JEFFREY C. JONES
Jeff Jones limits his practice to representation of injured persons in cases including aviation/plane crash litigation, construction site injuries, wrongful death, cruise ship liability, and other cases involving serious injury or death.
Jeff has been involved in representing the families of victims of numerous major aviation disasters, including the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, the Reno Air Race disaster, and the Aero Ferrinco Let 410 crash in Mexico, which took the lives of 16 University of Washington football fans. In addition to his aviation practice, Jeff has recovered millions of dollars in litigation against non-employer third parties on behalf of clients injured or killed in construction site accidents. He also has extensive experience in pursuing claims against cruise lines on behalf of seriously injured passengers for injuries on board or while on shore excursions.
Among Jeff's most high profile cases is the representation of an innocent man who was wrongfully convicted based on an improperly conducted police investigation and witness line-up. Working with Paul Henderson and the Seattle Times, Jeff convinced the trial court judge to order a new trial because the attorney who represented his client at trial was improperly ambushed by surprise testimony that contradicted the police's investigative report. A police officer from a different jurisdiction followed the case in the news and developed a new lead that led to the arrest of another man who eventually confessed to the crime. Paul Henderson won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting and inspired the book Predator: Rape, Madness, and Injustice in Seattle. Jeff's work not only obtained justice for his client, but also protected the community from the actual perpetrator, who was later connected to numerous other rapes and related crimes.
Before entering private practice, Jeff worked as a public defender and tried numerous murder and other Class A felony cases.
Jeff is a frequent lecturer on matters of trial practice, is a past contributing author to the Washington State Bar Association Auto Accident Desk Book, and has frequently been asked to serve in the capacity of arbitrator and judge pro tempore.
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine has named Jeff as one of Seattle’s “Top Lawyers As Chosen By Their Peers” in the practice of Personal Injury Law. Martindale Hubbell has regularly awarded Jeff an “AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating”, which is the highest rating possible for professional ability and ethical standards as chosen by other attorneys. In 2019, Martindale Hubbell's Judicial Edition (which is based on input by a combination of other attorneys and judges) also rated Jeff "AV Preeminent". AVVO rates Jeff as 10/10, the highest rating given by the organization.
Jeff is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), and the Washington State Association for Justice (formerly the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association). He is also a past Co-Chair of the Aviation Section of the King County Bar Association.
Jeff graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University, where, in addition to excelling academically, he also captained their Division 1 soccer team. He received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.