CRIMINAL DEFENSE / DUI TRAFFIC / INVESTMENT FRAUD / WRONGFUL TERMINATION
Attorney James Sidney Jones is a graduate of Duke University, the University of Akron School of Law (JD), and Georgetown Law (Masters of Law in Securities Regulation). He has successfully represented clients in dozens of Ohio, Federal, and Appellate courts, as well as plaintiffs and defendants in securities fraud and wrongful termination arbitrations. Attorney Jones has been admitted to practice in Ohio since 1994.
"Throughout my life as a lawyer, teacher, stock broker, and small business owner, as well as an employee, I have become more and more convinced that our systems are rigged in favor of rich and powerful white people.
"Whether it is a BS traffic stop (a recent article revealed that Baltimore suburban cops are so bored that they routinely run plates on old cars all during their shift and then look for a reason to stop them) that captures people of color in the criminal justice system (also see Stanford University's nationwide Open Policing study on traffic stops), or unequal treatment of students of color in schools, or dishonest financial managers, or unethical employers or co-workers, it is becoming increasingly difficult for non-rich people to maintain any fairness of treatment or opportunity.
"My purpose in life is to fight aggressively and relentlessly for any person who has been wronged."
The first step in both adult and juvenile cases is to work with you and your family members to develop a plan to secure the best possible result. The goals of crime punishment are changing rapidly in our society and courts. The correlations between Adverse Childhood Events (ACE), mental health, literacy rates, school truancy, and being caught in the criminal system are now well documented and need to be thoroughly advocated to a court by an attorney who understands and cares about you and your circumstances.
In addition to my work as an attorney, I have been a regular and substitute teacher and special needs assistant in Charleston County, Denver City, and Youngstown City schools, a volunteer Child Advocate, and a volunteer for a human trafficking recovery organization. This experience is invaluable when fighting for the rights of the accused and victims.
Whether you are charged with a crime, are involved in a domestic dispute, are contesting child custody, or have been accused or victimized in any way I will fight for your rights with passion, knowledge, and integrity.
Securities and financial fraud takes many forms. I have extensive experience, as both an attorney and former stockbroker and securities compliance officer, with financial laws and regulations, the litigation and arbitration process, and the roles of the various government agencies in securities and financial law enforcement. I represent victims and the accused. If you have been wrongfully treated by a stock broker, investment adviser, insurance agent, or financial institution, or are being investigated by Federal or state securities, banking or insurance regulators, you need an experienced attorney.
The Republican (read rich white) majority on the Ohio Supreme Court made the bringing of a wrongful employment termination lawsuit even more difficult in February 2020. Regardless, there are classes of workers that are protected from the disguised veil of "employer discretion." These include older employees (the age keeps changing) and employees of certain ethnic, gender, and religious groups, and workers with a physical or mental disability.
Employers can also be held liable for terminating an employee who complains of sexual or physical harassment, or who is injured on the job and files a Workers Comp claim. Even if not terminated, an employee who is subjected to sexual, verbal or physical harassment may also have a legal claim.
Some employees have employment contracts, either specifically in writing or implied by the employer or a superior's statements or actions. Either way if you are terminated for a "non-cause" reason (example of "for-cause" would be if you stole from your employer) you may be entitled to money damages and/or restoration of your employment, if feasible.
If you feel you have been wrongfully terminated and are in one of the protected classes, or feel that you have been retaliated against by your employer for any reason, call me and we will discuss your rights under both Ohio and Federal law.