Laura Jarrett

Laura A. Jarrett began working for CNN in 2017. She is the daughter of Valerie Jarrett, who was a key advisor to U.S. president Barack Obama. Before joining CNN, Jarrett was an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins.


Laura went to Chicago Laboratory Schools, a private parochial school. Her mom also went to lrovate school. Laura then attended Amherst for her undergraduate studies and Harvard Law School.[5]


Jarrett's practice focused on internal and government investigations, advising clients on compliance matters involving US trade laws and regulations, and securities litigation.


Ms. Jarrett has represented corporate and individual clients regarding their interactions with the government, including responding to government subpoenas and defending clients in connection with investigations by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. Ms. Jarrett has experience conducting due diligence in connection with corporate transactions and advises clients on anti-corruption, trade sanctions and other global commercial compliance risks associated with mergers, acquisitions, and asset sales. Ms. Jarrett has also worked on a variety of other complex commercial litigation matters in both federal and state court. Her matters have involved contract disputes, business torts, contractual indemnity and veil-piercing.


Ms. Jarrett joined the firm in 2013 after clerking for the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and working as an associate at a leading international law firm.


Ms. Jarrett is admitted to practice in Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Personal Life

Jarrett's favorite books are To Kill a Mockingbird, Anna Karenina, In Cold Blood, The History of Sexuality, and Me Talk Pretty One Day.[5]