Stephen P. Jones

Title: Partner
Phone: (213) 985-2269
Fax: (213) 973-6282


Stephen P. Jones is a graduate of UCLA (B.A.,1985, English Language and Literature) and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (J.D., 1990). He began his career as a prosecutor, serving as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles and Monterey Counties.

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 which 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 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 maritime firm with the defense of ship owners/managers/operators in several matters prosecuted by local U.S. Attorneys, and/or the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, under the Clean Water Act and the APPS -- 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:

*criminal violations of Cal-OSHA regulations, and related statutes, in workplace fatalities;

*ship's officers and engineers investigated for criminal violations of federal maritime and environmental laws;

*federal mail, wire, and securities fraud;

*employee witnesses subpoenaed for grand jury and trial testimony regarding alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;

*physicians and other health care professionals accused of crimes potentially impacting their licenses;

*privilege holders contesting the search and seizure of patient/client electronic records under color of search warrants; and

*professional license holders in administrative actions against their licenses resulting from criminal convictions.

In the summer of 2013, Mr. Jones, along with Andrew B. Holmes and Matthew D. Taylor, formed Holmes, Taylor & Jones LLP.