PERSONNEL FILE: Bresch joins Jones Day in Pittsburgh office

By The West Virginia Record | Apr 11, 2012

Bresch WASHINGTON -- The law firm Jones Day has announced that Jeffrey J. Bresch has joined the Pittsburgh Office as a partner in the Business and Tort Litigation Practice.


WASHINGTON -- The law firm Jones Day has announced that Jeffrey J. Bresch has joined the Pittsburgh Office as a partner in the Business and Tort Litigation Practice.

He joins Jones Day from Reed Smith, where he was partner in the trial group. Bresch's significant and diverse practice includes energy, intellectual property/trade secrets, and general commercial litigation, among many others. As first chair counsel, he has tried both bench and jury trials to successful verdict in a wide array of matters throughout the United States.

"Jeff is a terrific and important addition to our litigation practice, especially as we continue to grow Jones Day's capabilities throughout the Midwest," said Lyle Ganske, the partner responsible for coordinating the Firm's activities in Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh.

"His experience and qualifications in West Virginia are one example of the immense value he'll provide to our substantial client base in the Midwest region ... especially those involved in its energy renaissance. He has a significant role to play in these activities and we're delighted he's joined us."

Bresch has handled a variety of civil litigation, including technology, medical device, pharmaceutical, employment law, product liability, corporate/shareholder disputes, personal injury, securities, class action, defamation, civil rights, insurance, and environmental litigation. His background covers commercial arbitrations, as well as appellate work, including arguments before state and federal appellate courts.

Bresch's trial experience has taken him into courts across Pennsylvania as well as Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, West Virginia, Virginia, Wisconsin, Washington, Delaware, Ohio, Texas, and the District of Columbia. Bresch also is a frequent lecturer on the intersection of technology and the law. He is admitted in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

"We are excited to add a trial lawyer of Jeff's considerable skill to our practice," said Laura Ellsworth, Partner-in-Charge of the Pittsburgh Office. "His significant history of successful trial work and diverse practice will be of great assistance to our clients, both locally and nationally. We are excited for the opportunities that his arrival will present."

Bresch also serves as counsel to several publicly traded companies and assists in effectively managing their litigation and non-litigation matters, including numerous corporate transactions and employment matters. As a result, he is routinely involved in high-level strategic discussions with executive management on both corporate and litigation issues.

"We believe we have the biggest litigation capability in the region and we are pleased to have Jeff join us in Pittsburgh. This is part of our national plan to attract in each of our U.S. offices the very best litigation talent," said Mickey Pohl, head of the firm's Business and Tort Litigation (USA) Practice.

Bresch attended Marquette University and then Duquesne School of Law, where he was the Editor In Chief of the Law Review. He was federal law clerk and trial partner at Buchanan Ingersoll before moving to Reed Smith in 2003. Bresch sits on numerous charitable boards including the Sarah Heinz House and the Watson Institute.

Jones Day is a global law firm practicing in the centers of business and finance throughout the world. Ranked among the world's best and most integrated law firms and perennially ranked among the best in client service, Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, approximately half of the Fortune 500, the Fortune Global 500, and the FT Global 500.

Jones Day topped Boston-based BTI Consulting Group's 2012 "Client Service A-Team" ranking, which identifies the top law firms for client service through a national survey of corporate counsel. Jones Day's client service score surpassed that of the second-ranked firm by a 196-point margin. For the 11th consecutive year, the Firm has won a place among BTI's "Client Service 30," the elite group within the "A-Team." The Firm has held the No. 1 spot in this survey for seven of those 11 years, and has always ranked in the top four. Jones Day opened its Pittsburgh Office in 1989.

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