Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown will join the global law firm of Jones Day as a partner on Monday, her first job with a law firm in 27 years as a lawyer. McGee Brown, 52, a Democrat who lost her Supreme Court election in November to Republican Sharon Kennedy, will work out of the firm's Arena District office, which has more than 60 lawyers.
Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown will join the global law firm of Jones Day as a partner on Monday, her first job with a law firm in 27 years as a lawyer.
McGee Brown, 52, a Democrat who lost her Supreme Court election in November to Republican Sharon Kennedy, will work out of the firm’s Arena District office, which has more than 60 lawyers.
“I’ve never done the law firm thing, so it’s a new challenge for me,” McGee Brown said. “ After the election, recruiters called me about in-house legal counsel jobs and running small non-profits, but I really love the intellectual challenge of the law and when Jones Day reached out to me along with some other law firms, I really started thinking about it.”
She said Jones Day “is a great fit for me,” because she will be able “to combine my diverse legal and public service experience with a law firm that has exceptional legal talent and a strong commitment to civic engagement.”
Liza Kessler, partner in charge of the Columbus office, said bringing in McGee Brown as a partner was “a no-brainer.” Kessler said she had gotten to know McGee Brown over the years through their service on various community boards.
“If you spend any time with Yvette, you see pretty quickly what an incredible leader she is,” Kessler said. “I’m so excited about the chance to practice with her. We’re in the talent business and anytime we see an individual with great talent and we have the opportunity to get them, we go.”
McGee Brown said she will be part of the litigation group in the firm’s Business and Tort Litigation service.
Jones Day, formed in 1893 in Cleveland, has 37 offices worldwide, including 22 outside of the United States. The firm’s client list includes a number of the world’s largest corporations in the manufacturing, retail, communications, pharmaceutical, banking and service sectors.
“Jones Day is one of the top three firms in the country, so to be in a firm of that caliber that only hires the best and the brightest is an honor, and the challenge is intriguing to me,” McGee Brown said.
Before being appointed to the Supreme Court in January 2010 by former Gov. Ted Strickland, McGee Brown had created and headed the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She had served the previous 10 years, beginning in 1992, as domestic relations and juvenile court judge for the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
McGee Brown is well-known as a leader in Central Ohio, serving on a number of civic and charitable boards, including as former chairwoman of the United Way of Central Ohio. She is a graduate of Ohio University and received her law degree from the Moritz College of Law in 1985.
She was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame and was Strickland’s running mate in his unsuccessful bid for re-election in 2010.