Doug Jones represents individual, institutional and corporate clients in complex civil and criminal litigation, with particular concentrations in class actions, securities litigation, healthcare litigation, white-collar criminal defense, False Claims Act and whistleblower litigation, environmental litigation and internal and corporate compliance matters. His clients have included pension funds and other institutional investors, high-profile corporate officers and political figures, and a variety of business enterprises in state and federal courts nationwide. Since 2004, he has served as the court-appointed General Special Master for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, in Tolbert, et al v. Monsanto and Pharmacia Corp., an environmental clean-up action involving PCB’s in the Anniston, Alabama area.
Mr. Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama (B.S. 1976) and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (J.D. 1979) and began his career as Staff Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for the late Senator Howell Heflin from Alabama. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1980-84 and was in private practice in Birmingham until his appointment as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama in 1997. He served as U.S. Attorney until June, 2001. While in office Mr. Jones served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Sub-Committees on Health Care Fraud, White Collar Crime and Ethics. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys. He was a partner at litigation firms in Birmingham until founding Jones & Hawley.
As United States Attorney, Mr. Jones personally led the team of prosecutors and investigators in the re-opened historic “cold case” of the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. Mr. Jones served as lead trial attorney in the successful prosecutions of two former Ku Klux Klansmen for the murder of four young girls killed in the bombing. He also coordinated the federal and state task force that led to the indictment and conviction of notorious fugitive Eric Robert Rudolph, who ultimately pled guilty to four terrorist bombings in Birmingham and Atlanta and who is currently serving a life sentence.
In recognition of his work in the area of civil rights, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute awarded Mr. Jones the 15th Anniversary Civil Rights Distinguished Service Award. He is a regular presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars, civil rights history workshops, law schools and Inns of Court. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, The Today Show, the CBS Morning Show and regularly provides legal commentary on local and national media programs such as CNN Headline News, NPR and a variety of other television and radio programs.
Mr. Jones’ cases take him into state and federal courts across the country.
Admitted to practice:
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
American Bar Association
Alabama State Bar
Birmingham Bar Association
National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys (Member, Board of Directors, 2007 – present), Treasurer (2013-present)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors, 1993 – 1994)
Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1993 – 1994) Advisory Committee on the Alabama Rules of Evidence
Alabama Association for Justice (Executive Committee, 1995 – 1997, 2001 –2008; Board of Governors, 1992 – 1994)