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Prefering to Represent Individuals, Jones Day Partner Goes Solo


A San Francisco-based partner at Jones Day, well known for his white-collar criminal defense work, has decided to strike out on his own.

John Cline decided last year that he was ready to leave BigLaw behind and start a firm from scratch on a practice focused solely on representing individuals charged with crimes, reports the Recorder.

“I really am moving in a somewhat different direction than Jones Day or any big firm would want to go,” Cline told the paper. “If I waited another five years, I would never do it.”

Cline spent six years at Jones Day and throughout his career represented high-profile clients, including Oliver North and Los Alamos nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee. He also served on the defense team for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

Cline, who’s looking forward to rate flexibility and fewer conflicts, told the Recorder that he expects to continue to share some cases with Jones Day as co-counsel. He will take about half his clients with him to his new firm.

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