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Jones Day names Yvette McGee Brown to lead Firmwide Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement

February 2015


Washington, DC - The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Yvette McGee Brown, a partner in the Firm's Columbus Office, has been named Partner-in-Charge, Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement. The first African-American woman to serve on the Ohio State Supreme Court, she will coordinate diversity initiatives of Jones Day's individual offices and manage its activities all around the world.

"This is an exciting time to be leading this work," said Ms. McGee Brown. "As a truly global law firm, Jones Day is committed to ensuring an environment where all people can succeed based on their talent and hard work. With more than 2,400 lawyers in offices in 19 countries, diversity is in our DNA. We are clear that diversity makes us better and enhances our service to clients."

A member of the Business and Tort Litigation (USA) Practice, Ms. McGee Brown represents clients in complex litigation and appellate matters, including insurance coverage issues, employment litigation and investigations involving executive officers, and government/regulatory matters.

She began her career as a litigator in the Ohio Attorney General's Office and in 1992 was the first African American woman elected to the Franklin County Common Pleas court. She served on the court for nine years before resigning to accept an executive position at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Ms. McGee Brown is an active business and community leader. She has served on the board of directors for M/I Homes, Glimcher Realty, Motorist Insurance, Ohio University, the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. She is the former chair of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, United Way of Central Ohio, and the YWCA Columbus Board of Directors. She was inducted into the Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 2008. Ms. McGee Brown joined Jones Day in 2013. She earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University, and her B.S. from Ohio University.

Jones Day is a global law firm with 41 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500.

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

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