Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C. is expanding its Litigation Section and launching a West Coast White Collar Defense practice with the addition of Randy K. Jones, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California. Mr. Jones joins the firm’s San Diego office as a Member.
For the past 28 years, Mr. Jones has served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California in San Diego, where he distinguished himself as the ‘go-to’ attorney for the District’s toughest cases. In this role, he represented the United States in all phases of trial advocacy and litigation, from formal discovery to pre-trial settlement negotiation, expert witness preparation, federal grand jury proceedings and preparation and presentation of briefs and oral arguments before the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals. He successfully tried to completion more than 50 federal jury trials spanning a diverse range of matters, including white collar fraud schemes, financial crimes, immigration offenses and complex criminal conspiracies. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies regularly sought his counsel for complex investigation and prosecution strategies.
“Randy’s addition elevates Mintz prominent White Collar Defense, Government Investigations & Enforcement practice by establishing a firm presence on the West Coast,” said Scott C. Ford, head of Mintz Litigation practice. “An expert, deeply experienced litigator, he has successfully tried some of our nation’s most complex federal cases and further augments our bench strength in this important practice area.”
“Over the course of his distinguished career, Randy has earned the respect of judges, fellow prosecutors and the business community at large for both his skills as a lawyer and his deep commitment to the community, “ said Eddie Wang Rodriguez, Managing Member of Mintz San Diego office. “He will make a great addition to the San Diego office which now includes more than 50 attorneys across a half dozen practice areas. We’re delighted that he’s bringing his remarkable talents to our firm and the San Diego office.”
Mr. Jones began his legal career as a member of the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate Generals Corps, where he represented the Department of the Navy in various legal matters and counseled senior naval executives on commercial and litigation issues. His experience comprised a wide array of domestic and international matters, including environmental law, government contracts and federal tort claims. After nearly three decades of service – during which he tried more than 200 felony jury trials and successfully negotiated settlements for hundreds of other federal cases – he retired with the rank of Commander.
Mr. Jones is a distinguished leader outside the courtroom as well, holding board and director positions with several civic organizations in the San Diego community and nationally. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and is a trustee of the Francis Parker School in San Diego. He previously served as the President of the 65,000-member National Bar Association, Chairman of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association and as the President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association in San Diego. He also held leadership roles with the San Diego Food Bank, the YMCA of San Diego County, the San Diego Chapter of the NAACP and the San Diego Crime Victims Fund, among other service organizations.
Mr. Jones holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. He also earned a B.A. in Political Science from UNC. He was honored by the university's General Alumni Association in 1998 with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, and again in 2012 with the Distinguished Service Medal. He has received numerous recognitions during his career, including honors from Ebony magazine, California Lawyer, San Diego Magazine and the San Diego County Bar Association.
Mr. Jones is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California and the United States Court of Military Appeals.