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Jonice Gray Tucker Named to Legal BisNow Trending 40 Under 40

Jonice Gray Tucker

Jonice Gray Tucker was named to Legal Bisnow's Trending 40 Under 40 list, which recognizes the top attorneys 40 and under in the Washington, DC region who have distinguished themselves in their firms and companies with exceptional performance and potential. She was profiled in the July 7 edition of Legal Bisnow. 

Job: Focus on financial services and products. I represent corporate and individual clients in supervision and enforcement matters initiated by government regulators, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Prudential Banking Regulators and State Attorneys General. I also represent clients in complex private litigation.

Bar association and pro bono: I am Vice Chair of the American Bar Association's Banking Law Committee and Vice Chair of the Fair Access to Services Subcommittee of the Consumer Financial Services Committee. I am on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and the Board of Trustees for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. I also serve on advisory boards for the Ron Brown Scholars Program and the National Consumer League’s LifeSmarts Program. I have a special connection to Legal Aid in that I was seconded to the organization for six months about 11 years ago. I was invited to join the Board of Directors last year, and it was a particularly meaningful because I had been down in the trenches experiencing the work they do many years ago.

Career highlights: When I was a first year associate at Skadden, I was assigned to work with legendary white-collar lawyers Bob Bennett and Saul Pilchen on a high-profile case that Bob had taken on, pro bono. We were working to exonerate a young Boston cop, Kenny Conley, who had been wrongly convicted of obstructing justice. We ended up litigating that case for four years, going up to the First Circuit twice, having an unfavorable panel decision overturned when the matter was heard en banc, and ultimately prevailing when the case was remanded to the district court. After the conviction was overturned, our client was reinstated as a Boston police officer. Now a detective in Boston, he has received a number of accolades for his work, including White House recognition for his heroic work in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing. Getting a conviction overturned, when that person goes on to do so much good for others, it’s hard to imagine anything better.

Why this career: I went to college on a merit-based biomedical scholarship. To the shock (and dismay) of many, I decided to go to law school instead of medical school. One of the first cases to which I was assigned was an FTC enforcement matter against a major US bank. That case set the stage for much that would happen in my career over the next 15 years. The partners leading that matter, Andy Sandler and Ben Klubes, have become lifelong mentors. I worked with them for years, and now they are my own partners.

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