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|num_attorneys=2,501|practice_areas=Full Servicereason=Reliable source needed for the whole sentence|date=March 2019}}Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|company_type=General partnershipJones Day Amicus Brief at EFF.orgreason=Reliable source needed for the whole sentence|date=March 2019}}|}}Jones Day, known as Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1974–2003,NEWS, Jones Day officially shortens name of firm,weblink August 2, 2018, Jones Day, January 30, 2003, is an international law firm based in the United States.


Jones Day was founded as Blandin & Rice in 1893 by two partners, Edwin J. Blandin and William Lowe Rice, in Cleveland, Ohio.BOOK, Reed, George Irving, Bench and Bar of Ohio: A Compendium of History and Biography. Vol. 2, Chicago, Century Publishing and Engraving Co., 1897, 222–223, ; NEWS, Cho, Janet H., Jones Day names Heather Lennox its Cleveland Partner-in-Charge, 1st woman in that role, The Plain Dealer, January 19, 2016, May 6, 2016,weblink Frank Ginn joined the firm in 1899, and it changed its name to Blandin, Rice & Ginn.NEWS, F. H. Ginn, 69, Lawyer, Arts Patron, Dies, The Plain Dealer, February 7, 1938, 4, Rice was murdered in August 1910.NEWS, William L. Rice Murdered, The New York Times, August 6, 1910, 1, May 6, 2016,weblink In 1912, Thomas H. Hogsett joined the firm as partner, and it became Blandin, Hogsett & Ginn that year,NEWS, Law Firms Will Merge, The Plain Dealer, January 27, 1912, 14, 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. After Morley retired, in 1928, the firm adopted the name Tolles, Hogsett & Ginn.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.NEWS,weblink Donald Trump’s Favorite Law Firm, 2017-03-16,, 2017-03-31, 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.NEWS, Form New Law Firm, The Plain Dealer, November 18, 1938, A12, The firm's Washington, D.C., office was opened in 1946, becoming the firm's first office outside Ohio.BOOK, Djordjevich, Vera, Vault Guide to the Top Washington, D.C. Law Firms 2008, New York, Vault Reports Inc., 2007, 9781581315011,weblink 122, In 1967, the firm merged with D.C. firm Pogue & Neal to become Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.NEWS, George C. Neale Dies; Law Firm Founder, The Plain Dealer, May 13, 1971, B2,

International expansion

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.WEB,weblink Jones Day,, 2019-04-10,


(File:Acacia Building.jpg|thumb|Jones Day offices in Washington, D.C.)As of 2013, Jones Day was the largest American law firm, with more than 2,400 lawyers and 800 partners.WEB,weblink America’s legal industry: The case against clones,, 2 February 2013, 28 August 2015, It is the largest law firm in the United StatesWEB,weblink Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms, Jake, Simpson, New York, 30 March 2016,, Portfolio Media, Inc., 11 April 2016, and one of the ten largest law firms in the world.WEB,weblink World's Top 10 Law Firms, Shobhit, Seth, 7 January 2015,, 28 August 2015, Jones Day is one of the most recognizable and prestigious law firms in the world, ranking first in the 2017 U.S. Law Firm Brand Index 2017WEB,weblink Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index 2017 {{!, Acritas||access-date=2019-04-10}}. The firm provides legal representation for over half of the Fortune 500, including General Motors, Goldman Sachs and Verizon.WEB,weblink Jones Day {{!, Client List||access-date=2017-05-05}}


The firm compensates each associate (after their first year) uniquely, based on the quality of their work, and jurisdiction. Unlike many peer firms, Jones Day does not pay a year-end or mid-year bonus, compensating associates entirely with salary;WEB,weblink Jones Day {{!, Associates||access-date=2016-06-30}} salaries are not public and are not determined by class-year, and the firm has long claimed 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. New associates have a starting salary of 190,000 USD. Some associates have claimed 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.WEB,weblink ‘The Jig Is Up’ — Opening Up Jones Day’s Black Box, en-US, 2016-06-30,

Donald Trump presidential campaign counsel

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.NEWS,weblink Trump to huddle with influential Republicans in D.C. ahead of AIPAC speech, Costa, Robert, 2016-03-19, Kane, Paul, The Washington Post, en-US, 0190-8286, 2016-03-21, NEWS,weblink Trump Names White House Counsel as Potential Conflicts Loom, 2016-11-25,, 2016-11-30, At least 14 Jones Day attorneys have been appointed to work for the Trump administration as of March 2017.


2019 gender-bias discrimination suit

On April 3, 2019, Sanford Heisler Sharp attorneys filed a $200 million suit against the firm in the District of Columbia on behalf of six female associates, seeking a class action for discrimination based on "gender, pregnancy and maternity.""Female lawyers describe ‘fraternity culture’ at Jones Day in $200M sex-bias lawsuit", by Debra Cassens Weiss", ABA Journal, American Bar Association. April 4, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019.

German office raid

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.WEB,weblink Documents seised in raid of law firm Jones Day - Allen & Overy,, 2019-04-10,

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of the firm include:



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