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.
- 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
- The Ohio State University (J.D. summa cum laude 2014; Valedictorian; Order of the Coif; Chief Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal; Moot Court Champion, Sutherland Cup and Herman Competition); University of Dayton (B.A. summa cum laude 2011, with Scholars distinction)
- Ohio and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" — appellate (2021 and 2022)
- Law Clerk to: Justice Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court (2017-2018); Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton (2015-2016) and Judge David W. McKeague (2014-2015), U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit