Lawyers of color at the Firm today will practice with nearly 400 other minority lawyers already in our offices around the globe and in the U.S. Indeed, Jones Day has more minority lawyers than almost all of our peer institutions. Not only have we elevated to the partnership an average of 4 lawyers of color per year since 2003, we have successfully recruited over 5 lateral partners of color over the last two years. With close to 850 women lawyers, 153 of whom are partners, Jones Day is a leader among law firms in the recruitment and advancement of women lawyers. And these trends are going to continue given that women make up close to 50% and law students and recent graduates of color make up one-quarter of both our summer associate classes and our new lawyers groups.
While we are proud of these statistical measures our commitment to diversity extends beyond mere numbers. One of Jones Day's core values is that all attorneys should be integrated into the firm so that we work seamlessly together to produce the best possible outcome for the client irrespective of our individual demographic classification. To this end, we will continue to hire, promote, and support women and minority lawyers at Jones Day. We will be successful in these efforts, because our lawyers are successful. Women and minority lawyers have many role models to look to at Jones Day for a glimpse of what their future might hold:
Mary Ellen Powers
Mary Ellen is Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's European and Middle Eastern operations and was the first female Firmwide Administrative Partner. She contributes to the management of the Firm through her service on the Partnership Committee and the Advisory Committee. Mary Ellen has been cited as one of the top lawyers in Washington and is a seasoned civil and criminal litigator who has helped win jury verdicts in high-stakes toxic tort cases for IBM and secured successful outcomes for companies under investigation, such as First American Bank in connection with the now infamous $20 billion collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce Institution (BCCI). Mary Ellen availed herself of the Firm's generous alternative schedule policy when raising her young children.
In May 2010, Mary Ellen received the Law Firm Economic Empowerment Award at the Transformative Leadership Awards Dinner hosted by InsideCounsel
magazine. She was selected for this award on the basis of her achievements as a lawyer, her leadership within the Firm and in the legal profession, and on her contributions to the development and success of other women lawyers. Read More
Richard H. Deane Jr.
Rick, a former U.S. Attorney and Federal Magistrate Judge, is Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's Atlanta Office and serves on the Firm's Advisory Committee and its Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee. Rick represents clients who are facing all types of criminal or civil investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and other investigative agencies. He has extensive experience in dealing with federal grand jury investigations and broad experience trying cases in state and federal courts including the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal. Rick is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is resident in our Atlanta Office.
Lizanne is the Partner-in-Charge of the U.S. Southern Region, a position she took on after serving as Atlanta Office Partner-in-Charge and, prior to that, as Firm Administrative Partner. She also chairs the Partners Financial Advisory Committee and heads the Firm's global corporate governance team. In her practice she advises public company boards on Sarbanes-Oxley, corporate compliance, shareholder activism, takeover preparedness, and director liability considerations. She has represented a number of Board special committees in going private and other control transactions, as well as internal investigations involving financial restatements, stock option dating, and allegations of executive misconduct. Lizanne also has conducted numerous Board and committee evaluations and governance audits. She is experienced in public and private mergers and acquisitions and defensive planning as well. Lizanne regularly appears on a variety of "Best Lawyers" lists and is involved with a number of community service activities.
Hilda, who is Partner-in-Charge of our Dallas Office, heads our intellectual property practice in Texas where she has litigated complex, high-stakes patent infringement cases in a myriad of technologies, including semiconductor equipment and processes, telecommunications, computer technology, software and internet applications, and analog and digital circuit design. Her work has earned her numerous awards including recognition by Chambers USA as an "excellent litigator" with "strength in technical matters." Hilda is active in the community having served as treasurer, director, and scholarship committee chair for the Dallas Hispanic Bar Foundation and on the board of directors for the Center for Non-Profit Management, the board of directors for the Dallas Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section, and the executive committee of the Institute of Law and Technology, Center for American and International Law.
Brian, our Los Angeles Office Partner-in-Charge, was recently named "One of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" by the National Law Journal. Brian has earned a national reputation as a distinguished trial lawyer in complex business litigation and white-collar criminal defense. His cases have included representation of Dr. Wen Ho Lee in his successful civil suit against the U.S. government, former Clinton fundraiser Johnny Chung, and former Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona. Brian's practice covers the full spectrum of business crimes, such as securities fraud, corporate internal investigations and fraud, tax fraud, bank fraud, FCPA investigations, technology transfer violations, fraud in government procurement, and public corruption prosecutions involving prominent elected officials. He is a former president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, and the Asian-Pacific Bar of California.
Peter is the partner in charge of our Shanghai Office where he leads the litigation practice and serves as co-head of the Firm's international litigation practice and our China antitrust practice. Peter handles complex disputes and antitrust/competition matters in China, the U.S., and worldwide. He helped lead Nokia's defense in China against several patent infringement lawsuits brought by Qualcomm. He also represents Chinese, U.S., and other clients in U.S. litigation, including: First American v. Zayed (RICO and related criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations and litigation); Hong Yi Construction v. Thomson Consumer Electronics (contract and RICO action); Sinochem International v. MISC (U.S. Supreme Court litigation re forum non conveniens); and AlliedSignal v. BFGoodrich (antitrust challenge to proposed acquisition). Throughout his career, Peter has been active in the Firm's extensive pro bono practice, including substantial work for the Whitman-Walker Clinic, Appleseed, the DC Bar Free Legal Advice & Referral Clinic (for which he received a DC Bar pro bono award), and litigation matters such as Native Village of Curyung v. State of Alaska (for which the Firm received a certificate of merit from Alaska Legal Services).
F. Curt Kirschner Jr.
Curt is a partner in our San Francisco office whose practice focuses on the resolution of complex labor and employment disputes. Curt's employment litigation experience is extensive and his traditional labor experience is broad, covering both the public and private sector, as well as small and large bargaining units, including one consolidated contract covering more than 10,000 employees with an annual payroll of more than $1 billion. He has built particular experience in managing complex and overlapping negotiations involving several bargaining units and related employers. For example, Curt led a team in charge of the simultaneous negotiation of 46 open contracts. He also has been the chief negotiator and labor strategist for several entities involved in overlapping negotiations with affiliated unions. Curt is a member of the Firm's Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California (Labor Section), the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Labor Relations Advisory Committee. He has served on the boards of the San Francisco Workforce Investment Board and the San Francisco Private Industry Council. He is a designated early neutral evaluator and mediator in the Northern District of California's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and he has sat on the board of governors of the San Francisco Symphony and Lambda Legal, a civil rights organization advocating for the rights of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people and people living with AIDS. Jones Day is pleased to be a national sponsor of Lambda Legal.