Jones Day lawyers represent individuals and nonprofit organizations in both civil and criminal litigation before a variety of administrative agencies and state and federal courts, including the federal courts of appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. Across the Firm, our lawyers participate in various local clinics that offer free legal advice to the poor on such matters as landlord/tenant law, public benefits, immigration, probate, family law, and consumer fraud. Our lawyers have represented defendants at all levels of the criminal justice system, from wrongfully charged individuals facing their first trials to death row inmates seeking new ones. In addition, we assist nonprofit organizations with corporate-related issues such as incorporation and tax advice.
Jones Day successfully represented Hattie Mae Tanner—who had spent 17 years in prison—in habeas corpus proceedings before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
On July 31, 2017, a jury in the Eastern District of Virginia found in favor of Jones Day pro bono client Sarah Roe (a pseudonym) and awarded her $3 million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages on her claims under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act ("TVPA").
Jones Day pro bono client Tyrone Davis persuaded an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit to hold that defendants sentenced pursuant to a binding plea agreement under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(c)(1)(C) are eligible to receive a sentence reduction under the Sentencing Commission’s retroactive amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines.
Jones Day pro bono client Mr. Wayne Hunter secured a payment of $75,000, in settlement of a lawsuit against New York City and employees of the City of New York Department of Correction in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
A Jones Day Chicago asylum team of Andrew Madsen, Joanne Caceres, and Erica Jaffe recently obtained an asylum grant for our client V.P., a transgender Guatemalan woman who had been persecuted on account of her sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Sixth Circuit unanimously reversed the grant of summary judgment to prison officials as to two religious-freedom claims by a group of death row inmates in Kentucky, represented by Jones Day. Three of the inmates practice the Native American religion, and sought permission to purchase special foods for an annual religious powwow and to use a sweat lodge for ritual purposes.