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The Truly National Firm

Allen Holmes became the fourth Managing Partner of Jones Day at the beginning of 1975, the first of two consecutive antitrust lawyers to head the Firm. In addition to the economic forces that Reavis and others had foreseen, the Supreme Court’s Goldfarb vs. Virginia State Bar and Bates vs. State of Arizona decisions, which forbade state bar minimum fee schedules and permitted advertising by lawyers, foretold significant changes in the practice of law going forward. Holmes was ahead of most of his peers in foreseeing the eventual national and ultimately global character of business law practice, and this included a majority of the Washington Office partners. They did not share the Firm’s vision, and left (the only significant group departure in Jones Day history) to form a Washington based firm known as Crowell & Moring. About 30 partners and associates, including Erwin Griswold, Jim Lynn, and Welch Pogue, remained to form the core of the new Jones Day Washington Office; today, the Washington Office is larger than the entire Firm was at that time.

In January, 1980, Jones Day opened an office in Columbus, Ohio, where the Firm had long represented major business interests, including The Columbus Dispatch, the main radio stations, BancOhio (the only multi-bank holding company in Ohio in those days), and the Ohio Company (a regional investment banking firm). In 1979, a major Jones Day client (Diamond Shamrock) moved its corporate headquarters from Cleveland to Dallas. Coincidentally, Trammel Crow, a national real estate developer headquartered in Dallas, approached Jones Day about the possibility of opening an office in Dallas. Jones Day’s Dallas Office opened in 1981, combining Crow’s local real estate firm with a number of Jones Day partners from Cleveland and Washington. Initial resistance on the part of several Dallas law firms to this first out-of-state entry into Texas was overcome in no small part by Trammel Crow’s personal leadership in championing Dallas’ first "national firm."

Allen Holmes’ career was cut short by continued attacks of a debilitating disease. Despite this, he was one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the country (serving as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law) and set Jones Day on a path to its current global reach long before most in the profession could see the future as it has become. In addition, he was a practical and objective person, traits that seem to be important characteristics of Jones Day Managing Partners. When his final attack made it impossible for him to continue, he designated Richard W. Pogue as his successor in 1984.

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