Remember the mystery meeting held last month at Covington & Burling? It seems that Jenner & Block is following in Covington’s footsteps, announcing an “all associates” meeting for 5 p.m. today that has set tongues wagging.
In times of high anxiety, firm-wide meetings make people nervous. It’s a little early for bonus discussion, so what might be in the cards? A merger? Layoffs?
We reached out to the firm for comment. Jonathan Groner, a Jenner spokesperson, described the upcoming event as simply a regular meeting with associates, held in the ordinary course. He declined to discuss the agenda for the meeting, citing its internal nature.
Should Jenner associates be worried? Probably not. What we’re hearing is that the meeting will bring good news. Word on the street is that it’s being held to tell everyone — in the wake of Heller Ehrman’s collapse, and general economic turmoil — that Jenner is doing just fine. Managing partner Susan Levy will offer words of reassurance to all assembled. [FN1]
So the meeting is expected to be a non-event. But if it turns out to be more momentous, we will let you know.
[FN1] With respect to Susan Levy, one tipster tells us: “Yay to Jenner for selecting a female managing partner. She may not be able to see Russia from her office in Chicago, but she was ready to lead from Day 1.”
(By the way, speaking of Jenner and gender, the firm was recently honored by Working Mother as one of the best law firms for women.)