Press Release

Cooley Partner Lindsay Jenkins Confirmed as Judge on US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

February 17, 2023

Chicago – February 17, 2023 – Cooley partner Lindsay Jenkins was confirmed to serve as a judge on the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by the US Senate on Tuesday, February 14.

“We are all incredibly proud that Lindsay will serve as a US District Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois,” said Mike Attanasio, chair of Cooley’s global litigation department. “Lindsay’s extraordinary credentials and trial experience at the highest levels of government have been invaluable in the continued growth and mentorship of our elite bench of next-generation litigators.”

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 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 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.

Jenkins is President Joe Biden’s 101st federal court appointment and takes the seat previously held by John Z. Lee.

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