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Randy K. Jones

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Randy is an esteemed trial lawyer, civil litigator, and former federal prosecutor. He represents large corporations and individuals in complex commercial and business disputes, investigations, and white collar defense matters. With more than three decades of experience, Randy has tried to verdict dozens of jury trials in federal and state courtrooms across the nation involving a broad range of litigation areas.  Randy is a former federal prosecutor who draws on his tremendous trial skills and expertise to diligently and aggressively advocate on behalf of his clients outside of the courtroom, while using his exceptional courtroom advocacy, humility and storyteller qualities to provide value to his clients in courtroom trials and arbitrations. Randy is uniquely qualified to take cases on the eve of trial from less experienced lawyers and law firms to provide expert courtroom representation and advocacy.

Randy represents clients in a variety of litigation matters including breach of contract, false advertising and unfair business practice, healthcare and financial services fraud, government contract fraud, False Claims Act, securities fraud, trademark infringement, retail and consumer products, compliance and regulatory, sports and entertainment, and real estate.

Randy routinely works closely with clients to develop winning legal strategies in litigation matters. His experience as a federal prosecutor has afforded him invaluable insight into the needs of institutional and corporate clients facing sensitive and high-profile internal investigations.

Prior to joining Mintz, Randy served as an Assistant US Attorney in San Diego where he successfully investigated, managed and prosecuted a variety of complex white collar criminal cases involving financial, immigration, illegal narcotics and violent crimes.

Randy is an esteemed trial lawyer, civil litigator, and former federal prosecutor. He represents large corporations and individuals in complex commercial and business disputes, investigations, and white collar defense matters. With more than three decades of experience, Randy has tried to verdict dozens of jury trials in federal and state courtrooms across the nation involving a broad range of litigation areas.  Randy is a former federal prosecutor who draws on his tremendous trial skills and expertise to diligently and aggressively advocate on behalf of his clients outside of the courtroom, while using his exceptional courtroom advocacy, humility and storyteller qualities to provide value to his clients in courtroom trials and arbitrations. Randy is uniquely qualified to take cases on the eve of trial from less experienced lawyers and law firms to provide expert courtroom representation and advocacy.

Experience

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Lead trial counsel in a seven-day federal trademark infringement jury trial in the US District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of a critically acclaimed video editing company in the United Kingdom with a registered U.S. trademark against social media giant Tik Tok and other defendants in which the client sought hundreds of millions of dollars in purported lost royalties, corrective advertising, and disgorgement.
  • Following a seven-day arbitration trial in which 25 witnesses were examined and cross-examined, won an award of approximately $800,000 in damages after arbitrator held that our client had established claims for negligence, premises liability, private nuisance, fraudulent concealment/failure to disclose, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and constructive termination against the United States’ largest automotive retailer.
  • Represented former professional football player and current NFL analyst in contract fee dispute with former law firm.
  • In complex civil RICO case, represented Taiwanese creditor in claims against 34 foreign and domestic defendants. Successfully defeated over 30 motions to dismiss, managed millions of pages of written discovery, over 40 depositions on two continents and hundreds of discovery disputes before two court-appointed Special Masters. Defeated summary judgment and in limine motions. Favorably settled case at commencement of trial.
  • Represented international multi-billion dollar diversified supplier to the foodservice industry in complex, multi-jurisdictional breach of contract case against a global supplier of food processing technology. Obtained favorable multimillion dollar settlement for our client.
  • Defended an international commercial bank in an employment whistleblower case in the US District Court for the Central District of California. The case involved allegations of money laundering by the bank. After being engaged to replace existing trial counsel on the eve of trial, secured a reversal of a denial of summary judgement from a Federal District Court that resulted in a prompt and favorable resolution of the action.
  • Successfully defended the owner of a recreational vehicle company from a large scale, multimillion dollar personal injury civil tort claim alleging multimillion dollars in damages resulting from the alleged physical injuries and emotional distress suffered by the driver of one of our client’s recreational vehicles. Secured a de minimus settlement and dismissal of the claim with prejudice.
  • Represented major league baseball team foundation in business contract dispute involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and other claims.
  • Represented distressed property investment company in defense of class action complaint alleging invasion of privacy claims related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Obtained a decision by the New York Appellate Division to set aside the jury verdict against our client, a high-profile real estate developer, in a race discrimination case.
  • Represented major national magazine publishing company in major trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit in US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Successfully defended the largest public school district in Tennessee in the US District Court for the Western District of Tennessee against wrongful termination allegations made by two school guards who claimed reverse discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Enforcement & Investigations

  • Representing a multi-asset, clinical stage biopharmaceutical company in compliance and Foreign Corrupt Practice Act related matters regarding the donation of clinical studies equipment to its international partners.
  • Conducted a large scale internal investigation on behalf of a special committee of the board of directors of a multi-billion dollar fast food restaurant chain involving a dispute with the company’s franchise owners regarding the company’s marketing and advertising strategy.
  • Represented international wholesale distributor of prescription drugs in California Food, Drug, and Medical Device Task Force and California Attorney General’s Office’s investigation involving allegations of failure to substantiate advertising, promotional and sales claims.
  • Advised and drafted Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery statutes compliance and ethics guidelines for use by international man-made wave company in preparation for 2020 Olympics.

White Collar Defense & Government Investigations

  • Secured  a very favorable settlement in the US District Court for the Southern District of California  for a manager of a global advertising technology company in a criminal federal wire fraud conspiracy and the first-ever case indicted and prosecuted under the CAN-SPAM Act (Title 18 USC 1037(a)(5)). Expertly negotiated a misdemeanor charge with modest fines and no jail time on behalf of the client, who was initially facing ten felony counts and multiple years in prison.
  • Secured a favorable civil settlement for  a leading multinational health technology company in a wide-ranging DOJ whistleblower investigation and related internal investigation involving alleged federal False Claims Act violations.
  • Represented three former sales employees of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies  in a whistleblower lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York involving allegations of  federal False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute violations.
  • Represented a subcontractor of a global aerospace and defense technology company in federal False Claims Act investigation conducted by the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of California involving allegations  government contract billing fraud.. The case was settled and closed without any action being taken against our client.
  • Represented a large biotechnology diagnosis company in a nationwide criminal and civil investigation involving multiple US Attorneys’ Offices and state Attorneys General Offices alleging violations of state and federal False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback statutes.
  • Represented a former  certified public accountant in SEC securities fraud insider trading investigation in Central District of California. Successfully negotiated and obtained a favorable civil settlement on behalf of the client.
  • Represented owners of a medical equipment company in nationwide federal durable medical equipment fraud investigation.
  • Represented individual connected to US Congressman in federal campaign finance fraud investigation.
  • Represented full-service, acute-care public hospital in federal investigation related to unlawful claims for reimbursement of healthcare services in violation of the federal False Claims Act.
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viewpoints

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In our annual webinar, Mintz’s Health Care Enforcement Defense team reviewed the key health care fraud enforcement developments and trends from 2021, assessed their likely impact in 2022, and provided recommendations to avoid government scrutiny.
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On June 30, 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued national priorities for the anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (“AML/CFT”) policy (the “Priorities”).[i]
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Read about health care qui tam litigation trends for the 12 months that ended on January 31 and significant cases, including two involving the issue of medical necessity.
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An ongoing controversy regarding fraud and academic dishonesty among student-athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (“UNC”) has brought to the forefront an important question:  Who is responsible for ensuring student-athletes are receiving an academically appropriate education?
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News & Press

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Mintz is pleased to announce that Member Randy K. Jones has once again been selected as one of the Daily Journal’s Top White Collar Lawyers for 2023- the publication’s annual supplement of California’s premier white collar lawyers. This marks his third consecutive year of receiving this prestigious recognition.
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Mintz is pleased to announce that thirtneen Members have been named to Lawdragon's 500 Leading Litigators in America list, which honors the nation’s most elite courtroom advocates.
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Mintz is pleased to announce that 120 firm attorneys have been recognized as leaders by Best Lawyers® in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
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BOSTON – Mintz has earned top rankings in the 2023 edition of Legal 500 United States guide. The firm is recognized in 14 practice categories, and 59 individual attorneys are also recognized in the guide, some in more than one category.
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Why I Lawyer

January 30, 2023

Member Randy Jones authored an article published in the January/February issue of San Diego Lawyer magazine detailing what motivates him as an attorney and why his role as a lawyer is an important one.
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Members Randy Jones, Anthony Nash, and Associate Nicole Rivers co-authored an article published by The Daily Journal analyzing discriminatory racial covenants and their presence in California housing deeds.
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Member Randy Jones and Associates Ryan Dougherty and Daniel Goodrich co-authored an article published in The Daily Journal analyzing Ciminelli v United States.
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Member Randy Jones was honored as a "Top White Collar Lawyer" by the Daily Journal. Randy was featured in an article, which highlighted his career path and the role he plays at Mintz.
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SAN DIEGO – Mintz is pleased to announce that Member Randy K. Jones has once again been selected as one of the Daily Journal’s Top White Collar Lawyers for 2022—the publication’s annual supplement of California’s premier white collar lawyers.
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Mintz was handed the Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion Award at the California Legal Awards. The firm's nomination was featured in an article published by The Recorder where Member Randy Jones and Associate Nicole Rivers discussed how the firm is working to end systemic racism and police brutality in America.
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Mintz is pleased to announce that it has won the Innovation In Diversity and Inclusion award at the California Law Awards. The award recognizes firms that are making meaningful impact and seeing concrete results in the legal community.
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Twelve Mintz Members have been named to the inaugural Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators in America list, which honors the nation’s most elite courtroom advocates.
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Mintz has secured a favorable outcome for client Mark Manoogian, who was embroiled in a federal wire fraud and electronic mail fraud conspiracy prosecution.
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Mintz Member Randy Jones was featured as one of the 2021 "Top White Collar Lawyers" in California by the Daily Journal. The article highlighted Mr. Jones' career successes and current roster of cases.
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Mintz Members and Co-chairs of the firm’s Sports & Entertainment Practice Tyrone Thomas and Keith Carroll, Member Randy Jones, and Associate Aaron Fenton co-authored an article published by Bloomberg Law that examined California’s new law that allows for endorsements and conflicts with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules, how other states and Congress are considering similar laws, and litigation to watch in 2020.
Mintz is pleased to announce that ​​Randy K. Jones, a Member in the San Diego office, has joined the Board of Governors for the San Diego chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.
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Randy Jones, a Member in the Mintz San Diego office, and Heather Silver, an Associate, authored this LawInSport article on an ongoing controversy involving fraud and academic dishonesty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill among its student-athletes.
This article reports the ruling favoring Shelby County Schools over two security officers who protested their being fired, claiming their terminations were due to the fact they are white.
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Mintz's William M. Hill, Co-chair of the Construction Law Practice, and Randy K. Jones, a Member of the Litigation Practice, are speaking at the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law Midwinter Meeting.
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Events & Speaking

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Apr
21
2023
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Moderator
Mar
16
2022

Hot Topics in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations: Considerations for Corporate Counsel

Association of Corporate Counsel, San Diego and Mintz

Virtual Event

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Panelist
Oct
27
2021

Significant Legal Developments in the Regions- Western Region

American Bar Association: 2021 National Institute on White Collar Crime

Miami, FL

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Speaker
Mar
11
2020

34th National Institute on White Collar Crime

American Bar Association

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina 333 W Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101-7709

Speaker
Oct
29
2019

When the Authorities Come Knocking: A Roundtable on Best Practices and Challenges in Avoiding and Dealing with Anti-Bribery Investigations

2019 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting

Phoenix Convention Center - 100 N 3rd Street Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Speaker
Jul
7
2018

2018 FEA Annual Meeting

Fraternity Executives Association

San Diego Marriott Marquis 333 W Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA

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Jul
7
2018

2018 FEA Annual Meeting

Fraternity Executives Association

San Diego Marriott Marquis 333 W Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA

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Panelist
May
3
2017

2017 Section Annual Conference

ABA Section of Litigation

Hyatt Regency Embarcadero San Francisco, CA

Speaker
Jan
31
2017

ABA Forum on Construction Law Midwinter Meeting 2017

American Bar Association

JW Marriott Desert Springs, Palm Desert, CA

Panelist
Oct
5
2015

2015 CLE Expo

Minority Corporate Counsel Association

Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA

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Randy is an esteemed trial lawyer, civil litigator, and former federal prosecutor. He represents large corporations and individuals in complex commercial and business disputes, investigations, and white collar defense matters. With more than three decades of experience, Randy has tried to verdict dozens of jury trials in federal and state courtrooms across the nation involving a broad range of litigation areas.  Randy is a former federal prosecutor who draws on his tremendous trial skills and expertise to diligently and aggressively advocate on behalf of his clients outside of the courtroom, while using his exceptional courtroom advocacy, humility and storyteller qualities to provide value to his clients in courtroom trials and arbitrations. Randy is uniquely qualified to take cases on the eve of trial from less experienced lawyers and law firms to provide expert courtroom representation and advocacy.

Recognition & Awards

  • Recipient, Innovations in Diversity and Inclusion Award (2022), California Law Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Commercial Litigation (2020-2024)

  • Top White Collar Lawyer in California (2021 - 2023), The Daily Journal

  • Preeminent Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell AV

  • “Top 20 Lawyers of the Year”, California Lawyer

  • “Top 25 Lawyers Under 40”, California Law Business Journal

  • “San Diego’s Top Lawyers”, San Diego Magazine

  • “100 Most Influential Leaders”, Ebony Magazine

  •  "500 Leading Litigators in America" (2022-2023), Lawdragon

  • Recipient, Beacon of Justice Award, National Legal Aid and Defenders Annual Gala

  • Distinguished Service Medal, UNC General Alumni Association

  • Distinguished Young Alumni Award, UNC General Alumni Association

  • Who's Who in American Law

  • Public Lawyer of the Year, San Diego County Bar Association

  • Local Hero Recipient, Union Bank/KPBS

  • Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.): Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC

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Randy is an esteemed trial lawyer, civil litigator, and former federal prosecutor. He represents large corporations and individuals in complex commercial and business disputes, investigations, and white collar defense matters. With more than three decades of experience, Randy has tried to verdict dozens of jury trials in federal and state courtrooms across the nation involving a broad range of litigation areas.  Randy is a former federal prosecutor who draws on his tremendous trial skills and expertise to diligently and aggressively advocate on behalf of his clients outside of the courtroom, while using his exceptional courtroom advocacy, humility and storyteller qualities to provide value to his clients in courtroom trials and arbitrations. Randy is uniquely qualified to take cases on the eve of trial from less experienced lawyers and law firms to provide expert courtroom representation and advocacy.

Involvement

  • Member, United States Senator Alex Padilla, California Judicial Evaluation Commission
  • Member, United States Senator Kamala Harris' California Judicial Evaluation Commission
  • Member, Southern District of California Merit Selection Panel for New Magistrate Judge Position
  • Member, Free to Thrive, Board of Directors
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Diego Chapter, Board of Governors
  • Trustee, Thomas Jefferson School of Law (Past Chairman)
  • Master, American Inns of Court, J. Clifford Wallace of American Inn of Court
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Life Member, National Bar Association (Past President and CEO)
  • Life Member, California Association of Black Lawyers
  • Life Member, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association of San Diego (Past President)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, San Diego Chapter
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Mamber, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, White Collar Crime Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section (Former Fellow, Business Law Section)
  • Past Trustee, Francis Parker School
  • Past Chairman, National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
  • Past Chairman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, General Alumni Association
  • Past Chairman, Neighborhood House Association
  • Past Chairman, Southeast Development Corporation, San Diego, CA
  • Past Chairman, San Diego Food Bank
  • Past Chairman, YMCA of San Diego County
  • Past Director, San Diego Crime Victims Fund
  • Past Director, NAACP, San Diego Chapter
  • Past Director, High Five America
  • Past Director, United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, UCC
  • Graduate, LEAD San Diego, Inc. (Past Chairman, Alumni Board)
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