Jones Day Lawyers Tapped for Federal and State Posts

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 13:21

The global law firm Jones Day has announced that 14 lawyers will serve within the Trump Administration, the federal government, and also with the State of Illinois. "We are proud of the Firm's heritage of having lawyers serve in the government, are gratified for those who have the chance to again serve in such critical capacities, and congratulate those honored to serve for the first time," said Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day.

Donald F. McGahn II, who was General Counsel to Donald J. Trump for America, will serve the Trump Administration as White House Counsel. Mr. McGahn was Commissioner at the Federal Election Commission from 2008-2013 where he led what has been called a "revolution" in campaign finance. He rewrote virtually all of the FEC's procedures for audits, enforcement matters, and advisory opinions, which provide for an unprecedented amount of due process. Several opinions he authored represent the current state of law regarding issues such as coordination, issue advocacy, campaign travel, political party programs, and emerging technologies. Mr. McGahn has also been featured in both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times as one of the "architects of the campaign finance revolution."

Also serving in the Trump Administration will be Bill McGinley (Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary), Greg Katsas (Deputy Counsel to the President), Noel Francisco (Principal Deputy Solicitor General), John Gore (Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division), Chad Readler (Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division), James Burnham (Senior Associate Counsel to the President), Annie Donaldson (Special Counsel to the President and Chief of Staff to the White House Counsel), David Morrell (Associate Counsel to the President), Michael Murray (Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General), James Uthmeier (Special Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce), and Stephen Vaden (Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture). Kaytlin Roholt will serve as Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In addition to these federal appointments, in Illinois, Chaka Patterson will serve as Cook County Assistant State's Attorney and Chief of the Civil Actions Bureau. Mr. Patterson previously served with the Illinois Attorney General's Office as Chief of the Special Litigation Bureau, where he investigated and prosecuted a variety of civil and criminal matters.

These lawyers are part of an extraordinarily deep bench at Jones Day with more than 70 in the Firm's Issues & Appeals practice, including over 40 former U.S. Supreme Court law clerks, and more than 65 former federal appellate law clerks who have honed the art of advocacy through dozens of arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court and countless appearances before appellate and trial courts nationwide.

They also follow in the footsteps of storied Jones Day partners who prior served in significant roles at both federal and state levels of government. H. Chapman ("Chappy") Rose served as both Assistant Secretary and Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury under President Eisenhower, and then as a personal advisor to President Nixon. Jim Lynn was a Cabinet Member in both the Nixon and Ford Administrations, serving first as General Counsel to the Commerce Department, later as Secretary of HUD, and head of the Office of Management and Budget. Herb Hansell served in the Carter Administration as Legal Advisor to the U.S. Department of State and Special Advisor to the Middle East Peace Negotiations with the rank of Ambassador. Following Mr. Hansell's service, Jones Day's Jonathan Rose served in the Reagan Administration as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy in the U.S. Department of Justice. More recently, Jones Day Partner David Carden served as President Obama's first resident U.S. Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and before rejoining Jones Day in 2015 as Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's Washington office, Kevyn Orr was named by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to be Emergency Manager for the City of Detroit, where he led the city out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in history.