Jones Day > Miami, United States > Firm Profile

Jones Day
600 BRICKELL AVENUE
BRICKELL WORLD PLAZA, SUITE 3300
MIAMI, FL 33131
FLORDIA
United States

Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 1

Jones Day’s antitrust and competition team leverages its significant agency experience to offer a strong litigation practice, advising major domestic and international corporations and banks across the healthcare, finance, transport, and protein industries on the full range of contentious antitrust issues. Craig Waldman oversees the team from Washington DC, working alongside seasoned litigator John Majoras, a key name for cartel follow-on litigation, large class actions, and merger challenges, and Julie McEvoy, who takes point on putative antitrust class actions in the pharma and protein industries. Also in the key team are David Kiernan, in San Francisco, and Cleveland’s Michelle Fischer; Kiernan is a key contact for clients in the tech and healthcare industries, while Fischer handles class actions in a broad range of industries. Tiffany Lipscomb-Jackson, in Columbus, is a key contact for clients in the petroleum, pharma, and automotive industries and has notable experience handling monopolization allegations, price-fixing cases, and bid-rigging claims. 2023 saw the firm expanding its agency experience with the arrival of Washington DC-based duo Koren Wong-Ervin and Kevin Hart, from the FTC and DOJ, respectively. Another new arrival is Minnesota-based Peter Schwingler, who joined from Stinson LLP in 2023; formerly at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, Schwingler has a strong track record litigating merger challenges.

Practice head(s):

Craig Waldman

Key clients

Ag Canada and Summerland Varieties Corporation

American Bankers Association

Axon Enterprise, Inc.

Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and AK Steel Holding Corp.

Emory University

Google, Inc. and Alphabet Inc.

Indivior, Inc.

Marathon Petroleum

National Beef Packing Company, LLC.

RE/MAX, LLC

Sanofi

SAP SE

Seaboard Foods LLC

Sutter Health

Union Pacific Railway Co.

Wabtec Corporation

Wells Fargo, National Association

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Axon in the FTC’s administrative litigation challenging the company’s 2018 acquisition of VieVu. Now defending Axon against follow-on class action claims against the company.
  • Successfully defended RE/MAX in nationwide antitrust class action lawsuits brought against a trade association and national real estate franchisors related to commissions paid in millions of residential real estate transactions.
  • Representing Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC in multiple investigations and lawsuits asserting consumer protection and antitrust claims on behalf of public and private entities alleging that Sanofi and other insulin manufacturers conspired with Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to artificially inflate the price of insulin products.

Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

A force in appellate work nationally, Jones Day maintains its formidable record before the US Supreme Court: during the October 2023 term alone, five of its partners appeared as counsel of record before SCOTUS in five different cases. Its enviably deep bench includes 48 former Supreme Court clerks as well as a former US Solicitor General in high-profile specialist Noel Francisco. Francisco had a banner year in both the intermediate and higher appellate courts, which included securing a major win for one of the ‘Varsity Blues’ defendants, in convincing the First Circuit to vacate all of his principal convictions. Yaakov Roth also notched up a strong 2022/23, which included scoring a unanimous SCOTUS victory on behalf of a former campaign manager for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a case discussing federal corruption laws. Other key names include New York-based department head Traci Lovitt, who prevailed in the Second Circuit in four related appeals on behalf of IBM; Hashim Mooppan, who successfully represented Boeing in a CEQA dispute before the California Court of Appeal; and of counsel Beth Heifetz. Additionally, Jeffrey Johnson and Detroit-based next-generation partner Amanda Rice are also recommended. Michael Carvin recently retired. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Traci Lovitt

Testimonials

‘Very highly skilled and professional lawyers. I highly recommend Yaakov Roth.’

‘Brilliant lawyers handled my successful Supreme Court case. Resulted in a rare unanimous opinion from the Court. We were able to set a national precedent protecting others from severe government overreach.’

‘Amanda Rice is terrific.’

Key clients

Experian Information Solutions

HDR Global Trading

International Business Machines Corporation

Medtronic

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Sanofi

Smith & Wesson Brands

Supreme Court of California

The Boeing Company

The University of Michigan

Community Financial Services Association of America

Ecolab

Flowers Foods

Glacier Northwest

Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc. and Hanson Permanente Cement

Members of Congress

South Carolina Senate

Work highlights

  • Secured a Fifth Circuit decision—on behalf of two trade associations of consumer lenders—holding that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s funding mechanism is unconstitutional.
  • Secured a major appellate victory for one of the ‘Varsity Blues’ defendants, in convincing the First Circuit to vacate all of his principal convictions.
  • Successfully represented Glacier Northwest before the US Supreme Court in a high-profile case concerning the National Labor Relations Act.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 1

With attorneys possessing core product liability expertise spread across the length and breadth of the country, including many first and second chair trial lawyers, Jones Day has strength-in-depth to handle a varied range and volume of cases involving a variety of product defects. Atlanta-based team head Stephanie Parker has deep product liability and mass tort expertise and is currently acting for core client RJ Reynolds in smoking-and-health litigation across the country. She oversees the firm’s nationwide strategy for the tobacco giant, which has recently secured notable jury victories in high-profile matters, including in ‘Engle progeny’ lawsuits in Florida state courts. The firm has also been at the forefront of the opioid litigation and continues to defend Walmart against novel claims based on public nuisance and RICO, among others. Chicago-based first chair trial lawyer José Isasi has been key to the firm’s successes in numerous tobacco-related jury trials, although his subject matter expertise extends to other product liability-related matters across the consumer space, as well as the pharmaceuticals and medical devices arenas. Other recommended practitioners include Los Angeles-based Celeste Brecht, who has consistently achieved success in jury trials; Atlanta-based trial lawyer John Walker, who has been extensively involved in RJ Reynolds defense work; and New York-based Theodore Grossman, who is highly regarded for bet-the-company litigation.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Parker

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Grossman; José Isasi; John Walker; Meir Feder; Kristi Cercone; Bridget O’Connor; Mike Quinlan; Jackie Pasek; Celeste Brecht; Victoria Powell;  Gillian Schroff; Ramanda Luper; Caroline Murray

Key clients

Aldrich Pump LLC, Bestwall LLC, DBMP LLC, and Murry Boiler LLC

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Daikin America/Daikin Industries

GOJO Industries, Inc.

LTL Management LLC

Pennsylvania State University

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Sherwin-Williams Company

Steris Corporation

Walmart Stores, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 1

Combining exceptionally strong strategic and procedural prowess throughout the litigation process, with high-level substantive law and subject matter knowledge, Jones Day remains a popular choice among major domestic and multinational corporates when faced with high-stakes toxic tort allegations. As well as having exceptional firepower at a trial stage throughout the country, including in many plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions, the team, which is led from Atlanta by Stephanie Parker, also excels in achieving dismissals at a pre-trial stage, regularly prevailing at Daubert evidentiary hearings as well as at a class certification stage. New York-based Theodore Grossman is a key member of the team, with his ongoing work for Daikin in the PFAS litigation further reinforcing his reputation for handling important litigation with potentially industry threatening ramifications. New York-based trial lawyer Leon DeJulius is also regularly involved in high-stakes toxic tort matters, recently securing the dismissal for Chevron of all public nuisance claims asserted in the pending MDL addressing purported liability for sales of the pesticide paraquat.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Parker

Other key lawyers:

Sharyl Reisman; Lee DeJulius; Theodore Grossman; Rebekah Blake; Katrina Caseldine

Key clients

Aldrich Pump LLC Murry Boiler LLC

Bestwall LLC

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Daikin America/Daikin Industries

DBMP LLC

LTL Management LLC

Murry Boiler LLC

Sherwin-Williams Company, The

Steris Corporation

Work highlights

  • Secured dismissal for Chevron of all public nuisance claims asserted in the pending multidistrict litigation addressing purported liability for sales of the pesticide paraquat.
  • Obtained judgment for Sherwin-Williams in long-running Wisconsin litigation alleging exposure to old lead paint.
  • Represents Daikin America and Daikin Industries in class actions, attorney general actions, and cases brought by individuals and municipalities challenging Daikin’s manufacture and sale of PFAS.

Insurance > Advice to policyholders Tier 1

Jones Day‘s insurance recovery practice, operating across the United States and globally, specializes in diverse insurance work and complex litigation. The firm represents companies in disputes covering AKS and FCA violations, nationwide opioid litigation, sexual misconduct claims, and more, with involvement spanning professional liability, errors and omissions, class actions, cyber insurance, bodily injury litigation, and transactional liability insurance, including representations and warranties, warranty and indemnity, tax, and contingent liability insurance. Heading the practice from Los Angeles, Tyrone Childress serves as lead counsel, spearheading claims and litigation for corporate policyholders across the United States. His expertise encompasses complex insurance coverage claims, addressing major product liability claims, mass tort claims, and catastrophic property losses. In San Francisco, Richard DeNatale, a leading figure in cyber insurance law, provides crucial support to the practice. Based in New York, Edward Joyce brings extensive experience in insurance coverage litigation, specializing in professional liability, D&O liability, employee dishonesty, data breach/equipment damage, and unfair competition. Also in New York, Jason Lissy handles property loss, business interruption, and employment practices liability cases at both state and federal levels, alongside managing arbitrations and mediations.  

Practice head(s):

Tyrone Childress

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Allscripts

Astellas U.S. Holding, Inc.

Cardinal Health, Inc.

Charles Schwab Corporation

Churchill Downs Inc.

Dell Technologies Inc.

Envision Healthcare Corporation

Experian Information Solutions, Inc.

Federal Signal Corporation

Fluor Corporation

Jacobs Engineering

LOR, Inc.

Los Angeles Unified School District

Luxottica of America Inc.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (Mandarin Oriental)

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Sherwin-Williams Company

Sony Music Holdings Inc.

Union Pacific Railroad Company

University of Southern California

Veradigm, Inc.

Verizon Communications Inc.

Wynn Resorts Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing University of Southern California in the pursuit of insurance coverage for over USD 1 billion in losses stemming from the alleged decades of sexual misconduct of a former USC campus physician.
  • Representing Sony Music Holdings Inc. in insurance recovery litigation concerning the indemnification of a USD 160 million judgment entered against Sony concerning an Atlanta, Georgia concert shooting.
  • Represented Verizon Communications Inc. in securing a declaratory judgment of its entitlement to defense coverage as an additional insured for significant underlying bodily injury litigation.

Intellectual property > Patents: licensing Tier 1

With a focus on intellectual property transactions in the high-tech (including AI), fintech, biotech and pharmaceutical industries, Jones Day‘s IP transaction department covers the development, licensing, acquisition, and commercialization of key technology and intellectual property assets. The US group is led by Ka-On Li in Silicon Valley, who focuses on commercial and licensing transactions for clients active in industries such as technology, life sciences and financial services and advise son outsourcing, IP commercialization, as well as software- and cloud-related matters. In San Diego, Thomas Briggs has vast experience negotiating cross-border licensing arrangements, while Robert Latta focuses on IP matters relating to the life sciences and environmental sustainability spaces. In New York, Warren Nachlis' practice covers a range of IP-related matters and particularly centers on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and Scott Lyne focuses on corporate transactions, licensing, and counseling involving intellectual property and technology.

Practice head(s):

Ka-on Li

Key clients

ANSYS, Inc.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

Astellas Pharma Inc.

Centre Lane Partners, LLC

Cibus Global, LLC

Incyte Corporation

J.F. Lehman

Labcorp

Meridian Bioscience, Inc.

Organon & Co.

restor3d, Inc.

Rich Data Corporation (Australia) Pty Ltd

Sanofi

Shanghai Junshi Biosciences Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Pharma Co., Ltd.

VSE Corporation

Xyphos Biosciences, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Xyphos Biosciences, Inc. in connection with a research collaboration and exclusive option license agreement with ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd.
  • Advised Sanofi in connection with a Co-Development, Co-Commercialization & License Agreement with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals relating to the development and commercialization of vaccines for extra-intestinal pathogenic E.coli.
  • Advised Incyte Corporation on its collaboration and license agreement with CMS Aesthetics Limited for the development and commercialization of ruxolitinib cream.

Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 1

Jones Day has a full-service intellectual property practice with trial lawyers capable of assisting clients with a wide range of tech and life sciences patent disputes. The group works across a wide range of industry sectors, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals and consumer products, and maintains relationships with notable clients including Johnson & Johnson, Qualcomm, and Tineco Intelligent Technology. The patent litigation practice is co-headed by trial lawyer David Maiorana in Cleveland, who has extensive experience acting in competitor disputes, Ryan Walsh in Atlanta, as well as San Diego-based Anthony Insogna, who is the global chair of the firm's IP practice. In Silicon Valley, Greg Lanier is a seasoned trial lawyer who specialises in tech sector infringement cases, having recently represented NXP Semiconductors in a patent infringement dispute against a competitor. The group also includes Sasha Mayergoyz in Chicago, whose broad practice covers a variety of tech patent disputes across all patent litigation forums, and IP litigator Sarah Geers in New York, who frequently represents pharmaceutical companies in a wide range of proceedings, including Hatch-Waxman litigation and jury trials.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Insogna; David Maiorana; Ryan Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Google LLC

Johnson & Johnson

DePuy Synthes

Merck

NXP

R.J. Reynolds

Tineco Intelligent Technology

Ricoh

Xilinx

The NOCO Company

Qualcomm

Work highlights

  • Acted for Merck Sharp & Dohme in a multi-party Hatch-Waxman dispute in which the court sided with Merck on an issue of first impression involving the calculation of Merck’s patent term extension.
  • Represented DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in a patent infringement case involving medical devices.
  • Represented R.J. Reynolds before the ITC in a patent infringement case against Philip Morris, with the Federal Circuit ruling in Reynolds’ favor and keeping Philip Morris’ electronic smoking devices off the US market.

Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 1

The trade secret practice at Jones Day is headed up by San Diego-based Randall Kay, who has over 30 years’ experience handling complex litigation in often international contexts, spanning France, Belgium, Taiwan, China, South Korea and Japan. Associates Alyssa Orellana and Nicholas Hodges are also key names in San Diego. Also in California are IP expert Andrea Jeffries in Los Angeles; litigation-focused ‘experienced trial attorney with a deep technical skillset’ Jennifer Bennett in San Francisco; Steven Zadravecz who is particularly experienced acting on behalf of the employer, and Cary Sullivan whose client portfolio spans the array of industry sectors, in Irvine. On the East Coast, Michael Oblon who works from the Washington DC office stands out in particular for his expertise handling litigation and counseling in relation to electronics and software tech-related work. The team is noted for its treating clients as if they are part of ‘one unified team’ and it represents such well-known names as MedImpact Healthcare Systems Inc. Its caseload includes complex matters of misappropriation brought against high-ranking executives; Zadravecz succeeded in such a matter brought by Applied Medical Resources after a seven week jury trial in Orange County.

Practice head(s):

Randall Kay

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Jeffries; Steven Zadravecz; Cary Sullivan; Nathaniel Garrett; James Kitchen; Michael Oblon; Jennifer Bennett; Koree Wooley; Alyssa Orellana; Nicholas Hodges; Rick Bergstrom; Koree Wooley

Testimonials

‘Jones Day staffed my matter with a strong cross-functional team, including a trade secrets expert, an employment expert, and a strong litigator. I felt supported on all aspects of the case.’

‘They all worked together seamlessly to give us excellent advice that took into account the nuances of the matter from all aspects.’

‘This team was always incredibly responsive, always answered my questions thoughtfully and completely and in a really timely manner. I knew they were on top of things, and they really engaged me, as the client, in every step of a complicated case with a lot of strategic decisions.’

‘I always felt like they truly saw us as one unified team, which I do not take for granted, especially on a case where we pushed back a decent amount on various strategy positions.’

‘The Jones Day IP team is stellar. The mix of skills between Randy Kay, who literally ‘wrote the book’ on theft of IP in California, and Jennifer Bennett, who is an experienced trial attorney with a deep technical skillset and ability to work through complex technical projects proved unbeatable. I highly recommend this team.’

‘Jennifer Bennett entered into the middle of ongoing multinational case. We needed to get more more involved in the technology discussions and have a litigator who understood the technical issues and could mentor the internal teams as well as foreign counsel. She did both beautifully.’

‘Rick Bergstrom is simply the best there is. His ability to get to the heart of a matter and distil complex facts is unparalleled in my experience. Lesson learned – use only the very best and I will have no regrets. He works with an extremely able colleague, Koree Wooley. I trust what both Rick and Koree have to say on California employment law – and I can give no higher praise than that for external legal counsel.’

Key clients

MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc.

Modoral Brands, Inc.

Applied Medical Resources Corporation

Qualcomm Incorporated

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Work highlights

  • Represented MedImpact Healthcare Systems, Inc. successfully in an international trade secret dispute against IQVIA.
  • Vacated a $64m jury verdict against The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and won the judgment on inventorship claims.
  • Advising Applied Medical Resources Corporation, and winning a permanent injunction and an award of attorney fees.

Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions) Tier 1

The practice at Jones Day is equipped to handle the gamut of contentious labor and employment matters, namely wage and hour class and collective actions, discrimination actions, wage and hour claims, collective bargaining, and mass arbitration of employment discrimination. The team regularly defends employers in the retail, aerospace, and oil-and-gas segments before the Supreme Court, courts of appeals and district courts. New York-based Matthew Lampe co-leads and specializes in defending employers in class actions under state discrimination, wrongful discharge, and other tort laws. Chicago-based Elizabeth McRee shares leadership of the group and has notable experience in state and federal wage and hour and antidiscrimination law. Also in Chicago, Michael Gray stands out for his knowledge of trade secret and restrictive covenant matters. In New York, Wendy Butler garners praise for her work defending management in employment-related litigation, while in Washington DC, Thomas Chiavetta has focused his practice on representing transportation-sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Matthew W. Lampe; Elizabeth B. McRee

Other key lawyers:

Steve Zadravecz; Lauren Dutkiewicz; Wendy Butler; Jessica Kastin; Matthew Lampe; Kristina Yost; Michael Gray; Thomas Chiavetta;

Testimonials

‘The practice is unique because of the individual contributors. Steve Zadravecz is an amazing talent with a huge depth of experience. This firm is my go-to law firm for the complex legal issues or when I’m up against an opposing counsel who is especially difficult.’

‘Steve Zadravecz and Lauren Dutkiewicz stand out from the competition because of their depth of knowledge, experience and their actual trial experience. Strategic insight on how to handle situations to minimize risk.’

‘The JD team is the most efficient, practical and sophisticated labor and employment team that I’ve worked with!’

‘Wendy Butler, Jessica Kastin, Matthew Lampe and Kristina Yost are all spectacular and do a tremendous job for their clients!’

Key clients

Ecolab

International Business Machines Corporation

McDonald’s Corporation

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Blackstone Group

Bloomberg L.P.

CSX Corporation

BNSF Railway Company

American Airlines Group

Chevron Corporation

SkyWest Airlines

D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P

Verizon

United Airlines Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Atlas Air after employees filed a lawsuit alleging that the company’s COVID-19 vaccination policies violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act, and the Florida Whistleblowers Act.
  • Secured three wage and hour class actions for Bloomberg L.P.
  • Represented Ecolab Inc. after a plaintiff filed a statewide PAGA action seeking penalties on behalf of hundreds of California employees.

Labor and employment > Labor-management relations Tier 1

Working mainly between New York and Chicago, the deep bench at Jones Day is according to one client ‘the strongest management-side rail labor team in the country‘ and practitioners have a deep knowledge of the rail industry and the Railway Labor Act. The team also handles collective bargaining, union representation, and labor arbitration, and is also praised for its flexibility, namely ‘an ability to quickly and effectively staff matters with the resources that are necessary for any particular project.’ Matthew Lampe and Elizabeth McRee head up the team from New York and Chicago respectively and are well supported by David Birnbaum in Chicago who often acts as the lead labor lawyer in significant bankruptcy cases and M&A. Allyson Werntz, also in Chicago, and Brian West Easley in Minneapolis are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Matthew W. Lampe; Elizabeth B. McRee

Other key lawyers:

David S. Birnbaum; Brian West Easley; Allyson Werntz; Don Munro

 

Testimonials

‘The Jones Day team is the strongest management-side rail labor team in the country. They have a deep bench of talent at both partner and associate levels, a strong understanding of the rail industry and labor issues, and an ability to quickly and effectively staff matters with the resources that are necessary for any particular project.’

‘Don Munro is a critical business partner for our organisation. His decades of experience position him to advise on almost any question of significance for our industry.’

Key clients

McDonald’s Corporation

CSX Corporation

Pactiv Evergreen

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

The Kraft Heinz Company

General Electric Co.

American Steamship Company

BNSF Railway Company

American Airlines Group

The City of Minneapolis

Stanford University

Saputo

Wabtec Corporation

Wynnchurch Capital Partners

National Railway Labor Conference

ITT, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Wabtec Corp in a broad spectrum of labor and employment issues.
  • Acting as McDonald’s Corp.’s lead counsel in all National Labor Relations Board unfair labor practice matters filed against the company nation-wide.
  • Assisting Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospitals with its most significant labor contract negotiations.

Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

Fielding a team of cartel experts, many of whom have experience serving in government agencies such as DOJ and FTC, Jones Day is highlighted by clients as ‘one of the few firms that can handle a cartel matter from investigation to potential trial’, and noted for its experience acting in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, energy and technology segments. In Washington DC, practice head Craig Waldman's broad practice extends to advice on ESG-related cartel issues. Also in Washington DC, Julie McEvoy is well versed in representing clients in both investigations and trials. Splitting his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Eric Enson is a port of call for international investigations, having a track record of defending companies against claims of price-fixing in the computer components, technology and auto parts industries, among others. Kevin Hart joined the firm’s Washington DC office in March 2023 from the DOJ, covering all aspects of criminal cartel investigations, prosecutions, and litigation, including federal criminal jury trials and grand jury investigations.

Practice head(s):

Craig Waldman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They can draw on significant firm recourses to staff matters quickly – great appellate team. ’

‘Kevin Hart and Julie McEvoy are strong. Julie will walk through walls for her clients. Kevin has very helpful DOJ insight and will do whatever it takes to get the job done. ’

‘Jones Day has a strong team with former federal prosecutor, Kevin Hart, and a number of strong civil class action litigators. Jones Day is one of the few firms that can handle a cartel matter from investigation to potential trial.’

‘Kevin is a former DOJ prosecutor who has his finger on the pulse of the agency. ’

 

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 2

Jones Day continues to handle high-stakes merger clearances for its domestic and international client base, as well as representing in DOJ and FTC investigations arising from proposed mergers and high-stakes litigation. The practice is steered by Craig Waldman, a former attorney in the FTC’s Mergers I division, who has specific expertise in the tech, life sciences and finance sectors. In a key demonstration of the firm’s international expertise, Michael Knight represented Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. in its $7.5bn stock-for-stock merger with Xylem Inc, a deal requiring approvals in multiple jurisdictions. Ryan Thomas is noted for his cross-border expertise, and is particularly active in the life sciences, AI and consumer goods sectors, while Aimee DeFilippo regularly represents clients before the DOJ Antitrust Division, FTC, and international antitrust enforcement authorities. The team has been bolstered by several hires in 2023, including Koren Wong-Ervin from Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider, Peter Schwingler from Stinson LLP, and Kevin Hart from the DOJ. Attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Craig Waldman

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Thomas; Bruce McDonald; Michael Gleason; Michael Knight; Aimee DeFillippo; Kevin Hart; Koren Wong-Ervin; Peter Schwingler

Key clients

ABS Group

Astellas Pharma Inc.

Axon Enterprise, Inc.

Eastman Chemical Company

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.

Riverside Company

Sega Sammy Holdings

TopBuild Corporation

Ubisoft

Work highlights

  • Served as antitrust counsel to Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. in its USD 7.5 billion stock-for-stock merger with Xylem Inc.
  • Provided antitrust counsel to Astellas Pharma Inc. in its USD 5.9 billion acquisition of Iveric bio, Inc.
  • Successfully defended Axon in the FTC’s administrative litigation challenging the company’s 2018 acquisition of VieVu.

Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

Jones Day's large-scale business and tort litigation practice group is vastly experienced in nationwide bet-the-company commercial disputes. Washington DC-based practitioner John Majoras jointly leads the department alongside Atlanta’s Stephanie Parker . Trial lawyer Majoras is a key name for a broad suite of issues, including antitrust and product liability cases, consumer class actions, hostile corporate takeovers, and energy and media litigation, while Parker has extensive experience in high-stakes product liability and mass tort cases, leading the firm’s nationwide work in tobacco product liability litigation. Partner-in-charge of the New York office Leon DeJulius is an important point of contact for trial and appellate work, frequently appearing in federal circuit courts and state supreme courts. California-based attorney Karen Hewitt heads up the San Diego office and is well known in the market for conducting internal investigations involving criminal and civil issues, focusing on possible violations of federal law.

Practice head(s):

John Majoras; Stephanie Parker

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Board of Regents of the University of Michigan

Boeing Company

Celgene Corporation

Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Daikin America

Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

Mayo Clinic

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

Sherwin-Williams Company, The

Union Pacific Railroad Company

Walmart Stores, Inc.

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

The securities litigation and SEC enforcement practice at Jones Day is ‘extremely knowledgeable'. From offices across the US, the firm defends clients in securities and shareholder litigation, and in SEC enforcement matters. Henry Klehm in New York leads the group, and he is involved in a high-profile 10b5 case for the former CEO of mining company Rio Tinto. ‘Phenomenal attorney and litigatorJohn Tang in San Francisco comes highly recommended. He recently worked with Mike McConnell in Atlanta to assist former members of the Audit Committee of View, Inc. with a securities class action. Walter Davis is another key contact in Atlanta, and he brings to hear his three years’ experience as the first judge of Georgia’s state-wide Business Court. Cleveland-based Geoffrey Ritts, whose track record includes numerous cases concerning mortgage-backed securities and a multi-district litigation arising from the Bernie Madoff scandal, continues to play a prominent role in high-stakes cases.

Practice head(s):

Henry Klehm

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Best in class! Secured a great outcome in complex securities litigation. ’

‘John Tang translates complex topics into easy-to-understand explanations, including to our foreign parent company. ’

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable, practical, and responsive. ’

‘John Tang is a phenomenal attorney and litigator.’

Key clients

FirstEnergy

Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.

United States Steel Corporation

Walmart Inc.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

U.S. Bank, N.A.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Southern Company

Verizon Communications

KeyCorp

Celgene Corp.

Brookdale Senior Living

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Diebold Nixdorf Inc.

TotalEnergies SE

Work highlights

  • Representing officers and directors of FirstEnergy in securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation relating to a public-corruption investigation concerning the Ohio legislature.
  • Representing the former CEO of a multinational mining company in a case brought by the SEC, prevailing on an interlocutory appeal where the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of scheme-liability claims in one of the most important securities law decisions this year.
  • Representing U. S. Steel and its senior leaders in securities and shareholder derivative lawsuits challenging the company’s restructuring program and maintenance practices.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 2

Jones Day‘s business restructuring and reorganization practice provides services in restructurings and bankruptcies across the US and globally, with the team advising a range of parties including debtors, lenders, creditors, shareholders and asset purchasers. The firm saw success in the matter of Diebold Nixdorf, where the team represented Diebold in connection with the first recognition by a Uh bankruptcy court of a proceeding taking place under the new Dutch restructuring law and a plan of reorganization approved by a Dutch bankruptcy court. Global head of the practice Heather Lennox  is based in New York and Cleveland and has represented a range of debtors and creditors in restructurings both in-court and out-of-court, while, also in New York, Corinne Ball  has a focus on corporate reorganizations and distressed acquisitions. Based in Los Angeles, Bruce Bennett represents clients in large corporate reorganizations in a variety of industries including gaming and aviation.

Practice head(s):

Heather Lennox

Other key lawyers:

Corinne Ball; Bruce Bennett

Key clients

Diocese of Rockville Centre

LTL Management LLC, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson

Fidelity Management and Research Company and other secured creditors of Sanchez Energy Corporation

Aldrich Pump LLC and Murray Boiler LLC

Bestwall LLC, an affiliate of Georgia-Pacific LLC

DBMP LLC, an affiliate of CertainTeed LLC

Endo Non-RSA First Lien Lenders

Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.

Langur Maize, LLC, (Incora Creditors)

Centre Lane Partners, LLC

Cleveland Guardians Baseball Company, LLC

Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC

Cóndor Inversiones SpA

Jefferies Finance LLC

Intelsat Jackson Crossover Ad Hoc Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated (“Diebold”) and certain of its U.S. and Canadian subsidiaries (the “Debtors”) in connection with (i) the pre-packaged chapter 11 cases of In re Diebold Holding Company, LLC, et al. in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the “Bankruptcy Court”); (ii) the Dutch Scheme, commenced by Diebold Nixdorf Dutch Holding B.V. (the “Dutch Issuer”) in the District Court of Amsterdam (the “Dutch Court”); and (iii) the chapter 15 proceedings before the Bankruptcy Court commenced by the foreign representative of the Dutch Issuer.
  • Represented LTL Management LLC in its chapter 11 bankruptcy cases filed on October 14 2021, , and April 4, 2023, respectively.
  • Represented a group of lenders with respect to their minority holdings of first lien term loans in the restructuring of Endo International and its affiliates.

Healthcare > Service providers Tier 2

Jones Day‘s ‘professional, knowledgeable, and intelligent’ team regularly acts for a varied client list of academic medical centers and digital health entities, with the group’s specialism being government enforcement litigation. Co-leading the team from Washington DC, Alexis Gilroy is well known for her deep knowledge of telemedicine and telehealth matters, routinely assisting clients with regulatory issues surrounding health AI. Chicago-based co-head Heather O’Shea is particularly adept at handling both federal and state government investigations concerning FCA and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) issues. Claire Castles works out of the Los Angeles office, contributing her experience in emerging public health threat response and regulatory waiver strategies, while San Francisco’s James Dutro represents a range of health systems and hospitals in affiliations and joint ventures. Based in Dallas, Kurt Copper is an FCA investigations expert who handles an array of payor-provider disputes. Kenneth Field left the firm in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Gilroy; Heather O’Shea

Other key lawyers:

Claire Castles; James Poth; James Dutro; Lisa Han; Kurt Copper; Elise Culliton

Testimonials

‘In aggregate, Jones Day is the strongest law firm with whom I work. They are professional, knowledgeable, and intelligent. They are able to get up to speed on issues very quickly and ask the right questions. They have been able to assist us with healthcare models that have enabled us to maintain access in rural areas with our community hospital partners.’

‘Lisa Han and team are absolutely outstanding. Lisa’s knowledge of health insurance plans and transactions is very advanced and has helped our organization through many complex issues.’

Key clients

1-800 CONTACTS, Inc

Adventist Health

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

American Hospital Association

Ascension

California Hospital Association

Color Health, In.

Everly Health, Inc.

Hendrick Medical Center

Indiana Donor Network

Mayo Clinic

MDLive, Inc.

Merative L.P.

Prime Healthcare Services, Inc.

PWN Health LLC

Ro Health

Roman Health Ventures, Inc.

Walmart Inc.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance Tier 2

Jones Day regularly handles ESG matters for Fortune 500 and other well-known clients hailing from the worlds of retail and consumer products, technology, and manufacturing. Alongside ESG matters, the team also offers demonstrable expertise high profile activism defense matters and internal investigations. Co-chair Randi Lesnick , who is based in New York, frequently advises clients on compliance, governance, and fiduciary matters, including ESG policies and disclosures relating to sustainability. A litany of domestic and international clients turn to Atlanta-based co-chair Joel May  , who advises on shareholder activism, proxy fights, and securities compliance matters. Lizanne Thomas has retired.

Practice head(s):

Randi Lesnick; Joel May

Other key lawyers:

Kim Pustulka

Testimonials

‘The Corporate Governance team is a diverse group of individuals that bring extensive knowledge and experience to the table. They are excellent at thinking through and advising on complex issues.’

‘Randi Lesnick and Kim Pustulka, both partners on our account, have taken a tremendous amount of time getting to know the Company. They are thoughtful in their advice. They are trusted advisors.’

Key clients

Diebold Nixdorf, Inc.

Polaris, Inc.

Matthews International Corporation

Bunge Limited

Hanesbrands Inc.

Fleetcor Technologies Inc.

Board of Directors of Catalent Inc.

Verint

Hyster Yale Materials Handling, Inc.

Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

The cybersecurity, privacy and data protection team at Jones Day ‘has an extremely broad set of experiences upon which it can draw to advise its clients’; it handles a range of complex, large scale class action disputes along with government regulatory enforcement, and compliance advice in reference to developing technologies, notably including generative AI systems. Lisa Ropple, based in Boston, ‘is an outstanding partner in this practice area’: her longstanding expertise in handling data breach matters is paired with experience of both regulatory investigations and litigation in the area. Cybersecurity incidents both in the US and internationally are handled by the team, which is ‘global in nature’, Kerianne Tobitsch, in New York, is a key name for this area. Also in New York, Mauricio Paez is recommended for cybersecurity matters including risk management and the development of compliance programs. For litigation, California-based John Vogt is a go-to: his experience spans class actions involving theft of consumer data, heath care records, and financial information, while Atlanta-based Mary Alexander Myers is noted for her work on complex technology-driven transactions.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Ropple

Other key lawyers:

Mauricio Paez; John Vogt; Kerianne Tobitsch; Edward Chang; Mary Alexander Myers; Ryan Ball

Testimonials

‘Jones Day’s cybersecurity, privacy and data protection practice is the best in the business. They combine an unmatched level of expertise with a deep understanding of our business and the industry at large. They’re indispensable legal advisors that have gained the trust of both our legal and senior business leadership teams. Jones Day understands our needs inside and out and we can always count on them for practical, best in class legal advice and support.’

‘You simply cannot find a better cyber attorney than Lisa Ropple. She has unmatched experience, connections, and judgment. I have seen her achieve outcomes that seemed impossible at first. I give her my highest recommendation.’

‘I’ve had very positive experiences with John Vogt and Ryan Ball. They’re both stars in the field and provide us with first class service. Highly recommend them both.’

‘The Cyber Law team is global in nature, it provides both cyber and data protection skills sets which are needed when an incident occurs.’

‘Lisa Ropple is an outstanding partner in this practice area. Her dedication and attention to detail is second to none. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience which she applies in a practical manner.’

‘Jones Day’s cyber team is extremely knowledgeable and has an extremely broad set of experiences upon which it can draw to advise its clients.’

‘Lisa Ropple and Mary Alexander Myers are incredibly responsive and easy to work with. Lisa in particular has such extensive experience dealing with cyber incidents that she is able to be an incredible resource to her clients.’

‘Jones Day is one of the top law firms in the country for cyber law. They have a deep and talented team. They have strong relationships with regulators, law enforcement, and security partners. They are capable of handling “bet the company” matters with expertise and efficiency.’

Key clients

Experian Data Corporation

Point32 Health

HDR, Inc.

Experian Information Solutions

Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Kia America, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Experian in a government enforcement action seeking injunctive relief and civil penalties, resulting in one of the most significant defense victories in a data breach case.
  • Representing Point32Health in twenty putative class actions filed against the company in connection with a high profile ransomware attack on Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a Point32Health subsidiary.
  • Advised Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on assessing privacy and security legal compliance obligations applicable to using generative artificial intelligence systems

Media, technology and telecoms > Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 2

Jones Day has a strong background in regulatory litigation, with a dedicated government regulation team that advises communications clients on FCC proceedings and class action litigation before federal courts. From Washington DC, the team represents wireless and wireline carriers, communications users and providers, utilities, manufacturers and developers of new technologies and services, and advises telecoms service providers on the full range of regulatory matters. From spectrum allocations and licenses to satellite and broadband regulation and network access, the group’s expertise spans approvals, dispute resolution, data protection and privacy and compliance across the sector. Donald McGahn and Francoise S. Labrousse co-lead the government regulation team. Bruce Olcott brings knowledge of international regulatory and licensing matters to the team, bolstering its international reach, as well as representing clients before US federal agencies and handling national security issues. Brett Shumate is active in crisis litigation, enforcement and class action litigation under the Communications and Telecommunications Acts and the TCPA. Focusing on cybersecurity and data privacy, with knowledge of international data protection laws, Jennifer Everett advises clients on compliance, data transfers and cyber-governance.

Practice head(s):

Donald F. McGahn II; Francoise S. Labrousse

Key clients

Axon Enterprise Inc.

Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre

Verizon Communications

The Boeing Company

Colt Technology Services

Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc.

KVH Industries

NextNav LLC

Teledyne Technologies

PIMCO Investment Management Company

National Republican Senatorial Committee

Five9 Inc.

Global VSAT Forum

Oncor Electric

State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Advocacy

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Oklahoma Gas & Electric

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre with the private auction of spectrum assets licensed to the Diocese in the New York area to raise funds to compensate tort victims.
  • Representing Axon Enterprise in securing multiple waivers of FCC rules to permit the marketing in the U.S. of three wireless surveillance and investigation devices, including a drone and robotic vehicle.
  • Assisting Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc. with international and domestic regulatory compliance issues involving the launch and operation of its satellites.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Jones Day maintains a robust construction practice, handling arbitration cases, mediations, and business litigation, in addition to enjoying considerable success in procurement mandates, such as representing the Los Angeles Metro in high-stakes cases related to public transit infrastructure for the 2028 Olympics. Operating from the Los Angeles office, Daniel McMillan co-leads the team alongside Roy Powell, who divides his time between Dallas and Pittsburgh. Tarek Abdalla, who is also based in Pittsburgh, represents various owners, developers, and engineers in litigation relating to public and private projects in the energy and construction industries. Joseph Finley is another key contact in the group, whose Atlanta-based practice focuses on business litigation and arbitration mandates, while Dallas-based Joseph Van Asten specializes in fraud, compliance, and regulatory violations. With demonstrable experience in construction disputes, Houston lawyer Laurens Wilkes is also recommended. The team expanded its energy and infrastructure litigation capabilities in April 2024 with the arrival of New York-based lawyer Larry Dany, formerly of Eversheds Sutherland.

Practice head(s):

Daniel McMillan; Roy Powell

Testimonials

‘Jones Day have been supporting us through complex construction litigation, with clarity and commercially focused guidance at every turn. We have found their expertise to be exceptional and their ability to help the board weave it’s way through various decision making process invaluable.’

‘Laurens Wilkes has been outstanding and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with him. His commercially focused advice and calm approach is truly valued by us.’

‘Jones Day are extremely competent in handling complex litigation. Their skills are extremely strong in the areas of analysis, creativity, understanding complex technical issues, and advocacy.’

‘The team has deep experience in construction law, is pragmatic and knowledgeable in their response to queries for advice.’

‘They are very responsive and have deep experience in the subject matter.’

‘Tarek Abdalla is a very intelligent and excellent construction attorney, who has great integrity and knowledge of construction law issues.’

‘Jones Day is unique because of the firepower and skill set they bring to matters. Their litigation practice has top attorneys, often with government experience and with great trial experience. They also have a business centric view and try to solve problems for clients in an efficient and cost-effective manner, while having the bench to fight through trial as needed.’

Key clients

Bechtel Group, Inc.

Cardinal Midstream LLC

City of Hope National Cancer Center

Digital Realty Trust, Inc.

Georgia Power

Southern Company

Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.

International Business Machines Corporation

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Kiewit Corporation

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Prologis, Inc.

Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc.

San Diego Gas & Electric

Sempra Energy

Southern California Edison

Southern California Gas

United States Steel Corporation

Orange County Transportation Agency

Work highlights

  • Representing the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in various procurement issues and disputes.
  • Advising City of Hope in various healthcare infrastructure projects.
  • Representing Georgia Power Company in relation to the Vogtle Units 3 & 4 nuclear power project in Waynesboro, Georgia.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 2

Jones Day boasts a well-rounded real estate and financial markets practice, focusing on representing large banks as lenders as well as advising borrowers in both small and major financial transactions. Practice head David Paulson sits in San Francisco and represents commercial lenders in real estate transactions, as well as assisting with resolving and restructuring distressed loans. Co-head Richard Rosenblatt leads the team from Atlanta and is especially sought out for his expertise in bilateral and syndicated real estate finance transactions. Other key practitioners include Chicago-based real estate specialists John Rafkin and David Woods, Michael Riess represents lenders in secured and unsecured lending in Washington DC, and Mark Biggar advises commercial lenders from Cleveland. Recently promoted partner Daniel French is the go-to for lenders requiring advice on single-asset and portfolio transactions related to healthcare, industrial, multifamily, office, or retail.

Practice head(s):

David Paulson; Richard Rosenblatt

Testimonials

Their ability to bring forward a comprehensive team for any matter is impressive. They have subject matter experts in all aspects of real estate law, who offer practical and efficient guidance to help us get a deal done.’

‘Richard Rosenblatt – Incredible financing lawyer who understands relative leverage positions as part of each deal to help us avoid unnecessary back and forth on negotiations.’

Key clients

Bank of America Corp.

Citizens Bank, N.A.

Fifth Third Bank

Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC

Stonemont Financial Group

U.S. Bank, National Association

Webster Bank, N.A.

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

Work highlights

  • Represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, in connection the refinancing of a $1.225 billion unsecured credit facility.
  • Represented RBC Real Estate Capital Corp., a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada, in connection with a $750 million construction loan to lease and develop a ground-up mixed-use development.
  • Advised Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, on a $1.13 billion revolving credit facility provided to a publicly traded homebuilder.

Real estate Tier 2

Jones Day ‘s ‘diverse team’ works with domestic and international banks, private equity firms, and investors in a wide range of real estate transactions, acquisitions, and dispositions, as well as the areas of built-to-suit and build-to-lease properties, acting on both the buyer and seller, borrower and lender sides. The team operates across a broad spread of real estate assets with substantial deals including the acquisition of The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as well as a number surrounding single and multifamily residential developments. Experience also extends to the sports sector, where the firm assists clients such as the Golden State Warriors on various lease matters. Together, highly experienced real estate lawyer Robert Lee and real estate and infrastructure expert Brian Sedlak lead the team out of Chicago. In the same office, Trisha Mowbray is noted for her experience representing sponsors on private equity funds and investment vehicle aspects, alongside transactions and joint ventures. William Herzberger, based in Cleveland, is another highly experienced attorney with experience covering real estate finance, distressed assets, and deal structuring, across industrial, mining, and multifamily asset classes, among others. Meanwhile, Atlanta-based Richard Rosenblatt is especially known for his high-value transaction experience. Michael Austin and Kyle Baltes are also of note from the firm’s Chicago office.

Practice head(s):

Robert C. Lee; Brian L. Sedlak

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jones Day has a very diverse team that is very responsive to clients. They also make it a point to go beyond the ask and find ways to improve the overall situation.’

‘Partners are actively involved and very hands on- they don’t just delegate to associates. Partners have extensive industry knowledge. Well integrated firm so you get the right people.’

‘Excellent service and attention to detail.’

‘I appreciate that the Real Estate practice team is fully integrated with the full transactional team to meet overall client objectives.’

‘Strong and broad network of practitioners across practice areas helps provide comprehensive counsel.’

‘Ankush Israni stands out to me. Ankush works relentlessly, is very proactive, good at seeing issues before they arise, and excellent at finding improvements.’

‘Michael Austin is a pleasure to work with. He is responsive, knowledgeable and able to effectively communicate complex topics in a manner that is digestible for lawyers and non-lawyers alike.’

‘Martha Wach has been an excellent resource through a number of transactions of various scale and complexity. She approaches each issue in an organized and clear manner and communicates in a way that is easily understandable, regardless of her client’s familiarity with the subject matter.’

Key clients

Invitation Homes

Hard Rock International

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

Henderson Park Capital Partners

LaSalle Investment Management

Golden State Warriors

NW1 Partners

Koch Industries, Inc.

Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented multiple subsidiaries of Invitation Homes, as buyer, in connection with a $650 million portfolio acquisition of more than 1,950 single family homes across nine U.S. states.
  • Represented Hard Rock International on the acquisition of The Mirage Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International.
  • Represented Mill Creek Residential Trust in connection with the formation of four new investment vehicles totaling $1.2 billion of equity.

Transport > Aviation and air travel: litigation and regulation Tier 2

Jones Day is home to civilian and former military pilots, as well as former senior Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Justice officers. The firm also fields former in-house aviation manufacturer lawyers. The practice’s track record ranges from defending mass-disaster commercial airliner crash litigation in the US and international courts, to defense-side aviation accident litigation. The team additionally acts in National Transportation Safety Board investigations; litigates disputes involving regional air service agreements, maintenance services, and engine, aircraft and spacecraft supply contracts; and defends airlines against passenger claims and ground-handling disputes. Other notable areas include the representation of aircraft owners and lessors in insurance coverage disputes following aviation accidents; and assisting corporate flight departments with risk-avoidance strategies. Pittsburgh-based John Goetz defends companies against business and tort litigation, while Stephen Cowen in Detroit is a former senior legal counsel from The Boeing Company. Over in Washington DC, Matthew Papez‘s experience includes representing an aerospace company in a government contract-related lawsuit alleging misappropriation of confidential information; and litigation and trial lawyer Patrick Haney is also experienced in aviation cases.

Practice head(s):

John Goetz; Stephen Cowen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Airlines Inc.

Atlas Air, Inc.

Boeing Company, The

Global Medical Response, Inc.

SkyWest Airlines, Inc.

Spirit Airlines, Inc.

United Airlines, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The investigations and white-collar defense team at Jones Day is spearheaded by Theodore Chung in Chicago. Chung frequently conducts internal investigations for corporations as well as advises on compliance programs. Located in San Diego, Karen Hewitt is recommended for companies involved in complex business litigation and criminal investigations. James Loonam practices from the New York office; he has an in-depth knowledge of cases concerning FCA offences, insider trading, and accounting fraud. Other notable lawyers in the team include Hank Bond Walther in Washington DC and Adam Hollingsworth in Cleveland. Walther stands out for his extensive experience leading international fraud and corruption cases, while Hollingsworth regularly advises on matters relating to money laundering, identity theft, and tax offenses.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Chung

Other key lawyers:

Karen Hewitt; James Loonam; Hank Bond Walther; Adam Hollingsworth; Bethany Biesenthal; Rasha Shields; Erin Sindberg Porter; Todd Geremia

Testimonials

‘The lawyers at Jones Day who handle investigations are first rate. They have great experience. The final investigation work product is consistently excellent.’

‘Erin Sindberg Porter is an exceptional lawyer with great experience in this space. She is smart but also practical. She also works well with all of the internal stakeholders.’

‘The attorneys at Jones Day are easily accessible and their knowledge is impeccable.’

‘Todd Geremia is an exceptional joy with whom to work.’

Key clients

Indivior Inc.

City of Chicago Police Board

Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Representing Indivior Inc. in a case brought by DOJ concerning the marketing of Suboxone, an FDA approved treatment for opioid abuse.
  • Acting for a former tech company CEO, who was indicted by the DOJ for his activities in connection with an offshore trust structure.
  • Acting for the former President of Cognizant Technology Solutions, who was indicted by DOJ and charged by the SEC for his alleged role in a scheme to bribe officials in India.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

Leveraging significant broad-based product liability expertise, as well as overarching healthcare and life sciences sector strength that draws from a multi-disciplinary offering encompassing, inter alia, expertise in regulatory matters and government investigations, Jones Day is well-placed to quickly and effectively mobilize resources to help protect major pharmaceutical and medical device companies against challenging multi-pronged disputes. Atlanta-based Stephanie Parker  oversees the product liability practice and is one of many experienced litigators with significant trial experience with respect to matters in the life sciences space; she recently won summary judgment for a pharmaceutical company in a highly publicized case alleging death by suicide allegedly caused by a popular dermatologic drug. Chicago-based first-chair trial lawyer José Isasi is also a key member of the team, as is up-and-coming Detroit-based trial lawyer Celeste Brecht .

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Parker

Other key lawyers:

José Isasi; Celeste Brecht; Meir Feder; Kristi Cercone; Ramanda Luper; Gillian Schroff

Key clients

GOJO Industries, Inc.

Indivior Inc.

Steris Corporation

Walmart Stores, Inc.

Energy > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

The Houston-based team at Jones Day continues to advise an array of clients in the upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas markets on a variety of oil and gas transactions, encompassing energy mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and restructuring. The team is also routinely involved in regulatory matters, including due diligence and regulatory approvals. The firm’s global energy practice is spearheaded by Jeff Schlegel, whose capabilities are notably concentrated around M&A, project development, securities, and finance transactions for energy industry clients, while Kit Rockhill has considerable expertise in advising on international transactions such as specialized asset acquisitions and big-ticket liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects. Alexandra Wilde and David Stringer have left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Schlegel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TotalEnergies

Archaea Management Team

NOVA Infrastructure Management, LLC

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

SER Capital Partners

CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented TotalEnergies in connection with its PIPE investment in NextDecade Corporation and investment in the Rio Grande LNG (RGLNG) project.
  • Represented the management team and co-founders of Archaea Energy Inc in connection with Archaea’s acquisition by bp plc.
  • Advised TotalEnergies on its sale of three product lines to Pacific Avenue Capital Partners (Wingtack®, PolyBD® and Dymalink®) developed by Cray Valley, its resin production and sales affiliate.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Jones Day’s broad geographic coverage brings it a wealth of corporate relationships and a steady pipeline of capital markets engagements. Partners in Houston, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Chicago and New York have led significant debt offerings, including large-cap and mid-cap transactions. The firm has a broad mix of investment grade, convertible and exchangeable debt offerings engagements, along with high-yield bonds. Its presence across the US provides it with a sizeable corporate client base, along with a number of financial institutions. Cleveland’s Michael Solecki  and Andrew Thomas are key partners along with Bradley Brasser in Minneapolis and Atlanta’s Joel May. Rory Hood provides further expertise in New York and additional connections to financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Brett Barragate; Jayant Tambe

Other key lawyers:

Michael Solecki; Andrew Thomas; Bradley Brasser, Joel May; Rory Hood

Key clients

Bunge Global SA

Cintas Corporation

Conagra Brands Inc.

Ecolab Inc.

FirstEnergy Corp.

Flowers Foods

Lennox International Inc.

MPLX LP

National Fuel Gas Company

Newell Brands Inc.

Northern States Power Company

Nutrien Ltd

Omnicom Group, Inc.

Rayonier Inc.

Roper Technologies

Parker Hannifin Corporation

STERIS Plc

Work highlights

  • Represented MPLX LP in connection with a public offering of $1.1bn aggregate principal amount of 5.00% Senior Notes due 2033 and $500m aggregate principal amount of 5.65% Senior Notes due 2053.
  • Represented Ecolab in connection with its underwritten public offering of $500m aggregate principal amount of 5.250% Notes due 2028.
  • Represented Nutrien in connection with a public offering of $1.5bn Senior Notes.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 3

Jones Day‘s multi-office strategy and its commitment to the industrials sector, provides it with a pipeline of deals, while financial sponsors also form part of the its client base. Much of its high-yield debt offerings are led by the Cleveland and Atlanta offices where Michael Solecki and Joel May are based. The New York and Silicon Valley offices also provide senior expertise as part of a large national capital markets practice. Rory Hood is a key figure in New York.

Practice head(s):

Brett Barragate; Jayant Tambe

Other key lawyers:

Michael Solecki; Joel May; Rory Hood

Key clients

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

Avient Corporation

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.

Gray Television, Inc.

Fortrea Holdings Inc

Hanesbrands Inc.

TransDigm Group Incorporated

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Diebold Nixdorf, Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented TransDigm Group Incorporated in connection with the Rule 144A and Regulation S offering by TransDigm Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary, of an additional $1.45bn aggregate principal amount of 6.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2030.
  • Represented Cleveland-Cliffs in connection with its Rule 144A and Regulation S offering of $750m aggregate principal amount of 6.750% Senior Unsecured Guaranteed Notes due 2030.
  • Represented Fortrea Holdings in connection with the Rule 144A and Regulation S offering of $570m  aggregate principal amount of 7.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2030.

Finance > Commercial lending

Underpinned by a global reach, the commercial lending team at Jones Day is a popular choice for its ability handle cross-border financial transactions. The team’s remit also covers litigation and investigations for financial institutions, as well as a strong restructuring and reorganization offering. Based in the New York office, Brett Barragate jointly leads the practice alongside Rachel Rawson from the Boston office. Barragate’s practice encompasses debt facilities and the purchase and sale of financial assets, while Rawson is highly skilled at handling leveraged buyouts for private equity funds. In the Cleveland office, Kevin Samuels is highlighted for his expertise in leveraged finance transactions, asset-based financings and acquisition-related facilities in a cross-border context.  

Practice head(s):

Brett P. Barragate; Rachel L. Rawson

 

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Samuels; Aldo LaFiandra

Key clients

Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc.

KeyBank National Association

PNC Bank, National Association

PolyOne Corporation (n/k/a Avient Corporation)

Santander Bank, N.A.

The Riverside Company

The Timken Company

TransDigm Inc.

WESCO International, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Chase

U.S. Bank National Association

ACI Worldwide, Inc.

CITGO Petroleum

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation

Nutrien Ltd.

OGE Energy Corp.

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Advised PNC Bank, National Association, as administrative agent on a $405m senior secured revolving credit facility provided to a designer and manufacturer of adaptable workplace furniture, seating, and storage that serves markets in more than 120 countries.
  • Represented Diebold Nixdorf, Inc. in its capacity as borrower, and the other debtors, in their capacities as guarantors, on a $1.25bn senior secured superpriority debtor-in-possession term loan credit facility.
  • Advised Citibank, N.A. as left lead arranger and administrative agent on a $400m unsecured multicurrency revolving credit facility provided to Deckers Outdoor Corporation.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Leveraging its global presence extending across Europe and Asia, Jones Day‘s ‘practical, efficient, and knowledgeable’ trademark practice demonstrates strengths in handling clearance, prosecution and portfolio management for clients active in the luxury brands, consumer goods and pharma sectors, to name a few. Leading the team from the firm’s Cleveland office, Carrie Kiedrowski is particularly noted for her expertise in handling and enforcing trademark rights related to the Internet, AI and machine learning alongside branding in the social media sphere. In Washington DC, John Froemming possesses vast experience in the transactional IP space, and in Cleveland’s Meredith Wilkes represents a varied roster of clients in high-stakes trademark, trade dress and false advertising work. In Houston, Anna E. Raimer bolsters the practice with her broad range of experience across clearance, prosecution and maintenance in the trademark space and associate Megan McKeown holds particular expertise in handling domestic and international trademark portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Carrie Kiedrowski

Other key lawyers:

John Froemming; Anna E. Raimer; Meredith Wilkes; Megan McKeown

Testimonials

‘Very practical, efficient, and knowledgeable. Jones Day’s trademark database for clients to manage their trademark portfolios is a game changer. I also very much appreciate the partial alternative fee arrangement.’

‘Carrie Kiedrowski and Megan McKeown are wonderful attorneys. They know trademarks and seamlessly interact with both our business and local counsel in foreign trademark jurisdictions.’

‘Very detail-oriented.’

‘Megan McKeown is pleasant and efficient.’

Key clients

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

The NOCO Company

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”)

Sotera Health

eos Products, LLC

AutoNation, Inc.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Hims & Hers Health, Inc. (“Hims”)

Global Poverty Project L.P. Pty. Ltd. also known as Global Citizen

Work highlights

  • Advised the Wikimedia Foundation on the clearance and adoption of a sound trademark to be heard whenever people listen to Wikimedia content when shared on mobile phones, home speakers or other virtual assistants.
  • Advising The NOCO Company in its trademark matters worldwide.
  • Advising publicly traded company, Hims & Hers Health, Inc on the protection and enforcement of its brands worldwide.

Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling Tier 3

The 'highly responsive, accommodating, and perceptive' practice at Jones Day has a track record of work on all manner of employment concerns, including advising on policies and procedures aimed at minimizing potential litigation exposure; implementing nondiscriminatory reductions in terminations, and investigating harassment and misconduct. The practice is co-headed by Matthew Lampe from the New York office, and Elizabeth McRee at the Chicago office. Lampe specializes in working on matters concerning discrimination and wrongful discharge in various states, while McRee is well-versed in counseling employers regarding legal compliance and litigation risk mitigation. In the Dallas office, Brian Jorgensen is particularly adept in advising clients on wage-hour compliance matters and conducting sensitive internal investigations. Operating from Houston, Joanne Bush works on a wide range of matters, some of which concern collective bargaining negotiations and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Lampe; Elizabeth McRee

Other key lawyers:

Brian Jorgensen; Joanne Bush; Michael Gray; David Birnbaum

Testimonials

‘The Jones Day team is one of the best group of lawyers. They are highly responsive, accommodating, and perceptive to client needs that make the relationship flow smoothly.’

‘Highly responsive, receptive, collaborative – they have invested in knowing our business and systems/quirks, plus they are just pretty awesome lawyers in terms of competency and strategy. They are also really pleasant and even funny – which is a bonus!’

M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 3

Jones Day supports companies and investors across all stages, from inception through IPOs and mergers, with extensive experience in venture capital financing. The practice is led by Michael Earley, the firm’s global co-head of private equity, who is based in Chicago. Operating from Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Timothy Curry is praised as an ‘attentive partner’ who specializes in venture capital and growth equity financings, M&A, and IPOs for start-ups. In San Diego, Taylor Stevens is active in the technology and life sciences sectors, while Cameron Reese focuses on corporate formation, financing transactions, and M&A. Atlanta’s William Zawrotny guides start-ups, emerging growth companies, and investors in corporate venture capital deals, and Jeremy Cleveland in Silicon Valley brings expertise in venture capital financings, public offerings, and corporate governance. The US team’s offering was enhanced by Alexandre Wibaux’s relocation from Paris to New York in 2023, bolstering the firm’s ability to serve European clients expanding into the US market.

Practice head(s):

Michael Earley

Testimonials

‘They have specialists in basically everything, everywhere. All I need to do is contact Timothy Curry and an hour later I get expert advice on whatever issue I am facing.’

‘Timothy Curry is the most attentive partner of all time. He is high-level but sweats the details. He always makes me look good. He has access to all the firm has to offer and can deliver it quickly. A real pro.’

Key clients

Koch Strategic Platforms

Organon & Co..

Five9

GreatPoint Ventures

Orange, S.A.

ENEOS Innovation Partners

Accelmed Partners

Innventure LLC

GRA Venture Fund

Koch Disruptive Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Organon in the strategic investment in Claria Medical, Inc.
  • Represented Five9, Inc. in its acquisition of 100% of the equity of Aceyus, Inc. for $82m in cash.
  • Represented ENEOS Innovation Partners in its investment in the $50m Series C-1 financing of Persefoni AI Inc.

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

Jones Day’s non-contentious tax team, operating primarily from Washington DC and New York, advises private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, and corporations, among other clients, on a wide range of issues. Edward Kennedy in New York, regularly advising Fortune 500 companies, investors, private equity firms, and hedge funds, leads the group alongside Washington DC’s Joseph Goldman, who has deep experience handling the tax aspects of M&A, post-acquisition integration, restructurings, and intellectual property licensing, with particular expertise in the life sciences space. Andrew Eisenberg in Washington DC advises on federal income tax issues concerning corporate M&A, including taxable and tax-free stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, post-acquisition restructurings, incorporation transactions, and liquidating and non-liquidating distributions. Colleen Laduzinski, with considerable experience acting as tax counsel on both the debtor and creditor side, is partner-in-charge of the firm’s Boston office. DC’s Christopher Hanfling and Kelly Rubin in Dallas are key contacts, both with notable expertise in federal tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Goldman; Edward Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Eisenberg; Richard Nugent; Colleen Laduzinski; Christopher Hanfling; Kelly Rubin; Benjamin Jacobs; John Allan

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and creative. In addition, they are responsive and driven by the aim of finding the best solution.’

‘Ed Kennedy is hands on, capable and has a one-of-a-kind drive to achieve the best result for his clients. Richard Nugent is, like Ed, very experienced, technically very well equipped and responsive!’

‘In the M&A space, Jones Day brings a full range of general and specialist practitioners that speak with one voice. We gain a lot of comfort knowing that our partnership with Jones Day will allow us to secure the best deal terms possible. ’

‘Richard Nugent and Matthew Waterhouse have a deep understanding of thebusiness including product supply, marketing and distribution. This knowledge is priceless when representing us in deal matters. This deep understanding also allows for an efficient use of resources. Finally, Richard and Matthew also have a keen understanding of our risk tolerance which is very helpful in a negotiation environment.’

Key clients

Bally’s Corporation

Cardinal Health

Cleveland Cliffs

Diebold Nixdorf

DigitalBridge

EagleTree

FactSet Research Systems

FirstEnergy

Laureate Education

Lowe’s Companies

Newell Brands

Riverside Company

Wabtec Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Diebold Nixdorf in a cross-border restructuring involving dual bankruptcy proceedings under the United States (chapter 11) and Netherlands (scheme of arrangement), and the first-ever chapter 15 recognition of the Dutch bankruptcy rules.
  • Represented Tokyo-based Astellas in its $5.9 billion cross-border acquisition of Iveric Bio in the opthalmogic field.
  • Represented LabCorp in the spin-off of its clinical development business as a new public company.

Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation Tier 4

Jones Day’s financial market practice consists of attorneys who formerly served in regulatory bodies including the SEC and CFTC, and has attracted a strong client base of financial institutions. The group focuses on RMBS litigation, antitrust claims, and class actions. Co-leading the team in New York are Jayant Tambe and Brett Barragate – Tambe is regularly involved in complex, cross-border disputes such as securities, derivatives, and financial products litigation. Another notable name is Amanda Dollinger who has expertise in disputes and ESG matters.

Practice head(s):

Jayant Tambe; Brett Barragate

Other key lawyers:

Nina Yadava; Amanda Dollinger; Michael Conway; Howard Sidman

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic.’

‘They put the right team of people together from across the firm and they work together seamlessly.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo

BNP Paribas

J.P. Morgan

Deutsche Bank

Community Financial Services Association of America

Citizens Financial Group

Citibank

Wintrust

KKR Phorm Investors

Work highlights

  • Defending Wells Fargo in a series of lawsuits filed by institutional investors in more than 50 RMBS trusts claiming that Wells Fargo violated the Trust Indenture Act.
  • Representing Deutsche Bank in antitrust litigation which claims that banks conspired to manipulate the market for the interest swap rates by blocking the use of electronic exchange-like trading platforms.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Forming a key part of an integrated global disputes offering, Jones Day’s US group benefits from the ability to draw on international arbitration specialists in many of the world’s leading arbitration centers, with recent cases involving teams in London, Singapore, Paris, and Dubai, among others. The team has notched up a strong run of investment disputes of late, where it is particularly active against various post-Soviet and CIS states in ICSID and UNCITRAL cases. In Washington DC, Melissa Gorsline is a ‘very sharp and highly skilled advocate’ and possesses extensive experience in investor-state arbitrations. Also noted are Steven Smith in San Francisco; Stephen Pearson, based between New York and London; and Paul Hines in San Francisco.

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Gorsline; Steven Smith; Fahad Habib; Paul Hines; Maria Pradilla Picas

Testimonials

‘A very talented team that is able to focus on key issues and provide a tailored service. Often competitors will use a blanket approach of trying to cover every angle of the case, even when it is unnecessary, resulting in inefficiency and much higher cost. Jones Day should be highly commended for its approach.’

‘Melissa Gorsline in Washington DC is a very sharp and highly skilled advocate. One of the best in the cross examination of witnesses.’

‘Associate Maria Pradilla Picas in Washington DC is always on top of the detail and projects boundless enthusiasm.’

Key clients

World Wide Minerals

Gold Pool JV

Omega Engineering

Windoor

Mr Abed El Jaouni

Work highlights

  • Represented Canada’s World Wide Minerals in its treaty claims against the Republic of Kazakhstan, arising out of the expropriation of its mining assets in the late 1990s.
  • Represented Gold Pool in bringing an application in the English Commercial Court pursuant to Section 67 of the Arbitration Act (involving a full re-hearing of the issue of jurisdiction).
  • Acted for Estonia-headquartered Windoor in an ICSID arbitration involving claims against the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Energy > Energy regulation: oil and gas Tier 4

Praised as ‘subject matter experts’, the oil and gas regulatory team at Jones Day is well-versed in both FERC litigation and project development matters and maintains a diverse client base comprising producers, pipeline companies, distributors, and end users. Transactional support represents another key component of the practice, which works closely with the firm’s transactions group to handle regulatory approvals and due diligence. The Houston office comprises practice head Jeffrey Schlegel as well as James Olson, who regularly represents clients in administrative litigation before FERC. David Applebaum is based in Washington DC and fields a broad energy practice that includes internal investigations, policy matters, and enforcement issues.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Schlegel

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Subject matter experts.’

‘Leaders within the DC energy bar.’

‘Strategic analysis of current rate case or other regulatory matter for current impact and long- term impact. Jones Day supports commercial contractual decision making with an eye on the commercial influences of the current and future regulatory background.’

Key clients

Tampa Electric Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Tampa Electric Company in a FERC Natural Gas Act Section 4 rate case before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filed by Florida Gas Transmission.

Environment > Environment: litigation Tier 4

Fielding teams of skilled practitioners across the US, Jones Day attracts clients, who often come from the chemicals, energy, oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and waste management spheres, for its wide experience litigating environmental matters before state and federal courts. The group is home to Kevin Holewinski  of the Washington DC office, whose practice encompasses environmental, climate change and toxic tort work, Thomas Donnelly  who, based in San Francisco, has deep environmental law experience under his belt and is known for his ability to navigate litigation and regulatory enforcement proceedings within the oil and gas, mining and automotive industries. Over in Pittsburgh, Jane Story offers clients her expertise in representing Comprehensive Environmental Response and Compensation and Liability Act cases and defends clients against federal and state enforcement actions for alleged violations of environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Holewinski

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Donnelly; Jane Story; Daniella Einik; Daniel Corbett; Thomas Hamilton

Key clients

United Affiliates Corporation

GenOn

Kyocera International, Inc.

Fluor Corporation

Eaton Corporation

Daikin America and Daikin Industries

Wells Fargo Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing United Affiliates Corporation in Fifth Amendment takings litigation related to EPA’s withdrawal of permit specifications for valley fills as coal mine.
  • Advising GenOn on a Maryland Department of Environment investigation and consent decree in relation to alleged discharges from the Morgantown Generating Station.
  • Representing Daikin in connection with class actions, attorney general actions, and individual cases challenging Daikin’s manufacture and sale of PFAS, a class of chemicals that is the focus of intense litigation and regulation in the U.S. and abroad.

Finance > Fintech Tier 4

Jointly led by Jayant Tambe in New York and Craig Waldman in Washington DC, Jones Day is lauded by clients as ‘deeply knowledgeable of the technology and financial aspects of the fintech space.’  The practice is also a key contact for payment processors and technology providers on international banking and financing regulatory matters, transactions, investigations, and litigation. Key members of the ‘thoughtful and experienced team’  also include San Francisco-based Abradat Kamalpour who is well-regarded for his capabilities in the establishment of crypto-based payment systems. In Dallas, Mark Rasmussen’s broad caseload encompasses contentious and regulatory blockchain, NFT, and stablecoin matters, while Kimberly Desmarais in New York boasts a strong lending background, with in-depth expertise in fintech acquisition finance and asset-based loans.

Practice head(s):

Jayant Tambe; Craig Waldman

Testimonials

‘Jones Day brings a very thoughtful and experienced team in the FinTech space. The team tries to find the right attorney(s) to address your matters, and they make sure that their advice fits the company.’

‘They have dedicated FinTech partners that are deeply knowledgeable of the technology and financial aspects of the FinTech space.’

‘They provided exceptional service on all fronts. In its dispute practices, Marc Rasmussen is standout, bringing great knowledge of the industry to bear and providing practical advice on multiple aspects of FinTech.’

‘A combination of former government officials and a plethora of former SCOTUS and Appellate Court clerks makes them a force to be reckoned with.’

‘Thoughtful insight and positioning on first-in-time considerations is one of the toughest parts of a lawyer’s job – and Jones Day delivers.’

‘Craig Waldman is a wonderful asset for any in-house practitioner. He provides solid, actionable advice and works to make sure that the advice provided is actionable for executives.’

‘Mark Rasmussen is a go-to individual when it comes to navigating complex matters in the digital asset and financial markets space.’

Key clients

DraftKings, Inc

Circle Internet Financial

TaxBit, Inc

HDR Global Trading Limited

Eldridge Industries, LLC

Amber Group

Radair

Lender Labs LLC

Senken GmbH

WhaleFin Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised DraftKings, Inc on all of the legal and regulatory issues related to the launch of its sports and entertainment-themed NFT marketplace in the United States and internationally.
  • Advised Lender Labs on the establishment and launch of its first in the market NFT ESG Solar loan platform.
  • Advised Wahi, Ishan on filing a motion to dismiss an SEC claim.

Intellectual property > Trademarks: litigation Tier 4

Cleveland’s Carrie Kiedrowski co-leads the ‘very practical, efficient, and knowledgeable’ team at Jones Day, which demonstrates wide-ranging capabilities in trademark, advertising, and unfair competition litigation, drawing strength from an office network that covers the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions. Kiedrowski holds a wealth of experience in online trademark infringement issues and domain name disputes before the WIPO. Also in Cleveland is Meredith Wilkes, who operates for household name clients in trademark, trade dress, and design patent litigation. Based in Washington DC, veteran litigator John Froemming is well-versed in Lanham Act-related disputes. In Houston, Houston’s Anna E. Raimer strengthens the team with her experience before the TTAB, as well as her multi-jurisdictional capabilities, while Megan McKeown contributes her expertise across the sectors of airlines, media, and tech to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Carrie Kiedrowski; Edouard Fortunet

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very practical, efficient, and knowledgeable. Jones Day’s trademark database for clients to manage their trademark portfolios is a game changer.’

‘Carrie Kiedrowski is excellent.’

Key clients

McCain Foods, USA

The NOCO Company

Ricoh Company, Ltd. And Ricoh USA, Inc.

McCain Foods Limited and McCain Foods USA, Inc.

Axion Biosystems, Inc.

Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.

The Wikimedia Foundation

Work highlights

  • Defending McCain Foods, a producers of frozen potato products, against allegations of trade dress and design patent infringement brought by Simplot, one of McCain’s chief competitors, in connection with the shape of a twisted French fry product.
  • Representing The NOCO Company before the ITC and in various US District Courts, in connection with Lanham Act claims against various infringers selling knockoff battery charger cases which infringes NOCO’s proprietary X Design Trade Dress.
  • Defending Axion Biosystems in connection with false advertising claims, as well as patent infringement claims, raised against its biotech platforms by a direct competitor.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 4

Jones Day manages benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements for acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures, bringing ‘extensive market knowledge’ to the table. The practice is jointly led by Miguel Eaton in Washington DC and Eric Mosier in New York, with Mosier experienced in advising private equity funds on leveraged buyouts, equity incentive plans, and employee benefit programs post-transaction. Patricia Eschbach-Hall in Cleveland offers expertise in a variety of areas, including deferred compensation plans, qualified retirement plans, and change in control agreements. Laura Bigler, also in Cleveland, specializes in compliance with the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. In Washington, Kevin Noble counsels employers, fiduciaries, and service providers, and Miami-based Justin Walters advises on equity compensation matters.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Eaton; Eric Mosier

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Eschbach-Hall; Laura Bigler; Kevin Noble; Justin Walters

Testimonials

‘Leading technical capability and extensive market knowledge.’

Key clients

OGE Energy Corporation

Avient Corporation

VSE Corporation

Parker Hannifin Corporation

The Timken Company

The Aaron’s Company, Inc.

Work highlights

Labor and employment > ERISA litigation Tier 4

With considerable expertise in withdrawal liability, benefits issues in bankruptcy and pension de-risking, Jones Day boasts a successful track record in landmark litigation. Significant victories relating to the City of Detroit’s health and retirement system and the General Motors pension plan demonstrate the firm’s ability to handle high-level and complex ERISA work. Washington DC-based Evan Miller acts for corporate plan sponsors, multiemployer plan contributions and ERISA fiduciaries with an additional specialism in the restructuring of pension and retiree health liabilities. Meanwhile, Miguel Eaton co-chairs the employee benefits & executive compensation practice focuses on 401(k) fee cases, employee benefits and DOL investigations. ‘Expert in his fieldKevin Noble advises clients on employee benefit plans, pension de-risking, and retiree health settlements.

Practice head(s):

Evan Miller; Miguel Eaton; Eric H. Mosier

Other key lawyers:

Kevin R. Noble; James S. Urban; Roy A. Ginsburg

Testimonials

‘Jones Day is fantastic! They employ experts in Retirement, H&W and Executive Compensation. Their attorneys have worked with many Fortune 500 clients on impactful projects.’

‘Kevin Noble is an expert in his field. We’ve engaged with him (and his colleagues) on multiple pension de-risking projects and couldn’t ask for better knowledge, leadership and support.’

 

Key clients

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

District of Columbia Retirement Board

Edison Home Health

C&S Wholesale Grocers

Wells Fargo

Southern Company

Work highlights

  • Represented DC Retirement Board in claims of retaliation and whistleblower protection brought by their general counsel.
  • Represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in a putative class action alleging breaches of fiduciary duty under ERISA.
  • Represented Southern Company and its plan fiduciaries in an ERISA class action alleging that its pension plan discriminates against married individuals.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 4

Leveraging expertise across the life science, tech, and consumer sectors, Jones Day offers bespoke advice on the whole spectrum of corporate transactions, with a specific focus on cross-border deals, including all-cash acquisitions as well as stock-for-stock mergers. The New York duo of Andrew Levine and Randi Lesnick co-head the practice and offer in-depth knowledge in corporate governance matters as well as in recapitalizations, and spin-offs. From Pittsburgh, David Grubman focuses on activist defense matters, while in Cleveland, Benjamin Stulberg concentrates on takeover preparedness and SEC compliance and Peter Izanec has experience in the food and beverage industries. Also in Cleveland, George Hunter is noted for his ability to advise on public mergers.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Levine; Randi Lesnick

Other key lawyers:

David Grubman; Benjamin Stulberg; Jonn Beeson; Peter Izanec; Jeff Schlege; Robert Profusek; George Hunter; William Zawrotny

Key clients

TotalEnergies

Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.

Astellas Pharma Inc.

J.F. Lehman & Company

KKR

Roper Technologies

CoLift Capital LLC

Meridian Bioscience, Inc.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

Hard Rock International

TopBuild Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised TotalEnergies on its PIPE investment in NextDecade Corporation and investment in the $18.5bn Rio Grande LNG Project.
  • Advised Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. on its $7.5bn stock-for-stock merger with Xylem Inc.
  • Represented Astellas Pharma Inc. in its $5.9 billion all cash acquisition of IVERIC Bio, Inc.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts: large deals ($500m+) Tier 4

Jones Day’s team combines deep capabilities in middle-market transactions with a robust presence in the bulge-bracket, guiding specialized sponsors such as The Riverside Company and leading funds such as KKR through all stages of their domestic and cross-border investment lifecycles. The infrastructure, life sciences, aviation, and tech sectors represent notable areas of focus within the team, which is co-led from New York by experienced partners Andrew Levine, who handles high-value acquisitions for funds and their portfolio companies, and Randi Lesnick, whose expertise spans M&A and corporate governance matters. Further key contacts in New York include Jason Grove, whose knowledge of private equity ranges from leveraged buyouts to recapitalizations. Cleveland is home to longstanding private equity M&A experts Charles Hardin and Denise Carkhuff, while the Chicago office is home to strategic and private equity-backed transactions expert Lisa Lathrop. Washington DC-based carve-out and joint venture expert Daniel Michaels is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Levine; Randi Lesnick

Other key lawyers:

Jason Grove; Charles Hardin; Denise Carkhuff; Lisa Lathrop; Daniel Michaels; Joseph Hatina; William Stewart; Ted Powers; Justin Roland; Emily Cai

Key clients

EagleTree Capital

The Riverside Company

Centre Lane Partners

J.F. Lehman & Company

Cortec Group

Morgan Stanley Capital Partners

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

ONCAP Management Partners, L.P.

SER Capital Partners

Norwest Equity Partners

Blue Point Capital Partners

MPE Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised J.F. Lehman & Company and Hill City Capital on their participation in a consortium with Apollo for the $5.2bn all-cash acquisition of Atlas Air Worldwide.
  • Advised The Riverside Company in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Done Service Group LLC of APower Electric Service Corporation.
  • Advised EagleTree Capital on the acquisition of MMGY Global from Peninsula Partners and other shareholders.

Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 4

Jones Day is particularly noted for its strength in criminal tax matters, with experience handling complex multijurisdictional investigations and disputes. The group also advises on civil tax disputes and works within the firm’s global network to aid clients in audits and litigation of any scale. The contentious tax group is led by New York lawyer Kathryn Keneally, who previously worked within the Department of Justice Tax Division and has more than 35 years’ experience in the practice area, with a strong record of representing individuals, corporations, and financial institutions in civil and criminal tax controversy. Charles Hodges is based in Atlanta and specializes in federal tax disputes, including matters relating to transfer pricing. New York lawyer Michael Scarduzio left the firm in November 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Keneally

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very strong Washington DC tax knowledge and good litigation and strategic negotiation abilities.’

‘Kathryn Keneally has been splendid.’

Key clients

Robert T. Brockman

Jackson Investment Group, LLC

Parkway Gravel, Inc.

Mayo Clinic

Work highlights

  • Represented the Estate of Mr. Robert Brockman before the United States Tax Court and in various civil tax matters in connection with an offshore trust structure.
  • Acted for Mayo Clinic in a lawsuit against the United States in federal court in St. Paul Minnesota, netting a tax refund of more than $11m (plus statutory interest).
  • Represented the Estate of a high net worth individual in a tax dispute pending in the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit involving losses reported from the sale of publicly-traded stock and foreign currency.

Healthcare > Life sciences Tier 5

Jones Day makes ‘substantive legal contributions’ to clients’ efforts in the life sciences field, managing several high value mergers in the sector, while also providing support and representation in relation to clients’ IP portfolios and issues under federal drug pricing statutes. The firm is also sought after for advice in relation to digital health and telemedicine, with practice co-head Alexis Gilroy, who splits time between Washington DC and Atlanta, advising on the structuring of telehealth services and assisting with transactions in the sector. Leading the team alongside her is Chicago-based Heather O’Shea, whose practice spans regulatory compliance issues and litigation arising out of healthcare fraud allegations under the FCA and Anti-Kickback Statute.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Gilroy; Heather O’Shea

Other key lawyers:

Colleen Heisey

Testimonials

‘The team works seamlessly together to update and inform each other to ensure alignment on global strategy. The team is incredibly responsive, creative in approach, and expert in substantive legal contributions.’

Key clients

Celgene

Labcorp

Bristol-Myers Squibb

DePuy Synthes

Sumitomo Pharma Co. Ltd.

Astellas Pharma Inc.

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 6

Jones Day advises both fund sponsors and institutional investors on fund formation and maintenance across leveraged buyouts, real estate, infrastructure, venture capital and private credit assets, often in a cross-border capacity. Chicago based Michael Earley oversees the department and handles fund structuring, portfolio investments, secondaries transactions as well as co-investments for private funds clients. In Chicago are real estate private equity partner Trisha Mowbray and Jessica Thwing, who focuses on transactions for investment funds and their investors. Anna Moscioni and Thomas Devaney are further key funds lawyers to note and are based in the Cleveland and New York offices respectively.

Practice head(s):

Michael Earley

Key clients

The Riverside Company

Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC

Morgenthaler Private Equity

Prophet Capital Asset Management

Adams Street Partners

Creative Wealth Media

NW1 Partners US, LLC

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

NOVA Infrastructure Management, LLC

Latin America: International firms > City focus - Miami Tier 1

Jones Day’s Miami office has entered a new era following a series of senior-level departures in 2022, including corporate partners Enrique Martin  and Nicholas Rodríguez, along with project finance specialists Richard Puttré and Fradyn Suárez. Luis Vélez has now stepped up as the lead corporate partner in Miami and frequently represents US-based clients on their investments and interests in Latin America; notably, he advised TotalEnergies on its strategic alliance and investment agreement with Omaha Beach Investment Corp, Sunix Petroleum, and Tropigas Dominicana in the Dominican Republic. The Miami office and broader Latin America team are also notably active in private equity investments and transactions in the agriculture sector, along with a growing swathe of investments by Latin American businesses into the US. Cristina Pérez Soto leads the Miami litigation team, and has an extensive record in internal investigations, anti-money laundering and sanctions; she and the team are also noted for investigations linked to acquisitions. Additionally recognised for its experience in energy and infrastructure, Pérez Soto’s group also has growing credibility in the financial services and fintech areas.

Latin America: International firms > Compliance and investigations

Jones Day has continued to develop its geographic coverage with additional engagements in Uruguay and Bolivia, building on its already established record in key markets such as Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela. It has proven capability in internal investigations, enforcement and financial controls, and is a growing force in anti-money laundering and sanctions-related matters. The team is also recognised for anti-corruption due diligence relating to M&A and other transactions, and is at the forefront of anti-corruption programmes for international clients that have assets and interests in Latin America. Cristina Pérez Soto leads the Miami litigation team and is an established figure in internal investigations, anti-money laundering, sanctions and anti-corruption due diligence for transactions; she is noted for her experience in the energy and infrastructure, financial services and fintech sectors. Of counsel Guillermo Larrea is another key figure; based in Mexico City, he is frequently engaged for investigations relating to anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and fraud matters. At associate level, senior Fernando Pastore in Sao Paulo is also noted. Eric Snyder moved to McGuireWoods LLP in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Chung; Cristina Pérez Soto

Testimonials

Great attention and professionalism, knowledge of national legislation necessary to attend an audit, ability to prepare information from a digital environment.

Professionalism, adaptability to customer needs, good service.

Jones Day has a relatively small office in Brazil, but whenever needed, they reach out to specialists from the other offices of Jones Day worldwide, who are exceptional on FCPA related matters.

Lawyer: Artur Badra and Fernando Pastore stand out in their practice and they did a terrific work in once specific case in which we have worked jointly with them.

Great presence all over the world, keeping a great level of quality in spite of its impressive size.

Fernando Pastore, a senior associate able to navigate multijurisdicional white collar issues involving USA and Brazil.

Great attention and professionalism, knowledge of national legislation necessary to attend an audit, ability to prepare information from a digital environment.

Professionalism, adaptability to customer needs, good service.

Key clients

Grupo Proeza

Daikin Industries

Work highlights

  • Advised Daikin Industries regarding the update and revision of the compliance policies for its operations in Latin America, including with regard to exposure to corruption, and the risks associated with direct and indirect sales to governmental institutions.
  • Advised Grupo Proeza on an anti-corruption programme, anti-money laundering programme, and a cybersecurity and personal data protection programme for its operations in 24 cities across North and South America and Asia.

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A

Jones Day remains busy in Latin America matters despite a series of recent senior-level departures, including Miami partners Enrique Martin and Nicholas Rodríguez, along with Marcello Hallake in Sao Paulo. The firm’s sheer size and longstanding focus on the region has ensured it remains well positioned for big-ticket transactions, particularly those involving North American corporates and private equity houses. The firm is also building its presence advising Spanish clients on their investments in Latin America. Brazil continues to be a major focus for the firm, with senior name Wade Angus splitting his time between New York and Sao Paulo. Luis Vélez is now the key corporate partner in Miami and frequently represents US-based clients on their investments in the region, including TotalEnergies, which he advised on its strategic alliance and investment agreement with Omaha Beach Investment Corp, Sunix Petroleum, and Tropigas Dominicana in the Dominican Republic. Head of the Mexico City office Manuel Romano is another senior figure in M&A, joint-ventures and strategic alliances; while Sao Paulo of counsel, Artur Badra, has extensive experience in cross-border transactions in Brazil and across South America.

Practice head(s):

Luis Riesgo; Wade Angus

Testimonials

Solid and pragmatic advice; Always available; Efficient with the use of time; knowledge of the client and the market.

Luis Velez is an excellent lawyer, very friendly but also focused on his work. Always available to help.

Jones Day is a great firm and we have worked with them on many M&As. Its partners and lawyers are always very available and technically highly qualified.

The people at Jones Day are experts in Corporate Law and M&A. They understand the responsibility of an M&A transaction and have a great ability to connect all the jurisdictions involved in the case. Partner Sanjiv Kapur has been a great reference in international M&A transactions for many years and we had excellent experiences with him in transactions in Brazil and elsewhere. He is technically great, he is always available and conducts transactions in a very dynamic way and with a lot of quality. Attorney Nathalia Cipelli is a great asset working with partner Sanjiv Kapur and she has always impressed us with her quality.

Key clients

Nutrien

Sanofi

GIC

Group 1 Automotive

Astellas Pharma

Ansys

AGUNSA

TotalEnergies

Work highlights

  • Advised Ansys on its acquisition of Rocky DEM.
  • Advised TotalEnergies on its strategic alliance and investment agreement with Omaha Beach Investment Corp, Sunix Petroleum and Tropigas Dominicana in the Dominican Republic.
  • Advised Group 1 Automotive on the sale of 100% of its Brazilian business to Original Holdings, an affiliate of Brazilian publicly listed company Simpar.

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,400 lawyers in 40 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of practice
United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by U.S. corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,500 lawyers across its 18 U.S. offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Europe and Middle East: Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 575 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, the Firm’s Dubai-based lawyers have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the Firm’s more than 180 lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

Managing partner: Gregory M. Shumaker
US offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C.
Europe and Middle East offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris
Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

Main areas of practice:

  • Antitrust and competition law
  • Business and Tort litigation
  • Business restructuring and reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial markets
  • Global disputes
  • Government regulation
  • Health care and life sciences
  • Insurance recovery
  • Intellectual property
  • Investigations and white-collar defense
  • Issues and appeals
  • Labor and employment
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Securities litigation and SEC enforcement
  • State Attorney General enforcement, investigations and litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
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Managing Partner Gregory M. Shumaker