Jones Day has named Sion Richards the new leader of its global disputes practice as the firm shuffles its practice group leadership under its new chair.
London-based Richards succeeds Gregory Shumaker, who led Jones Day’s global disputes practice for seven years before being named successor to the firm’s longtime leader Stephen Brogan late last year.
Shumaker has made changes to the firm’s leadership team since taking over as managing partner on Jan. 1. Jones Day announced Monday that partners Andy Levine, Randi Lesnick, and Vica Irani are the new leaders of its corporate practice, overseeing transactional work worldwide.
The announcement came after James Dougherty, the global head of its M&A practice, left the firm to join to Davis Polk & Wardwell. The firm said in response to his departure that it would be implementing “practice leadership changes in connection with its transition to a new managing partner.”
Richards joined Jones Day in 2003 via its merger with UK’s Gouldens. He has advised clients worldwide on complex multi-jurisdictional investigations and litigation, with a focus on large-scale judgment or award enforcement cases.
“Sion has been a major contributor to the success of our Global Disputes Practice, leading worldwide teams of lawyers who have counseled our clients on high-stakes matters involving fraud, bribery, corruption, and contentious insolvency and restructuring issues,” Shumaker said in a statement.
“He is globally recognized for his excellence as a disputes lawyer and is well-respected by his colleagues at Jones Day, which makes him the ideal person to step into this new leadership role of one of our leading practices,” Shumaker said.