Todd Toral
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Todd Toral, chair of cross-border litigation for the Americas at DLA Piper, is joining Jenner & Block as a complex commercial litigation partner in Los Angeles.

Toral, tapped by DLA Piper in 2014 to be part of a cross-border litigation leadership team, primarily handles bank disputes and private equity matters. Toral said he was drawn to the strength of Jenner & Block’s practice in Japan, where he once lived.

The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm has only one office outside the country, in London, but Jenner & Block has been representing Japanese companies in U.S. litigation since the 1980s. Jenner & Block’s embrace of Toral’s pro bono activities also weighed in the firm’s favor, he said.

A former captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as an infrantry offices for eight years, Toral represented a Bay Area branch of the American Legion in a 2015 suit that accused the City of San Francisco of forcing the veterans’ aid group Swords to Plowshares out of a war memorial building in favor of other tenants.

“I was very clear about my desire to continue to represent veterans’ groups and individuals, and the warmth of the reception I received when having those conversations was tremendous,” Toral said.

In a statement prepared by Jenner & Block, the firm’s managing partner Terrence Truax said that Toral’s dedication to his pro bono practice was part of what made him an attractive lateral recruit. Jenner & Block consistently lands on The American Lawyer’s list of top firms for pro bono.

“His commitment to professional excellence and public service mirror the core values that distinguish us as a firm,” Truax said.

Prior to joining DLA Piper in 2010, Toral served deputy practice group leader for Nixon Peabody’s commercial litigation practice. While DLA Piper saw its gross revenue slip slightly in 2016, as profits per equity partner rose 5.4 percent, to $1.655 million. Jenner & Block’s gross revenue also fell, but profits per partner at the firm ticked up 1.5 percent, to $1.745 million.

Jenner & Block, whose longtime chairman Anton “Tony” Valukas announced last week that he would soon step down from the ceremonial leadership role, did see its head count soar by 12 percent in 2016, as the firm took on 16 lateral partners. The hiring has not stopped in 2017.

The American Lawyer reported last month on Jenner & Block launching an aviation practice after making two hires from United Airlines Inc. and one from Crowell & Moring, and the firm has been busy over the past month, hiring Morrison & Foerster global public companies co-chair David Lynn to serve as co-chair of its securities practice in Washington, D.C.

Lynn, a former chief counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, joined Jenner & Block a week before it brought on David Bitkowker, principal deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal division, as a partner for its white-collar defense and investigations practice in the nation’s capital.

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Todd Toral, chair of cross-border litigation for the Americas at DLA Piper , is joining Jenner & Block as a complex commercial litigation partner in Los Angeles.

Toral, tapped by DLA Piper in 2014 to be part of a cross-border litigation leadership team, primarily handles bank disputes and private equity matters. Toral said he was drawn to the strength of Jenner & Block ’s practice in Japan, where he once lived.

The Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm has only one office outside the country, in London, but Jenner & Block has been representing Japanese companies in U.S. litigation since the 1980s. Jenner & Block ’s embrace of Toral’s pro bono activities also weighed in the firm’s favor, he said.

A former captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as an infrantry offices for eight years, Toral represented a Bay Area branch of the American Legion in a 2015 suit that accused the City of San Francisco of forcing the veterans’ aid group Swords to Plowshares out of a war memorial building in favor of other tenants.

“I was very clear about my desire to continue to represent veterans’ groups and individuals, and the warmth of the reception I received when having those conversations was tremendous,” Toral said.

In a statement prepared by Jenner & Block , the firm’s managing partner Terrence Truax said that Toral’s dedication to his pro bono practice was part of what made him an attractive lateral recruit. Jenner & Block consistently lands on The American Lawyer’s list of top firms for pro bono.

“His commitment to professional excellence and public service mirror the core values that distinguish us as a firm,” Truax said.

Prior to joining DLA Piper in 2010, Toral served deputy practice group leader for Nixon Peabody ’s commercial litigation practice. While DLA Piper saw its gross revenue slip slightly in 2016, as profits per equity partner rose 5.4 percent, to $1.655 million. Jenner & Block ’s gross revenue also fell, but profits per partner at the firm ticked up 1.5 percent, to $1.745 million.

Jenner & Block , whose longtime chairman Anton “Tony” Valukas announced last week that he would soon step down from the ceremonial leadership role, did see its head count soar by 12 percent in 2016, as the firm took on 16 lateral partners. The hiring has not stopped in 2017.

The American Lawyer reported last month on Jenner & Block launching an aviation practice after making two hires from United Airlines Inc. and one from Crowell & Moring , and the firm has been busy over the past month, hiring Morrison & Foerster global public companies co-chair David Lynn to serve as co-chair of its securities practice in Washington, D.C.

Lynn, a former chief counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, joined Jenner & Block a week before it brought on David Bitkowker, principal deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal division, as a partner for its white-collar defense and investigations practice in the nation’s capital.

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