nearly every day i stood up in federal court to represent the united states of america.

Now let me stand up for you.

about me

Hi, I’m Terrence, and I’m here to help in whatever way I can.

 

I am an experienced trial lawyer, former federal prosecutor, and former civil litigator on behalf of the United States government.  I am now the principal attorney at JONES LAW, the Law Office of Terrence Jones, and specialize in trial work, high-stakes civil litigation, and criminal defense.  I have a keen interest in workplace discrimination and wrongful termination, civil rights and government wrongdoing, personal injury, and providing criminal defense to those who have been wrongfully accused.  I graduated from Yale University, attended Loyola Law School, and am licensed to practice law in both California and New York. 

"Unlike a lot of attorneys, I didn’t start my legal career at a big law firm,

making big money, representing big business."

 

 

 

Unlike a lot of attorneys, I didn’t start my legal career at a big law firm, making big money, representing big business.  I started out representing the American people as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.  Appointed by the U.S. Attorney General, I began my career as a sworn Assistant U.S. Attorney and federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, the most populace federal district in the country (the Central District of California).  During my tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, I had the unique privilege of serving in both the office’s Criminal Division, which is responsible for federal prosecutions, as well as its Civil Division, which is responsible for representing federal agencies and government officials in affirmative and defensive lawsuits.  As a result, I have both prosecuted criminal matters and litigated civil suits on behalf of the federal government at the highest levels of our judicial system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"This range of experience is emblematic of a skill that I sharpened

at the U.S. Attorney’s Office:  the ability to confront a new practice area presented by a new case, master it, and then take it to trial and win."

 

 

 

Given the breadth of my legal experience, in both government and private practice, I excel in several different practice areas and counsel clients on a variety of issues.  I have litigated labor and employment matters, trade secret theft, contract disputes, environmental cases, fraud claims, and more.  I have conducted internal investigations, counseled companies on regulatory compliance, and defended individuals criminally charged with misusing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (i.e., drones).  This range of experience is emblematic of a skill that I sharpened at the U.S. Attorney’s Office:  the ability to confront a new practice area presented by a new case, master it, and then take it to trial and win.

 

EDUCATION

x  Yale University, B.A.

      - President, Black Student Alliance at Yale

      - Director, Urban Improvement Corps

x  Loyola Law School, J.D.

      - Member, Byrne Mock Trial Team

bar membership & ADMISSIONS

x  California

x  New York

x  U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

x  U.S. District Court for the Central, Southern,

     Eastern, and Northern Districts of California

recognition & ACHIEVEMENTS

x  Daily Journal - Top 40 Under 40

x  The National Black Lawyers - Top 100

x  Graduate, Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College

x  President's Award, John M. Langston Bar 

     Association, 2016

x  Special Commendation, U.S. Transportation 

     Security Administration, 2014

x  Special Commendation, U.S. Citizenship and 

     Immigration Services, 2010

x  Special Commendation, U.S. Department of 

     Homeland Security, 2008

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

x  John M. Langston Bar Association

      - Executive Board Member

x  Federal Bar Association 

x  Los Angeles County Bar Association

x  Kingsley Trust Association