Laura Ellsworth was Jones Day’s first Partner-in-Charge of Global Community Service Initiatives, spearheading the Firm’s rule of law initiatives around the world. In her litigation practice, she has handled landmark public nuisance cases, multijurisdictional product liability matters, the largest health care bankruptcy of its time, and nationwide qui tam cases. Laura’s commercial litigation work repeatedly has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, and Super Lawyers, and she was named one of Pennsylvania’s top female litigators by the Legal Intelligencer. She served on the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and in 2013-2014 was co-chair of the Federal Judicial Selection Committee for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She served as Partner-in-Charge of the Pittsburgh Office from 2003 to 2015.
Laura has been active in civic and community affairs, serving on the board and executive committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Youth Policy Council, vice-chair of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, and past chair of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She was named by Governor Rendell as one of the Top Businesswomen in Pennsylvania and was appointed by Governor Corbett to serve on the boards of the Pennsylvania State System for Higher Education, the Pennsylvania Council on Privatization and Innovation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She also served on the boards of Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation (leading their $100 million global campaign), Imani Christian Academy, the Heinz History Center, F.N.B Corporation, Waynesburg University, The Duquesne Club, the McCune Foundation, and the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics. She previously served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Economy League, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Neighborhood Legal Services. She also served on many advisory boards, including A+ Schools and the Chatham Center for Women in Politics. Laura has taught law classes in inner-city schools and conducted two Lawyers Without Borders programs in Nairobi, Kenya, before lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.
Laura’s civic contributions have been recognized in the 2013 CCAC Educational Foundation Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2013 ATHENA Award, the 2014 Pittsburgh Business Times BusinessWomen First Award, the 2014 Pennsylvania Diversity Council’s Most Powerful & Influential Women Award, the 2016 Carlow University’s Women of Spirit Award, the 2016 Legal Intelligencer’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and named a 2017 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. In 2015 she was named #20 among the 50 Most Powerful People in Pittsburgh.
HONORS & DISTINCTIONS
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and named a 2017 Lawyer of the Year in class action/mass tort
Recognized as a “leader in their field” by Chambers USA (2009), as a “leader in the law” by the Legal Intelligencer, and as one of the top female litigators in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania Law Weekly