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Ethics Video - Reputation at Risk

An effective teaching tool designed for use by law firm general counsel, risk management and loss control partners, and ethics counsel. Story vignettes are based on real professional liability claims, professional discipline complaints, and other reputation-threatening events from within law firms. 


James W. Jones is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He is also Principal of Legal Management Resources LLC, a consulting firm providing management and leadership resources for law firms around the world. Mr. Jones is widely recognized as an expert on the U.S. and global legal markets, having spent more than 40 years as a practicing lawyer, a law firm leader, a corporate general counsel, and a management counsultant.

Mr. Jones is also a co-founder and senior faculty member for the Master's Degree in Law Firm Management at the College of Professional Studies at The George Washington University. He frequently works with law firms and their leaders on issues of strategy, governance, compensation, succession planning, and risk management. He is the author of numerous books and articles on legal management topics, including ancillary business, globalization, ethics, strategy, and partnership issues; and he is also a frequent speaker on these subjects. 

Professional Positions

  • Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Georgetown University Law Center (effective January 2012)
  • Principal, Legal Management Resources LLC (effective January 2012) 
  • Vice President and Senior Vice President, Hildebrandt International and Hildebrandt Baker Robbins (2001-2011); Managing Director (2008-2011)
  • Chairman of the Hildebrandt Institute (2001-2011)
  • Vice Chairman and General Counsel, APCO Worldwide (1995-2000)
  • Associate and Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP (1973-1995); Managing Partner (1986-1995)
  • Assistant to the General Counsel, United States Air Force (1970-73)

 Professional Activities

  • Member of the District of Columbia Bar (since 1970) 
  • Co-Chairman, Strategic Planning Committee of the D.C. Bar (2009) 
  • Co-Chairman, Advisory Committee for the Community Economic Development Program of the D.C. Bar (1998-2002)
  • Chairman of the Board of the Pro Bono Institute (since 1996)
  • Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project (1990-1996)
  • Co-Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Corporate Pro Bono Project (co-sponsored by the Pro Bono Institute and the Associate of Corporate Counsel) (1999-2003)
  • Co-Founder and Senior Faculty Member (since 2005) of Master’s Degree Program in Law Firm Management, College of Professional Studies, The George Washington University
  • Member of the American Bar Association (since 1970)
  • Member of The American Law Institute (since 1985)
  • Frequent guest lecturer on law firm management topics at various law schools (including Georgetown Law Center, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, Boston University Law School, Temple University Law School, and University of Michigan Law School.

Professional Recognitions

  •  ABA Fund for Justice and Education -- Special award for leadership in the development and implementation of the Law Firm Pro Bono Project (1993)
  • ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Project -- Special award for public service and pro bono contributions (1999)
  • D.C. Bar – Frederick Abramson Award for Pro Bono Service (1999)
  • D.C. Bar – Best Bar Project Award for Strategic Planning Project (2010) 

Community Activities

  • Member (2003-2011) and Chairman (2008-2011) of the Board of Trustees of The Alban Institute
  • Member (1994-2006) and Chairman (2003-2006) of the Board of Trustees of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Trustees (1992-2010) of Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees (1995-2002) of Children’s National Medical Center and the Children's Research Institute
  • President (1993) of The Greater Washington Board of Trade


  • Trinity University, B.A., magna cum laude (1967)
  • New York University, J.D., cum laude (1970)


Jennifer S. Jones holds an MFA (Playwriting) from NYU Tisch. She has written numerous articles, industrials, and plays including the award-winning "Appearance of Life”. She also writes for a number of websites and has completed her first book, “How to Connect with Your Adoptive Child.” Working in business development for an arts organization led her to the events planning arena. Jennifer’s creative approach to planning an event from inception to its execution resulted in a new business model for the arts organization. Jennifer then went on to become Program Director of Legal Management Resources, where she uses event planning, customer service, and website development, to facilitate roundtables for law firm general counsels.


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