Clinton J. Jones attended California State University Long Beach before being accepted to the University of Oregon School of Law, in Eugene.
After graduating from law school, Clint worked as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Charles D. Carlson, and Hon. Lyle Velure in Lane County Circuit Court for the State of Oregon. As a judicial clerk, Clint participated in a variety of civil and criminal cases, and learned the internal workings of the circuit courts.
In 2007, Clint became an associate attorney at the oldest and most prestigious defense firm in Oregon, Frohnmayer, Deatherage, et al. At FD, Clint handled primarily civil defense cases, including wrongful death, personal injury and insurance claims. Clint quickly gained a reputation as one of the most aggressive litigators at the firm; proving successful in trial and arbitration. There, Clint worked alongside Isaac Jackson, where together they learned how insurance companies defend the claims made against them; as well as how they adjust and evaluate the claims of injured persons.
In 2014, Clint and Isaac Jackson merged their respective solo practices, to form Jackson Jones LLC. Having worked from the perspective of the insurance company, Clint and Isaac gained unique knowledge of how to best present personal injury claims to receive full compensation for damages suffered by injured people.
Now, Jackson Jones Law is Clint Jones’ venue to do what he does best: litigate claims on behalf of injured persons.
I like my team. Our practice is nimble, so we can focus on each client. I don’t run a big firm on purpose. I want my clients to feel known, and important to me. I try to help each person that calls my firm, but I don’t take every case. I owe it to my clients to keep a modest number of cases so I can focus on them. Is that good business? Economically, no, probably not. But I am a firm believer that by thoroughly knowing my client’s cases, and being available to them as they require, that I am able to ring out the most compensation possible for the client. I never want to end up like a large firm, forced to churn out cases to meet monthly revenue requirements. That simply doesn’t behoove the client, nor speak well of the practice of law.
Every day we help injured people understand their circumstances and the law. We provide free consultations on wrongful death and personal injury cases. The most important goal of those consultations is to provide the answers people need, without the pressure of having to retain me as their lawyer. I want people to be free to call with a question, and not feel like they are required to sign on as my client. Loved ones of those wrongfully killed, and injured persons should be able to get the answers they need so that they have the knowledge necessary to make the best decisions for themselves and their family – beginning with: ‘do you even need an attorney?’
First, my oath requires me to protect my client, and keep confidential all information related to their case which is not publicly known. Jury awards are public information, meaning that they are made available to the public. But because they are often not publicized, it stands to reason that it is more important to protect my client who receives significant compensation from unwanted contacts, than to make known a result in order to market my firm. Second, while I know it is popular among my colleagues to advertise the large award they recently got for a client, I am convinced that this type of marketing is at the root of why the general public dislike attorneys. It suggests to the public that we merely care about money and that dollars can fix everything. Worse, they often deceive the public by not explaining the award is actually capped by statute, and the client didn’t actually receive that amount.
Absolutely not. The simple truth is that the majority of personal injury cases are not appropriate for trial. I must stress that each case must be evaluated on its own facts and applicable law, but quite often the economics of the case, not necessarily the law, make trial of the case untenable. There is a perception that personal injury lawyers get our clients the most money by big jury awards, but that is not necessarily a correct perception. The question is not if a jury will award a large sum of money, but rather, will the client net more compensation in their pocket by settling, rather than trying the case.
Each case is unique, so sometimes yes, sometimes no. That is why we provide free consultations. Injured persons can call in and receive a free consultation. And one of the main issues we help them understand is whether their case would benefit from having an attorney. Often the answer to that question is that the case does not warrant hiring an attorney. In other cases the injured person values most, having a lawyer handle the claim. We try to help people arrive at those answers without pressure, and free of charge.
I specialize in personal injury, so generally speaking, I really enjoy this area of law. I enjoy challenging cases; cases where, for instance, the factual circumstances are difficult, or the pertinent law is in a state of change. I think the most rewarding cases are those where change happens because of your work: a guardrail is installed and a roadway becomes safer; businesses are more thoroughly vetted for fire safety and a second hazard is avoided; or, a problematic traffic light system is corrected.
Generally speaking, as it pertains to talking about myself, or marketing the workings of my firm, I dislike the use of that type of “fighter” language. I’ve litigated hundreds of cases in a workmanlike manner. I realize that people may be drawn to the “fighter” image. Frankly, nothing could be less helpful to an injured person than a lawyer who is most concerned with acting like a tough guy. To me, what you do is what matters. I will say that my team is competitive; that we have a track record of contending for the best result possible for the client.
When I was young, my brother was hit by a drunk driver. He needed hospitalization and critical care for months. He still suffers from the injuries incurred in that accident. During that time, I saw firsthand how his personal injury attorney helped him get the care he needed, and compensation. I know what it is like for a family to not know exactly what to do when someone you care about is hurt. There are so many questions about how insurance works, and how to pay the bills. It can be overwhelming. In short, I was inspired by seeing how the attorney was able to help my brother and our family.
I learned how to practice law at a moderately large firm, by Oregon standards that is. The lawyers who mentored me are fantastic. So I will never knock the larger firms; they have their place. For me, however, I prefer the smaller, more nimble practice. Litigating a case requires focus, and the ability to be flexible. My practice is just that. Focused on each of our client’s cases; ready to adjust when necessary. I often tell clients: “you can call the office, and whoever you speak to will be familiar with your case, and able to help you.”
Boxing, although nowadays it’s typically versus a bag. Anything in the Oregon wilderness. Birding, gardening, chess and practicing bad carpentry also take up significant parts of my free time. I enjoy biblical archaeology and learning Hebrew. Traveling with my wife, or meeting family members for a weekend is fun too.
Quite often, yes. Each case is different and requires specific evaluation, but it is safe to say that any case involving catastrophic injury or wrongful death would benefit from having an attorney handling the claim.