Jones Day, one of the world's largest law firms, said Monday it has opened an office in Minneapolis.

The Twin Cities location started with five partners, several of whom recently left Barnes & Thornburg, and has plans to grow to offer the full capabilities of its other locations, the firm said in an announcement.

"It's our view that there is a very deep talent pool of lawyers here in Minneapolis, so it gives us an opportunity to add more talent to the law firm, and, secondly, I think we see opportunities with the companies we already represent to expand our relationships by being in closer proximity," Brian Easley, the partner-in-charge of the Minneapolis office, said in an interview.

Minneapolis is Jones Day's 18th location in the United States and 44th worldwide. Jones Day started in Cleveland and now has more than 2,500 lawyers around the globe.

The firm also recently opened offices in Detroit, Miami and Boston, Easley said.

"Our office will enhance our ability to contribute to the community and our presence around the world will help the corporate community in Minneapolis better assess the risks associated with global investments that they will be making and to resolve disputes when they arise," Stephen J. Brogan, managing partner of Jones Day, said in a statement.

The Minneapolis location is set up in a temporary location at the Fifth Street Towers downtown. It will look for a more permanent space as its numbers grow, Easley said.

"Our objective is to make sure we can provide the full suite of services that we provide in our other offices," Easley said. "Given the personnel we have now, we are going to have some skill sets that we need to get in the Minneapolis office, but there's no definitive timetable for that."

Easley, who comes from the company's Chicago office, is known for his role in labor and employment matters during the city of Detroit's restructuring. He is joined by Charlie Haag, who currently works as a partner in the company's capital markets practice in Dallas. The three other attorneys: Roy Ginsburg, Annamarie Daley and Peter Ekberg, left positions at Barnes & Thornburg in Minneapolis.

The attorneys at the new office have experience in mergers and acquisitions, litigation, labor and employment, and capital markets.

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