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Five Jones Day partners recognized as "Northeast Trailblazers" by The American Lawyer

The American Lawyer has recognized five partners from the global law firm Jones Day as "Northeast Trailblazers" in the inaugural list for this special feature, published in its May 2021 issue. The "Trailblazers" are agents of change who have made significant marks on practice, policy, and technological advancements in their areas of legal practice.

The 2021 Northeast Trailblazers from Jones Day are:

  • Maureen Bennett (Boston), Health Care & Life Sciences
  • Lee DeJulius (New York), Business & Tort Litigation
  • Jason Jurgens (New York), Financial Markets
  • Lisa Ropple (Boston), Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection
  • Elise Zoli (Boston), Energy

Maureen Bennett is a leader in the global clinical trial regulatory field. For more than 20 years, she has provided counsel to life sciences and health care clients on a wide range of regulatory and contracting matters in support of their clinical development programs. She has been instrumental in advising Jones Day's clients in their deployment of clinical trials, utilizing novel technologies, on a global basis. In 2020, Ms. Bennett supported several clients involved in critical clinical trials in support of therapeutics and vaccines to address COVID-19. Several of her recent representations have helped major players in the health care and life sciences industry quickly adapt to the implementation of stay-at-home and hybrid clinical trials. In addition, she regularly advises pharmaceutical companies in connection with the regulatory requirements associated with the development and use of digital tools, such as apps, wearable devices, and patient-reported outcome tools in clinical trials.

Lee DeJulius, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's New York office, excels in high-stakes suits that require a coordinated legal, business, and public relations strategy. Mr. DeJulius has extensive experience in public nuisance lawsuits related to the manufacture, promotion, and sale of products, and many of his matters involve high-profile disputes with the government. Clients from a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, energy, consumer manufacturing, technology, and religion, have all turned to him when the government overreaches. He has also handled commercial, regulatory, and environmental cases brought by government entities and has defended clients in statewide investigating grand jury proceedings. Most recently, Mr. DeJulius secured a unanimous reversal in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on a billion dollar dispute involving a consent decree with the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

Jason Jurgens is a LIBOR transition advisor who, as a litigator, has distinguished himself by focusing Jones Day's clients' attention on legal and regulatory risks embedded in their legacy portfolios while also helping them develop forward-looking strategies that anticipate what will happen next with respect to replacement rates and other issues as the market continues to evolve. Among other things, Mr. Jurgens is a pioneer in using artificial intelligence to analyze complex LIBOR-linked contracts and categorize them based on Jones Day's proprietary analytical framework, which enables clients to efficiently evaluate legal risks embedded in their contracts while also facilitating the design of remediation strategies. That analytical framework also positions clients to quickly evaluate the impact of market events, like new laws, on legacy portfolios and asset valuations. As one of the few litigators leading LIBOR transition teams, Mr. Jurgens has found himself at the forefront of designing litigation strategies to remediate LIBOR-linked structured finance transactions. He also leads a team that has designed new products, including credit sensitive rate products. Jason is the leader of Jones Day's global, cross-disciplinary LIBOR transition team.

Lisa Ropple joined Jones Day as the Firm's first cybersecurity lawyer in Boston. She focuses her practice on helping domestic and global companies respond to cyberattacks, including nation-state attacks and complex cross-border incidents, and defending against ensuing regulatory investigations and litigation. She was one of the first lawyers in the country to handle large data breaches, and has represented companies suffering some of the earliest and largest cyber thefts in history. Applying her litigation, forensic investigation, and crisis-management skills developed in her over 30 years of practice, Lisa provides pragmatic breach response advice and strategies to help companies reduce downstream liability. Ms. Ropple is co-Leader of Jones Day's global Cybersecurity, Privacy & Data Protection Practice.

Elise Zoli is the global head of Jones Day's Future of Energy, Renewables+ & Sustainability initiative, with its more than $100 billion and 80 gigawatts in renewables and hydrogen transactions. Her principal focus is on advancing global strategic alliances in new markets in the clean energy and decarbonized sectors, with particular experience in hydrogen industrial and mobility sectors. She brings to her work extensive experience with a variety of groundbreaking transactions and projects, including nuclear, solar, wind, fuel cell (PEM & SOF/EC), storage, micro- and smart-grid, and water technologies, as well as the associated environmental attribute markets. In conjunction with her transactional work, Ms. Zoli has pioneered the use of novel P3 instruments, including loan guarantees and insurance. She is a co-founder of the Alliance for a Climate Resilient Earth and on the Board of Directors of the Stimson Center, a leading, nonpartisan global think tank. Ms. Zoli is currently obtaining her global MBA from the Fletcher School.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 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.