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3 New Leaders of Jenner’s Appellate Practice

Jan. 31, 2017, 10:00 PM

Jenner & Block has elevated three partners to become co-chairs of its appellate and Supreme Court practice in Washington, D.C.

Matthew S. Hellman and Jessica Ring Amunson in Washington, D.C. and Chicago partner Michael T. Brody have taken on the roles, the firm announced on Monday.

In a statement, the firm said that last year, the three lawyers argued seven cases before the nation’s high court and won all of them. This year, the team is slated to argue four cases before the court.

Among the pending cases, according to Hellman:


  • Kokesh v. SEC, which presents the question whether a federal five-year statute of limitations applies to disgorgement.


  • Howell v. Howell, which concerns the division of military benefits in divorce.


  • Honeycutt v. United States, which asks whether co-conspirators are jointly and severally liable for forfeiture of all of the reasonably foreseeable proceeds of a drug conspiracy.

The promotions come four months after former Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli decided not to rejoin Jenner & Block, but instead launched a Washington, D.C. office for Munger, Tolles & Olson.

A request to speak with Verrilli was declined and Jenner’s lawyers, not surprisingly, had few words to share about how the move affected the firm’s practice.

“He wanted the challenge of opening a new office,” Hellman told Big Law Business. “We already have an office in Washington.”

Jenner & Block’s Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax called the three newly-appointed co-chairs the firm’s “next generation of appellate advocates.”

Hellman is a former clerk to now-retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter. Amunson clerked for the Hon. Merrick B. Garland of the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Brody clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia when Justice Scalia served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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