Doug Jones represents individual, institutional and corporate clients in complex civil and criminal litigation, with particular concentrations in class actions, securities litigation, white-collar criminal defense, False Claims Act and whistleblower litigation, environmental litigation and employment discrimination matters. His clients have included pension funds and other institutional investors, high-profile corporate officers and political figures, and a variety of business enterprises. Since 2004, he has served as the court-appointed General Special Master in Tolbert, et al v. Monsanto and Pharmacia Corp., an environmental clean-up action involving PCB’s in the Anniston, Alabama area. Mr. Jones served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama from 1997 until 2001, and he practiced with the Haskell Slaughter firm from 2008 until the formation of Jones & Hawley P.C. in 2013.
As United States Attorney, Mr. Jones personally led the team of prosecutors and investigators in the re-opened 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 of notorious fugitive Eric Robert Rudolph, who ultimately pled guilty to four terrorist bombings and is serving a life sentence.
In recognition of his work in the area of civil rights, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute recently awarded Mr. Jones the 15th Anniversary Civil Rights Distinguished Service Award. He served as keynote speaker for the “We the People National Conference” in Washington, D.C. and is a regular presenter across the country at civil rights history workshops, law schools, Inns of Court and Continuing Legal Education seminars. He regularly provides legal commentary on local and national media programs such as 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, CNN Headline News and other television and radio programs.
Mr. Jones began his legal career as Staff Counsel to U.S. Senator Howell T. Heflin on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and then served for four years as an Assistant United States Attorney before establishing his private law practice.
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. Supreme Court
University of Alabama (B.A., 1976)
Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (J.D., 1979)
“The Lawyer’s Role in the Investigative, Pre-Indictment and Pre-Trial Stages of a Public Corruption Prosecution”, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section/Alabama State Bar, Ethics – Politics – and Public Corruption, 2009
“Justice Delayed, but Not Denied: The 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Prosecutions”, 2009 Nichols Foundation Lecture, Stetson University School of Law
SuperLawyers (2008 to present)
The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation; Bet-the-Company Litigation; and Criminal Defense: White Collar)
American Bar Association
Alabama State Bar
Birmingham Bar Association
National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys (Member, Board of Directors, 2007 – )
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
The National Association of Former U. S. Attorneys, Board of Directors
American Association for Justice
(Executive Committee, 1995 – 1997, 2001 – ; Board of Governors, 1992 – 1994)
American Constitution Society
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice