Stephen Brogan, who has served as the managing partner at Jones Day for two decades, announced Friday that he is stepping down at the end of 2022. He will be succeeded by Gregory M. Shumaker, who currently leads the firm’s global disputes practice.
Brogan, one of the longest-serving leaders in the Am Law 100 and just the seventh managing partner in Jones Day’s 130-year history, has the power under the firm’s unique management structure to name his own successor.
“Greg Shumaker is a talented lawyer and a proven leader. He is a Jones Day lifer, beginning with his summer clerkship in 1986, and he loves the firm. He has the ability, dedication and instincts necessary to enable the firm to continue its incredible success, accepting both the opportunities and responsibilities that face the firm and the legal profession in the future,” he said in a statement.
Brogan noted that he helped recruit Shumaker to the firm out of law school. “I could see then that he had special gifts as well as the high character that someday might permit him to lead our firm,” he added. “That day is here.”
Shumaker became a partner at the firm in 1997 and served in a number of top roles before taking leadership of the global disputes practice, including partner-in-charge of the Washington office and firmwide hiring partner.