Our Lawyers

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 Powers has represented clients in complex civil litigation and high-profile criminal, regulatory, and congressional investigations for more than 35 years. Her practice has included cross-border disputes and investigations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Mary Ellen is Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day in Europe.

Mary Ellen is a director of Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society and a trustee of the Jones Day Foundation. She has served on the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee and as a lecturer in trial advocacy at the George Washington University National Law Center. 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 Deane 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 federal grand jury investigations, trying cases in state and federal courts, and appearing before the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Lizanne Thomas

While her roots are as an M&A lawyer, Lizanne Thomas practices, teaches, and lives corporate governance as the head of the Firm's corporate governance team. She participates in about 100 board meetings per year as counsel to a number of public companies. She represents special committees in control and conflict transactions, as well as in internal investigations. Lizanne is experienced in shareholder activism, public and private mergers and acquisitions, takeover preparedness, and executive compensation. She lectures on governance to leading business organizations, companies, and universities. Lizanne also serves as the Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's Southern U.S. Region. 

Hilda Galvan

For more than 20 years, Hilda Galvan, a nationally recognized trial lawyer who focuses on complex intellectual property litigation, has represented plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts across the country. She has served as lead counsel for IBM, Texas Instruments, and Essilor in the enforcement of their patent portfolios and in defending against allegations of infringement.

Hilda also places a high priority on community service. She is chair of the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber, serves on the board of trustees of the University of Texas School of Law, and on the boards of Parkland Hospital Foundation, Dallas Women's Foundation, and the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation. Hilda was named one of "The Most Powerful Business Leaders" in Dallas-Fort Worth" by D CEO and is Partner-in-Charge of the Dallas Office.

Brian Sun

Brian Sun has earned a national reputation as a distinguished trial lawyer in complex business litigation and white collar criminal defense. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been named by Lawdragon Magazine as one of America's 500 leading lawyers. Brian is recognized as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers and listed among the most highly regarded lawyers in the U.S. by Who's Who Legal in the area of business crime defense. He is Partner-in-Charge of the Los Angeles Office. 

Peter Wang

Peter Wang leads the Firm's China antitrust and litigation practices and serves as Partner-in-Charge for the China Region. He has handled major U.S. and Chinese government antitrust investigations of proposed mergers and acquisitions, as well as nonmerger investigations and antitrust litigation. Peter represents clients inside and outside of China in complex commercial disputes and patent and other technology and intellectual property litigation. He also regularly handles FCPA investigations and advises clients on related compliance and due diligence issues.

F. Curt Kirschner Jr.

In practice for more than 30 years, Curt Kirschner focuses on the resolution of complex labor and employment disputes, with a particular concentration on addressing employers' rights and obligations relating to disputes arising in the health care field. Curt has been designated by the American Hospital Association as its outside counsel for labor matters affecting the hospital industry. On behalf of the AHA, he has authored amicus briefs and comments on a variety of important policy topics facing hospital employers, including federal preemption of state laws affecting labor-management relations, the National Labor Relations Board's proposed rule changes, and the proposed expansion of the federal contractor jurisdiction over hospitals.
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Lizanne Thomas

Lizanne Thomas is Partner-in-Charge of the 150-lawyer Atlanta Office, and she also heads the Firm's global corporate governance team. While her roots are as an M&A lawyer, Lizanne practices, teaches, and lives corporate governance.

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