A heavy-hitter with a hand in most major areas of law and an
internationally-recognized prowess in litigation, Jones Day uses
its size and reach-offices in 19 countries spread over five
continents-to maintain strong client relationships with global
corporate giants. According to The Am Law 100, it's one of the
largest firms in the United States by gross revenue.
Founded in 1893 by Judge Edwin Blandin and William Lowe Rice, Jones
Day made its name by representing Midwestern manufacturers and
transportation companies from its Cleveland base. One of the first
firms in the nation to adopt a corporate management structure,
Jones Day continued its rise by opening a Washington, DC office in
1946. The years since the firm's founding have brought steady
growth-with the addition of dozens of offices at home and
overseas-and fame, as the firm's involvement in political scraps of
the highest order helped cement its reputation inside the Beltway
Put Up Your Dukes
Jones Day has squared off against some of the nation's most
powerful policymakers, starting in 1952, when the firm stood up to
Harry Truman over the seizure of U.S. steel mills during the Korean
War. Years later, Jones Day litigator H. Chapman "Chappie" Rose
made the wise decision to turn down Richard Nixon's entreaty for
representation during the Watergate investigation. In 1980, the
firm stormed the front pages yet again by suing Jimmy Carter for
his gas tax (a case launched in cooperation with the Independent
Gasoline Marketers Council) and then defending Ronald Reagan in a
scuffle over federal elections funds.
Clients Come First
The firm's DC connections, however, extend beyond the White House:
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, nine-term U.S.
Congresswoman Jane Harman and former U.S. Solicitor General and
Harvard Law School Dean Erwin Griswold are all Jones Day alumni.
Managing partner Stephen Brogan worked at the U.S. Department of
Justice from 1981 to 1983, serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney
General. The firm's alumni shine outside of the political arena
too-Nextel founder Morgan O'Brien, McKinsey & Company founder
Marvin Bower, and Nobel laureate David Morse used to grace the
halls of the firm.
Over the years, Jones Day and its attorneys have picked up
numerous awards from the likes of the Children's Law Center, the
Labor and Employment Relations Association, Law360 and Chambers.
The kudos aren't just for savvy practice and involvement in major
deals and cases-for over a decade Jones Day lawyers have been
ranked among BTI Consulting Group's Client Service All-Stars. It's
one of only eight firms in the United States to earn such a
consistent record on BTI's ranking, which compiles feedback from
corporate counsel to identify attorneys who provide the best client
service in the nation.
Among the companies who have come to rely on Jones Day's service
are The Sherwin-Williams Company, which the firm has defended in
lead paint suits; retail giant Macy's, which has sought
representation on employment issues and consumer class action
suits; and Chrysler LLC, which hired Jones Day as restructuring
counsel during its headline-grabbing bankruptcy proceedings.
According to the firm, it represents over half the Fortune 500, and
has maintained relationships with most of its clients for over a
IN THE NEWS
Hot for Appellate
Jones Day was named, once again, to the National Law Journal (NLJ)
annual "Appellate Hot List." It is the second straight year, and
fifth out of the last six, the Firm has been on the List. The
article noted Jones Day's representation on behalf of the Noel
Canning Corporation, obtaining a ruling from the DC Circuit that
the three January 4, 2012 "recess" appointments by President Obama
to the National Labor Relations Board are invalid because they
exceeded the scope of his authority under the Recess Appointments
Clause. It also noted R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.'s challenge to the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration on graphic warning labels the
agency wanted to mandate for cigarette packages.
There was little fanfare surrounding the March 11 announcement out
of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's office that the financially crippled
city, which faces more than $15 million in long-term debt
obligations, had hired Jones Day as restructuring counsel. The
official four-paragraph press release, which emphasized the firm's
size and credentials, ended with the following quote from Bing:
"The experience of the Jones Day law firm will be a valuable asset
as we proceed with our plan for restructuring the City of Detroit."
In a separate announcement, in March, 2013, Jones Day Partner Kevyn
Orr was named Emergency Financial Manager for City of Detroit.
Bienvenidos a Miami
Jones Day announced that it opened an office in Miami, the Firm's
first office in Florida, 16th in the U.S., and 40th in the world.
Pedro A. Jimenez, a Miami native and partner in Jones Day's
Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice, will serve as
Partner-in-Charge. Enrique (Rick) Martin, who recently joined Jones
Day as a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice, will
serve as the Office's Administrative Partner in Miami. The Firm's
expansion to Miami reflects its continuing commitment to the
rapidly growing Latin America market. The Firm established offices
in Mexico City in 2009 and São Paulo in 2011, but its clients'
needs in the remaining 18 countries in the region also can be met
most effectively from Miami.
Jones Day ranked #1 globally in M&A league tables for the first
quarter of 2013, maintaining a position it has held for 50
consecutive quarters, more than 13 years. Jones Day led all law
firms for number of completed deals worldwide in the Q1 2013
M&A rankings released by Thomson Reuters. The Firm received
credit from Thomson for 80 completed deals worldwide. Thomson also
ranked the Firm #1 for completed deals with U.S. targets with 43
deals. The Firm captured the #1 ranking in every published Thomson
league table based on deal count.
Meet the A-Team
For the eighth time in the 12 years of the survey, Jones Day topped
BTI Consulting Group's 2013 "Client Service A-Team" ranking, which
identifies the top law firms for client service through a national
survey of corporate counsel. For all 12 years of the survey, the
Firm has won a place among BTI's "Client Service 30," the elite
group within the "A-Team," never ranking below the top four.
According to a study released by Acritas, the brand research
company, Jones Day was one of the best known law firm brands coming
in at #2 on the list. Acritas compiled its list based on answers to
phone interviews with 902 clients, 667 headquartered in the U.S.
These are big clients: 58 percent report revenues of at least $1