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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 around the world.
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: late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Senator Charles McC. Mathias, nine-term U.S. Congresswoman Jane Harman, and former U.S. Solicitor General and Harvard Law School Dean Erwin Griswold all spent a portion of their careers at Jones Day. Managing partner Stephen Brogan worked at the DOJ 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 lawyers have earned numerous recognitions, awards, and rankings from industry groups (The American Bar Association, The Labor and Employment Relations Association), legal directories (Chambers, The Legal 500), publications (The Wall Street Journal, The American Lawyer), league tables (Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters), and non-profits (The Children’s Law Center). Perhaps most tellingly, for more than a decade BTI Consulting Group has named Jones Day a Client Service All-Star. The firm is one of only eight in the United States to consistently achieve this ranking, which reflects feedback from corporate counsel to identify lawyers who provide the best service in the nation.
Notable clients include the City of Detroit, which turned to Jones Day during its historic municipal bankruptcy proceedings; American Airlines in its merger with US Airways; Idenix Pharmaceuticals, represented by Jones Day in winning the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history; and consumer products giant Procter & Gamble, which regularly seeks advice from the firm for M&A, litigation, and IP matters. On the pro bono front, Jones Day lawyers annually log more than one hundred thousand hours assisting organizations such as the Clemency Project, Kids in Need of Defense, the Innocence Project, and others, while tackling issues like human trafficking, First Amendment rights, access to health care, veterans’ affairs, and the plight of refugee families seeking asylum in the United States.
IN THE NEWS
May & June 2018
Jones Day named to Pro Bono Hot List 2018 by The National Law Journal for success in several pro bono initiatives in 2017, ranging from ensuring access to the Rule of Law for refugees; securing the rights of individuals to affordable and decent housing; and advancing the Rule of Law, with an emphasis on human trafficking issues, in countries around the world.
Jones Day ranked #1 in BTI Client Service A-Team. The only law firm ranked “Best of the Best” in all 17 of BTI’s Client Service Performance Activities and among the top 5 every year including #1 or #2 for 16 years.
Sixteen of 44 offices have Office PICs who are women and 2 Regional PICs are women, for a total of 18 women PICs.
Jones Day ranked #1 worldwide for the number of deals in both the Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg M&A league tables for the first quarter of 2018, maintaining a position the firm has held for 70 consecutive quarters.
In 2015, Jones Day lawyers heard repeatedly that there is no national legal referral system for veterans. Jones Day teamed with the ABA to develop VetLex which launched in the spring of 2017. VetLex is a network to link U.S. veterans, veteran-serving organizations, and qualified pro bono or "low bono" (low cost) lawyers—across town or across the country—who will stand ready, willing, and able to provide the specific legal services veterans need.
Jones Day received an Award of Excellent from Chambers USA in the category of Diversity for the website it launched that comprehensively surveys and tracks changes in laws governing the legal recognition of same-sex relationships around the world. The website is available for use without charge and is updated regularly. Jones Day lawyers and summer associates are involved in the research.
One Firm / Formidable Talent
Jones Day is dedicated to providing exceptional service to our clients and offers each of its lawyers the opportunity to join a collaborative team that works across borders and practices. We seek lawyers who are committed to delivering the best service possible to our clients. Our lawyers take great pride in their work, they lack pretension, and they show respect and consideration to everyone in the Firm—partners, associates, and staff—alike. Learn more about a career at Jones Day.
51 Louisiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 879-3939
Employer Type: Private
Managing Partner: Stephen J. Brogan
Firmwide Hiring Partner: Sharyl A. Reisman
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 2,500
Cleveland; Columbus; Detroit; Miami; Minneapolis; Pittsburgh
1st year: $160,000
Summer associate: $3,100/week
All other U.S. offices
1st year: $180,000
Summer associate: $3,500/week
166 out of 172 (2Ls only) (2017)
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