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Chicago-based litigation funder Longford Capital Management LP, having spent nearly half of the $500 million financing round it closed in September, on Monday announced it had hired a Jenner & Block partner to help find cases worth backing.

Justin Maleson, a 10-year veteran of the Am Law 100 firm’s vaunted litigation department, said he joined Longford in the Windy City as a result of a connection between Jenner & Block litigation chairman Craig Martin and Longford co-founder William Farrell Jr.

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