prevail on similar claims.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 04, 2014

Four firms announce new additions, while two have promoted attorneys to partner.

Reed Smith, Skadden Advise as Caesars Shuffles Casinos

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Caesars Entertainment is selling four casino properties in Las Vegas and New Orleans to one of its affiliates in a restructuring transaction worth $2.2 billion, including assumed debt and committed expenditures. Reed Smith is representing a special committee of Caesars' board while Skadden is advising a special committee of Caesars Acquisition Company's board.

Virginia Class Seeks to Intervene in Same-Sex Marriage Case

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Lawyers representing a class of same-sex couples in Virginia have moved to intervene in a pending case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that challenges the constitutionality of the state's ban on gay marriage.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Harvey Kauget joins Burr & Forman's intellectual property practice as partner in the Tampa office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

9 Environmental Challenges for US Businesses in 2014

E. Lynn Grayson and Alexander J. Bandza : Corporate Counsel : January 03, 2014

Ever-changing environmental challenges confront U.S. businesses, and they will continue to do so throughout 2014.

Christie Campaign Manager Fights Bridgegate Committee's Subpoena

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, is asking a New Jersey judge to quash a documents subpoena from the legislative committee investigating last September's closure of George Washington Bridge access lanes.

Ready for Prime Time

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

The MPAA hires a veteran GC who knows his way around a courtroom; and other Moves.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Rader dresses down the defense … White asks 'Where's the beef?' … And Google learns it's hard to argue with a fatwa

Unredacted Transcripts of Emails Shine Further Light on Bridgegate

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 28, 2014

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation has released further transcripts of email exchanges among officials involved in last September's closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Am Law Attorneys Take Wheel in 'Bridgegate'

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 27, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie and others ensnared in New Jersey's latest political scandal lawyer up.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: At Kaye Scholer, Revenue Dips Again

Ross Todd : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

Kaye Scholer saw its gross revenue decline for the third straight year in 2013, but the firm managed to eke out small gains in revenue per lawyer and profits per equity partner thanks to an accompanying contraction within its attorney ranks, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

Off the Aereo … Gunderson's trouble in paradise … Hausfeld plays offense

Aereo Scrambles After First Copyright Loss to Broadcasters

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

Television's old guard finally opened a chink in Aereo Inc.'s armor this week, winning a ruling that left the Internet TV upstart and its lawyers fighting to limit the damage ahead of arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in April.

Bridgegate Committee Files Suit To Enforce Document Subpoenas

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 19, 2014

A New Jersey legislative committee filed court papers Wednesday to compel compliance with its subpoenas by two figures implicated in last September's closure of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Lawsuit Against State Farm Was A Good Investment

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : January 19, 2014

Litigation funder Bentham backed a roofing contractor battling the insurer for defamation—and made $2.2 million.

Kelly, Stepien Will Continue To Defy Bridgegate Subpoenas, Counsel Say

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Two subjects of the investigation into last September's abrupt closing of local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge are persisting in their refusal to comply with document subpoenas from a special committee of the New Jersey Legislature.

Bridgegate Panel Is Asked To Review Dismissal of Hunterdon Criminal Case

Mary Pat Gallagher : New Jersey Law Journal : January 18, 2014

A former high-level Hunterdon County prosecutor who claims he was forced out after N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's administration intervened in a criminal case against the county sheriff has asked the Bridgegate investigative committee to look into the incident.

Bitcoin: What It Is And How It's Regulated in the U.S.

Anthony S. Barkow and Nathaniel H. Benforado : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Anthony S. Barkow, a partner at Jenner & Block, and Nathaniel H. Benforado, an associate with the firm, write: Regardless of who is ultimately right about the future of Bitcoin—those who think it fueled by foolish speculation or those who believe it to be a more efficient currency for the Internet age—"real" money is being poured into the Bitcoin ecosystem, new startups are entering the field almost every day, and even mainstream entities are getting involved. And with Bitcoin no longer on the fringe, regulators have taken note.

Justices Could Confront Same-Sex Marriage Again in 2015

Marcia Coyle : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

Federal court decisions striking down same-sex marriage restrictions have moved, or are about to move, into four federal appellate courts, increasing the likelihood of U.S. Supreme Court review in 2015 or soon thereafter.

The Churn: Milbank, Shearman Land Securities Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

A string of New York securities litigators are on the move; Bingham loses two Los Angeles–based lawyers to Winston and a partner in San Francisco to Manatt; and a former U.S. ambassador rejoins Jones Day.

Fifth Amendment Privilege Claims Spurned by Bridgegate Committee

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 10, 2014

The New Jersey legislative committee investigating last fall's suspect closures of George Washington Bridge access lanes has rejected claims of Fifth Amendment privilege raised by two subpoenaed individuals.

Aereo Rival to Supreme Court: What About Us?

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 03, 2014

The TV streaming start-ups Aereo Inc. and FilmOn have a lot in common, including the tiny antennas they use to transmit programming to subscribers. But when it comes to their record in the courts, FilmOn and its lawyers have some catching up to do.

A Personal Take on This Year's Lateral Report

Robin Sparkman : The American Lawyer : January 03, 2014

After six years at the magazine's helm, The American Lawyer's editor in chief issue makes a move of her own and uses the occasion to reflect on two trends that capture Big Law's split personality.

The Churn: Katten Grabs Bingham Real Estate Group, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 31, 2014

Bingham McCutchen loses another practice group leader, as real estate cochair Kenneth Lore takes a nine-lawyer team to Katten Muchin Rosenman. Meanwhile, Skadden brings back a former partner to head its white-collar group and Blank Rome poaches two partners versed in sometimes tricky partnership issues from Greenberg Traurig.

Fee Tracker: Super Bowl, Patent Battles and More

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

In our latest installment of the Fee Tracker, The Am Law Daily looks at the legal fees paid by several leading nonprofit organizations in the news, such as the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Bidding Committee, the Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research and the UJA-Federation of New York, which recently hired a top Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison litigation partner as its new leader.