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How Jones Day Became Trump’s Favorite Law Firm (Podcast)

Oct. 4, 2022, 8:06 PM

Since 2015, Jones Day has embraced Donald Trump more than any other firm within Big Law. Many of the firm’s lawyers joined the administration in high profile positions across the government, helped pick candidates for federal judgeships and the Supreme Court, and some were even appointed as judges themselves. But with Trump now out of office and his reputation tarnished by the Jan. 6 riot, where does that leave the 129-year old legal industry behemoth?

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New York Times editor David Enrich has written a book about how and why Jones Day became so enmeshed with the Trump administration. He joins our weekly legal news podcast, On The Merits, to talk about where Jones Day goes from here.

“I think there will be some clients, and certainly some potential employees, who will hesitate to work with Jones Day,” Enrich says, “but I think there are a lot of other clients who are probably eager for this kind of no-holds-barred, smash mouth defense that Jones Day is better at providing than just about anyone else.”

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To contact the reporter on this story: David Schultz in Washington at dschultz@bloombergindustry.com