ATLANTA, Jan. 7 -- The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Peter C. Canfield, a prominent civil litigator, has joined the Firm's Atlanta Office as a partner in the Business and Tort Litigation Practice. He was previously a partner in Dow Lohnes, LLP's Atlanta office.

"We're thrilled that Peter has chosen to bring us his wealth of knowledge and experience and further strengthen our powerhouse litigation practice," said Atlanta Office Partner-in-Charge Lizanne Thomas. "Perhaps best known as a go-to trial lawyer for Atlanta news organizations, his practice also involves substantial complex civil litigation, which is an extraordinarily strong practice for us -- both in Atlanta and around the Firm -- and his arrival makes it that much stronger."

Mr. Canfield has represented corporations, universities, and professional firms in a wide variety of general civil disputes, including shareholder derivative actions, contract disputes, and non-compete litigation. With his media and publishing industries focus, Mr. Canfield is a preeminent First Amendment authority with extensive experience defending libel, defamation and invasion of privacy claims, counseling authors and publishers, securing access to information, and safeguarding distribution and intellectual property rights.

A graduate of Yale Law School (J.D., 1979) and Amherst College (B.A., 1976), Mr. Canfield clerked for the Hon. Frank M. Johnson, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Hon. Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Listed since 1993 by Best Lawyers of America and ranked in Chambers USA for First Amendment litigation, he lectures widely on media law issues.

Jones Day is a global law firm with 40 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500. The Atlanta Office of Jones Day proudly traces its roots back to 1890. As part of a full-service office that has steadily grown to its present size of about 135 lawyers, Jones Day's Atlanta attorneys advise clients on the full range of issues relevant to leading corporations doing business