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Jenner & Block

At a Glance


“The people and the interesting work.”

“Opportunities to work on meaningful pro bono matters.”


“The hours can be tough when the groups are smaller.”

“Occasional lack of transparency over important decisions.”

About Jenner & Block


From its Windy City roots, Jenner & Block has grown to a firm of more than 500 lawyers in offices in Chicago; London; Los Angeles; New York; San Francisco; and Washington, DC. The client roster is a blend of established corporate institutions—and trendy players in the worlds of business, the arts and entertainment, and technology. The firm is also known for its values, especially its commitment to pro bono.

A Litigation Star Is Born

The firm now known as Jenner & Block was founded in 1914 as Newman, Poppenhusen & Stern by a trio of lawyers with big-name Chicago firm pedigrees. In its early years, the firm advised the city’s banks, mortgage houses, and blue-collar corporations. Once the 1920s roared around, however, the firm took on a decidedly more high-profile identity as litigator Edward Johnston developed into one of the nation’s foremost antitrust attorneys. With a victory in the landmark 1925 U.S. Supreme Court case of Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association v. United States, in which he dismantled the Justice Department’s argument that the exchange of information by trade association members constituted a violation of antitrust law, Johnston cemented the firm’s reputation for powerhouse litigation.

Collaboration Is Key

Jenner & Block has leading international litigation, arbitration, and investigations practices. Jenner & Block also boasts a top-notch appellate team, which has secured victories at appellate courts of all levels on a variety of issues and has recorded more than 100 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, including a landmark win for LGBT-rights in Lawrence v. Texas. The firm’s litigation department is “fully integrated,” which means lawyers work across sub-practices and regions with a focus on collaboration.

While the firm is most known for its litigation prowess, Jenner’s corporate department is no slouch either. The practice is oriented around M&A but covers an array of complex transactions and counsels for a wide range of clients, from large public companies, to middle-market and emerging companies, closely held family businesses, and private equity and other funds and investors.

Focus on Others

Pro bono is a major part of Jenner’s culture, with 100 percent of its attorneys dedicating more than 20 hours of pro bono work in 2020—more than 68,000 hours in one year. The firm has been ranked the No. 1 pro bono firm by The American Lawyer a whopping ten times and is among the top 20 firms for pro bono in Vault’s ranking. There is no cap to how many pro bono hours count toward attorneys’ billables at the firm. And the work is wide ranging, including everything from asylum to criminal matters to domestic violence to FOIA, and much more. The firm shares its pro bono news on a blog very cleverly named The Heart of the Matter.

News & Awards

  • We delivered a report in 2021 on allegations of sexual assault at the Chicago Blackhawks that was cited in hundreds of news articles, the most public example of the sensitive investigations our lawyers do all the time.

  • We went to the Supreme Court in 2020 to stop the Trump administration from terminating the DACA program, preserving protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrived in the US as children.

  • Working as co-counsel with the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, we won Lawrence v. Texas, a landmark for LGBTQ+ rights, in 2003. The Supreme Court struck down a Texas statute that criminalized sex between two people of the same sex.

  • Our work appealing the death sentence of William Witherspoon had wide ramifications for how juries are selected in capital cases and led to the lifting of more than 350 death sentences.

  • “Top Firm for Advancement,” 2022 – Yale Law Women’s Top Firms Report
  • “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality,” 2022 – Human Rights Campaign
  • “Practice Groups of the Year: Cannabis, Media and Entertainment, and Government Contracts,” 2022 – Law360
  • “Tipping the Scales” for having 50 percent or more women in our 2021 new partner class, 2021 – Diversity and Flexibility Alliance
  • “Inclusion Champion,” 2021 – Diversity Lab
Jenner & Block

353 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: (312) 222-9350

Firm Stats

Co-Managing Partners: Katya Jestin and Randy Mehrberg
Hiring Attorney: Charlotte L. Wager
Total No. Attorneys (2022):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2022:
Billable-Hour Requirement:

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
Summer Associate: $4134.61/week

Employment Contact

Heather Conrad
Associate Director, Legal Recruiting
(212) 891-1683

No. of U.S. Offices: 5

No. of International Offices: 1

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC | London

Major Departments

Antitrust and Competition Law
Appellate and Supreme Court
Aviation and Aerospace
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Business Litigation
Communications, Internet, and Technology
Content, Media, and Entertainment
Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
ESG: Environmental, Social, and Governance
ERISA Litigation
Government Contracts
Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation
Investigations, Compliance, and Defense
National Security, Sanctions, and Export Controls
Native American Law
Mergers & Acquisitions
Patent Litigation and Counseling
Professional Responsibility
Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.