Patrick G. Jones

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Two Party $225.00
Three Party $200.00
Four Party $175.00
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Biography

Patrick G. Jones has been an attorney for over 35 years and brings a very unique and diverse background to his mediation and arbitration practice. He was a CPA with a Big Eight accounting firm; a partner in three major law firms in Atlanta during his first 17 years in private practice; the General Counsel, CFO and head of investor relations of a public technology company; and the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee off a private technology company for more than 15 years, until it's sale in 2016 for $400 million. Since leaving the public company in 2003, Pat has been a mediator and arbitrator, specializing in commercial and business disputes, and he also returned to practicing law in 2007. Some of his areas of experience are contract disputes, shareholder lawsuits and other securities claims, business divorces, corporate governance matters, accounting malpractice, valuation issues, intellectual property, noncompete and other employment disputes, probate, real estate, taxation, technology, and trusts and estates. In addition, Pat is one of only a handful of people in the Southeast who has served as a Non-IRS Co-Mediator at the IRS Appeals level.

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., with distinction. Emory Law Journal, Executive Notes & Comments Editor; The Order of the Coif (1979)
  • Wake Forest University, B.B.A., cum laude; major in Accounting. Varsity baseball; Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership society (1973)

Bar Admission

  • Georgia (1979)

Professional Experience

  • Friend, Hudak & Harris, LLP (Of Counsel, 2007 to present)
  • PTEK Holdings, Inc., n/k/a Premiere Global Services, Inc. (Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, 1995 - 2003)
  • PTEK Holdings, Inc., n/k/a Premiere Global Services, Inc. (Chief Financial Officer, 1995 - 1998 & 2000 - 2001)
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P. (Partner, 1993 - 1995)
  • Long, Aldridge & Norman (now McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP) (Partner, 1989 - 1993)
  • Kilpatrick & Cody (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP) (1979 - 1989, Partner, 1986 - 1989)
  • Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) (Senior Accountant, 1973 - 1976)
  • Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee of a private technology company for more than 15 years
  • Advisor to the Board of Directors of a private manufacturing company
  • Served as expert witness on partnership law in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 25 years.

Professional Organizations

  • Founding Member, Georgia Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Selected as one of "Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers" in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business & Commercial
  • American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution, Business Law, and Taxation Sections)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Dispute Resolution, Business, Corporate Counsel, and Taxation Sections)
  • Atlanta Bar Association (Dispute Resolution (Board of Directors), Business and Finance, Corporate Counsel, and Tax Law (former Chair) Sections; former Editor-in-Chief of The Atlanta Lawyer)
  • Former Member of Board of Directors of the North Atlanta Tax Council
  • Co-Chair of the Georgia Limited Liability Company Committee, which drafted the Georgia Limited Liability Company Act
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Mediation/Arbitration Training

  • Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service, Inc.: Civil Mediation; Arbitration
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: Introduction to International Arbitration
  • Numerous ADR seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lecturer for ADR programs sponsored by Georgia ICLE
  • Registered Neutral with Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (General Mediation and Arbitration)
  • FINRA (formerly NASD) Arbitrator
  • List of Approved Neutrals in Mediation and Arbitration, Gwinnett County Dispute Resolution Program

Publications

  • Georgia LLC/LLP Handbook (Co-Author, 1995)
  • Numerous articles in professional publications

Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting Malpractice
  • Business Dissolutions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment
  • Franchise
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Claims
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Trusts & Estates

Patrick Jones quickly and effectively grasped the facts and the issues in a very complex commercialcontract dispute. He conducted the arbitration hearing in a professional, non-partisan manner anddrafted a well-reasoned and thoughtful Award.

Sarah L. Bright

Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young, LLP


In a nutshell, to say that Pat works hard to bring the parties together is an understatement. He is the most conscientious mediator that I have ever encountered. Pat studies the facts, knows the law and is very personable. If the parties are serious about getting their case resolved, Pat is a guy I would highly recommend.

David I. Matthews

Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial, LLC


This was a mediation by Pat Jones, who was excellent. He brought his own perspective into play, and was straightforward. He is also continuing to help us reach a resolution.

Stephen Anderson

Anderson Daily


Pats selection as the mediator in my accountant malpractice case was the single most significant factor in reaching a settlement. Pats background in tax, accounting, finance and business allowed him to quickly comprehend and evaluate not only the complicated liability issues, but also what damages might realistically be recoverable. Pats calm and caring demeanor, coupled with his business acumen, allowed him to immediately establish credibility with all parties and their attorneys. I would strongly recommend Pat for future mediations.

Michael J. Gorby

Gorby, Peters & Associates, P.C.


Pat brought good business sense to the table which became the basis for the settlement. His efforts probably saved my client thousands of dollars in legal fees, and brought a reasonable, practical settlement to the [trademark] dispute. Pat Jones and his business acumen are valuable assets to your mediation group.

Kenneth D. Hale

Hale, Lyle & Russell


Pat Jones is a dedicated and results oriented mediator. He makes it his mission to bring the parties to common ground, even when it appears that reaching a mutually agreeable resolution is not an option. I have never witnessed such professionalism and have the utmost respect for him as a person and for his abilities as a mediator.

Susan Stuart

Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, LLP