Stephen P. Jones is a graduate of UCLA (B.A.,1985, English Language and Literature) and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D., 1990). As a student at Loyola, he won several awards for his trial advocacy skills, and was a Regional Champion in the 1990 National Trial Competition. He began his career as a prosecutor, serving as a Deputy District Attorney first in Los Angeles, and then in Monterey County.
In 1999, Mr. Jones joined Beck, DeCorso, Daly, Kreindler and Harris, becoming a partner in 2003, and remaining with the firm until its dissolution at the end of 2007. Mr. Jones handled several cases at BDDKH that attracted local and national media attention, including:
- what was at the time the largest seizure of allegedly counterfeit computer software in U.S. history;
- charges related to what was then the largest fine ever levied by the Federal Election Commission (Mr. Jones’s client received probation in the criminal matter);
- conspiracy charges against a box manufacturer for allegedly aiding copier toner cartridge counterfeiters (Mr. Jones’s client pled to a misdemeanor);
- insurance fraud charges against one of the alleged leaders of a staged-accident scheme;
- an extradition request by the government of South Korea, related to an investigation into the activities of a businessman and investor who subsequently became that country’s president ;
- embezzlement charges against one of the producers of a major motion picture (against whom charges were eventually dismissed);
- representation of eighteen Chief Engineers employed by a Taiwanese ship owner, in a multi-district prosecution under the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (none of Mr. Jones’s clients were prosecuted, though the company was convicted, and paid fines in excess of $25 million); and
- alleged internet threats against a former U.S. presidential candidate (Mr. Jones’s client received probation, with mental health monitoring conditions).
Subsequently, Mr. Jones assisted a well-known Long Beach-based maritime firm with the defense of ship owners/managers/operators in several vessel pollution cases prosecuted by local U.S. Attorneys, and/or the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice — including the “allision” of the M.V. Cosco Busan with the Oakland Bay Bridge. At the conclusion of those matters, in September 2009, Mr. Jones opened The Law Office of Stephen P. Jones.
As a sole practitioner, Mr. Jones continued to represent companies and individuals in a wide range of “white collar” matters, including:
- alleged criminal violations of Cal-OSHA regulations, and related statutes, in workplace fatalities;
- ship’s officers and engineers investigated for alleged violations of federal maritime and environmental laws;
- allegations of federal mail, wire, and securities fraud;
- employee witnesses subpoenaed for grand jury and trial testimony regarding alleged corporate violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
- physicians and other health care professionals accused of crimes potentially impacting their licenses;
- professional license holders facing administrative actions against their licenses arising from criminal convictions; and
- privilege holders contesting the search and seizure of patient/ client electronic records under color of search warrants.
In the summer of 2013, Mr. Jones, along with Andrew B. Holmes and Matthew D. Taylor, formed what is now Holmes, Taylor, Athey, Cowan & Jones LLP. At Holmes Taylor, Mr. Jones’s representative matters continue to include allegations of: public contracting, mail and wire, securities, commodities, bankruptcy, health care, and bank fraud; money laundering; embezzlement and theft by false pretenses; bribery and public corruption; environmental offenses (particularly by mariners); and criminal charges against professionals potentially impacting their licenses, as well as administrative actions against such licenses arising from those charges.