Of Counsel

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Adrian Wager-Zito's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, securities fraud, and contract actions, as well as class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL) mass tort proceedings alleging personal injuries. She has litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Adrian also represents companies and individuals involved in civil and criminal enforcement proceedings conducted by various U.S. governmental agencies.

Adrian recently served as lead trial counsel in FTC v. Penn State Hershey Medical Center and was successful in defeating the government's motion seeking a preliminary injunction of the merger of the Hershey Medical Center and the Pinnacle Health System. Adrian also served as trial counsel for Washington Group International (now AECOM) in federal court in New Orleans in mass tort/class action litigation brought by residents alleging damages resulting from Hurricane Katrina. This case, which involved claims of billions of dollars in damages, was tried in the summer of 2012. A complete defense verdict was rendered by the Court in April 2013. In addition, Adrian was involved as trial counsel in Anchor Savings Bank v. United States, a case in which the United States Court of Federal Claims awarded Washington Mutual in excess of $517 million judgment in a breach of contract case arising out of the 1980s savings and loan crisis. This case was affirmed on appeal by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately settled as the largest verdict obtained in any Winstar case.

Adrian currently serves in the role of Administrative Partner for Jones Day's Washington Office.


  • PinnacleHealth System and Penn State Hershey attempt to merge Pennsylvania hospitalsJones Day represented PinnacleHealth System and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as antitrust counsel in the hospitals' proposed merger.
  • CentraCare secures antitrust clearance to acquire St. Cloud Medical Group by successfully asserting the "failing firm" defenseCentraCare Health obtained antitrust clearance, through a consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission, to acquire St. Cloud Medical Group.
  • Anchor obtains additional damages stemming from savings and loan crisis of 1980'sJones Day client Anchor Savings Bank (now owned by JPMorgan Chase Bank NA) obtained an order from the United States Court of Federal Claims requiring the federal government to pay an additional $63.2 million in damages in the last remaining "Winstar" case arising from the savings and loan crisis of the 1980's.
  • Washington Group International prevails in Hurricane Katrina mass tort actionJones Day successfully defended Washington Group International, Inc. ("WGI," now URS Energy & Construction Company, a subsidiary of URS Corp.) in a mass tort action alleging that WGI's work on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contributed to floodwall breaches in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
  • Washington Mutual wins $356 million award in U.S. Court of Federal Claims for damages in "Winstar" case arising from the S&L loan crisis of the 1980'sThe United States Court of Federal Claims awarded $356 million to Jones Day's client Washington Mutual Bank (now JPMorgan Chase Bank), with additional damages still to be awarded that could increase the award to as high as $450 million.
  • Broker-dealer represented in SEC and DOJ stock manipulation investigationsJones Day represented a major regional broker-dealer in SEC and DOJ investigations of a stock manipulation conducted by the firm's broker and a customer.
  • Grandmother obtains custody of her two-year old granddaughterAlexandria Mihalcik, Nancy Berardinelli-Krantz, and Adrian Wager-Zito of Jones Day Washington successfully represented a grandmother (Mrs. G) in obtaining legal and physical custody of her two-year-old grandchild (Child A) in D.C. Superior Court before Judge Juliet McKenna.
  • FNB seeks advice on regulatory and securities mattersJones Day provided advice to FNB United Corp., the bank holding company of CommunityOne Bank, National Association, in connection with regulatory and securities matters.
  • UPM-Kymmene defends against pressure-sensitive labelstock antitrust class action litigationOn behalf of UPM-Kymmene and its subsidiary, Raflatac, Jones Day serves as global coordinating and trial counsel in connection with multiple federal and state cases brought as class actions and alleging price fixing and market allocation surrounding the sale of pressure-sensitive labelstock.
  • Tenants secure preliminary injunction in pro bono housing litigationIn July 2008, Jones Day Washington won a significant preliminary injunction motion on behalf of five plaintiffs and their families who resided in an apartment building in the District of Columbia that was teeming with housing-code violations.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • September 23, 2014
      Executive Roundtable Series: Enterprise Risk Management - State of the Art Strategies & Solutions