Anton R. Valukas

Anton R. Valukas (born c. 1944[1]) was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1985 to 1989. In 2007, he became the chairman of Chicago law firm Jenner & Block, in which capacity he gained notoriety in 2009, when he was appointed bankruptcy examiner in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.


Anton R. Valukas is the son of Anton J. Valukas, a former Illinois Circuit Court Judge. His grandfather, Anton Kasmir, migrated to the United States from Lithuania. He attended Lawrence University, graduating in 1965, and Northwestern University School of Law, graduating in 1968. He was admitted to the bar of Illinois in 1968.

Valukas became an Assistant United States Attorney in 1970. In 1974, he became Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division of the United States Department of Justice. Then, in 1975-76, he served as First Assistant United States Attorney. In addition to his duties at the Department of Justice, from 1972 to 1976, Valukas was an instructor at the John Marshall Law School.

A Republican, Valukas left the DOJ in 1976 when Jimmy Carter became President of the United States. Valukas joined Jenner & Block as a partner at this time. He also served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, 1980-82.

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan appointed Valukas as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. The most notable event of Valukas' four-year term as United States Attorney was Operation Greylord, an investigation into judicial corruption in Cook County, Illinois that ultimately resulted in the indictment of 92 people, including 17 judges.

At the end of his term as United States Attorney, in 1989, Valukas returned to Jenner & Block. There, his practice has focused on white collar criminal defense. He also tutored three young men from Chicago's projects, all of whom earned college degrees. According to Valukas, "My experience with each of them over the last 24 years has been absolutely profound. If you were to ask me ...what was more important -- being a United States Attorney, being chair of a national law firm, being the examiner for Lehman Brothers or tutoring those three young men -- I would tell you it was tutoring those three young men." [2]

In 2009, Valukas was appointed bankruptcy examiner in the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. His Examiner's report was released to the public in March 2010.[3]

Recently, he enquired into and submitted a report on General Motor Company's safety record. (Source : Time magazine dt.6th Oct., 2014)


  1. Possley, Maurice (January 24, 1985). "Valukas Fought Official Corruption". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  2. "Valukas Receives Honorary Degree,", Lawrence Todaysummer 2012, p. 16. The quotation is from his Lawrence University commencement address (2012).
  3. "Court-Appointed Lehman Examiner Unveils Report", The New York Times Dealbook blog, March 11, 2010; "Learning from Lehman", The New York Times, March 14, 2010; Mike Spector, Susanne Craig, and Peter Lattman, "Examiner: Lehman Torpedoed Lehman", The Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2010.
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