Yvette McGee Brown

Partner, Jones Day

Yvette McGee Brown brings a unique perspective to litigating complex legal matters that has been honed from her experience both before and behind trial and appellate court benches. Yvette’s 10 years as a jurist were highlighted by her service as a Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, after which she returned to private practice, assisting clients across a variety of industries and over a range of difficult legal issues. Those experiences include defending clients from spurious employment and fraudulent contract claims, limitation of liability enforcement, insurance coverage defense, and federal, state and local government regulatory matters. She divides her time between initial trial court representations and appellate matters.

Most recently, she represented clients on appeal from the Ohio Public Utilities Commission and the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals. Yvette often advises clients facing government scrutiny. She has handled federal investigations for alleged violations of Title VI and Title IX, and she has defended clients in public corruption, regulatory enforcement and constitutional challenges. Her recent work with the City of Cleveland on constitutional free speech and safe policing in preparation for the 2016 Republican National Convention and the successful resolution of a lawsuit over the city’s security regulations exemplify her ability to navigate high profile and time-sensitive issues.

Prior to her judicial service, Yvette was an executive at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for eight years. She understands hospitals and health care, insurance reimbursement and liability issues. She was a key member of the executive leadership team overseeing the child abuse, behavioral pediatrics and behavioral health divisions. In addition, she also served as a corporate director for two public companies – M/I Homes and Glimcher Realty Trust. She was a director for Fifth Third Bank of Central Ohio and is currently a director for Motorists Mutual.

Yvette is a frequent speaker on justice issues and the importance of the judiciary. She has spoken at the Center for American Progress, the American Judges Association, the American Constitutional Society and recently appeared on the Tavis Smiley show on PBS. She wrote the foreword for the Brennan Center for Justice, “Building A Better Bench: A Guide for Judicial Nominating Commissioners,” and was featured in “Diversity Done Well,” by Major, Lindsey & Africa. Yvette’s volunteer service is focused on education for underserved populations and advancement for women and girls. Yvette is Jones Day’s Partner-in-Charge for Diversity, Inclusion and Advancement. She chairs the firmwide diversity committee and works with clients on diversity initiatives, including retention and advancement.