Jones Day

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Jones Day
Jones Day Logo 1.svg
No. of offices43[1]
No. of attorneys2,513[1]
Major practice areasFull service
Revenue$2.05 billion (2018)[2]
Date founded1893; 127 years ago (1893) (as Blandin & Rice)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Company typeGeneral partnership[3]
Slogan"One Firm Worldwide"[4]

Jones Day is an international law firm based in the United States. As of 2018, it was the fifth largest law firm in the U.S. and the 13th highest grossing law firm in the world.[1]

Jones Day is one of the most elite law firms in the world, ranking first in both M&A league tables and the 2017 U.S. Law Firm Brand Index 2017.[5] Jones Day has numerous high profile clients, including U.S. President Donald Trump, Fox News,[6] and represents over half of the companies in the Fortune 500, including Goldman Sachs, General Motors, and Verizon.[7]


Jones Day was founded as Blandin & Rice in 1893 by two partners, Edwin J. Blandin and William Lowe Rice, in Cleveland, Ohio.[8] Frank Ginn joined the firm in 1899, and it changed its name to Blandin, Rice & Ginn.[9] Rice was murdered in August 1910.[10] In 1912, Thomas H. Hogsett joined the firm as partner, and[9] it became Blandin, Hogsett & Ginn that year,[11] and Tolles, Hogsett, Ginn & Morley a year later after the retirement of Judge Blandin and the addition of partners Sheldon H. Tolles and John C. Morley.[9] After Morley retired, in 1928, the firm adopted the name Tolles, Hogsett & Ginn.[9]

In its early years, the firm was known for representing major industries in the Cleveland area, including Standard Oil and several railroad and utility companies.[12]

In November 1938, then-managing partner Thomas Jones led the merger of Tolles, Hogsett & Ginn with litigation-focused firm Day, Young, Veach & LeFever to create Jones, Day, Cockley & Reavis. The merger was effective January 1, 1939.[13] The firm's Washington, D.C., office was opened in 1946, becoming the firm's first office outside Ohio.[14] In 1967, the firm merged with D.C. firm Pogue & Neal to become Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.[15]

International expansion[edit]

The international expansion of Jones Day began in 1986 when the firm merged with boutique law firm Surrey & Morse, a firm of 75 attorneys with international offices in New York City, Paris, London, and Washington, D.C. The following years the firm expanded to Hong Kong, Brussels, Tokyo, Taipei, and Frankfurt.[16]


Jones Day offices in Washington, D.C.

As of 2018, Jones Day was the fifth largest law firm in the U.S. and the 13th highest grossing law firm in the world.[1]


The firm compensates each associate (after their first year) uniquely, based on the quality of their work, and jurisdiction.[17] Unlike many peer firms, Jones Day does not pay a year-end or mid-year bonus, compensating associates entirely with salary;[17] salaries are not public and are not determined by class-year, and the firm has long said that its "black box" compensation system breeds collegiality, and that its associates—even though they are not paid a bonus—generally earn the same as, or more than, associates at other major firms.[17] New associates have a starting salary of US$190,000. Some associates have said that they are under-compensated compared to their peers at other firms, sometimes by tens of thousands of dollars, and that their compensation is much lower than what they were promised when they interviewed.[18]

Donald Trump presidential campaign counsel[edit]

Jones Day partner Don McGahn, who was previously a member of the Federal Election Commission, served as counsel for the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign and was later nominated to serve as Trump's White House Counsel.[19][20] As of March 2017, at least 14 Jones Day attorneys had been appointed to work for the Trump administration.[12]

German office raid[edit]

In March 2017, the firm's Munich office was raided in order to obtain confidential client documents held by the firm in relation to its Munich-based Volkswagen emissions scandal internal investigation. The public prosecutor's office seized electronic data and "a large number of paper files" for use in the Brunswick, Germany-based investigation of Volkswagen Group subsidiary Audi AG. German courts upheld the legality of the raid, and no further charges resulted, as of March 2019.[21]

Gender Discrimination Suit[edit]

In 2019, six plaintiffs, who were former Jones Day Associates, filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the firm in Washington DC federal court.[22] The plaintiffs allege unfair pay between female and male associates at the firm. Jones Day has denied the allegations made by the plaintiffs and the case is currently pending further litigation.[23]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of the firm include:


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  3. ^ Jones Day Amicus Brief at
  4. ^ MacKimm, Nancy; Manning, George (September 1, 2009). ""One Firm Worldwide" Approach Unites Jones Day's Dallas And Houston Offices". Corporate Counsel Business Journal. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index 2017 | Acritas". Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  6. ^ Stone, Ken (2020-04-10). "Fox News Names Powerhouse Legal Team to Fend off Suit in Washington State". Times of San Diego. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
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  8. ^ Reed, George Irving (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: A Compendium of History and Biography. Vol. 2. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Co. pp. 222–223.; Cho, Janet H. (January 19, 2016). "Jones Day names Heather Lennox its Cleveland Partner-in-Charge, 1st woman in that role". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d "F. H. Ginn, 69, Lawyer, Arts Patron, Dies". The Plain Dealer. February 7, 1938. p. 4.
  10. ^ "William L. Rice Murdered". The New York Times. August 6, 1910. p. 1. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Law Firms Will Merge". The Plain Dealer. January 27, 1912. p. 14.
  12. ^ a b "Donald Trump's Favorite Law Firm". 2017-03-16. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  13. ^ "Form New Law Firm". The Plain Dealer. November 18, 1938. p. A12.
  14. ^ Djordjevich, Vera (2007). Vault Guide to the Top Washington, D.C. Law Firms 2008. New York: Vault Reports Inc. p. 122. ISBN 9781581315011.
  15. ^ "George C. Neale Dies; Law Firm Founder". The Plain Dealer. May 13, 1971. p. B2.
  16. ^ "Jones Day". Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  17. ^ a b c "Associates". Jones Day. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  18. ^ Rubino, Kathryn (29 June 2016). "'The Jig Is Up'—Opening Up Jones Day's Black Box". Above the Law. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  19. ^ Costa, Robert; Kane, Paul (2016-03-19). "Trump to huddle with influential Republicans in D.C. ahead of AIPAC speech". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  20. ^ "Trump Names White House Counsel as Potential Conflicts Loom". 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  21. ^ "Documents seised in raid of law firm Jones Day - Allen & Overy". Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  22. ^ December 05, Dan Packel |; Lawyer, 2019 at 10:55 AM | The original version of this story was published on The American. "Collective Action Bid Ups the Ante in Jones Day Associates' Gender Bias Case". National Law Journal. Retrieved 2020-02-16.
  23. ^ Rubino, Kathryn. "Plaintiffs In Jones Day Gender Discrimination Case Want It To Be A Class Action". Above the Law. Retrieved 2020-02-16.
  24. ^ "High-ranking Cook County prosecutor resigns after inquiry into case referrals to former employer". Chicago Tribune. December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  25. ^ "Cook County's top civil attorney Chaka Patterson resigns". Chicago Sun-Times. December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  26. ^ "Top Kim Foxx aide resigns amid investigation". WFLD. December 15, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.

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