2016 – Andrew F. Merrick
In practice for less than a decade, Andrew F. Merrick, a litigation Partner at Jenner & Block LLP, already stands out for his commitment to helping others while maintaining his busy commercial litigation practice on behalf of some of the firm’s most significant clients.
Andrew joined Jenner & Block in 2006 and immediately began devoting substantial time to pro bono work, including, within six months of starting his legal career, helping secure an acquittal for a client charged with first-degree murder. Since then, Andrew has devoted almost 2,000 hours to pro bono matters, including cases involving civil rights, criminal defense, housing, and immigration. In one notable case, he represented a client who was appealing his conviction on a drug conspiracy charge on an expedited basis to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, logging 215 pro bono hours over a four-week period. At the conclusion of his oral argument, he was praised by the then-Chief Judge of the Seventh Circuit for taking the case on short notice and presenting such a strong argument. Since being elevated to partner in 2014, Andrew’s commitment to pro bono has only strengthened; he devoted more than 230 hours to pro bono work in 2015.
Andrew has made significant contributions to the organized bar as well. Through his various leadership positions on the Securities Law Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the CBA, Andrew has helped develop and improve programming and boost membership, attendance, and visibility. Andrew also is a role model and mentor for associates at his firm. His commitment to firm mentorship was exemplified when he became the first associate to be awarded the firm’s prestigious Mentorship Award in 2012. Andrew also has devoted substantial time to the community, including to a childhood cancer nonprofit organization, Compass to Care, where he was elected President of the Board of Directors in 2015.
As his colleague notes, “Andrew does pro bono work because it’s the right thing to do and not for the attention or praise,” making him a very worthy recipient of this year’s Weigle Award.
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