Joseph H. Jones, Jr.
Joseph H. Jones, Jr.
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The major focus of Mr. Jones’ practice is Civil Litigation of all types. He handles matters for both plaintiffs and defendants, litigating personal injury and wrongful death suits, automobile, trucking and motorcycle accident cases, business partner disputes, commercial, construction, insurance, real estate and class action suits and also practicing workers compensation law.
Areas of Practice
Personal Injury Law
Commercial Real Estate
Last Wills and Testaments
Powers of Attorneys
Law School: Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1980
College: Ursinus College, B.A., 1977
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Schuylkill County Bar Association
Joseph (Jay) H. Jones, Jr. is a Senior Member of the law firm of Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC, having been with the firm for 43 years. Mr. Jones graduated from Ursinus College and Widener University School of Law where he served as Articles Editor of the School’s law review publication.
Mr. Jones practices primarily in the Court of Common Pleas in Luzerne County, Dauphin County, Northumberland County, Berks County, and Schuylkill County, as well as in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. He previously served as Solicitor for Schuylkill County from 1984 through 2003, and as Schuylkill County Assistant Solicitor from 2003 through June 2006.
The major focus of Mr. Jones’ practice is Civil Litigation of all types. He handles matters for both plaintiffs and defendants, litigating personal injury and wrongful death suits, automobile, trucking and motorcycle accident cases, business partner disputes, commercial, construction, insurance, and real estate. He is active as an arbitrator in both uninsured and underinsured motorist’s arbitrations. He is also active as a mediator in all types of litigation matters. Mr. Jones has appeared before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, the Public Utility Commission, and other administrative agencies. His extensive experience includes arguing cases before the Worker’s Compensation Appeal Board, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Jones’ trial practice includes both commercial and personal injury litigation and workers compensation cases, including numerous complex matters within those areas. As trial counsel, Mr. Jones has achieved a verdict in excess of two million dollars, and multiple settlements in excess of one million dollars in various personal injury cases. Additionally, he served as co-trial counsel in a class action law suit that resulted in a settlement of twelve million dollars in cash as well as an additional eight to ten million dollars in benefits to the class members. Mr. Jones also served as lead counsel in a class action lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas of Berks County representing a class of over 80 employees in a claim for payment of unpaid wage supplements by the employer upon the sale of the company.
Mr. Jones was awarded an AV® rating in Martindale-Hubbell in 2000. He has maintained that distinction ever since. The AV® rating identifies a lawyer with very high to preeminent legal ability based upon an extensive peer review by other members of the Bar.
Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Jones is a member of the Northeast Advisory Board of M&T Bank. He has also served on the Board of the Pottsville Area Development Corporation the Advisory Board of Penn State University – Schuylkill Campus, where he served as Second Vice President. Mr. Jones is currently in his twenty-sixth year as Co-Chair of the Schuylkill United Way Pacesetters Club. Under his leadership, the Pacesetters Club has raised over $7 million for the annual Schuylkill United Way Campaign. He is also a former President, Campaign Chair, and Board Member of the Schuylkill United Way. Additionally, Mr. Jones served as a Board member of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corp., the Society for Crippled Children, the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce, and the Advisory Board of Penn State University – Schuylkill Campus. Mr. Jones also served on the Board of the Hawk Mountain Council, BSA, as its General Counsel and Chair of the Angel Dinner, and has served in similar capacities for many other civic organizations. Mr. Jones has received the Schuylkill United Way Billie Payne Award, a distinction granted to only a few United Way Volunteers, the Boy Scouts of America Angel Award, Silver Beaver Award, and the Service to Youth & Community Distinguished Citizen Honoree from the Hawk Mountain Council. He is also a James West Fellow.
Mr. Jones is the proud father of two children. A son, Captain Jason B. Jones, USMA 2007, a Ranger Qualified Green Beret. Captain Jones was KIA while deployed to Jalalabad, Afghanistan on June 2, 2014. A daughter, Elizabeth K. Gambogi, M.D., who graduated Magna Cum Lauda from both Bucknell University in 2009 and the Thomas Jefferson Medical School in 2013. Dr. Gambogi practices dermatology at the Thomas Jefferson Medical School and is also a member of the Department of Dermatology’s Teaching Faculty. Mr. Jones is also the proud grandfather of Lucas Jason Gambogi and Ryan Alexander Gambogi.