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Two Jones Day lawyers selected by Law360 as 2019 MVPs

The global law firm Jones Day is pleased to announce that two of the Firm's lawyers are among Law360's "MVPs" for 2019. The MVP awards honor elite attorneys for their successes in high-stakes litigation, significant deals, or complex global matters in the previous year. In all, Law360 named 160 MVPs, across 35 categories, from nearly 900 submissions.

Law360 will profile the Jones Day MVPs listed below in the coming weeks:

  • Shay Dvoretzky, Issues & Appeals (Washington) – Appellate MVP
  • Howard F. Sidman, Financial Institutions Litigation & Regulation (New York ) – Banking MVP

Mr. Dvoretzky is a U.S. Supreme Court and appellate advocate. He has argued 11 cases in the Supreme Court and dozens more in appellate courts nationwide. His experience includes constitutional law, government regulation, federal preemption, labor and employment, bankruptcy, and complex statutory questions. His many outstanding wins recognized by Law360 include Merck v. Albrecht.  In that case, Mr. Dvoretzky persuaded the Supreme Court to hold unanimously that a judge, not a jury, should assess a pharmaceutical manufacturer's federal preemption defense, and should do so using ordinary legal burdens, not a heightened clear-and-convincing-evidence standard.  Mr. Dvoretzky also successfully challenged the Third Circuit’s broad duty-to-warn standard before the Supreme Court in Air & Liquid Systems Corp. et al. v. DeVries. The Third Circuit held that, as a matter of federal maritime law, a manufacturer of one product (like an engine turbine) could be held liable for failing to warn users about the dangers of another product (like asbestos) if it was merely “foreseeable” that the second product would be used alongside the first. Mr. Dvoretzky persuaded the Supreme Court to narrow that capacious standard.  In addition to being recognized as a Law 360 MVP, Mr. Dvoretzky has also recently been named a Litigator of the Year by The American Lawyer, and elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a member of the American Law Institute, and a Master of the Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court. Read Shay Dvoretsky's Law360 profile.

Mr. Sidman is an experienced litigator who represents financial institutions and other companies in complex commercial disputes, including almost 10 years of litigation experience relating to residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS). He regularly advises clients regarding issues relating to complex structured products, including RMBS trustees, master servicers, and mortgage loan originators in connection with repurchase claims and servicing-related contractual disputes. He also advises financial institutions on the transition from the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) at the end of 2021.  His significant banking representations recognized by Law360 include Deutsche Bank v. Quicken Loans, Inc. where Jones Day successfully defended Quicken Loans, Inc., a mortgage lender based in Detroit, Michigan, against a suit brought on behalf of investors in an RMBS trust in New York state court. As lead lawyer, Mr. Sidman argued and won an issue of first impression for New York’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals, with significant ramifications for the RMBS industry. In LBBW v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, et al., Mr. Sidman led the discovery, summary judgment, and other pre-trial work in connection with Jones Day’s successful summary judgment victory for Wells Fargo, defending claims that Wells Fargo fraudulently induced LBBW Luxemburg SA (LBBW) to invest in $40 million of senior notes in a collateralized debt obligation (CDO) called Grand Avenue CDO II.  The decision was affirmed on appeal to the Second Circuit. Read Howard F. Sidman's Law360 profile.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.
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