Jones Day's Dan McMillan and Don Munro are among Law360's MVPs for 2021
The legal news and analysis service Law360 has chosen Jones Day partners Dan McMillan and Don Munro as MVPs for 2021. Mr. McMillan is an MVP in the Construction category, and Mr. Munro is a Transportation MVP. The MVP awards honor elite attorneys for their successes in high-stakes litigation, significant deals, or complex global matters in the previous year. Law360 will profile Messrs. McMillan and Munro in the coming weeks.
Mr. McMillan, who resides in Los Angeles, is a partner in the Firm's Business & Tort Litigation Practice and a co-leader of the Firm's global construction practice team. He combines the skills of an accomplished trial lawyer with those of a sophisticated transactional lawyer, capable of fashioning practical solutions to seemingly insurmountable challenges. Under his leadership, Jones Day has built a multidisciplinary construction team with members located in most of the Firm's offices around the world. He has worked on major projects throughout the U.S. and on six of the seven continents. In addition to his experience in the courtroom and the boardroom, Mr. McMillan is a thought leader and commentator on issues of importance to the construction industry. He has spoken at more than 120 seminars and is the chief editor and a primary author of a more than 750-page treatise on state and local construction projects. Mr. McMillan is also recognized as a leading authority regarding the use of disputes review boards, a specialized form of dispute resolution employed most frequently on large construction projects. He litigated the first case in the country to result in a published decision involving disputes review and has written many of the leading commentaries on disputes review boards. In addition, he is a leading commentator, litigator, and advisor regarding state and federal False Claims Acts as they pertain to the construction industry.
Mr. Munro, who resides in Washington and is a partner in the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice, is one of the leading attorneys for the United States railroad industry. Not only does he represent the National Railway Labor Conference (the collective bargaining arm of the industry) and the Association of American Railroads, he also represents each one of the five largest Class I railroads in many of their most important labor, employment, and regulatory matters. He is also lead counsel for Amtrak, other commuter railroads, and a number of smaller rail companies. Mr. Munro has worked for the railroads for 25 years, and has extensive knowledge of railroad business practices. In addition, he represents a number of clients in the airline industry–which faces many of the same labor, employment, regulatory and federal preemption issues as railroads–as well as the mass transit industry. As such, he is exceptionally qualified to handle legal matters at the intersection of the transportation and labor and employment fields. Mr. Munro also stands out from his peers in the degree to which he prioritizes seeking early dismissal of lawsuits through initial motions practice. His view is that a client is usually best served if the case can be won in the earliest stages, without the need to endure extensive discovery. He has had enormous success with this strategy, which depends on well-crafted and persuasive written work product.