JONES DAY PRESENTS®: Careers
Sharyl Reisman | Work and Family
Firmwide Hiring Partner / New York
I often get asked by lawyers if it is possible to have a successful, challenging, satisfying career and still have a life outside of work, and my answer is always the same - a resounding yes."
We want people who can see the humanity in our Firm and see that our lawyers care. That’s a distinguishing feature of our Firm. We care about each other. We care about our clients. And we are all driven by that same goal of providing excellent client service.
Yvette McGee Brown | Building a Legacy
Partner-In-Charge of Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement / Columbus
"If there is a hot button legal issue, we've touched it. We're involved in it. If you want that level of work, this is the place you come."
When you look at opportunities, you look first at the culture of the firm, you look at the people you’re going to be working with, and then you look at the legal work you get to do, because that's important. If the legal work isn't good, the other two aren't going to carry the day. You don't have to look very far. If you want that level of work, this is the place you come.
Rasha Gerges Shields | Investing in Lawyers
Partner / Los Angeles
"I really wanted to picture myself someplace where I could retire and live a full career, and I've seen examples of people who have lived full careers here at Jones Day."
Jones Day invests in lawyers long term. They don't focus on the business that you bring in today but on training and development that can make you grow for years to come.
As an associate, I worked with certain partners that allowed me to argue before the Supreme Court. It could have been easy for another partner to say I've never done that, so I want to do it. But they invested in me and gave me the opportunity.
Ann Rossum | Myth for Junior Associates
Associate / Irvine
"I think it's a myth that junior associates can't get opportunities at large law firms because I've experienced the exact opposite."
As a third year associate, I had the opportunity to work on a trial. I was writing pocket briefs and bench memos. I took on a variety of tasks that were really important to the outcome of the case. Each person on the team had a very important role in the outcome for the client. I felt really important as part of the team. What better opportunity than a trial to feel like a litigator?
Helen Scott | Flexibility
Associate / London
"I hadn’t really considered a career in employment law but because of the flexible training system, I had the opportunity to try new work and I was immediately fascinated by it."
Before I joined Jones Day in 2013, I hadn’t really considered a career in employment law but because of the flexible training system, I had the opportunity to try new work and I was immediately fascinated by it. I joined the Labor & Employment practice.
The Employment practice at Jones Day London is relatively unusual in that it’s very broad so we advise our clients on huge multi-jurisdictional cross border deals as well as guide them through day-to-day issues and we represent them before the Employment Tribunal. That makes me a better lawyer because I have a full insight into our client’s needs and it means that I have developed a broad spectrum of skills.
Tynasha Thomas Williams | Opportunity
Associate / London
"As a new lawyer at Jones Day, not only do you have the benefit of immediate exposure to a diverse range of clients, you become a part of a global team and have the opportunity to work with and, most importantly, learn from a multitude of partners and associates worldwide."
At Jones Day, there is a genuine commitment to team work and collaboration – both with our clients and among our lawyers worldwide. Because each of our clients is treated as a firm client, rather than a client of any one office or practice, every lawyer at the firm forms part of a global team working towards a common goal. We utilize all of the firm’s resources to provide solutions tailored to our client’s needs.
As a new lawyer at Jones Day, not only do you have the benefit of immediate exposure to a diverse range of clients, you become a part of a global team and have the opportunity to work with and, most importantly, learn from a multitude of partners and associates worldwide. One of the things that makes cross-border transactional work interesting is that no one deal every really is the same because there are always going to be jurisdiction-specific issues that arise, you need to approach each deal with a degree of flexibility and creativity in order to navigate through those issues and deliver the results the client wants.
Aaron Agenbroad I Be Yourself
Partner-In-Charge / San Francisco
"One of the keys to help guide the ship is to genuinely own who you are."
It’s so important to be comfortable with being exactly who you are. I'm one of the very few people in San Francisco who wears a suit every day. I could try to wear jeans every day, but it wouldn't be authentic or true to who I am. When I talk with associates about career development and what they need to do to succeed, I stress how essential it is that you just be you, because people will start to smell a fake a mile away.