Partner-in-Charge of Global Community Service Initiatives
Laura Ellsworth is 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. 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.
Laura has been active in civic and community affairs, serving in leadership roles on the Allegheny Conference on
Community Development, the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment
Board, and the United Way Women's Leadership Council. Governor Rendell named her one of Pennsylvania's Top
Businesswomen, and Governor Corbett appointed her to serve on the boards of the Pennsylvania State System for
Higher Education, Pennsylvania Council on Privatization and Innovation, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She
has served on public company and civic/charitable boards, including FNB Corporation, Magee-Womens Research
Institute & Foundation, Imani Christian Academy, Heinz History Center, Waynesburg University, McCune Foundation,
and University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics. Laura has taught law classes in inner-city schools and conducted two
Lawyers Without Borders programs in Nairobi, Kenya.
Laura's civic contributions have been recognized in numerous awards including the 2013 ATHENA Award, 2014
Pennsylvania Diversity Council's Most Powerful & Influential Women Award, the 2016 Legal Intelligencer's Lifetime
Achievement Award, and a 2017 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America.