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Jones Day marked a strong year, climbing in both profits and head count. Mary Ellen Powers, the D.C. office’s partner in charge, says litigation, antitrust, and government regulatory matters were particularly active in 2003. “It was a terrific year for all practice groups,” says Powers. The D.C. office of the Cleveland-born mega-firm brought about 20 new lawyers on board last year. The office grossed $155.2 million, making about $50 million in profit. Profits per partner rose by 7 percent, to $945,000. Helping to boost those numbers were deals like those led by Jones Day Washington partner Vladimir Lechtman, who headed the firm’s representation of Russian oil producer TNK in its $18 billion joint venture with BP p.l.c. The largest deal in Russian corporate history, it made BP the world’s second-largest private-sector producer and the joint venture, TNK-BP, the 10th largest. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin attended the signing ceremony June 26. And the D.C. office, led by Powers, garnered a win for the IBM Corp. when a California jury ruled that the computer giant was not responsible for the cancers that developed in two former employees of a disk drive plant in San Jose. The firm is one of IBM’s two chief outside counsel on the litigation, which includes more than 100 suits brought against IBM by the company’s employees, or their survivors, claiming that exposure to chemicals used by IBM between 1964 and 1996 in clean rooms caused the workers’ cancer. D.C. partner Willis Goldsmith, chair of the firm’s labor and employment practice, continued to represent Verizon Communications Inc. After its $90 billion takeover of Morris Plains, N.J.-based Warner-Lambert Co., Pfizer Inc. looked to Jones Day lawyers in the District for help with tax and restructuring issues. Jones Day Washington lawyers were also counsel for Bayer AG in antitrust litigation related to its antibiotic, Cipro. The firm is defending Bayer in 37 cases arising out of the 1997 settlement of patent litigation between Bayer and Barr Laboratories regarding Cipro. Cipro buyers allege that the settlement violated state and federal antitrust laws by restraining trade and denied plaintiffs the opportunity to purchase generic Cipro at lower prices.

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