Attorney - Ken  Jones

Attorney:

Ken Jones
Partner
HBS Atlanta Office

P: 404-954-6960
F: 404-954-5020
E: kjones@hallboothsmith.com
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Overview

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.

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Ken has experience in handling the organization, maintenance and conversion of various business entities, including profit and non-profit corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships.
• Oversaw the conversion of approximately 400 Sub-Chapter S Corporations to limited liability companies while serving as Corporate Counsel for an international, publicly traded restaurant franchisor saving the parent company several hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual registration fees
• Directed the restructuring of a client’s business into a multi-part organization of separate subsidiary components
• Directed the acquisition of a competitor company for an existing client

Employment

Ken represents principally public employers in Title VII claims for assorted discrimination claims. He has represented entities both before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as in court.
• Has successfully defended employers on sex, age and racial discrimination claims
• Has represented several governmental entities before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Government Affairs

Ken understands the nature of the role government plays in our everyday lives.  Ken has a Master of Public Administration, worked on large projects and constituent services for former Senator Sam Nunn prior to law school, and worked as an in-house attorney for Bulloch County, Georgia.  These experiences and knowledge of governmental activity give Ken the ability to help our clients navigate bureaucracies and advance their needs.

Governmental Liability

Ken represents numerous local governments and law enforcement departments in defending civil rights violation claims as well as land use and zoning suits. He was the first in-house Staff Attorney for the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners.
• Implemented the first zoning ordinance for Bulloch County
• Successfully defended the zoning ordinance against a significant constitutional challenge on an industrial rezoning
• Successfully defended a Georgia Sheriff in a slander suit that was appealed and affirmed wherein the Georgia Court of Appeals expanded the application of the defenses to publication
• Has obtained numerous victories through successful motions for summary judgment in cases ranging from civil rights violations to simple liability claims as well as jury and nonjury defense verdicts for police officers.

Professional Malpractice and Ethics

Ken represents non medical professionals in claims raised by their clients and customers. In particular, he has developed an extensive practice in representing insurance agents in claims filed by their customers alleging errors and omissions related to insurance coverage and procurement.

  • Has represented numerous insurance agents in failure to procure claims, including victories through successful summary judgment arguments.
  • Has represented real estate appraisers in negligent representation claims
  • Has represented attorneys in legal malpractice claims, including a key victory through a successful summary judgment argument.

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

Ken represents physicians and dentists in professional negligence claims they face.  He has a keen interest in understanding the art of the medicine and techniques in question, and works with his clients to understand more fully the intricacies of details of the decision making processes and the procedures they.  This enables Ken to effectively work to defend the physician or dentist in appropriately finding and working with that professional, and with expert witnesses, to present their case in an understandable way for the lay person to comprehend.  Ken also represents physicians and dentists before their respective licensure boards when required.

Real Estate

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

Education

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

Admitted

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.

Membership

State Bar of Georgia

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Defense Research Institute

The Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Phi Alpha Delta

Activities

Leadership DeKalb, Class of 2000
DeKalb County Future Funding Commision, Chairman 2004 -2005
Leadership DeKalb Board of Directors 2005-2010
Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees, Secretary-Treasurer
Atlanta Community Food Bank volunteer photographer

AV Rated

Awards

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, November 12, 2015.

"Common Mistakes of Plaintiff's Lawyers In Civil Rights Litigation," Litigation Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983,  ICLE of Georgia, November 17, 2016.