Jones Day Victory Named Top 2008 Defense Verdict In California

Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 01:00

Jones Day's defense victory for Chevron Corporation in a highly publicized human rights case has been recognized as California's top defense verdict for 2008 by a leading legal publication, The Daily Journal.

The December verdict, which capped a decade of litigation, exonerated Chevron Corporation and two of its U.S. subsidiaries against charges by Nigerian villagers that Chevron was liable for deaths and injuries that occurred when the Nigerian military ended the villagers' May 1998 takeover of a platform and adjoining vessels off the coast of Nigeria.

The defense team included partners John Cline, Caroline Mitchell and Craig Stewart, and associates Noel Rodriguez, Lara Kollios and David Wallach, all of Jones Day San Francisco.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor recently joined members of the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PPP) and other guests at Jones Day's Washington Office to honor a delegation of Afghan women judges and other legal professionals at the conclusion of their study tour of the United States.

Jones Day partner Peter Garvin, a PPP executive committee member who recently visited Afghanistan, chaired the event.

The U.S. State Department, represented at the reception by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State William McGlynn, created the PPP in December 2007 to further the Afghan justice system through legal education and professional development conducted and paid for by the American private sector. Besides providing volunteer personnel, the U.S. law firms, law schools, private companies, and members of the judiciary who make up the PPP have supported the initiative with contributions, such as the $25,000 check presented at the event by Jones Day Firmwide Partner-in-Charge of Pro Bono Laura Tuell Parcher.

Jones Day has opened a new office in Mexico City. This is Jones Day's 31st office and its first in Latin America, where the firm has been representing clients for more than 30 years.

The office will be launched through a combination with the top-tier Mexico City law firm De Ovando y Martínez del Campo, S.C. and will concentrate on cross-border M&A, banking and finance and infrastructure transactions, as well as real estate and capital markets. Eight partners and 12 associates will be integrated into the new Jones Day Mexico City Office and Fernando de Ovando will serve as partner-in-charge.