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Press Release | April 28, 2021

Second Report in BigLaw Revolving Door Series Examines Right-Wing And Corporate Ties At Jones Day

Second Report in BigLaw Revolving Door Series Examines Right-Wing And Corporate Ties At Jones Day


Miranda Litwak, [email protected]
Molly Coleman, [email protected]

Today the Revolving Door Project (RDP) and People’s Parity Project (PPP) released the second report in their the BigLaw Revolving Door series, examining Jones Day’s government ties and corporate clients. The BigLaw Revolving Door series investigates the outsized influence of corporate law firms and their clients on the executive branch and regulatory law spaces. 

In the second installment of the series, author Zena Wolf details Jones Day’s deep ties to the Republican Party and its work helping the Trump campaign challenge the results of the 2020 election. Since 2015, Jones Day has received over $20 million in fees from Trump campaigns, political groups linked to Trump, and the Republican National Committee (RNC). The report also finds that despite being the most corrupt administration in history, Trump officials have been accepted back to Jones Day with open arms.

Beyond its work for the GOP, Jones Day represents notorious right-wing companies like Freedom Partners, Fox News Network, Americans for Prosperity, and i360, the Koch’s “big data” firm, the report details. Other notorious clients include Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Tech, and even the Bin Laden family. Jones Day has gained prominence for representing huge corporations’ worst practices, Wolf writes, including helping McDonald’s in battles against workers and leveraging their government connections to defend Walmart’s lax opioid distribution. 

“What is concerning is the number of Jones Day attorneys that revolve not only through Republican administrations, but Democractic ones too,” said People’s Parity Project Executive Director Molly Coleman. “Biden must end the practice of accepting with open arms lawyers who have attacked labor rights and the very sanctity of our democracy.”

“Jones Day earns a profit defending and legitimizing behavior that is antithetical to our democratic values. For so long, this behavior has been normalized. This practice must end,” said Revolving Door Project researcher Zena Wolf, who authored the report. 

To read the BigLaw Revolving Door Report: Jones Day, click here. To view the rest of the series, click here.  



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