2020 Vault Rankings
- Real Estate#13
At a Glance
“The work is cutting edge and interesting.”
“Opportunities to develop into an exceptional lawyer.”
“People here are really friendly and genuinely care about you as a person.”
“Decision-making is opaque, including compensation structure.”
About Jones Day
A heavy-hitter with a hand in most major areas of law and an internationally recognized prowess in litigation, Jones Day boasts 43 offices in 19 countries, spread over five continents. The firm’s booming practices include antitrust, appellate litigation, international law, IP, labor and employment, M&A, private equity, securities, and securities litigation—to name a handful.
A Worldwide Firm with Midwest Roots
Founded in Cleveland in 1893 by Judge Edwin Blandin and William Lowe Rice, Jones Day made its name by representing Midwestern manufacturers and transportation companies. One of the first firms in the nation to adopt a corporate management structure, Jones Day continued its rise by opening a Washington, DC, office in 1946. The years since the firm’s founding have brought steady growth—with the addition of dozens of offices around the world.
For more than a decade, BTI Consulting Group has named Jones Day a Client Service All-Star. The firm is one of only eight in the U.S. to consistently achieve this ranking, which reflects feedback from corporate counsel to identify lawyers who provide the best service in the nation. The firm’s practice spans multiple industries, including aviation, biotechnology, construction, defense, energy, financial services, insurance, life sciences, media, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and much more.
Among the firm’s top practices is labor & employment. Jones Day is consistently ranked in the Top 10 by Vault for Labor & Employment and handles employment discrimination, collective bargaining, wage and hour compliance, benefits claims—and everything in between.
The firm’s Issues & Appeals group is also highly regarded—and highly ranked, placing third in Vault’s Appellate Litigation ranking. The group is stacked with more than 40 former SCOTUS clerks and more than 65 former federal appellate law clerks. That’s what we call experience. The firm has repeatedly been named to The National Law Journal’s Appellate Hot List.
With close to 300 lawyers in its Banking, Finance & Securities group, Jones Day has a bustling cross-border transactional practice with lawyers across 15 countries. Add to that the firm’s Private Equity group—ranked among the Top 20 by Vault—which counsels close to 100 private equity funds and has completed more than 2,000 private equity transactions since 2010.
That’s A Lot of Good
Jones Day lawyers annually log more than 100,000 hours of pro bono service, assisting organizations such as the Clemency Project, Kids in Need of Defense, the Innocence Project, and others, while tackling issues like human trafficking, First Amendment rights, access to health care, veterans’ affairs, and the plight of refugee families seeking asylum in the United States.
Our summer associate classes make up the most important pipeline for the firm. In the summer of 2020, we remained committed to our summer associates and made the decision early on to conduct our 10-week summer associate program remotely. Our program across our 18 U.S. offices included 208 students from 54 law schools. They participated in their offices’ summer programs from 29 different states around the country. Firmwide and office recruiting teams worked hard to rebuild the program from the ground up to ensure that our summer associates still had the same multifaceted summer experience as years past, as well as the same opportunities to meet our lawyers, preview careers at Jones Day, and learn about our culture, history, and values.
We will address recruiting for our future classes in the same manner, if necessary, and expect to participate in recruitment activities at law schools throughout the U.S. this coming year.
News & Awards
In 2017, Jones Day established a full-time presence near Laredo, Texas, aiming to provide representation to women with claims for immigration relief in the Laredo detention facility. The detention facility houses a substantial population of women with claims for immigration relief arising from the gender- or gang-related persecution they faced in their countries of origin. Prior to Jones Day’s presence in Laredo, these detainees had no access to free legal services. The firm’s attorneys offer “Know Your Rights” presentations to detained women and then meet with as many of the women who request an interview as possible to screen their cases for full representation. Summer associates also have the opportunity to travel to Laredo to participate in this work.
Jones Day launched and maintains a website that comprehensively surveys and tracks changes in laws governing the legal recognition of same-sex relationships around the world. Lawyers and summer associates have been involved in developing and maintaining this resource. For this work, Jones Day received the ABA Pro Publico Award and the inaugural Diversity award at the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence. The site is available for use without charge.
Jones Day has partnered with and continues to help expand Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). “No law firm accepts SEO interns in as many cities as Jones Day. The Firm has been a leader in the expansion of the program…” William Goodloe, President and CEO of SEO.
- Jones Day represented Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. at the California Court of Appeal’s Fourth District in opposing a series of three petitions for writ of mandate or prohibition brought by Apple Inc. Jones Day advised SAP in its $8 billion acquisition of Qualtrics International Inc., the global pioneer in the experience management software category.
- After a nine-day trial and less than two hours of jury deliberation, Jones Day, on behalf of Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC (a subsidiary of Merck & Co.), won the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history to date.
- Jones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company (“P&G”) in its €3.4 billion ($4.2 billion) acquisition of the worldwide consumer health business of Merck KGaA.
- Litigation Department of the Year Winner, 2018 (The American Lawyer)
- #1 U.S. Law Firm Brand, 2019 (Acritas—U.S. Law Firm Brand Index)
- #1 in Client Service, 2018 (BTI Consulting Client Service A-Team Report)
- Appellate Hot List, 2018 (National Law Journal)
- Most Recommended Law Firms, 2018 (BTI Consulting)
51 Louisiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 879-3939
Managing Partner: Stephen J. Brogan
Firmwide Hiring Partner: Sharyl A. Reisman
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
2.5K - 3K
Cleveland; Columbus; Detroit; Minneapolis
1st year: $170,000
Summer associate: $3,269.23/week Pittsburgh
1st year: $180,000
Summer Associate: $3,461.54/week All other U.S. offices
1st year: $190,000
Summer associate: $3,653.85/week
No. of Summer Associates:
223 total (186 2Ls; 37 1Ls) (2019)
Firm Director of Recruiting
See firm website for more information.
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Al Khobar (associate firm)
Riyadh (associate firm)
Antitrust & Competition Law
Banking, Finance & Securities
Business & Tort Litigation
Business Restructuring & Reorganization
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
Environmental, Health & Safety
Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation
Investigations & White Collar Defense
Issues & Appeals
Labor & Employment
Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement
Tax and ERISA
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.