James R.Saywell (Jim)


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Jim Saywell develops litigation strategies and implements them through briefing and oral advocacy at every stage of a case. He works on significant legal questions in complex civil cases with a particular focus on appellate advocacy and critical motions practice. Though his substantive practice varies, Jim has special experience with class actions, mortgage-backed securities, and constitutional, statutory, and contract interpretation. He has drafted merits and amicus briefs and argued cases at all levels of federal and state courts — from state supreme courts, to federal appellate courts, to state and federal trial courts.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Jim served as a law clerk for Justice Samuel A. Alito at the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judges Jeffrey Sutton and David McKeague at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he worked on criminal and civil cases including constitutional cases and matters involving civil procedure and the federal courts.


  • Jones Day attorney briefs and argues Sixth Circuit case as amicus in support of district courts' authority to impose partial filing fees on habeas appellantsThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit appointed Jones Day associate Jim Saywell to help it work through an issue of federal statutory interpretation.
  • SW General prevails before U.S. Supreme Court in Federal Vacancies Reform Act caseJones Day successfully represented SW General, Inc. before the Supreme Court of the United States in a case involving the scope of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA).
  • Law professors submit amicus curiae brief before U.S. Supreme Court in important constitutional and qualified-immunity caseJones Day, serving as pro bono counsel to a group of legal scholars, filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in an important constitutional and qualified-immunity case.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • February 24, 2017
      Get to Know Judge Gorsuch, moderator, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
    • February 15, 2017
      Judge Gorsuch: Textualist, Originalist, and Defender of Religious Liberty
    • December 14, 2016
      Supreme Court Year in Review, panel discussion, Ohio State Bar Association
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