Ilana Gelfman focuses on appellate advocacy and critical motions practice. She assists clients in developing creative and successful litigation strategies at every stage of a dispute, from pre-filing negotiations through trial and appeal. She has briefed and argued numerous cases in federal and state courts of appeals.
Ilana represents clients in a broad range of civil litigation, on subject matters including contract interpretation, business torts, and constitutional law. She has extensive experience in litigation addressing complex financial transactions. She also maintains an active pro bono practice.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Ilana served as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She also worked as a Skadden Fellow at Greater Boston Legal Services and as the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow at the Public Justice Center.
- Yale University (J.D. 2009); Harvard University (A.B. magna cum laude 2005)
- District of Columbia; Massachusetts; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits; and U.S. Supreme Court
- Law Clerk to: Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court (2014-2015); Judge Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (2012-2013); and Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (2011-2012)