North Point, 901 Lakeside Avenue | Cleveland | OH | 44114
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Jones Day is an international law firm practicing in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Ranked amongst the world's best and most integrated law firms, and perennially ranked amongst the best in client service, it is not just any legal institution but one with heritage and a long standing tradition of client service that rises above individual interests.
Jones Day ranked #1 globally in M&A league tables for the first half of 2012, maintaining a position it has held for 47 consecutive quarters. It has worldwide interests, with more than 2,400 lawyers across four continents. It is the 11th largest firm in the world by revenue and the 7th largest firm in the U.S. with annual revenues of $1.6 billion. The company has no debts and its finances are conservatively managed.
Jones Day has strong core values that it adheres to religiously. Its priorities are client service and for them success is not in revenue generated but measured by the satisfaction of its clients and the growing demand for its services.
Jones Day acts as a principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation to approximately half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FTGlobal 500. The firm's current managing partner, Stephen J. Brogan guides operations, across the world, from his Washington D.C. Office.
Jones Day is not a group of individual offices and practices, but rather a unified firm working together to deliver coordinated legal services to their clients in the most effective, efficient way possible terming the vast organization as 'One Firm Worldwide'.
Jones Day was founded in 1893 by Judge Edwin J. Blandin and William Lowe Rice in Cleveland, Ohio and commenced as Blandin & Rice. Blandin was one of the most distinguished litigators in Cleveland, going on to become President of the Cleveland Bar Association, a post that eight other Jones Day partners would hold with distinction. William Rice was a successful business lawyer and they took on an associate, Frank Ginn. The firm grew extensively.
The firm suffered a setback when Rice was inexplicably murdered while walking home from dinner. The firm overcame the shock and in 1913 Frank Ginn became a managing partner. In its long history of almost a century, the firm has had only seven managing partners. The firm represented many prominent clients amongst them the Van Swearingen Brothers, who controlled the Alleghany Corporation, the Nickle Plate Railroad, the Union Trust Bank, and the Union Station and Terminal Tower complex in downtown Cleveland and John D. Rockefeller.
The company always focused in remaining debt free and since 1995 has had no bank debt. All its 35 offices were integrated and the company now describes itself as One Firm Worldwide.
In 1998 it opened an office in Sydney in Australia, followed by Shanghai in 1999 and over the next couple of years in Singapore and Milan. Today it has a presence in 17 countries across 4 continents.
Areas of practice
Antitrust & Competition Law
Banking & Finance
Business Restructuring & Reorganization
Corporate Criminal Investigations
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Health & Safety
Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation
Government Regulation & Compliance
Insurance Liability & Recovery
International Litigation & Arbitration
Issues & Appeals
General Litigation/Trial Practice
Labor & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions
Product Liability & Tort Litigation
Securities And Shareholder Litigation & SEC Enforcement
The firm got a victory in the United States Supreme Court for plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) - an entity created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and charged with setting public company auditing standards and investigating and disciplining public company auditing firms.
Winning a victory in the United States Supreme Court for energy companies challenging an appellate decision holding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) could retrospectively abrogate arms-length contracts for power entered into by sophisticated business entities absent a showing of an excessive burden to consumers.
Litigating at the appellate level U.S. v. Winstar, a case that vindicated the contractual rights of thrift savings institutions negatively affected by the Federal Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).
Challenging arbitrary assessments under the Coal Industry Retiree Health Benefit Act of 1992, which culminated in partial invalidation of the statute.
Winning a victory for seven airlines that challenged a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule that would have regulated the airlines in new and onerous ways, but which did not comply with the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.
Handling numerous cases involving electoral redistricting and claims under the Voting Rights Act.
Awards and recognitions
The firm's commitment to client service has repeatedly earned the firm first-place ratings from The BTI Consulting Group, an organization that monitors client satisfaction with legal services. The annual ranking is based on independent, individual interviews with more than 300 Fortune 1000 general counsel.
Since the inception of the BTI Client Service ranking eleven years ago, Jones Day has ranked number one seven times.
In key client service criteria, the firm was recognized as among the "Best of the Best" (Tier 1) in Breadth of Service, Understanding the Client's Business, Keeping Clients Informed, and Legal Skills, among several other categories.
Year after year in surveys by the BTI Consulting Group it has been recognized for award-winning client service, becoming the only firm to earn top rating year after year.
Jones Day's litigation team in London was recognized by Legal Week at the 2009 British Legal Awards and was named "Litigation and Regulatory Team of the Year"
A client satisfaction survey organized by Legal Week Intelligence, ranked Jones Day among the U.K.'s "top-performing firms" in the international firm category
Their consistent high performance has earned the firm a place among the elite firms elected to the BTI Client Service Hall of Fame.
Jones Day has the second-highest number of employees in a U.S. law firm. Perhaps the best evidence that the firms hiring process works fairly and effectively is the very small number of Jones Day partners who leave for other peer firms.
Rooted in strong core values, it is considered as one of the best places in the world for associates to begin their careers. The company puts employee interest and respects the value they bring to the firm. It did not layoff any worker during the recent recession and the continuing economic crisis.
Unlike most other firms, Jones Day puts more emphasis on the personal interview and the qualities and attributes of the job applicant rather than on the law school from which he or she may have graduated. The pay is good, and the training and learning on the job is exceptional.
Apart from legal competence, the firm expects it candidates to have strong moral values of integrity, simple honesty in all dealings and accepting personal responsibility.
A demonstration of the firm's commitment to diversity is the fact that the firm's lawyers come from all over the world. Their lawyers are from 27 countries and they speak 55 languages. Kevyn Orr is the Hiring and Diversity Partner at Jones Day and he says "that when we say we support collegiality, that we work as a team and that we are fair and balanced, we are speaking the truth."
Jones Day is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting attorneys and law students from a variety of backgrounds. The firms says that it seeks a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates, and provides those candidates an opportunity to observe for themselves their commitment to hiring, developing, and promoting women, minorities, and other diverse groups.
Summer associate program
Jones Day seeks lawyers who will thrive in the exceptionally supportive, nonhierarchical, team environment that is the hallmark of Jones Day. Their lawyers must share the firm's non-negotiable fundamental principles: exemplary integrity, a selfless dedication to the Firm and a sense of responsibility and initiative that leads them to take ownership of assignments and to complete them at the highest level of quality legal service.
The firms says that their Summer associates have a sense of involvement in the firm and leave with an accurate picture of what being a Jones Day lawyer is like. They say that most candidates, following their Summer associate program experience return to join.
A $10,000 summer living stipend is paid on June 1 to those who are taking the July Bar Exam. Bar Exam Review Course and Bar Exam Fees are paid by the firm in addition to the stipend. A relocation expense package is also provided.
Summer associate salary in Washington is $13,333 monthly. A one-time stipend to assist with relocation expenses will be paid to summer associates at the beginning of the summer.
Salary & benefits
Consistent with its position as a premier global law firm, Jones Day offers competitive salary packages by individual geographic market. Associate compensation for lawyers at Jones Day is reviewed annually in connection with their evaluation process. Salary determinations are based upon merit, considering an individual's total contribution to the firm, individual development and effectiveness.
A starting salary for new associates in Washington is $160,000 annually.
Generally judicial clerks joining Jones Day directly from a federal court clerkship receive a competitive bonus, reflecting the value the firm places on the clerkship experience. In addition, the firm provides credit for the time spent clerking for both compensation and seniority purposes. While the firm prefers that its associates complete their clerkships prior to joining, it also recognizes that this is not always possible. Post-employment judicial clerks are considered on a case-by-case basis for compensation, seniority and clerkship bonus.
For those taking the July bar exams a $10,000 summer living stipend is paid on June 1. Bar Exam Review Course and Bar Exam Fees will also be borne by the firm. A relocation expense package is also provided.
401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
529 College Savings Plan
Bar Association Fees
Child Care Subsidy
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Long-term Care Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
The firm modifies its benefit plans and policies from time to time and retains the right to modify or discontinue them in the future.
Benefits Package: Very competitive benefits. Highlights - medical / dental insurance; spouse / domestic partner / child coverage; 4 weeks vacation; 401k; various life insurance, disability and long-term care programs; health and dependent care spending accounts; health savings accounts; paid medical and family leave program; personal assistance program; emergency backup child care services.
Working for the Jones Day.
Employees rate working at Jones Day a great experience and find the people and the atmosphere outstanding. The worker is assured of working in culture of teamwork and mutual support as the firm takes it's mentoring and evaluation obligations seriously and provides continual support and guidance ensuring that the employees have a well-rounded perspective of the firm, its practice areas, and its people. Work spans multiple offices and practices, assuring exposure to a variety of lawyers and different styles of practice. Moreover, it is a matter of prestige to work for an internationally renowned fully integrated, global law firm with remarkable stability.
Jones Day has a long history of and commitment to pro bono work, public service, and community involvement in all of their locations around the world. Because of that commitment, pro bono and public service matters undertaken by Jones Day are provided with the same level of attention and professional dedication that they provide to those matters undertaken on behalf of paying clients. The work performed on approved pro bono matters is given the same weight and consideration as client billable work for the purposes of evaluating the lawyers' overall professional development and potential.
The firm's pro bono commitments range from complex litigation matters with precedential impact to representing needy individuals in local courts and administrative tribunals. While the legal issues advanced are varied, the firm has made a particular effort to secure the rights of individuals to affordable and decent housing and to advance the rights of children with respect to education.
Jones Day also provides critical services to nonprofit organizations worldwide that are committed to making a difference in areas such as economic development, women's rights, health care, and the protection of children. In addition, the firm has made a dedicated effort to advance the rule of law in countries around the world, most recently in Afghanistan.
Each of their offices has a designated partner-in-charge of pro bono to further develop the reach of activities and encourage the participation of Jones Day lawyers and staff. They also have a full-time, firm wide Partner-in-Charge of pro bono, who oversees and directs pro bono efforts worldwide.
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