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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, White Collar Defense and Investigations, and Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Consumer Protection Practice Groups.
Mr. Jones’s practice focuses on advising clients on public policy issues before the U.S. Congress and the Administration, including legislation and regulations before government agencies. He also advises on congressional investigations, internal corporate investigations, and other government investigations, as well as helping clients respond to major crises involving multiple government agencies and branches.
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’s recent accolades include being named to the National Black Lawyers “Top 100” list for 2021. Previously, he has been 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.
Mr. Jones has been appointed an Intermittent Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School for the spring of 2021 and a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School for the fall of 2021, 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 Michigan Law School, University of Washington Law School, and the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance.
Mr. Jones is active in his community. He serves as a national board member of the following organizations: American Constitution Society, the nation’s leading progressive legal organization, with more than 200 student and lawyer chapters in almost every state and on most law school campuses; The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, the official organization dedicated to advancing the social justice legacy of Medgar and Myrlie Evers; and the Stanford National Black Alumni Association.
He is a member of The Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows and the American Bar Association. He serves on the University of Virginia Law School’s Black Law Alumni Engagement and Reunion Planning Committee. He also is a Stanford University alumni volunteer interviewer.
Mr. Jones is a member of the bars of the State of Maryland and District of Columbia and admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits.
Recent Representation Highlights Include:
Pro Bono Representations
Mr. Jones proudly maintains an active pro bono docket. He has been part of teams that received the firm’s 2021 Frank Wheat Team Pro Bono Award for teams that have demonstrated leadership and initiative in their pro bono work.
Recent Speaking Engagements
University of Virginia - 2003 Juris Doctor
Stanford University - 2000 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar