Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP (ADJT), an appellate boutique law firm with offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, has announced that Woodie Jones, former Chief Justice of the Third District Court of Appeals of Texas in Austin, will be rejoining the firm. Jones co-founded the firm in 2003 and will now serve in an Of-Counsel role.
A former president of the Austin Bar Association, Jones was first elected to the Third Court of Appeals in 1988, serving as a Justice until the end of 2000. After leaving the bench, he became a partner with the Austin law firm of Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P. In 2003, Jones co-founded Alexander Dubose Jones & Townsend LLP (now Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP). He was elected Chief Justice of the Third Court of Appeals in 2008 and served in that capacity until his retirement in December 2014.
Jones is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Jones has been a frequent speaker and author for continuing legal education programs, most often in the areas of judicial decision-making and appellate advocacy.
At the recent 2015 Austin Bar Foundation Gala, Jones was given the inaugural Larry York Mentoring Award. The new award honored Jones, who, like the late Larry York, has demonstrated exceptional generosity by mentoring young members of the bar. During his nearly 40 years in the legal profession and 18 years on the bench, Jones has mentored countless young lawyers. He is also a longtime member of the Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court, which has as one of its principal purposes the mentoring of young lawyers and law students.
Jones received his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He also earned an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.