Jones is the Managing Shareholder of the Firm and practices primarily in
the area of civil litigation defense.
He has served as an Arbitrator for the American
Arbitration Association and frequently lectures within the insurance
industry on defense topics, generally in the areas of coverage, bad
faith, claims management and catastrophic damage control. Mr. Jones has
served as an expert witness on insurance extra-contractual claims, has
served as lead counsel on insurance related class actions, and has
consulted on regional and national class actions. With a background in
computer science, he has been very active in current issues regarding
document retrieval and storage, electronic discovery, and relational
Mr. Jones has been very active in community
organizations, serving in various offices and positions on behalf of the
American Red Cross, the United Way, The American Cancer Society, and a
multitude of humane societies. For many years he chaired the West
Virginia Public Defenders Corporation, Berkeley County. His dedication
to community affairs has lead to involvement in dozens of fundraising
and membership drives.
His experience includes service as an attorney
assigned to the U.S. Legal Services Agency, Department of the Army, from
1980-1984, where he developed extensive trial experience and managed
medical malpractice defense. As an individually requested legal defense
counsel, Mr. Jones handled 209 trials before court members, primarily
involving serious felonies, conspiracies, or actions under foreign
S.O.F.A. jurisdiction. After his assignment to the Pentagon, Mr. Jones
served as a legal advisor to a major medical center, where he provided
risk management counsel and evaluated and settled medical malpractice
claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
He is active in the International Association of
Defense Counsel, American Bar Association standing committees, Defense
Research Institute, Commercial Law League of America and
practice-related institutes, bars and associations.
Mr. Jones is admitted to practice before the U.S.
Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Military Appeals and Army Court of Military
Review; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; the District
of Columbia Court of Appeals; and all West Virginia, state and federal
Virginia 1980; District of Columbia 1987
Hampton-Sydney College (B.A. Cum
Laude Political Science and Foreign Affairs with emphasis on
Computer Science 1976); West Virginia University College of Law