John M.Gore


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Throughout his career in private practice and as a senior U.S. Department of Justice official, John Gore delivers results for clients in high-profile litigation, investigations, oversight, and crisis matters. John's broad litigation experience includes numerous arguments in federal and state appellate and trial courts across the country. He also represents clients facing government investigations, Congressional oversight, and legal, political, and public relations crises.

Prior to rejoining Jones Day in 2019, John served in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. As the head of one of DOJ's most significant litigating components, John led the Department's civil and criminal civil rights enforcement nationwide under such statutes as Title VII, Title IX, the Voting Rights Act (VRA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

During his tenure at DOJ, John launched several successful law enforcement initiatives, including a record-setting initiative to combat housing discrimination and initiatives to end employment discrimination, to protect religious liberty, and to uphold First Amendment freedoms. Moreover, under John's leadership, the Civil Rights Division prosecuted several high-profile hate crimes and contributed to DOJ's record-setting numbers of human trafficking prosecutions. John also testified twice before Congress on DOJ's civil rights enforcement efforts.

John has particular experience litigating complex questions of constitutional and statutory interpretation. He has briefed and argued novel questions under the VRA and the ADA and briefed numerous cases in the United States Supreme Court.


  • PITCO Foods develops program to address COVID-19 spread at workJones Day represents PITCO Foods, Inc., a food supply company based in California, during the COVID-19 crisis to consider and assess appropriate protocols and policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among employees, including a testing program for returning and new workers.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce files amici curiae brief in OSHA mandamus caseJones Day filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce and other trade associations opposing a mandamus petition which sought to order OSHA to adopt an emergency temporary standard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Eleven members of Congress file amicus brief in support of Philadelphia community in high-profile appealJones Day represents eleven members of Congress who filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in support of the United States and a Philadelphia community in a case of first impression under the Controlled Substances Act.
  • State and national political party committees defend election statute in Pennsylvania Supreme CourtJones Day represented state and national political party committees that intervened to defend a Pennsylvania election administration statute.
  • Telemedicine provider expands telehealth programming in response to COVID-19 public health crisisJones Day represented a telemedicine provider in their expansion of telehealth programming in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
  • Large critical infrastructure employer considers implementing COVID-19 testing program for employeesJones Day represented a large critical infrastructure employer during the COVID-19 crisis to consider and assess appropriate protocols and policies for implementing an employee COVID-19 testing program at its sites. This included counseling on myriad federal, state, and local legal and regulatory frameworks as well as forming appropriate partnerships.
  • Luxury department store chain develops employee programming to mitigate spread of COVID-19 within workplaceJones Day represented a luxury department store chain during the COVID-19 crisis to develop appropriate protocols and policies for implementing an employee temperature screening program, a face covering program, work from home and return to work policies for employees suffering from COVID-19, respiratory illness, or exposure to individuals with COVID-19.
  • Lincoln Electric responds to COVID-19Jones Day advised Lincoln Electric regarding compliance with government orders around the world regulating essential businesses and business activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • AHA issues resource on FEMA's simplified public assistance applicationJones Day advised the American Hospital Association on FEMA's simplified public assistance program application process for eligible state, territorial, tribal, local government entities, and certain private non-profit organizations.
  • Major American manufacturer reviews PREP Act immunityJones Day advised a major American manufacturer during the COVID-19 pandemic on obtaining immunity from liability for the manufacture and distribution of covered countermeasures under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act).
  • CEO testifies before Congressional subcommitteeJones Day prepared the CEO of a Fortune 500 company for testimony before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • UPMC defends lawsuit seeking to recoup $300 million in oncology reimbursement paymentsJones Day is defending the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) against a lawsuit filed by Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer Highmark Inc. in September 2014 against UPMC and its subsidiary hospitals seeking to recoup $300 million in past oncology reimbursements.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins new trial in "Engle progeny" lawsuitSitting en banc, Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal recently granted rehearing and reversed a judgment in the amount of $16.1 million in compensatory damages (awarded jointly and severally against all four defendants), $29.85 million in punitive damages against Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Lorillard Tobacco Company (which have since merged), and $25 million in punitive damages against the other two defendants.
  • Mattel and Fisher-Price defeat putative nationwide consumer class action  lawsuitsOn February 2, 2016, Mattel, Inc. and Fisher-Price, Inc. defeated plaintiffs' motion for class certification of dozens of consumer protection claims under the laws of several different states pending in the Northern District of Alabama.
  • Local pharmacists prevail in lawsuit to stop importation of potentially dangerous foreign drugsA group of local pharmacists represented by Jones Day won final judgment in a case challenging the State of Maine's attempt to facilitate importation of potentially dangerous and mislabeled foreign drugs into the United States.
  • Merial wins affirmance of summary judgment victory in false advertising litigationA cross-office, cross-practice Jones Day team, in conjunction with Merial Limited's Global Head of Intellectual Property, Dr. Judy Jarecki-Black, successfully defended Merial Limited at both the district court and appellate levels in a series of false advertising cases regarding Merial’s flea and tick products.
  • Hempstead's Town Council redistricting plan is successfully defended against voters' preliminary injunction actionJones Day successfully defended the Town Council of the Town of Hempstead, New York, and the Town of Hempstead, New York, in a preliminary injunction action seeking a court imposed redistricting plan.
  • Lee Memorial Health System files amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court addressing local hospital merger being subject to federal antitrust lawsOn behalf of the Lee Memorial Health System, Jones Day filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States asking the Court to affirm an Eleventh Circuit decision that found a hospital merger involving a local hospital authority was not subject to the federal antitrust laws under the "state-action doctrine."
  • New York Senate successfully defends redistricting plan against voters' preliminary injunction actionJones Day successfully defended New York Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Chairman of the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment ("LATFOR") Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, and LATFOR member Welquis R. Lopez in a preliminary injunction action seeking a court-imposed redistricting plan.
  • President of Florida Senate obtains preclearance from Department of Justice for redistricting planJones Day successfully represented President of the Florida Senate Mike Haridopolos in preclearance proceedings before the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
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