Jones Day recognized in five categories in ALM’s 2024 Legal Intelligencer Professional Excellence Awards

The Legal Intelligencer recognized the Firm as a finalist in five categories in its 2024 Professional Excellence Awards. For the fourth consecutive year, Jones Day was named a finalist for Law Firm of the Year; it won the top distinction in 2021. The Legal Intelligencer also recognized two individual lawyers in the Pittsburgh Office—naming them finalists in the Best Law Firm Mentors and Most Effective Dealmakers categories.

The Firm's 2024 recognitions include:

  • Law Firm of the Year Finalist
  • Litigation Department of the Year, General Litigation Finalist
  • ESG Impact Finalist
  • Most-Effective Dealmaker Finalist– Marcia Kelson
  • Best Law Firm Mentor Finalist – Michael Ginsberg

Most-Effective Dealmakers – Marcia Kelson

Marcia Kelson leads the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation team in the Firm's Pittsburgh Office. She is a go-to deal advisor for a wide range of public, private, and non-profit clients in Pittsburgh and throughout the world. She advises on benefits and compensation issues in all types of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spinoffs, private equity investments, financings and IPOs. Ms. Kelson focuses on complex benefit and compensation matters, including those arising in connection with employee transitions, pension de-risking, and employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). With nearly 22 years of experience, she has counseled hundreds of plan sponsors, fiduciaries, and administrators on legal issues pertinent to employee benefit plans and the entities that maintain them. 

Best Law Firm Mentor – Michael Ginsberg

Mike Ginsberg is a partner in the Insurance Recovery Practice in Pittsburgh who represents policyholders in disputes with insurance companies regarding coverage for product and environmental liabilities, toxic torts, and bad faith. He also assists clients with the evaluation and management of asbestos liabilities.

The Legal Intelligencer Best Law Firm Mentor award recognizes more senior lawyers "who have taken it upon themselves to prepare the next generation of legal talent." Mr. Ginsberg served as Firm Training Partner and Chair of the Firm's Associate Training Committee for almost 30 years. For Jones Day's Laredo Project—a program providing migrants legal representation at the U.S.-Mexico border—he created a series of training materials for lawyers representing immigration clients, and he continues to coach trial teams in advance of their immigration hearings to assist them with their presentations on behalf of the clients. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for more than 20 years and serves as the Program Director for NITA's Pittsburgh and North Carolina Trial Programs. He has also traveled to Kenya seven times to teach trial skills to Kenyan lawyers in connection with NITA and Lawyers Without Borders.

The Legal Intelligencer's Professional Excellence Awards annually honor law firms and lawyers in Pennsylvania who have made a significant, positive impact on the legal profession. The winners will be announced at The Legal Intelligencer's awards dinner on May 15.

Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,400 lawyers in 40 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.