Roscoe Jones Jr. is Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C. office, where he is a member of the firm’s Public Policy, Congressional Investigations, Crisis Management, White Collar Defense and Investigations, Litigation, and Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Consumer Protection Practice Groups.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Jones served for almost a decade in various high-level roles on Capitol Hill, most recently as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger, as Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, as Senior Counsel to U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker, and as Counsel, and later Senior Counsel, on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for then-Chairman Patrick Leahy.
During his Capitol Hill tenure, Mr. Jones advised on the confirmations of three Supreme Court Justices and three Attorneys General along with dozens of nominations to federal courts and the Department of Justice, assisted with oversight and investigations of the Department of Justice and White House, and advised on several bills that were enacted into law, including the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which led to the passage of the First Step Act.
Mr. Jones served in several roles at the U.S. Department of Justice. He was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Washington’s Criminal Division, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, and an attorney in the Appellate Section of the DOJ Civil Rights Division. He served as Special Counsel to then-Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez, where he helped oversee the Civil Rights Division’s legislative initiatives and directed the Division’s response to congressional investigations.
Mr. Jones graduated with high honors from Stanford University, and received a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Policy & Law and co-founder of the Law School’s Center for Race & Law. Mr. Jones clerked for Judge Carl E. Stewart on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Early in his career, he served as the Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr., Appellate Advocacy Fellow at the Public Justice Center. He has been published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review.
Mr. Jones is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School and an Intermittent Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, where he teaches a seminar on criminal justice reform policy entitled “Mass Incarceration.” He has taught administrative law and policy-oriented seminars at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University Law School, University of Washington Law School, and the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.
His honors include being selected as a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School and a Stennis Fellow on Capitol Hill, a bipartisan leadership development program for select senior-level congressional staff to explore ways to improve the effectiveness of congressional staff. He is a member of the American Constitution Society, American Bar Association, and Aspen Institute Society of Fellows.
Mr. Jones is a member of the State Bars of Maryland and District of Columbia and admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits.
University of Virginia - 2003 Juris Doctor
Stanford University - 2000 Bachelor of Arts