Jones Day partner Jihan Walker named among "Notable Veteran Executives" by Crain's Chicago Business
Jihan Walker, a partner in Jones Day's Business & Tort Litigation Practice and resident in the Chicago Office, was included among Crain's Chicago Business' "Notable Veteran Executives," a special editorial feature that profiles business professionals in the Chicago area who serve in senior level roles who have made contributions in advancing the issues that affect veterans in the workplace or in the Chicago area.
Ms. Walker is a trial attorney focused on the defense of individual and class action product liability lawsuits. She has served as trial counsel on more than 10 trial teams at Jones Day since 2017. She is involved in all stages of litigation, including taking and defending expert and fact depositions, motions practice, and cross-examining fact and expert witnesses at trial.
Ms. Walker has taken an active leadership role at Jones Day in advancing various initiatives in diversity and community service. For example, she organized a community service day in which the Jones Day Chicago Office packed meals for the homeless, an issue affecting veterans. Ms. Walker also freely provides advice to veterans on how to leverage the skills developed in the military for making a successful transition to civilian life.
Before joining Jones Day, Ms. Walker served as a trial and appellate attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps for eight years, gaining substantial trial and appellate experience. As a prosecutor and defense attorney, she tried dozens of complex felony jury trials, bench trials, and contested sentencing hearings. She also successfully defended soldiers in hundreds of adverse administrative separation proceedings. As an appellate attorney, she managed the worldwide representation of the U.S. Army in interlocutory appeals, extraordinary writs, capital cases, and high-profile cases. In a prominent capital case, United States v. Hennis, Ms. Walker successfully argued case dispositive issues on appeal, such as challenges for cause against jurors, newly discovered evidence, and the constitutionality of jury instructions. In another high-profile case, United States v. Bergdahl, she successfully represented the government before federal appellate courts in numerous extraordinary writs under the All Writs Act.
Ms. Walker was awarded a Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal, and two Army Achievement Medals for her military service in Afghanistan and across multiple duty locations.
Crain’s Chicago Business selected the "Notable Veteran Executives" based on their service as a role model or mentor for veterans and who, as an honorably discharged veteran, demonstrates the significant accomplishments and the ability to power and effect change.