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April 17, 2015

Clarence Darrow: Stories of a Trial Lawyer performed by Judge Michael W. Jones, Placer County Superior Court

Lou Ashe Series 2015 | Clarence Darrow: Stories of a Trial Lawyer

Performed by Judge Michael W. Jones, Placer County Superior Court

April 17, 2015
24th Street Theater
2791 24th Street Sacramento CA 95818


Michael Jones has performed in several stage productions including The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys N' Dolls, Gypsy, Jekyll & Hyde, Urinetown, Cinderella, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, Footloose, and several others including Clarence Darrow: Stories of a Trial Lawyer which he wrote. He was an Elly Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

He is a Judicial Master with the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, the finest Inn in America. As a lawyer, he was a prosecutor and later a senior partner in a civil law firm. His trials number in excess of 75 and included death penalty cases in criminal law and multi million dollar verdicts in civil cases. He was named one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers in California by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has received the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. He has taught and written materials for the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA), American Prosecutors Research Institute, private civil law organizations including Lorman Education Services and National Business Institute, in Trial Advocacy, Evidence, Ethics, and Cross Examination. He served on the CDAA Ethics Committee and was a hot-line advisor on ethics issues for prosecutors.

Before entering law school, Mr. Jones had a career in law enforcement, including undercover work in South Central Los Angeles with a focus on gangs, vice and narcotics cases. He was a member of the California Gang Investigators Association. He later focused on major fraud cases including working undercover to infiltrate organized crime rings. He received his P.O.S.T. training and certification from Golden West College with additional specialty training from the Los Angeles Police Academy.

He is a founding member of Prime BioPharama LLC, a biopharmaceutical company with patents utilized in immunotherapy drugs to fight cancer.

Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Placer on December 25, 2012.