Jones Day received four 2023 Legal Intelligencer Professional Excellence Awards
ALM’s The Legal Intelligencer honoured the Firm in four categories in its 2023 Professional Excellence Awards. Jones Day was a finalist for Law Firm of the Year for the third year in a row, winning in 2021. The Legal Intelligencer also recognised three Pittsburgh Office lawyers as Unsung Heroes, Best Law Firm Mentors, and Lawyers on the Fast Track. Pennsylvania law companies and lawyers are honoured annually by the Legal Intelligencer’s Professional Excellence Awards.
Matthew Divelbiss, Partner
The recognitions are:
- Law Firm of the Year – Finalist (winner to be announced June 14, 2023)
- Unsung Heroes – Matthew Divelbiss
- Best Law Firm Mentors – Matthew Johnson
- Lawyers on the Fast Track – Susan Kessler
Jones Day was a finalist for “Law Firm of the Year.” The winner will be announced on June 14. The Pennsylvania firm with the most skill depth and a wide range of litigation, deals, mentorship, and associate growth wins the prize. Jones Day won in 2021.
Unsung Heroes – Matthew Divelbiss
Matt Divelbiss is a Pittsburgh Insurance Recovery partner who helps companies recover from insurance. For policyholders seeking D&O, general liability, employers’ liability, property, and other coverage, he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Legal Intelligencer honours Mr. Divelbiss’ Jones Day pro bono work. Pittsburgh Office pro bono partner since 2016. He co-teaches Insurance Law and Advanced Trial Evidence at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. After the war in Ukraine began, he met with Ukrainians in Pittsburgh church basements to help with immigration issues; he tried an immigration case for a Venezuelan family in a temporary courtroom next to the Rio Grande River, resulting in the family being admitted to the United States after months in Mexico; and he is currently representing clients in other compelling immigration cases.
Best Law Firm Mentors – Matthew Johnson
Matt Johnson is a partner in the Pittsburgh Office’s Intellectual Property Practise and one of the Firm’s main practitioners before the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), which challenges issued inventions’ patentability. He co-chairs the Firm’s PTAB subpractice and has been involved in inter partes review (IPR) and Covered Business Method review (CBM) trials since September 2012.
Since June 2010, Mr. Johnson has led Jones Day’s Pittsburgh Intellectual Property team. He recruits tech-savvy individuals and works with junior team members in Pittsburgh and elsewhere to maximise their potential. As manager of Jones Day’s PTAB Litigation Blog, Mr. Johnson interacts with dozens of colleagues and publishes 100-150 articles about PTAB strategy and practise each year.
Matthew Johnson, Partner
Lawyers on the Fast Track – Susan Kessler
Susan Kessler, an associate in the Pittsburgh Office’s Financial Markets Practise, litigates structured product disputes and other complicated commercial matters for financial institutions and other businesses. She has extensive experience in structured product disputes and has defended more than a dozen litigations involving residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), among other complex financial products, including novel theories of liability against RMBS trustees, servicers, and master servicers. These cases have had a major impact on structured product law and commercial law. The Pittsburgh office’s summer committee has included Ms. Kessler for six years. She is the River City Brass Band’s secretary, the only full-time professional brass band in the US.
Susan Kessler, Associate
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