Mareasa F. Rooks

Mareasa Fortunato Rooks has been involved in a broad range of civil litigation matters in state and federal courts, including commercial contract disputes, internal investigations, trade secret misappropriation matters, and shareholder litigation. Additionally, she has represented clients before the American Arbitration Association and is a member of a team that represents one of the three major consumer reporting agencies in its national defense of consumer litigation cases under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Her experience includes trial preparation, arbitration, settlement negotiation, mediation, taking depositions, motions practice, and managing discovery.

Mareasa also maintains an active pro bono practice. She is the Atlanta Office's team leader for Jones Day's firmwide effort to assist in the unaccompanied minors crisis. Recently, Mareasa secured an order making the necessary special findings to permit an unaccompanied minor to seek Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, which would permit the child to obtain lawful permanent residency. Additionally, she helped secure a grant of asylum for a client fleeing persecution based on his sexual orientation, and she received a Safe Haven award from Immigration Equality for excellence in pro bono representation. Mareasa is also the office's co-coordinator for the Firm's participation in the AVLF's Domestic Violence Project, through which Jones Day attorneys volunteer to represent survivors of family violence seeking temporary protective orders. [1]