Jones Day is an international law firm with headquarters in the United States. It is the largest law firm in the United States and one of the ten largest law firms in the world. The firm is recognised as one of the most elite law firms in the world and in 2017, it was ranked 1st in the U.S. Law Firm Brand Index. Jones Day provides legal representation for over half of the Fortune 500 companies, including General Motors, Goldman Sachs, and Verizon. The firm was founded by two partners, Edwin J. Blandin and William Lowe Rice, in 1893 as Blandin & Rice. Its international expansion commenced in 1986 when the firm merged with boutique law firm Surrey & Morse.