Jones Day Tops Financial Times Pro Bono Survey, Welcomes New Partners In Boston

Monday, January 3, 2011 - 00:00

The Financial Times named Jones Day's "transformative" pro bono work on affordable housing as the outstanding U.S. pro bono project of the year in its U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report 2010, published December 1, 2010. The newspaper noted that the Washington initiative "empowered tenants suffering from housing violations" and "created a template way of processing tenants grievances in the US Superior Court, which has been replicated by other law firms representing similar plaintiffs." Pro bono projects were scored on originality, rationale, and impact.

Also singled out in the Financial Times report were Jones Day's innovative educational work in California and its international initiatives. In California, the Firm partnered with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to create a program at Sacramento New Technology High School to introduce students to the possibility of a career in the legal profession. Internationally, the Financial Times noted, Jones Day "assisted Grameen Bank, Room to Read, and Lawyers without Borders on global issues."

Jones Day has announced that five lateral partners will join its new Boston office when it opens in January 2011. All five lawyers will arrive from the Boston office of the Boston law firm Hanify & King, Professional Corporation. They are John D. Hanify,Jeffrey J. Upton, Karen A. Whitley, Michael T. Marcucci and Christopher M. Morrison.

John D. Hanify, the co-founder of the Hanify & King firm, was the practice leader in the firm's commercial litigation practice. He has tried cases and represented business clients in state and federal courts, before federal and state agencies, and in arbitration. Mr. Hanify has been ranked by Chambers USA as among the top commercial litigators in Boston (Band #1). For successive years, he has been named in Best Lawyers in America and as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. Mr. Hanify also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, defending the constitutionality of various federal statutes and challenges to the Defense Department's phased array early warning systems. For these and other assignments, he received the Justice Department's Outstanding Performance Award. He has also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Jeffrey J. Upton's practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial litigation, including the prosecution and defense of suits in both federal and state courts in the areas of shareholder and partnership disputes; intellectual property, trademark, copyright and patent infringement claims; trade secret and non-competition matters; and unfair competition disputes. Mr. Upton has handled the defense and prosecution of lawsuits for many national and local corporations, including banks, retail store chains, real estate developers, consumer product companies, and large manufacturers. He has extensive experience handling corporate successor liability issues; breach of fiduciary duty claims; and commercial real estate disputes.

Karen A. Whitley litigates employment cases before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and in state and federal courts, with a focus on discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. She also litigates the enforceability of employment agreements and restrictive covenants. Pre-litigation, Ms. Whitley is often retained by employers to conduct investigations into claims of discrimination, harassment or other inappropriate conduct. She advises corporate clients on a wide range of employment-related legal concerns and ensures that company policies are consistent with current employment law developments.

Michael T. Marcucci concentrates his practice on complex corporate and commercial litigation. Mr. Marcucci has extensive experience with securities litigation, executive employment litigation, corporate breach of fiduciary claims in both public and closely-held corporations, and the representation of individuals and companies facing government investigations. He has litigated numerous breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims, and has represented both shareholders and corporate officers and directors in litigation over corporate management.

Christopher M. Morrison is experienced in complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate level. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation and general business litigation. Mr. Morrison clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Keeton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. In 2007, he was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to its Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee. He is co-chair of the Antitrust and Business Litigation Committee of the Boston Bar Association.