2021 Vault Rankings
- Health Care#11
- Real Estate#19
At a Glance
“The quality of the people, both as lawyers and as human beings.”
“The culture and work-life balance are amazing.”
“There are some very good partners, both personally and professionally.”
“Lack of transparency.”
“The unpredictable hours, which is true at any firm.”
“The expectations are incredibly high.”
About Jones Day
A heavy hitter with a hand in most major areas of law and an internationally recognized prowess in litigation, Jones Day boasts 43 offices in 18 countries, spread over five continents. The firm’s booming practices include antitrust, appellate litigation, financial markets, international law, IP, labor and employment, M&A, private equity, securities, and securities litigation—to name a handful.
A Worldwide Firm with Midwest Roots
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.
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 U.S. to consistently achieve this ranking, which reflects feedback from corporate counsel to identify lawyers who provide the best service in the nation. The firm’s practice spans multiple industries, including aviation, biotechnology, construction, defense, energy, financial services, insurance, life sciences, media, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and much more.
Among the firm’s top practices is labor & employment. Jones Day is consistently ranked in the top 10 by Vault for Labor & Employment and handles employment discrimination, collective bargaining, wage and hour compliance, benefits claims—and everything in between.
The firm’s Issues & Appeals group is also highly regarded—and highly ranked, placing third in Vault’s Appellate Litigation ranking. The group is stacked with more than 45 former SCOTUS clerks and over 100 former federal appellate law clerks. That’s what we call experience. The firm has repeatedly been named to The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List.
With just over 300 lawyers in its Financial Markets group, Jones Day has a bustling cross-border transactional practice with lawyers across 15 countries. Add to that the firm’s Private Equity group—ranked among the top 20 by Vault—which counsels many of the world's leading private equity funds on the full range of complementary services relevant to sponsors, portfolio companies, and emerging companies.
That’s A Lot of Good
Jones Day lawyers annually log more than 175,000 hours of pro bono service, assisting organizations such as The Human Trafficking Legal Center, Kids in Need of Defense, the Innocence Project, and others, while tackling issues like anti-human trafficking, First Amendment rights, access to the rule of law, veterans’ affairs, and the plight of refugees seeking asylum in the United States.
Our summer associate classes make up the most important pipeline for the Firm. In the summer of 2020, we remained committed to our summer associates and made the decision early on to conduct our 10-week summer associate program remotely. Our program across our 18 U.S. offices included 208 students from 54 law schools. They participated in their offices’ summer programs from 29 different states around the country. Firmwide and office recruiting teams worked hard to rebuild the program from the ground up to ensure that our summer associates still had the same multifaceted summer experience as years past, as well as the same opportunities to meet our lawyers, preview careers at Jones Day, and learn about our culture, history, and values.
We will address recruiting for our future classes in the same manner, if necessary, and expect to participate in recruitment activities at law schools throughout the U.S. this coming year.
News & Awards
Jones Day established its "Constitutional Policing and Civil Justice Reform Initiative" to address the racial and social justice disparities that have plagued our nation for far too long. Signature projects focus on model police collective bargaining agreements, white papers on police reform and reprogramming police funding, community engagement and outreach, peaceful protest best practices standards and guidelines, post-secondary police training, coordination with existing police training programs and institutions, and certification research.
In a victory for Jones Day client Bridget Kelly, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed, by a 9-0 vote, Ms. Kelly's convictions for federal property fraud. As Deputy Chief of Staff to then New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in 2013, Ms. Kelly was embroiled in the traffic-snarling "Bridgegate" incident. The Supreme Court agreed wholeheartedly with Jones Day. Writing for all nine Justices, Justice Kagan explained that "not every corrupt act by state or local officials is a federal crime."
Through Jones Day's pro bono COVID-19 Initiative, our lawyers have worked with clients, including General Motors, Reynolds American, IBM, and others, to expand ventilator production and vaccine development, provide PPE to health care professionals, and promote economic recovery in locales hard-hit by the pandemic.
Jones Day represented McDonald's USA, LLC, in one of the largest, longest, and most significant National Labor Relations Board cases in the history of the Agency. In the case, the NLRB sought a ruling that franchisors were joint employers with their independent franchisees, potentially subject to liability under the National Labor Relations Act for many actions by those franchisees. Such a ruling would have had far-reaching implications for the franchise industry, which constitutes a significant percentage of the U.S. economy. After extensive litigation, and over objections of the Charging Parties in the case, Jones Day protected the client’s interests by obtaining Board approval of a settlement the firm negotiated with the Agency’s General Counsel.
- Jones Day represented Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. at the California Court of Appeal’s Fourth District in opposing a series of three petitions for writ of mandate or prohibition brought by Apple Inc. Jones Day advised SAP in its $8 billion acquisition of Qualtrics International Inc., the global pioneer in the experience management software category.
- After a nine-day trial and less than two hours of jury deliberation, Jones Day, on behalf of Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC (a subsidiary of Merck & Co.), won the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history to date.
- Jones Day advised Reynolds American Inc. on the acquisition by British American Tobacco, p.l.c. of the 57.8 percent of the outstanding shares of RAI not already owned by BAT and its affiliates in a transaction valued at $49 billion.
- Jones Day clients Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust completed the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66 billion (US$5.73 billion), representing the largest-ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
- No. 1 U.S. Law Firm Brand, 2020—Acritas, U.S. Law Firm Brand Index
- No. 1 in Client Service, 2020—BTI Consulting Client Service A-Team Report
- "Litigation Powerhouse" (Class Actions, Securities and Finance, and Complex Commercial—BTI Consulting Group's "Litigation Outlook 2020" report
- "Practice Groups of the Year" (Appellate, Intellectual Property, and Product Liability), 2019—Law360
- M&A Deal of the Year, 2020—IFLR Americas Awards
51 Louisiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 879-3939
Managing Partner: Stephen J. Brogan
Firmwide Hiring Partner: Sharyl A. Reisman
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
2.5K - 3K
No. of Partners Named 2020:
Cleveland; Columbus; Detroit; Minneapolis
1st year: $170,000
Summer Associate: $3,269.23/week Pittsburgh
1st year: $180,000
Summer Associate: $3,461.54/week All other U.S. offices
1st year: $190,000
Summer Associate: $3,653.85/week
Firm Director of Recruiting
Recruiting contacts for all Jones Day office locations are available on the firm's website.
No. of U.S. Offices: 18
No. of International Offices: 25
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Antitrust & Competition Law
Business & Tort Litigation
Business Restructuring & Reorganization
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Health Care & Life Sciences
Investigations & White Collar Defense
Issues & Appeals
Labor & Employment
Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.