Snell & Wilmer, a small Phoenix law firm, withdrew as counsel to the Republican National Committee on Sunday after filing a lawsuit in Maricopa County that claimed votes for Mr. Trump were improperly excluded from the vote tally. Matt Feeney, the chairman of Snell & Wilmer, declined to comment.
Jones Day, one of the country’s largest law firms, was counsel to Mr. Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, and during the Trump presidency, it has been involved in roughly 20 lawsuits involving Mr. Trump, his campaign or the Republican Party.
Most recently, Jones Day has been representing the Republican Party in Pennsylvania in litigation about the handling of mail-in votes received after Election Day. Some partners at the firm have voiced discomfort about its involvement in that case, as well as Jones Day’s broader work for the Trump campaign.
Dave Petrou, a Jones Day spokesman, said in a statement this week that the Pennsylvania litigation involved important constitutional questions. “Jones Day will not withdraw from that representation,” he said. Mr. Petrou noted that the firm had not made allegations of voter fraud and was not contesting the election results.
Kevyn D. Orr, the partner in charge of Jones Day’s Washington office, tried to defuse the criticisms on internal conference calls on Friday. He pointed out that the firm’s work on election-related litigation was limited to the single Pennsylvania case, according to two people who were on the call. He said other law firms that had made unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud were engaged in “unprincipled advocacy.”
Some lawyers at the firm remained unsatisfied.
“I believe the question is whether this firm should lend its prestige and credibility to the project of an administration bent on undermining our democracy and our rule of law,” Parker A. Rider-Longmaid, a Jones Day lawyer in Washington, wrote to colleagues in an email reviewed by The New York Times. “We as lawyers choose our clients and our causes. We choose what we stand for. And this project, I submit, should not be one of those things.” Mr. Rider-Longmaid did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Mr. Orr also told colleagues that Jones Day would not be getting involved in additional litigation surrounding the election. “We get it,” one of the people quoted him as saying.