A native of Canton, Georgia, Ken brings some unique educational and work experiences to the Firm in representing local governments and their employees in a multitude of matters from alleged civil rights violations and law enforcement to employment matters.
His pre-law education focus on Political Science and Public Administration led to a position on the staff of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn assisting with large group and local government constituent services and projects of mass impact in the areas of agriculture, the environment, and transportation and disaster services.
After law school, Ken clerked for Randall Thomas, Presiding Judge for the Montgomery, Alabama Circuit. Following his clerkship, Ken returned to Georgia and continued his focus on the public sector; he was appointed the first in-house Staff Attorney for the Bulloch County, Georgia Board of Commissioners-- a truly real-world continuing education in the daily workings and challenges of a local government in dealing with budgetary issues, personnel and other administrative issues.
Ken added commercial real estate to his realm of focus and gained considerable experience while at another Atlanta firm, as well as corporate real estate counsel for a publicly traded restaurant franchise company. Primarily, his focus was on commercial real estate transactions from assemblage of multiple parcels of property into one and the further development and due diligence required in constructing and developing commercial properties. This experience, coupled with his practical zoning experience while working for Bulloch County, have proven invaluable in zoning litigation representing local government entities.
On a personal level, Ken and his wife, Chris, the Director of Volunteer Services for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, live in the Druid Hills community in DeKalb County. Both have been actively involved in various community services-- in particular Leadership DeKalb where Ken served as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. Ken proudly serves in a volunteer role on the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, which he considers insufficient repayment to an organization that he credits with much of his personal and professional success in life. Ken is an avid photographer, and has given his time to the Atlanta Community Food Bank photographing events for them. He has even done some professional photography work that was used in a large retail development's advertising campaign. Ken is a fervent Formula One and sports car racing fan in addition to being a devoted fan to the University of Georgia and all of its sports teams.
Ken has a background in commercial real estate and can provide unparalleled service to existing and new firm clients in this area. He has worked as both outside counsel for real estate developers in private practice and was Corporate Real Estate Counsel for an international, publicly traded restaurant franchisor.
Has negotiated hundreds of commercial/retail leases
Worked on a large assemblage of properties to develop a golf/swim/tennis community
Worked on number buy/build/lease/sell retail projects
Acts as counsel to two homeowners association
A.B., The University of Georgia in Political Science, 1986
Master of Public Administration, Georgia Southern College, 1989
J.D., Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, 1993
Georgia (all Courts), 1994
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 2001
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 2001
Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 2002
United States Supreme Court, 2002.
State Bar of Georgia
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Defense Research Institute
The Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Phi Alpha Delta
Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2000
DeKalb County Future Funding Commision, Chairman 2004 -2005
Leadership DeKalb Board of Directors 2005-2010
Georgia 4-H Volunteer Leader
Atlanta Community Food Bank volunteer photographer
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Presentations and Articles
DRI Announcement about Holmes Trial
Seminar Lecturer: "Georgia's Offer of Settlement Legislation" Institute for ContinuingLegal Education, Trial and Error Seminar, May 19, 2006.
"Don't Get Hit With a Whistle-blower Lawsuit" published in the Georgia County Government magazine, September 2003.
Seminar Lecturer: Qui Tam: Having the Whistle Blown, 50th Annual Institute of City and County Attorneys, September 12, 2003.
Seminar Lecturer: Qui Tam: Having the Whistle Blown, Seminar in the South, June 26, 2003.
ADA Update: Supreme Court Rejects Ability to Perform Job Tasks Standard in Favor of Focusing on a Claimants Ability to Perform Activities of Central Importance to Daily Life, For The Record, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 2002.
Eighth Circuit Holds Drug Dog Sniff of Package With Suspicious Label Does Not Violate Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure Principle, Public Sector Alert, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2002.
Georgia Court of Appeals Says County Board of Equalization Deliberations Are Subject to Open Meetings Act Requirements, Public Sector Alert, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 2002.
“The Fair Labor Standards Act and Overtime Issues for Public Safety Employees” presented to the County Attorneys Section, May 2, 2011.
“County Road Issues: Abandonment and Disposal” presentation to the County Attorneys Section, April 30, 2012, ACCG Annual Meeting
“Road Acquisition and Abandonment” published in the Georgia County Government Magazine May/June 2012
“Understanding the Role of the County Attorney” published in the Georgia County Government Magazine September/October 2012
"Question and Answer with Ken Jones" published in the DecPage Quarterly Magazine,the trusted voice of the independent insurance agents of Georgia, Fall 2014. To see the full article click here.
"Ethical Issues Arising from Simultaneous Representation of Governments and Their Employees," Litigation Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, ICLE of Georgia