Kristi Cercone, a partner in Jones Day's Business & Tort Litigation Practice resident in the Chicago Office, was included among Crain's Chicago Business' "Notable Rising Stars in Law," a special editorial feature that profiles lawyers at law firms in the Chicago area who have been partners for five years or fewer.
Ms. Cercone is a litigator who focuses on the defense of product liability and mass tort cases and assists clients in protecting trade secrets and other IP rights. Recently, she obtained a motion to dismiss for a client in the medical device field that was affirmed on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Ms. Cercone also prevailed on a motion for summary judgment and obtained dismissal with prejudice in a high-profile wrongful death lawsuit filed against a client in the pharmaceutical industry in federal court. A leader in the Firm's Chicago Office, Ms. Cercone is involved with the office's summer associate program, serving as Vice Chair of the program in both 2019 and 2020, and providing workshops for lawyers in the Firm's New Lawyers Group focusing on litigation skills.
Ms. Cercone maintains an active pro bono practice and is a member of the Pro Bono Committee in the Chicago Office. She is also engaged in significant volunteering efforts in the community, currently serving as chair of the Grant Park Music Festival's Associates Council. For several years, Ms. Cercone has volunteered with Working In The Schools by reading to children in Chicago public elementary schools, and has volunteered at Lincoln Park Community Services, preparing and serving meals at the organization's shelter. Her pro bono work has included representing clients through Equip for Equality.
Crain's Chicago Business selected the "Notable Rising Stars in Law" based on their major accomplishments over the past 18 months, including the types of cases handled, clients won and/or pro bono work; their leadership at the firm by leading or serving on committees, mentoring associates, and/or promoting diversity and inclusion; and their assumption of leadership positions outside of their own organizations, including professional organizations and civic/community service initiatives.