PITTSBURGH, Aug. 13 -- Litigator Kimberly Brown has joined Jones Day as a partner in the Pittsburgh Office. Formerly a partner with Thorp Reed & Armstrong LLP, she is a member of the Business and Tort Litigation (USA) Practice focusing on commercial and insurance litigation and the defense of product liability and toxic tort actions.

"Kim is both an outstanding courtroom lawyer and a litigation strategist with experience in key areas of interest to clients here and beyond," said Laura Ellsworth, Partner-in-Charge of the Pittsburgh Office. "Her arrival marks a further expansion of the already formidable litigation powerhouse we've built in Pittsburgh and the Midwest."

Ms. Brown is a member of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County and has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for several years. She served on the Allegheny County Bar Association¹s Board of Governors from 2003 to 2011 and was President of the ACBA from 2009 to 2010.

A graduate of Duke University School of Law (JD 1989), Ms. Brown teaches litigation strategy and planning at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she is an adjunct professor.

Ms. Brown has received the Lynette Norton Award, bestowed by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, which recognizes female lawyers who excel in litigation and have demonstrated leadership in mentoring female attorneys.  In May 2006, she was honored by the Allegheny County Bar Association with The Honorable Carol Los Mansmann Helping Hand Award for her efforts on behalf of women in the legal profession.

Jones Day is a global law firm practicing in the major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Ranked among the world's best and most integrated law firms, and perennially ranked among the best in client service, Jones Day acts as principal outside counsel to, or provides significant legal representation for, approximately half of the Fortune 500, the Fortune Global 500, and the FT Global 500.

Jones Day topped Boston-based BTI Consulting Group's 2012 "Client Service A-Team" ranking, which identifies the top law firms for client service through a national survey of corporate counsel. Jones Day's client service score surpassed that of the second-ranked firm by a 196-point margin. For the 11th consecutive year, the Firm has won a place among BTI's "Client Service 30," the elite group within the

"A-Team." The Firm has held the No. 1 spot in this survey for seven of those 11 years, and has always ranked in the top four. Jones Day opened its Pittsburgh Office in 1989.