Santa Rosa Law Firm (707) 528-2882

Ross Jones, Partner

Business counseling, employment, intellectual property, complex litigation for Real Estate law firm, Merrill, Arnone & Jones.

“As a business attorney, my goal is to help your company grow and profit. As a litigator, my goal is to keep you out of lawsuits, but if needed aggressively protect your interests.”

    Recent engagements:

  • Entity formation and lease agreements for multi-use real estate project.
  • Asset sale of IT staffing company.
  • Negotiation of multi-million dollar wetlands credits contract with public entity.
  • Trademark acquisition for children’s clothing company.
  • Jury verdict on real estate breach of contract case, recovery of all claimed damages plus attorneys’ fees.
  • Court verdict on breach of contract case, full recovery of contract damages.
  • Settlement of wage-and-hour overtime case, confidential.
  • Dismissal of case alleging trade secret misappropriation.
  • Summary judgment granted to defendant in case alleging business fraud.

Outside of work, Ross has a broad range of community interests. He served on Windsor, California’s first Parks and Recreation Commission, where he was elected both Vice-Chairman and Chairman. His governmental involvement also included an appointment on the Sonoma County Business Crime Prevention Task Force, and selection to Leadership Santa Rosa Class XVI. Ross was also a long-time director of the North Bay World Trade Association, focusing on international business issues, and served on the Sonoma County Bar Association Board of Directors, where he was elected to two terms as Chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law section. Ross’ commitment to community extends to non-profit organizations, including the boards of the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club (President 2007-2008), and Congregation Beth Ami. His interests also include technology-related fields; Ross is a senior editor for “Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity” magazine, and he plays bass guitar in several local ensembles.

Admitted to practice: 1985

Admitted:

  • California and U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Vice Chair, 1993 and Chair, 1994, Town of Windsor Parks and Recreation Commission.

Reported Cases:

  • STX, Inc. v. Bauer, U.S.A., Inc. (1997 N.D. Cal.) 43 U.S.P. Q.2d 1492
  • Rice v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc. (1991) 235 Cal.App.3d. 1016

Education

  • J.D., University of San Diego, 1985
  • B.A.,University of California, Santa Barbara, 1982

Associations

  • Past President, Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club.
  • Board Member, Sonoma County Bar Association (1999-2000)
  • Arbitrator and Discovery Referee, Sonoma County Superior Court
  • Member, Sonoma County Bar Association (Chair, Intellectual Property Section, 1999-2000)
  • Member, County of Sonoma Business Crime Prevention Steering Committee (2000-2001)
  • Member, Leadership Santa Rosa Class XVI
  • State Bar of California