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Jones Day names new Aussie head

Global law firm Jones Day has appointed a new partner-in-charge of its Australian regional presence.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 15 December 2023 Big Law
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Jones Day, which has more than 85 lawyers across four offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, has named Christopher Lovrien (pictured) its new partner-in-charge in Australia.

Mr Lovrien, who is currently based in Jones Day’s Los Angeles office, has previously served as the firm’s partner-in-charge in California and in LA. He has worked at Jones Day since 1999 and joined its partnership in 2008.

He is a trial lawyer in the business and tort litigation practice, the firm said in a statement, representing corporate clients in high-stakes commercial disputes, class actions, and other mass tort actions, and boasts “extensive” experience representing companies and their boards on environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics, including in disputes with ESG raters and rankers.


The global firm entered the Australian market in 1998, first opening in Sydney. From there, it expanded into Perth in 2014, Melbourne in 2016, and Brisbane in 2018.

Mr Lovrien said: “As the 13th-largest economy in the world, Australia has a robust rule-of-law tradition that appreciates and values strong lawyers, and it’s an important region for our clients.

“Our clients view Australia as one market, and we do too. We have great lawyers throughout Australia, great leaders in each of our Australia offices, and an established track record of recruiting, retaining, and promoting up-from-the-ranks lawyers into the firm’s partnership.

“I look forward to continuing our growth in Australia with strong coordination among our Australian offices and tight integration between Australia and Jones Day Offices across the globe.”

Jones Day managing partner Gregory M Shumaker added: “Many Australian corporates are global in their reach, and Australia is an important market for many of Jones Day’s American, European and Asian clients. As the needs of our clients continue to grow, our world-class lawyers in Australia will play an expanding and ever-more important role in advancing their interests.

“Chris has spent his entire career at Jones Day, has demonstrated exceptional regional leadership, and is relentless in pushing the firm’s market-leading, collaborative approach to client service to Australia and across the world.”

Jones Day has over 2,400 lawyers in 40 offices across five continents.

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