Joshua A. Jones
|Joshua A. Jones|
Joshua A. Jones, born 1977 in Gadsden, Alabama, is an attorney located in Pensacola, Florida specializing in education law, family law, and business law. He currently owns and operates Joshua Aaron Jones, Attorney at law, PLLC.
Jones grew up in rural northeast Alabama and graduated third in his class with an advanced diploma from Douglas High School. He attended the University of Montevallo and earned a Bachelor in Music Education, cum laude, having received an academic scholarship, as well as a music scholarship, and he was honored as the Senior Elite in Music Education. At UM, he studied saxophone and oboe with Dr. Lori Ardovino and was the 1999-2000 male College Night Leader for the Purple Side. Seeking to contribute to positive change in education, he attended the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) where he earned both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Education Law. At the time, U.S. News and World Reports ranked FPLC first in the nation for the study of intellectual property law, and the school maintains high rankings for that field and others. In addition to amassing a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding school law, Mr. Jones took full advantage of the intellectual property (IP) courses and seminars at FPLC, including numerous IP related international trade courses, and he is well versed in the practice of trademarks and copyrights. While at FPLC, he served as a teaching assistant for the first year legal writing and research program and later for Administrative Process: Education & Government. He also served as a research assistant to Professor Sarah Redfield, an internationally renowned expert on school law and policy.
Following law school, Jones served as a Hearings Officer at the New Hampshire Department of Education, and upon relocating to Florida, was a parent/student advocate with the Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, serving as the North West Regional Coordinator. In 2004, he joined the law firm of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC, and after five years representing parents and students in school matters and litigating mass tort, personal injury, insurance, employment, and business cases, he was selected as the Downey Brand Fellow for Public Service and Leadership at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. While attending McGeorge, he worked in the Education Pipeline Initiative, running a mentor program between law students and children from grades 4-12, and he taught Street Law at Sacramento Charter High School. At McGeorge, Mr. Jones earned a Master of Laws in Government and Public Policy, with honors, one of only seventeen lawyers in the country to hold the degree with a specific emphasis on education policy.
Jones handles a variety of cases, including student rights, such as special education, anti-bullying, and student discipline, business formations and management, non-profit formation and management, trademark and copyright services, adoption, and family law issues, including unique family planning strategies for gay and lesbian couples. Mr. Jones's practice philosophy focuses on proactive lawyering techniques to anticipate and solve problems, before they arise, through practical policy and contract development, but he is also a respected and sought after litigator in the Northwest Florida region.
Joshua Jones is licensed to practice law in both Florida and California.
Jones is credited in the Internet Movie Database website (iMDB.com) as the writer and story advisor for the documentary What's the T?, a Scary Cow project produced by Cecilio Asuncion, which premiers in 2013. He was also the legal advisor for the film. In other writing endeavors, Jones has published fictional short stories and is a regular contributor to TheLawInsider.com.
Jones is married in a civil union with advertising executive and web developer, Wes Shoemaker.
- Joshua Jones, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: A Double-Edged Sword for the Protection of Students with Gender Identity Disorder, 25:2 Wisc. J. of Law Gender & Soc. 353 (2010).
- Official site of Joshua Jones Law, PLLC