Prominent Lateral Hires Join Jones Day; Firm Honored By Global Competition Review

Friday, January 17, 2014 - 16:49

Justin Herdman, a former assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, has joined Jones Day’s Cleveland office as of counsel in the firm’s Business and Tort Litigation Practice. Mr. Herdman served as deputy chief of the National Security, Human Rights, and Organized Crime Unit, where he was responsible for investigating and prosecuting national security crimes arising in or out of activities in northern Ohio.

Mr. Herdman has tried more than 20 jury trials in state and federal courts in New York and Ohio and will bring further depth to the Cleveland office’s extraordinary bench of trial lawyers. His practice will focus on commercial, product liability, and consumer fraud litigation in addition to corporate criminal litigation and investigations, for which he is well known. He is perhaps best known for his work in terrorism cases, including the successful trial and appeal of what has been called “the first federal trial of a home grown terror cell” in the United States, as well as being part of the prosecution team of five individuals convicted of attempting to use explosives against a Cleveland-area bridge. Mr. Herdman has also prosecuted highly complex cases protecting the interests of multinational corporations, financial institutions, and technology firms. He led the prosecution in a case involving the theft of trade secrets from an international manufacturing company, the illegal export of night-vision technology by a NASA scientist and a foreign defense contractor, an international money laundering and identity theft scheme operated from Pakistan, fraud and money laundering charges arising from the largest credit union collapse in U.S. history, and an individual charged with illegally manufacturing the deadly biological toxin ricin. 

Previously, Mr. Herdman was an assistant district attorney in New York City, working for the legendary Manhattan district attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, where he prosecuted a wide range of violent crime and identity theft cases. Mr. Herdman also continues to serve as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force Reserve and is a former intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve. 

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Peter C. Canfield, a prominent civil litigator, has joined the firm’s Atlanta office as a partner in the Business and Tort Litigation Practice. Mr. Canfield has represented corporations, universities, and professional firms in a wide variety of general civil disputes, including shareholder derivative actions, contract disputes, and non-compete litigation. With his media and publishing industries focus, Mr. Canfield is a preeminent First Amendment authority with extensive experience defending libel, defamation and invasion of privacy claims, counseling authors and publishers, securing access to information, and safeguarding distribution and intellectual property rights.  Mr. Canfield clerked for Hon. Frank M. Johnson, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Hon. Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Listed since 1993 by Best Lawyers of America and ranked in Chambers USA for First Amendment litigation, he lectures widely on media law issues.

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Mark Mansour has joined the Washington office as a partner in the Health Care and Life Sciences practices focusing on food and drug law. Mr. Mansour works with food, pharmaceutical, medical device, dietary supplement, and cosmetic industry clients to secure regulatory approvals, develop and maintain compliance strategies, and address public policy issues in the United States and other key global markets. Prior to entering private practice, he served as assistant general counsel and director of global regulatory affairs with two of the world’s largest food companies, setting policies and global strategies on health and nutrition claims, fortification, packaging, food safety, FDA compliance, and removal of international regulatory and trade barriers.

Mr. Mansour has written and spoken widely on food and drug law issues. Formerly a staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he has experience in a variety of international public policy matters, advising multinational companies and trade associations and working closely with congressional offices and U.S. government agencies on regulatory and trade issues affecting regulated industries. 

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Publisher Global Competition Review (GCR) has named Jones Day among the top five firms in its annual “Global Elite” ranking, a compilation of the world’s top 20 firms considered “the best of the best” antitrust practices that are “capable of handling the largest deals, the most complex investigations and the riskiest lawsuits with skill and poise in multiple jurisdictions around the world simultaneously.” 

In the survey, GCR highlighted Jones Day’s offering of “elite teams on both sides of the Atlantic” as well as “extensive inter-continental reach that truly impresses.” Noting that “no U.S. firm did as much headline-grabbing antitrust work as Jones Day in 2013,” GCR named several of Jones Day’s recent client matters, including defending American Airlines in its $11 billion merger with US Airways, representing Hertz in its long-fought acquisition of Dollar Thrifty, and assisting Goodrich in its merger with United Technologies.