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Jones Day Hires Five SCOTUS Clerks in Latest Coup

Feb. 19, 2020, 1:17 PM

Jones Day has hired five Supreme Court clerks from the 2018 term, continuing its long-running tradition of recruiting top-tier talent from the nation’s highest court.

Boon for Clients: “Our clients will continue to benefit greatly from the outstanding legal skills of these highly talented lawyers,” Beth Heifetz, leader of Jones Day’s issues and appeals practice, said.

Prestige: Big Law firms and appellate boutiques attract the elite circle of clerks with hefty salaries, and Jones Day has been among the most successful in that competition. The firm says it has hired 55 SCOTUS clerks since the 2011 term. Roy Strom has the story.


Law Firms

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Largest Burger King Franchisee Hires Trailblazing Top Lawyer
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Business of Law

MoFo Cites Female Lawyers’ Work Issues for ‘Failure to Thrive’
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Alaska Bar: Be Wary of Taking on Non-Party Witness in Deposition
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Ohio Attorney Who Had Sex With Client Gets Suspended
An Akron, Ohio, lawyer who slept with a client while representing her and continued the relationship for several years after that case ended was suspended for a year by the state high court.

Judge Warns Weinstein’s Defense After Op-Ed by Lead Lawyer
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‘Flippant’ 81-Year-Old Iowa Attorney Suspended
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Law Schools

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INSIGHT: Chief Justice Roberts’ Surprising View on the Public’s Right to Know
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Federal Judge Resigns Amid Sex Harass Controversy
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Jackson Lewis announced that Howard Shapiro has joined as a Principal in New Orleans, and will serve as co-leader of the ERISA Complex Litigation Group alongside René E. Thorne; he joins from Proskauer | Fox Rothschild has hired Joshua Ashby as a partner in the Cannabis Law Practice and Corporate Department in Seattle | King & Spalding added Rick Vacura and Steve Cave as partners in its Special Matters and Government Investigations team in Washington and Northern Virginia from Morrison & Foerster, and McKinsey & Company, respectively; Vacura will also head the Government Contracts practice area | Dickinson Wright hired Ryan A. Lee as Of Counsel in Nashville | Armstrong Teasdale added partners Eric Creizman and Melissa Madrigal to the White Collar and Securities Enforcement Defense groups in New York | Skadden said that William (Bill) McConagha has joined the Health Care Litigation and Enforcement practice as a partner in Washington | Stinson added partners Barry Haith and Jonathan Waldron to the Business Litigation division in St. Louis | Withers has expanded its Los Angeles office with the hire of partner Deborah Greaves (from Brutzkus Gubner); partner Joe Tagliaferro and Special Counsel Barry Brust both join from Sichenzia Ross Ference | BakerHostetler said that Ann O’Brien, most recently the Assistant Chief of the Competition Policy & Advocacy Section of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, has joined as a partner in the Washington and Philadelphia offices | Fragomen’s Scott Cooper has returned to the firm as Senior Counsel and Practice Leader in Troy, Mich. | Foley & Lardner hired Thomas Krysa as partner in the Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice Group in Denver | Venable said that Jill Battilega Rowe has joined the firm as a partner in the Commercial Litigation Practice in San Francisco.

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