NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jenner & Block LLP is pleased to announce that Jeremy M. Creelan, Special Counsel to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, has rejoined the firm as a litigation partner in the New York office. Mr. Creelan will work in the firm's Complex Commercial Litigation Practice and Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice.
During Mr. Creelan's three-year tenure in Albany, he played a key role in the state's adoption of meaningful ethics reform, new regulations to reduce alcohol-related driving accidents, mandatory collection of DNA from all felons, new rules to limit executive compensation for organizations that do substantial business with the state, and several other initiatives. Over the past year, he was critical to the state's response after Superstorm Sandy, serving as point person in coordinating the recovery effort by every New York state agency for the Governor, including the infrastructure and housing programs. In addition, he successfully initiated an online voter registration program for New York State in August 2013, and played a key role launching the Moreland Commission that is currently investigating public corruption in Albany.
"Jeremy's experience at the highest level of state government, coupled with his strengths as an incredibly talented and successful litigator, make him a superb addition to our litigation practice. We could not be happier that Jeremy is back at the firm," said Jenner & Block Managing Partner Susan C. Levy.
Richard F. Ziegler, Managing Partner of Jenner & Block's New York office, added: "Jeremy helped us start the New York Office and his return reinforces the firm's strong commitment to public service. He is the fourth new partner to join us in the last few months, and combined with the two New York associates we just elevated to the partnership, the New York Office could not have a stronger—or more collegial—bench of talent." Mr. Creelan joins recent New York strategic hires Neil M. Barofsky, the former Special Inspector General for TARP (and author of the best-seller "Bailout"); Joseph L. Noga, the former deputy chief of litigation for GE Capital; and Uri Doron, a leading M&A and private equity lawyer.
In addition to returning to the firm's Complex Commercial Litigation practice group, Mr. Creelan will also participate in expanding Jenner & Block's government controversies practice. "Jeremy has the right mix of litigation, public policy, conflict resolution and communications skills necessary to help our clients achieve their key objectives," said Thomas J. Perrelli, Chair of Jenner & Block's Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, who recently returned to the firm's Washington, D.C. Office after serving as Associate U.S. Attorney General. "In his various roles in public service and formerly with Jenner & Block, he has proved able to help clients solve their most significant problems, whether they occur in court, before the legislature or a regulatory authority, or in the public policy arena." Jenner & Block's New York Office also includes Peter B. Pope, former Chief of the Criminal Division of the New York Attorney General's Office and former Executive Director to two prior New York governors.
Said Mr. Creelan: "I have enjoyed my time in state government tremendously, and have learned a great deal. It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege to work for Governor Cuomo. I look forward to returning to private practice at Jenner & Block, which boasts as talented and experienced a group of lawyers as can be found anywhere."
Mr. Creelan previously served as Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, where he developed and prosecuted numerous high-profile election law cases to protect voters' rights and reduce corruption. He also co-authored a landmark, comprehensive study of New York State's legislative process.
In 1998-99, Mr. Creelan clerked for the Honorable Denise L. Cote, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1996 where he was the Editor-In-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review. Mr. Creelan graduated from Yale College with a B.A. summa cum laude in 1991; he was Phi Beta Kappa.
About Jenner & Block's Complex Commercial Litigation Practice
Building on a long history of landmark victories, attorneys in Jenner & Block's Complex Commercial Litigation Practice combine zealous advocacy, creative strategies and experience in business, finance, accounting and deal structure to achieve our clients' litigation and business goals. Our practice includes trial and appellate attorneys who have been recognized as among the leading attorneys in the country.
About Jenner & Block's Government Controversies & Public Policy Litigation Practice
Jenner & Block's Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice, led by a former Associate Attorney General of the United States, brings to bear the firm's excellence in litigation and counseling to advise companies, corporate executives and boards, and government institutions on the most controversial problems they may ever face at the intersection of law, law enforcement and government regulation.
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Jenner & Block (www.jenner.com) is a national law firm with approximately 480 attorneys and offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014, the firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions. Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors. In 2013, The American Lawyer magazine named Jenner & Block to the AmLaw A-List recognizing the top 20 law firms in the country, for the second consecutive year and the fifth time overall since the ranking was established a decade ago. The firm also has been named by American Lawyer as the nation's leading pro bono firm in four of the past six years.
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