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 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.
- 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)
- 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