Five Jones Day practices selected by Law360 as 2020 Practice Groups of the Year
Jones Day was recognized by the legal publication Law360 for its 2020 "Practice Groups of the Year" awards in the Appellate, Construction, Employment, Health Care, and White Collar categories. Now in their 11th year, the awards "honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year."
This is the sixth time Jones Day has been named an Appellate Practice Group of the Year. The Firm's lawyers make innovative arguments leading to landmark precedents in the Supreme Court and in federal and state appellate courts nationwide. This is illustrated by the Kelly "Bridgegate" case, in which the Supreme Court unanimously reversed Ms. Kelly's convictions for federal property fraud. Kelly was one of a long string of cases in which Jones Day has successfully resisted overly expansive interpretations of federal criminal statutes. The Firm also secured the dismissal with prejudice on multiple bribery counts for Sheldon Silver, former Speaker of the New York State Assembly. This case involved fundamental issues about the validity of the so-called "as opportunities arise" theory of federal bribery law. The Second Circuit reined in that theory, holding that prosecutors must prove the official "promised to take official action on a specific and focused question or matter."
The Firm's Construction team has a global footprint, multidisciplinary capabilities, and comprehensive construction experience. Our lawyers advise both corporations and public entities on a wide variety of contracting matters and disputes worldwide. The team represents clients from the initiation of projects and preparation of contract documents through dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and trial. The Firm's experience in high-stakes construction disputes informs our judgment on how contract provisions can be problematic down the road, and our extensive experience drafting and negotiating construction contracts, and our deep knowledge of the industry, enable our team to provide particularly effective representation in disputes. Lawyers on Jones Day's Construction team have been involved in high-stakes, newsworthy matters, such as the Millennium Tower class action litigation and the FIU bridge collapse litigation, as well as other current construction matters involving rail and civil infrastructure works, sports stadiums, hotels, hospitals, and oil and gas facilities in the United States and worldwide.
By litigating—and winning— high-stakes and cutting-edge employment disputes, the Firm's Labor & Employment team protects our clients' ability to structure their workforces and employment policies in the manner best designed to achieve critical business objectives. This past year, we successfully concluded the largest consolidated NLRB litigation ever, defeated plaintiffs' attempts to certify nationwide employment class actions, and secured precedents confirming key management rights. We deployed innovative strategies to defeat mass arbitration campaigns and prevailed against challenges to the legality of arbitration programs. Our team is at the forefront of defending employers in the use of employee biometric information and secured one of the few wins thus far under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Whether in trial or appellate court, before administrative agencies, or in arbitration, Jones Day's depth and experience enables the Firm to develop comprehensive and creative solutions to employers' most consequential litigation challenges and to protect them from future claims.
This year, Jones Day's Health Care & Life Sciences Practice helped stakeholders involved in health care delivery meet the extraordinary challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also advised other institutions working to address COVID-related disruptions. The Firm advised the American Hospital Association as its member hospitals navigated the legal issues affecting their response to COVID-19, including the most complex and critical issues raised by the CARES Act and other new laws, regulations, and guidance. Our lawyers also counseled businesses that have never before dealt with rapidly changing rules of operation in a pandemic, sought quick approvals from government agencies for virtual treatment, assisted employers seeking to provide a safe working environment, and advised providers seeking access to capital to stay afloat as funds from non-urgent procedures evaporated. The Firm's prompt, efficient, and cost-effective services helped many clients survive, and even thrive, during a public health and national emergency.
Lawyers in the Firm's Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice recently advised on two high-profile public corruption cases in which convictions were reversed on appeal, and represented a client in a three-year investigation into alleged violations of the FCPA in multiple countries in which both the DOJ and SEC declined to bring enforcement actions. In addition to these and other matters, lawyers in this practice have been involved in Jones Day's initiative to improve policing, particularly in underprivileged communities. The Firm's efforts focus on reviewing discipline and accountability; assessing current policing reform proposals being considered throughout the country; evaluating the implementation of past reform proposals; examining recruitment, hiring, retention, and training processes; and analyzing data collection and retention practices. Signature projects are already underway that focus on model police collective bargaining agreements, white papers on police reform and reprogramming police funding, community engagement and outreach, peaceful protest best practices, post-secondary police training, and certification research.