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InsideCounsel recognizes Jones Day's success developing women leaders with award to Mary Ellen Powers

May 2010


Washington, DC - Mary Ellen Powers, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day's Washington Office, accepted a Transformative Leadership Award from InsideCounsel magazine this month in recognition of the Firm's success in developing women leaders.

"We believe the time has come to recognize those whose efforts are opening doors for women in the legal profession," said InsideCounsel's Sheila Brennan about the inaugural awards, which will be presented annually.

As a leader, mentor and role model, Mary Ellen has played a key role in ensuring that talented women are given opportunities to develop into leaders in client engagements and within the Firm. It is in part a testament to her efforts and her success as a leader that women partners currently run five Jones Day offices and two practices, a quarter of the Firm's Advisory Committee is composed of women, and women hold numerous leadership roles at the office and practice level.

Mary Ellen joined Jones Day in 1980 and, as a litigator, has played a leading role in some of the Firm's most high-profile cases, including the successful defense of IBM in workplace exposure cases in California and New York, the representation of First American Bankshares in connection with the fall-out from the BCCI scandal, the representation of Mattel in congressional investigations related to toy safety, and the representation of Northrop in grand jury, SEC and congressional investigations and parallel civil litigation arising out of allegations of Korean bribery.

Mary Ellen worked part time as an associate while her two daughters were young, and was promoted to partner in 1990. She became the first woman to serve as Firm Administrative Partner in 1994, taking on global responsibilities for developing and implementing firm policies, including spearheading the effort to make the Firm's flexible work policies available not only to associates but also to partners. In 2003, she became Partner-in-Charge of the Washington Office, one of the Firm's largest with over 400 lawyers and staff, where she has overseen both a major expansion of physical facilities and the development of new practice areas. She serves on the Firm's Advisory and Partnership Committees, and as primary relationship partner for a number of clients.

Mary Ellen's professional accomplishments have been recognized by the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (2004), Washington DC Super Lawyers (2007), and Best Lawyers in America (2010). In addition to her work at the firm, she has been a lecturer in trial advocacy at the George Washington University National Law Center, served on the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee, and coached CYO girls' basketball.

To learn more about the Firm's commitment to diversity, please visit the Jones Day Diversity web site.

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