Terri Mascherin


Jenner & Block LLP


Goodman Theater
Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, Board of Visitors



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Terri L. Mascherin is a partner at Jenner & Block LLP, practicing in the Firm’s Litigation Department. She is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, and Unfair Competition, False Advertising and Lanham Act Practices. Ms. Mascherin is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and Co-Chair of the Marketing and Business Development Committee. She is also a member of the Firm’s Diversity and Women’s Forum Steering Committees.

Ms. Mascherin represents businesses in disputes over corporate transactions, partnerships, joint ventures, licenses, and contracts. She represents clients in trials, appeals and regulatory appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Ms. Mascherin was recognized in 2007 as one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” by The National Law Journal, and was profiled in Leading Lawyers magazine in 2009. Ms. Mascherin is AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.

Ms. Mascherin presently serves as President of the Chicago Bar Association, having previously served as First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Treasurer. She is a member of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women and has also served on the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. Ms. Mascherin is active in the Litigation and Business Law Sections of the American Bar Association, and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Ms. Mascherin has an active pro bono practice which has included successfully challenging death sentences imposed on two men on Illinois’ death row and defending challenges to the clemency orders issued by former Illinois Governor George Ryan. Ms. Mascherin is a past member of the Board of the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights. She is a member and past Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project. Ms. Mascherin also received the 2004 Cunningham Carey Award from the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the 2002 Outstanding Legal Service Award given by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty for her representation of those on death row and her work to promote effective representation of defendants in capital cases. In addition, in 2003 she received the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award from Jenner & Block.

In 2009, Ms. Mascherin was honored by Northwestern University with its Alumni Service Award. Ms. Mascherin is a member and past Chair of the Northwestern University Law School Board. She co-chaired the Northwestern University Law School Strategic Planning Working Group in 2007-08 and was the keynote speaker for the 2007 Northwestern University School of Law Commencement Ceremony.

Ms. Mascherin received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1981, completing dual majors in public policy studies (concentration in health policy) and history. She was among the first recipients of the President’s Senior Leadership Award at Duke. She received her J.D. from the Northwestern University Law School, cum laude, in 1984, where she graduated Order of the Coif. Ms. Mascherin is a member of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the State of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (including the Trial Bar) and several other federal district courts and courts of appeals.

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