Johanna Oliver Rousseaux

Johanna Rousseaux, Esq.

Of Counsel, Jones Day

Johanna Rousseaux advises clients on the resolution of complex disputes before U.S., foreign, and international tribunals. With over 30 years of experience working in Latin America and Europe, Johanna understands the cultural contexts of disputes and brings a unique perspective to resolving them. She works closely with in-house and foreign counsel, witnesses, and experts to develop a cohesive strategy capable of straddling widely different legal systems. Johanna represents one of the world’s largest energy companies and saw the company through an historic case involving a foreign government, its state oil company, individual plaintiffs, and the international coalition of lawyers and activists who supported them.

Johanna also is a dedicated pro bono lawyer, repeatedly winning recognition from the nonprofit agencies she collaborates with. She helped establish Jones Day’s Border Project, serving as one of the lead lawyers “on the ground” on the Texas border providing representation to asylum seekers in ICE detention and before the Immigration Courts. In recognition of her work on the border, Johanna’s alma mater, Sewanee, awarded her the Ecce Quam Bonum Award for outstanding alumni impact. Her experience on the border and her vision for improving access to counsel for detained asylum seekers also led her to be chosen for the 2020 cohort of the Presidential Leadership Scholar program.

Before joining Jones Day, Johanna headed the conflict resolution and prevention program at the Arias Foundation, founded by Nobel Peace laureate and president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias. Working closely with Dr. Arias taught Johanna the power of leadership through service. In addition to her role with AI Justice, Johanna sits on the United Way of Miami’s public policy committee, Women United executive committee, and Women of Tocqueville Society cabinet and serves as a Trustee for Sewanee.