Jones Day's Denise Carkhuff among Crain's Cleveland Business' "Notables in Law" 2022
Denise Carkhuff, a partner in Jones Day's Private Equity Practice in the Firm's Cleveland Office, was recognized among the Crain's Cleveland Business "Notables in Law" list for 2022. Those recognized are senior-level professionals who stand out in the field of law and have practiced at least 10 years and have also shown the ability to effect change in their roles or practice areas, serve as role models, and assume leadership positions in professional or civic organizations.
Ms. Carkhuff has led hundreds of transactions with billions of dollars in aggregate deal value in a career spanning more than 25 years. She has acted as lead lawyer on transactions in a variety of industries, jurisdictions, and deal structures and has experience in the full life cycle of a company (from formation, capital raising, dividend recapitalizations, IPOs, sales, and dissolutions). Although the main focus of her practice is the representation of private equity funds, she provides counsel to private companies, including portfolio companies of private equity funds.
She is a co-founder and leader of RRAIN (Recruitment, Retention, Advancement in Networking), Jones Day's women's group in its Cleveland Office, which organizes programming internally for the Firm's women lawyers and for women clients and friends. The group's mission is to improve the recruitment, retention, advancement, and leadership skills of women attorneys in the Cleveland Office through professional development, support, and networking opportunities. Ms. Carkhuff is a member of In Counsel With Women, an invitation-only networking group for top women leaders in Northeast Ohio, and was a member of the 2018 Leadership Cleveland class. She also leads client development activities for the Firm's Private Equity Practice worldwide.
In the community, Ms. Carkhuff is a member of the Boards of the Achievement Centers for Children, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower children and adults with disabilities, and First Tee, a youth development organization introducing golf and its values to kids and teens. For 14 years, she was a member of the Board of Friends of Breakthrough Schools, a top-rated network of free public charter schools.