Traci Lovitt will succeed Stephen Brogan as managing partner of Jones Day, two former firm associates allege in a lawsuit.
Lovitt, the former head of the firm’s Boston office, leads the issues and appeals practice group, which handles U.S. Supreme Court and other federal appellate work.
She is “Brogan’s designee to succeed him as the firm’s managing partner,” according to a complaint by Mark Savignac and Julia Sheketoff, a married couple that has brought a bias suit against the firm.
A Jones Day spokesperson didn’t respond to phone and email requests for a comment.
The suit alleges that the firm’s leave policies violate the law because men get eight weeks less for the birth of a child than women. Lovitt has been deemed Brogan’s “chosen successor,” according to the couple’s third amended complaint in Savignac v. Jones Day filed Feb. 23 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Brogan, who is roughly 70 years old, hasn’t publicly indicated anything about stepping down.
He has been at the firm’s helm for more than two decades and has already blown past Jones Day’s “semi-mandatory” retirement age of 65 for the leadership role.
The D.C.-based litigator is known for keeping a tight grip on the firm’s operations, eschewing the leadership-by-committee model favored by many of its competitors. Brogan is said to make many of the firm’s decisions with little or no input from Jones Day’s roughly 850 partners.
He also has the right to designate his successor.
Jones Day, which reported more than $2 billion in gross revenue to the American Lawyer, is the Big Law firm most closely associated with the Trump administration.
It acted as a feeder, sending former White House Counsel Don McGahn and Solicitor General Noel Francisco, among others, to fill top federal government lawyer jobs under then President Donald Trump. The firm also regularly represented the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee.
Jones Day’s leaders came under fire from critics—including some inside the firm—for its role in a Pennsylvania lawsuit challenging a rule change that extended time for 2020 election mail-in ballots to arrive.
The firm has defended its work on that case and said it wouldn’t become involved in any other post-election challenges.
The case is Savignac v. Jones Day, 2022 BL 57342, D.D.C., No. 1:19-cv-02443, 2/23/22.
—With assistance from Roy Strom