Jones Day

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Jones Day
Jones Day Logo 1.svg
No. of offices 42[1]
No. of attorneys 2,400
Major practice areas General practice
Revenue $1.7 billion (2015)[1]
Date founded 1893 (1893) (Cleveland, Ohio)
Company type General partnership[2]
Slogan One firm worldwide

Jones Day is an international law firm. The firm currently has 42 offices worldwide in 19 countries and employs about 2,400 lawyers, making it one of the ten largest law firms in the world[1] and the second largest in the US.[3] In 2009, the firm was ranked as the "Litigation and Regulatory Team of the Year" by the British Legal Awards.[4] Jones Day represents many of the world's largest companies and financial institutions, and it is best known for its litigation practice. The current managing partner, Stephen J. Brogan, is based in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.


Jones Day was founded as Blandin & Rice in 1893 by two partners, Edward Blandin and William Rice, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Frank Ginn became the first Jones Day Managing Partner in 1913 and was later joined by Sheldon Tolles and Tom Hogsett. The firm took on their names and by 1920 it was known as Tolles, Hogsett, Ginn & Morley.

In 1939, then managing partner Thomas Jones led the merger of what had now become Tolles, Hogsett & Ginn with well-known litigation-focused firm Day, Young, Veach & LeFever to create Jones, Day, Cockley & Reavis. The firm's Washington, D.C. office was opened in 1946 and, in 1967, the firm merged with Washington D.C. firm Pogue & Neal to become Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.

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, Paris, London and Washington, D.C. The following years saw a rapid expansion to many established and emerging financial and business centers both in the United States and abroad, including into Hong Kong, Brussels, Tokyo, Taipei, and Frankfurt. In 2011, Jones Day established an associate relationship with Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners in Saudi Arabia with offices in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Alkhobar.

As of 2013, Jones Day is the biggest American law firm, with more than 2,400 lawyers and 800 partners.[5]

Practice areas[edit]

Jones Day is a full service, commercial law firm and has practice areas in:

  • Antitrust & Competition Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business and Tort Litigation (USA)
  • Business Restructuring & Reorganization
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Criminal Investigations
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Environmental Law, Health, & Safety
  • Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation
  • Global Disputes
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Care
  • Insurance & Recovery
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor & Employment (Management)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
  • Tax


For the eighth time in the 12 years of the survey, Jones Day topped BTI Consulting Group's 2013 "Client Service A-Team" ranking, which identifies the top law firms for client service through a national survey of corporate counsel. For all 12 years of the survey, the Firm has won a place among BTI's "Client Service 30," the elite group within the "A-Team," never ranking below the top four.[6] It is one of just two law firms to be named in BTI Consulting Group's Client-Service Hall of Fame, and is regularly recognized in surveys of corporate general counsels as the top or one of the top law firms in the United States.

The firm is also consistently ranked as one of the best firms to work for in's yearly rankings; in 2015 (for 2016) it was ranked 19th.[7]

Recent highlights[edit]

In October 2012, the firm was ranked among the Financial Times' 50 Most Innovative Law Firms and recognised as such with commendations in "Innovations in Dispute Resolution" and "Innovations in Value Resourcing".[8]

Jones Day is known for its litigation practice, which numbers over 1,000 lawyers and is the largest in the world.[citation needed]. The firm was named UAE Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in the Acquisition International Legal Awards 2012[9] and won "Litigation and Regulatory Team of the Year" at the 2009 British Legal Awards.[10] In 2002, the American Lawyer magazine selected Jones Day's litigation group as its first ever Litigation Department of the Year. In recent years, the firm has ranked at or near the top of the list of private US firms engaged in litigation in the United States Supreme Court (by number of cases briefed and argued on the merits).

Jones Day's Mergers and Acquisitions practice maintained its global #1 position in the M&A league tables for the number of completed deals worldwide, a position it has held for 48 consecutive quarters. The firm has maintained the #1 worldwide ranking for number of deals in both the Thomson and Bloomberg tables every quarter since year-end 2000. Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognised 163 Jones Day lawyers in its 2012 edition.

The firm's Antitrust and Competition Law practice is also particularly strong. Jones Day was ranked 6th in 2012 Global Competition Review Top 20 “Global Elite” for antitrust and competition law worldwide, with GCR noting that the firm is "consistently regarded as one of the best competition law groups in the world".[11]

Jones Day represents the three Cleveland women of Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus, and Michelle Knight after their long kidnapping ordeal from Ariel Castro.



Notable alumni of the firm include:

Managing partners[edit]

  • Frank H. Ginn (1913–1938)
  • Thomas H. Jones (1938–1948)
  • John W. Reavis (1948–1975)
  • Allen C. Holmes (1975–1984)
  • Richard W. Pogue (1984–1993)
  • Patrick F. McCartan (1993–2002)
  • Stephen J. Brogan (2002–present)

Jones Day v Blockshopper LLC[12][edit]

In August 2008, Jones Day filed a lawsuit[13] against Blockshopper LLC for service mark infringement, service mark dilution, false designation of origin and deceptive trade practices.

Blockshopper LLC collates the details of private residential real estate transactions and provides a platform for advertisers who want to target visitors to its website On at least two occasions, the Jones Day trade mark and links to the firm's website were included on the website.

In November 2008, Judge John W. Darrah of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division dismissed[14] the claims against Blockshopper founders Brian Timpone and Edward Weinhaus. However, the motion to dismiss was otherwise denied and the court granted a request by Jones Day to block amicus briefs from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others on the grounds that they were biased.[15]

In February 2009, Blockshopper LLC and Jones Day settled the case, allowing Blockshopper LLC to continue to cover Jones Day attorneys and embed deep links to Jones Day attorney profiles on non-Jones Day owned sites. The case is seen by some[16] as an abuse of trademark law and potentially harmful of the concept of linking.[17]


  1. ^ a b c Seth, Shobhit (7 January 2015). "World's Top 10 Law Firms". Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Jones Day Amicus Brief at
  3. ^ Simpson, Jake (22 March 2015). "Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms". New York: Portfolio Media, Inc. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Ruckin, Claire (4 December 2009). "Stephenson Harwood, Linklaters and Abbey take the honours at British Legal Awards". Archived from the original on 7 December 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "America’s legal industry: The case against clones". 2 February 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
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  7. ^ "Vault Law 100". Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
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  11. ^ "Jones Day". Global Competition Review (GRE). Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. (subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ Case No.1:08CV04572
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  14. ^ Memorandum Opinion and Order in Jones Day v. Blockshopper
  15. ^ Thoughts on the Jones Day-BlockShopper Settlement
  16. ^ Trademark Abuse by Jones Day to Suppress Free Speech
  17. ^ Linked Out: A case that threatens the right of Web sites to link freely

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