Jones Day Adds To Business And Tort Litigation Practice In California; Welcomes Leading Privacy And Data Security Lawyer In Atlanta IP Practice

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 17:20

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that four former prosecutors – including three Assistant U.S. Attorneys and a former Deputy District Attorney – have joined the Firm's Business and Tort Litigation Practice in three different California offices. In San Diego, Truc Do and Peter Mazza have joined as partner and of counsel, respectively. In addition, Rasha Gerges Shields has joined Jones Day as a partner in Los Angeles and Cheryl O'Connor will join the firm on November 17 as a partner in Irvine. 

Ms. Do was most recently a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where she represented individuals and corporations in complex litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and internal corporate investigations. Previously, she was a Deputy District Attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where she served in the Major Crimes Division and Hardcore Gang Division, and tried 75 cases to jury verdicts. Ms. Do has been lead counsel in many high-profile cases both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney, including the six-month murder trial of Phil Spector in Los Angeles and the defense of best-selling author James Arthur Ray in the "Arizona sweat lodge" trial, which was nationally televised. She earned her undergraduate degree from U.C.L.A. and her law degree from Stanford Law School. 

Mr. Mazza joins Jones Day from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego, where he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division, prosecuting major frauds and narcotics enforcement matters. Mr. Mazza is also a skilled trial attorney, who has handled complex criminal investigations and numerous jury trials. Previously, Mr. Mazza was a law clerk for the Hon. Marilyn L. Huff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

Ms. Shields was most recently an Assistant U.S. Attorney for more than seven years, and Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force at the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Los Angeles, where she directed complex wiretap and grand jury investigations, conducted numerous trials, and supervised other prosecutors. Previously, she was an associate in Jones Day's Issues & Appeals Practice, where she argued before the California Supreme Court and other federal and state courts.

Ms. O’Connor also comes to Jones Day from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, where she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, she was an associate at Howrey & Simon in that firm’s Business Litigation Practice.


Jones Day has announced that Todd S. McClelland has joined its Atlanta Office as a partner in the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice. Mr. McClelland, who was previously a partner in Alston & Bird's Atlanta office, focuses his practice on privacy and data security issues.

Mr. McClelland advises clients on incident response and other information security-related issues, with particular experience in PCI/payment system compliance, HIPAA-related incidents, critical infrastructure security, global privacy compliance, risk assessments, and intellectual property theft. He also represents clients in connection with information technology and business process outsourcing, IP licensing and audits, and cloud transactions.

His specific experience has included advising hospitals, payment processors, retailers, financial institutions, and others in connection with both response to data security incidents and proactive preparation, advising a top tier pharmaceutical company in connection with the outsourcing of its IT environment and its global privacy compliance, representing a global transportation company in outsourcing components of its IT platform, international F&A functions, ADM functions, and other business functions, representing one of the largest big-box home improvement stores in the outsourcing of infrastructure management services, and advising a large independent power producer in connection with the sourcing of multiple HR and IT processes.