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Jones Day's Gregory Castanias named Fellow of American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

August 2017


The global law firm Jones Day has announced that the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (AAAL) has named Issues & Appeals partner Gregory Castanias as a Fellow of the AAAL. Founded in 1990, the AAAL recognizes outstanding appellate lawyers and promotes the improvement of appellate advocacy. Membership is limited to 500 lawyers in the United States.

Based in Jones Day's Washington Office, Mr. Castanias, head of Jones Day's Federal Circuit team, has almost 30 years of experience as a leading appellate and intellectual property litigator. His experience includes several Supreme Court arguments, 60-plus Federal Circuit arguments, and countless others in federal and state courts across the nation, from Alaska to Connecticut.

Mr. Castanias served as a law clerk to Judge George C. Pratt, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. He is the lead author of Federal Appellate Practice and Procedure (West Publishing 2d ed. 2017) and is adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law, where he teaches Appellate Practice and Procedure and Federal Circuit Advocacy.

The AAAL advocates the advancement of the administration of justice and promotes the highest standards of professionalism and advocacy in appellate courts. Academy membership is reserved for experienced appellate advocates who have demonstrated the highest skill level and integrity.

"This honor is very much deserved and reflects Greg's outstanding work over nearly 30 years," said Beth Heifetz, who leads Jones Day's Issues & Appeals Practice. "As head of our Federal Circuit team, his accomplishments have been consistently recognized by clients and  peers in the industry. His efforts have been key to the high-level results consistently produced by the Practice, and he remains a credit to our profession. I am proud to call him a colleague and congratulate him on this distinction awarded by the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers."

"Greg is a talented, extremely effective lawyer, and this honor is reflective of that," said Anthony Insogna, who leads Jones Day's global Intellectual Property Practice. "His contributions continue to be instrumental to the growth of our Intellectual Property Practice, and his appellate work is widely acclaimed and recognized by clients and peers. Greg is a true asset to the Firm, and I congratulate him for the achievements that have earned him the AAAL Fellow distinction."

Added Kevyn Orr, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office, "Greg has proven himself time and time again to be a highly experienced and trusted advisor, a staunch defender of his clients' interests, and a compelling litigator. The companies he's represented, cases he's litigated, and results he's produced are indicative of his truly outstanding work. This honor is more than appropriate, and I congratulate him on behalf of the Washington Office and the entire Firm."

Mr. Castanias is the eighth Jones Day lawyer admitted to the AAAL, joining current Jones Day lawyers Donald Ayer and Meir Feder, and former Jones Day lawyers Timothy Dyk, Gregory Katsas, Robert Klonoff, Elwood Lui, and the late Barbara McDowell.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

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