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Cooley Partner Lindsay Jenkins to Be Nominated to Illinois District Court Seat

Chicago – July 18, 2022 – The White House announced President Joe Biden’s intent to nominate Cooley partner Lindsay Jenkins to a judicial position on the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

“Lindsay is well deserving of this incredible honor,” said Mike Attanasio, chair of Cooley’s global litigation department. “She came to Cooley as a key part of our elite, next-generation and diverse trial practice, and she has proven to be a wonderful partner and an invaluable resource to our clients. We know that the federal judiciary and the country will now benefit from Lindsay’s judgment and her deep commitment to law and justice.”

“Lindsay is a fabulous lawyer and colleague who quickly established herself as a great mentor to our next-generation lawyers,” added Andrew Goldstein, head of Cooley’s white collar defense & investigations practice. “We are proud of her accomplishments and excited by the prospect of her stepping into this role.”

A prominent member of Cooley’s white collar defense & investigations practice group, Jenkins is a former federal prosecutor with extensive experience overseeing complex, high-stakes criminal cases and government investigations. Over the course of 15+ years at the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, Jenkins led prosecutions and investigations across a broad range of issues, including public corruption, bribery and extortion, mortgage, investment and healthcare grant fraud, theft of trade secrets, computer intrusion, and civil rights violations, as well as mail, wire and bank fraud, money laundering, threats, narcotics conspiracies, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act violations. By the end of her tenure, Jenkins was chief of the criminal division, supervising the work of approximately 150 prosecutors in nine criminal prosecution sections.

Jenkins is a two‐time recipient of the Chicago Crime Commission’s Criminal Justice Award and has received both the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division commendation and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General commendation. She also was recently named to Chicago Lawyer’s Top 50 Women in Law list, in addition to being inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers as a fellow.

If confirmed, Jenkins will fill the seat held by US District Judge John Z. Lee, who was nominated for an Illinois seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In a briefing room statement, Biden said that the latest judicial nominees “are extraordinarily qualified, experienced and devoted to the rule of law and our Constitution.”

Read the full White House announcement here

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