Jim Saywell focuses on appellate advocacy and critical motions practice. He has represented clients in a broad range of civil litigation, on subject matters including consumer class actions, mortgage-backed securities, federal habeas relief, and contract, statutory, and constitutional interpretation. Jim has drafted merits and amicus briefs filed in appellate and district courts including the U.S. Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit, and the Southern District of New York.
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 appellants
The 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 case
Jones 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 case
Jones 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.
- February 24, 2017Get to Know Judge Gorsuch, moderator, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
- February 15, 2017Judge Gorsuch: Textualist, Originalist, and Defender of Religious Liberty
- December 14, 2016Supreme 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
- 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