The secretive firm and its very famous client: Trump ties thrust Jones Day into the spotlight

Few people know the inner workings of Jones Day and that's the way the firm likes it. But taking on Donald Trump as a client is no way to avoid the spotlight


As Donald Trump thanked the people of
 New Hampshire for his first of many electoral victories in February last year, the face hovering over his right shoulder was plastered with a broad smile, turning from side to side, seeming to soak up every second of the moment.

It must have been somewhat surreal for Donald McGahn, then still a partner at Jones Day. He was given a prominent position on stage that night as a reward for helping the campaign beat back an establishment challenge to Trump’s spot on the New Hampshire Republican primary ballot. A former Federal Elections Commission chairman, McGahn had been an early sign-on to the upstart campaign.

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