John D. Cline, a highly regarded trial attorney who specializes in white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation, has joined the international law firm Jones Day as a partner in its fast-growing San Francisco office.
Also joining the Jones Day San Francisco office is Martha Boersch, a former assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force in San Francisco.
In his 18-year career, Mr. Cline has been involved in a wide range of noteworthy cases for clients including Oliver North, the former national security aide who was a central figure in the Iran-Contra prosecutions, James Smith, a former FBI agent charged with mishandling of classified information, and Wen Ho Lee (1999), the Los Alamos nuclear scientist accused of mishandling nuclear secrets.
Most recently, Mr. Cline was a shareholder handling criminal trials and appeals for the law firm of Freedman Boyd Daniels Hollander Goldberg & Cline P.A. in Albuquerque, NM. Prior to moving to Albuquerque, he was a partner in the Washington, DC office of Williams & Connolly, where he tried numerous civil and criminal cases.
Ms. Boersch brings more than a decade of federal trial experience to Jones Day, including a recent lengthy trial in which she secured the conviction of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko. During her 12-year career with the government, she tried more than a dozen federal jury trials and argued numerous cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. These cases involved a wide range of federal law violations, including securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, corruption and organized crime.
Jones Day's rapidly growing presence in the Bay Area now includes 31 attorneys in its San Francisco office, which opened in May 2003, and 20 attorneys in the firm's Menlo Park office that opened in March 2002.