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Jones Day partners Corinne Ball and Joe Sims among National Law Journal's "Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade"

March 2010


Jones Day partners Corinne Ball and Joe Sims were honored in the respective categories of restructuring and antitrust as among the "Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade" by The National Law Journal (NLJ).

The special report honors lawyers whose work has defined the decade and been so consequential that it helped to push the profession, an industry, or a practice area substantially forward. The lawyers were selected through NLJ’s reporting and from more than 100 nominations submitted by the legal community. The list of 39 selected lawyers spans law firms, academia, government, and advocacy groups and covers practice groups including antitrust, appellate law, bankruptcy, civil rights, corporate, energy and environmental, in-house, intellectual property, labor and employment, legal education, litigation, and regulatory.

Partner Corinne Ball was honored for her work on the landmark and unprecedented Chrysler LLC bankruptcy—successfully conducted at breakneck speed in the national spotlight with the cornerstone of the U.S. economy on the line. NLJ noted the immediate influence of her lawyering skills on the bankruptcy of General Motors, namely the innovative use of a "363 sale," which GM replicated. NLJ also highlighted Ms. Ball's work on the major restructurings of Dana Corporation (for which she won the "International Turnaround Company of the Year" award from the Turnaround Management Association) and the Financial Guaranty Insurance Company (FGIC), as well as her pioneering role, since joining the Firm in 2001, in diversifying and globalizing Jones Day's restructuring practice by increasing the Firm's presence in the distressed M&A arena and tripling the size of its global bankruptcy practice (with lawyers in 20 locations on four continents).

Partner Joe Sims was honored for winning antitrust approval for some of the decade's largest deals -- including AOL/Time Warner, RJ Reynolds Tobacco/Brown & Williamson Tobacco, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and the creation of the MillerCoors joint venture, among others. These transactions raised classic antitrust issues and many received significant media attention. Mr. Sims attributes his successful track record to "telling a story [with the facts of the deal], as opposed to getting lost in the technical and economic details." Among his proudest accomplishments was seeing two former Jones Day partners he mentored go on to lead the U.S Department of Justice Antitrust Division (Charles James) and the Federal Trade Commission (Deborah P. Majoras), respectively, and later become General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer of two "Fortune 20" companies.

To read more about NLJ's "Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade," please visit NLJ's web site.