John M.Gore


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John Gore is a former U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) senior official who delivers results for clients in high-stakes litigation and crisis matters. John's broad litigation experience includes arguing in the United States Supreme Court and first-chairing trials and appeals in federal and state courts across the country. He also represents clients facing Congressional oversight and government investigations.

John previously served as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at DOJ. As the head of one of DOJ's most significant litigating components, John led the Department's civil and criminal civil rights enforcement nationwide under such statutes as the Voting Rights Act (VRA), Title VII, 8 U.S.C. 1324b of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

During his DOJ tenure, John launched several successful law enforcement initiatives, including a record-setting initiative to combat housing discrimination and initiatives to end employment discrimination, to protect religious liberty, and to uphold First Amendment freedoms. Moreover, under John's leadership, the Civil Rights Division prosecuted several high-profile hate crimes and contributed to DOJ's record-setting numbers of human trafficking prosecutions. John also testified twice before Congress on DOJ's civil rights enforcement efforts.


  • Leading technology company successfully resolves DOJ temporary work visa-related matterJones Day represented a leading technology company in a successful settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, following an immigration-related employment investigation related to temporary work visas.
  • Real estate company obtains favorable resolution of non-compete disputeJones Day counseled a national real estate company through a non-compete and non-solicitation dispute with a former senior officer.
  • Consumer organization successfully challenges structure of Consumer Product Safety CommissionJones Day successfully represented a consumer organization in a constitutional challenge to the structure of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Members of Congress file amicus brief in religious liberty caseJones Day filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, on behalf of several dozen members of Congress, in support of a football coach who was fired from his job as a public high school educator because he refused to stop engaging in a brief private prayer on the football field after games.
  • Employer challenges OSHA under nondelegation doctrineJones Day represents Allstates Refractory Contractors, LLC in challenging the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) statute as a violation of the nondelegation doctrine.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce files amicus briefs in unemployment benefits casesJones Day filed amicus briefs on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States and other trade associations in cases challenging the decisions by state governors to end participation to accept federal supplemental unemployment benefits.
  • Major technology company defeats DOJ employment investigationJones Day represented a major technology company in successfully resolving a U.S. Department of Justice investigation of an allegation of citizen-status discrimination in hiring under 8 U.S.C. 1324b of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • PITCO Foods develops program to address COVID-19 spread at workJones Day represents PITCO Foods, Inc., a food supply company based in California, during the COVID-19 crisis to consider and assess appropriate protocols and policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among employees, including a testing program for returning and new workers.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce files amici curiae brief in OSHA mandamus caseJones Day filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce and other trade associations opposing a mandamus petition which sought to order OSHA to adopt an emergency temporary standard during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Eleven members of Congress file amicus brief in support of Philadelphia community in high-profile appealJones Day represents eleven members of Congress who filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in support of the United States and a Philadelphia community in a case of first impression under the Controlled Substances Act.
  • State and national political party committees defend election statute in Pennsylvania Supreme CourtJones Day represented state and national political party committees that intervened to defend a Pennsylvania election administration statute.
  • Telemedicine provider expands telehealth programming in response to COVID-19 public health crisisJones Day represented a telemedicine provider in their expansion of telehealth programming in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
  • Large critical infrastructure employer considers implementing COVID-19 testing program for employeesJones Day represented a large critical infrastructure employer during the COVID-19 crisis to consider and assess appropriate protocols and policies for implementing an employee COVID-19 testing program at its sites. This included counseling on myriad federal, state, and local legal and regulatory frameworks as well as forming appropriate partnerships.
  • Luxury department store chain develops employee programming to mitigate spread of COVID-19 within workplaceJones Day represented a luxury department store chain during the COVID-19 crisis to develop appropriate protocols and policies for implementing an employee temperature screening program, a face covering program, work from home and return to work policies for employees suffering from COVID-19, respiratory illness, or exposure to individuals with COVID-19.
  • Lincoln Electric responds to COVID-19Jones Day advised Lincoln Electric regarding compliance with government orders around the world regulating essential businesses and business activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • AHA issues resource on FEMA's simplified public assistance applicationJones Day advised the American Hospital Association on FEMA's simplified public assistance program application process for eligible state, territorial, tribal, local government entities, and certain private non-profit organizations.
  • Major American manufacturer reviews PREP Act immunityJones Day advised a major American manufacturer during the COVID-19 pandemic on obtaining immunity from liability for the manufacture and distribution of covered countermeasures under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act).
  • CEO testifies before Congressional subcommitteeJones Day prepared the CEO of a Fortune 500 company for testimony before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • UPMC defends lawsuit seeking to recoup $300 million in oncology reimbursement paymentsJones Day is defending the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) against a lawsuit filed by Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer Highmark Inc. in September 2014 against UPMC and its subsidiary hospitals seeking to recoup $300 million in past oncology reimbursements.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins new trial in "Engle progeny" lawsuitSitting en banc, Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal recently granted rehearing and reversed a judgment in the amount of $16.1 million in compensatory damages (awarded jointly and severally against all four defendants), $29.85 million in punitive damages against Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Lorillard Tobacco Company (which have since merged), and $25 million in punitive damages against the other two defendants.