James W. Jones
James W. Jones is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. He is also principal of Legal Management Resources LLC, a consulting firm providing management and leadership resources for law firms around the world. Mr. Jones is widely recognized as an expert on the U.S. and global legal markets, having spent more than 40 years as a practicing lawyer, a law firm leader, a corporate general counsel, and a management consultant. He frequently works with law firms and their leaders on issues of strategy, governance, compensation, succession planning, and risk management.
He is the author of numerous books and articles on legal management topics, and is also a frequent speaker on these subjects. From 1986-1995, Mr. Jones served as the managing partner of Arnold & Porter, which he helped grow from a local Washington, DC firm to one with a major national presence. From 1995-2000, he was vice chairman and general counsel of APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs and government relations firm, initially started as a subsidiary of Arnold & Porter. From 2001-2011, Mr. Jones was senior vice president and managing director of Hildebrandt International (later Hildebrandt Baker Robbins), a leading management consulting firm to the legal industry that was, through most of this period, part of Thomson Reuters Corporation. He received his Bachelor's Degree magna cum laude from Trinity University and his J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law.
Mr. Jones served on the Meyer Foundation board from 1994-2006, serving as board chair from 2002-2006.