For the eighth time in the 12 years of the survey, Jones Day topped BTI Consulting Group's 2013 "Client Service A-Team" ranking, which identifies the top law firms for client service through a national survey of corporate counsel. For all 12 years of the survey, the firm has won a place among BTI's "Client Service 30," the elite group within the "A-Team," never ranking below the top four.
In 11 of 17 categories used by BTI, the survey placed the firm in the first tier, among the Best of the Best in Client Focus; Commitment to Help; Keeps Clients Informed; Legal Skills, Quality Products; Handles Problems; Breadth of Services; Helps Advise on Business Issues; Brings Together National Resources; Anticipates the Client's Needs; and Innovative Approach.
"BTI congratulates Jones Day on achieving the number one spot in The BTI Client Service 30 for the third consecutive year, and the eighth time in 12 years," says the BTI report. "Jones Day, a member of the BTI Client Service Hall of Fame, has earned a spot on The BTI Client Service 30 for 12 straight years. Jones Day earned Best of the Best honors for 11 different activities driving superior client relationships including Client Focus and Commitment to Help. Jones Day has a firm-wide commitment to client service. Jones Day engages staff across the firm, both nationally and internationally, to create the best team from a need and value standpoint. Clients report Jones Day takes a deep, long-term interest in their business."
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Jones Day has been ranked among the top 25 most innovative law firms in the United States in the third annual edition of "FT US Innovative Lawyers 2012." This Financial Times special report recognizes law firms that are bringing fresh thinking and practices to solving business problems in America. It is prepared by the Financial Times in cooperation with legal strategy consultants, RSG Consulting.
In addition to be being named to the FT Law 25 list, the firm received the following commendations:
Innovations in Finance: "Highly commended" for developing a new model for pension de-risking transactions to complete General Motors' transfer agreement with Prudential Insurance.
Innovations in Corporate: "Commended" for using an exchange offer to help tempt S1 shareholders away from an existing offer and accept a bid from ACI Worldwide.
Innovations in Intellectual Property: "Commended" for successfully defending Myriad Genetics in an action by the American Civil Liberties Union, which claimed the company’s human genome patents were invalid.
Innovations in Litigation: "Commended" for successfully defending a client charged with falsely claiming payments from the United States government. The decision could change the way similar cases are handled.
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The Jones Day Foundation has contributed $350,000 to the Police Athletic League ("PAL") of New York City to help rebuild several of its youth centers that were damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. PAL is New York City’s largest independent, nonprofit youth development agency for inner-city children and teenagers, serving over 40,000 youth, ages 2 to 19. Staffed by trained youth development professionals, teachers, and social workers, PAL provides educational, recreational, and cultural programs, including Head Start, day care and after-school programs, evening teen programs, summer day camps and summer play streets, citywide sports programs, youth employment and drop-out prevention programs, and juvenile justice programs.
PAL Centers in Far Rockaway, Coney Island, and Staten Island received the heaviest damage during the storm, leaving hundreds of children without services. The gift from The Foundation will help rebuild these centers, ensuring that kids from the hardest-hit areas have somewhere safe to learn and play as their families work to rebuild their lives and communities.