Jones Day opens Minneapolis Office and welcomes three new partners

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 13:42

The global law firm Jones Day announced today that the Firm has opened an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Like all Jones Day offices, the Firm's Minneapolis Office will be fully integrated with all other offices and practices of the Firm, providing clients with access to the highest quality legal advice across the nation and the globe. Minneapolis is Jones Day's 18th office in the United States, and 44th worldwide.  

"Jones Day has been built on its representation of Corporate America across the breadth of the nation. Minneapolis-St Paul is the second largest economic center in the Midwest behind only Chicago and is the home to many leading Fortune 500 companies who are already Jones Day clients," said Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day. "Our office will enhance our ability to contribute to the community and our presence around the world will help the corporate community in Minneapolis better assess the risks associated with global investments that they will be making and to resolve disputes when they arise."

Brian West Easley, currently a leader in the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice in its Chicago Office, will serve as Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's Minneapolis Office. Mr. Easley represents employers throughout the United States in all aspects of labor and employment law, with a focus on labor-management relations. Perhaps best known for his role in labor and employment matters during the City of Detroit's historic restructuring, he has extensive experience representing employers in collective bargaining, unfair labor practice proceedings, arbitration proceedings, and labor-related litigation. Mr. Easley frequently advises employers on labor and employment aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and advises distressed employers with respect to labor and employment issues in bankruptcy proceedings. His traditional labor practice includes representation of employers in the manufacturing, oil and gas, energy, mining, automotive, aerospace, railroad, transportation, private equity, media, retail, telecommunications, technology, hospitality, health care, and construction industries. Mr. Easley earned his J.D. from University of Michigan and his B.A. from University of Dallas. 

Joining Mr. Easley will be Charlie Haag, currently a partner in the Capital Markets Practice in the Firm's Dallas Office. Mr. Haag was born and raised in Waseca, Minnesota. He has almost 20 years of experience advising companies and financial institutions in a wide variety of capital markets transactions, including venture capital, IPOs, high-yield and investment-grade debt, convertible securities, tender offers, spinoffs, reorganizations, and M&A/takeovers. He also counsels clients with respect to corporate governance, fiduciary duties, reporting obligations with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and communications with the public markets. Mr. Haag holds an LL.M. from Georgetown University, a J.D. from University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. from Marquette University.

The Firm's Minneapolis Office will include three new Minneapolis-based partners with highly accomplished legal careers of 20 to 35 years: Roy A. Ginsburg, who has represented private and public companies for more than 35 years in employment and commercial litigation throughout the United States; Annamarie Daley, who focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, federal regulatory, and intellectual property law matters; and Peter Ekberg, who focuses his practice on M&A, public and private company equity financings (including venture capital), takeover and activist shareholder matters, corporate governance, securities laws, and general corporate counseling.

"For many years, the Firm has represented clients based in Minnesota without having a local presence in the Twin Cities by applying the talents of attorneys in our existing offices in the Midwest and around the world," said Mr. Easley. "We believe that making the commitment to open an office in Minneapolis-St. Paul will strengthen our existing client relationships as well as create opportunities to develop new relationships with important global institutions based in Minnesota. We are fortunate to be joined in this effort by three of the finest attorneys in Minneapolis who share our commitment to unparalleled client service." 

Mr. Ginsburg has represented private and public companies for more than 35 years in complex employment and commercial litigation. His practice includes representing global companies in myriad employment disputes, including multiparty and class action litigation involving employment discrimination, workplace harassment, disability discrimination and federal and state wage and hour compliance. He also represents employers in trial and appellate litigation involving trade secret misappropriation, usurpation of corporate opportunity, corporate raiding, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of employment-related contracts, such as restrictive covenants and noncompetition agreements. In addition, Mr. Ginsburg frequently advises clients on the employment law implications of corporate mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Ginsburg earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Carleton College.

Ms. Daley represents global companies in complex commercial litigation, federal regulatory, and intellectual property law matters. She has represented clients in federal and state antitrust, consumer protection, deceptive trade practice, and data privacy matters, as well as nationwide class action and patent litigation. She also counsels and represents manufacturers in dealer and distributor matters, providing legal advice on dealer relations and disputes, and appearing in numerous jurisdictions to enforce rights under dealer agreements. Ms. Daley regularly represents clients before arbitration panels, state regulatory agencies, and in state attorney general investigations. Ms. Daley earned J.D., B.A.B.A., and B.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota where she was a Marshall and Truman Scholar.

Mr. Ekberg has led numerous M&A transactions, reorganizations, equity and debt financings, and joint ventures for clients in a variety of industries throughout the United States and internationally, and has particular experience representing clients in the medical technology, distribution, retail, and renewable energy industries. He earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1995, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and recipient of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship, awarded by the United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for his work on international weapons manufacturing. Mr. Ekberg earned his B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as an officer in the United States Army in Europe and in combat operations in southwest Asia during Operation Desert Storm.

Jones Day is a global law firm with 44 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500.