Chambers USA 2021 recognizes Jones Day as a Band 1 firm in International Arbitration; three individual Jones Day lawyers also recognized
Jones Day's International Arbitration team received the elite "Band 1" ranking in the 2021 edition of Chambers USA. Chambers praised the group as a "well-established team with expertise in commercial and investment arbitration that offers notable strength in handling disputes arising from the construction, energy and mining sectors."
Chambers also quoted sources praising the Firm's Global Disputes Practice: "The team was very professional and very well prepared" and praised lawyers for being "extremely professional and highly competent." A client highlighted the Firm's collaboration around the world: "The team is in both Washington and London, and they work really well together—it is like dealing with one team, very sleek, smooth delivery and their service is excellent."
Three partners in the Firm's Global Disputes Practice received individual recognition from Chambers in the area of International Arbitration:
- Charles Kotuby (Washington)
- Melissa Gorsline (Washington)
- Steven Smith (San Francisco)
Sources commended Charles Kotuby as "a wonderful lawyer" and "standout person" who "makes the client feel safe and secure" and "always tries to look for solutions and tries to find a way to be flexible for the client to put them at ease." Others noted his "ability to think about a problem from a different perspective."
Melissa Gorsline earned acclaim for acting in investor-state arbitrations, as well as offering strength in complex international commercial disputes. Sources praised her as "a wonderful lawyer and a wonderful person" who is "excellent in cross-examination" and "really dives deep into the arguments, she has a great bird's eye look at the text and she makes sure that the strategy is well executed."
Chambers Global and other publications have lauded Steven Smith as "a truly outstanding advocate whose written product and oral advocacy simply astound;" a "masterful advocate who can put together mesmerizing arguments;" and a "first-class advocate," who is "ferociously well-prepared" and a "master strategist."
Chambers and Partners is a leading research company conducting tens of thousands of interviews a year with in-house counsel and third party experts to deliver detailed rankings and insights into leading law firms and an independent assessment of counsel throughout a region. Department and individual rankings are based on a broad range of qualities, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence, and commitment to the client.