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 Cleveland in 1893 by Judge Edwin Blandin and William
Lowe Rice, Jones Day made its name by representing Midwestern
manufacturers and transportation companies. 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 and beyond.
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 that 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; Proctor & Gamble, which regularly seeks advice from the
firm in the areas of M&A, litigation and IP, to name a few; 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 decade.
IN THE NEWS
Jones Day opens new office in Detroit bringing the total office
count to 17 in the United States and 42 worldwide.
Kevyn Orr returned to Jones Day and assumed the duties of Partner
in Charge of the Washington office. Kevyn was the Emergency Manager
for the City of Detroit during chapter 9 bankruptcy and
Jones Day ranked No. 1 for M&A deals worldwide each quarter
since 2000 according to Bloomberg.
Jones Day receives top ratings year after year in surveys by The
BTI Consulting Group. Seven Jones Day lawyers were chosen by
clients as "Client Service All-Stars" in BTI Consulting Group's
2015 survey. No other firm had a higher number of lawyers
LGBT Diversity Leaders
Jones Day has launched a new website that comprehensively surveys
and tracks changes in laws governing the legal recognition of
same-sex relationships around the world for which it received an
Award for Excellence from Chambers USA in the category of
Diversity. The site is available for use without charge.
Rebuilding the Motor City
Jones Day served as lead restructuring counsel to the City of
Detroit in connection with its chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed in
July 2013 and its ongoing restructuring efforts.