Established in 1914, Jenner & Block was initially called Newman, Poppenhusen & Stern, three of the biggest names on the Chicago legal circuit. During the firms early years, the firm focused on serving banks, mortgage houses and blue-collar corporations. However, by 1920s Jenner & Block LLP took on the identity of Newman, Poppenhusen & Stern when the firms most prolific litigator Edward Johnston became known as the country’s s foremost antitrust attorneys. Today Jenner & Block is a stronghold of almost 480 attorneys in offices around Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington.DC.
Jenner & Block LLP is known for handling some of the U.S. legal system’s most high profile cases. There fore, it is no wonder that some of the most high-profile layers and attorneys are part of this magnificent law firm. In 2010, when the largest bankruptcy case in the legal history of America, Lehman Brothers was examined by Jenner & Block LLP’s Chairman, it resulted in a 2,200 page report on bankruptcy which was hailed nationally as well as internationally. Almost 20% of the Jenner & Block’s partners are recognized by Chambers USA. Among the attorneys ranks you can find 13 members of the much respected American College of Trial Lawyers, 2 former United States Attorneys, 11 former Assistant U.S. Attorneys. Quite a few Jenner & Block lawyers have held senior positions at the SEC and state and local bar associations. Among the clients of the firm are Fortune 100 companies, financial services institutions, multi-nationals, emerging companies, venture capital and private equity investors.
Jenner & Block counts pro bono as one of its core values, deeply embedded in the culture and values of the firm. 935,000 hours have been invested in pro bono work by Jenner & Block over the last 20 years. In 2010 alone, on averaged 147.78 hours of pro bono work was done by Jenner & Block attorneys. Pro bono services are extended to deserving causes like civil liberties; asylum and immigration; death penalty litigation and not-for-profit incorporation; intellectual property counseling; corporate governance; public health; women’s rights; education; disability rights; domestic and family law; environmental law; elder law; fair housing and real estate; and veterans’ benefits.
Established in 1914, Jenner and Block is an influential law firm headquartered in Chicago and with branch offices in New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. Dynamism, public service, and integrity are the defining factors of the highly successful firm. In its beginning years, the firm played an instrumental role in representing powerful banks, industrial corporations, mortgage houses, and investment bankers, but in the 1920’s, Jenner and Block started emerging as a major contender for litigation attorneys. Now, the firm is revered as an organization that delivers result-oriented, efficient, and meticulous legal services. Powered by a legal team comprising of 350 energetic and passionate attorneys, the firm has become known as a litigation powerhouse. Representing their clients formidably in front of the United States Supreme Court, the litigation attorneys at Jenner and Block are known nationally for their exceptional skills.
At Jenner and Block, client service is a core principle and always comes first. By making the client comfortable and asking him/her the right questions, the firm’s attorneys always get down to the bottom of each problem and strive to get the optimum results for their client. Their commitment to their legal profession is frequently recognized in the form of accolades by prestigious organizations. 33 of the firm’s partners have their names listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2011 edition.
Giving back to the community through pro bono work and donations is a key activity at Jenner and Block. From death penalty cases to human right issues, the firm’s attorneys contribute pro bono hours to help poor individuals and families who cannot afford a lawyer. The firm’s dedication to public service is also recognized by legal organizations, and it frequently receives awards in this endeavor. For example, in 1995, the firm received the distinguished Pro Bono Publico Award by the American Bar Association.