Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1973

  • Editor, Temple Law Quarterly

Mount St. Mary's College, B.A., cum laude, 1968

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Barbara S. Jones


Barbara S. Jones was a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for 16 years. Judge Jones handled a wide range of cases relating to accounting and securities fraud, antitrust, fraud and corruption involving city contracts and federal loan programs, labor racketeering and terrorism. In addition to her judicial service, she spent more than two decades as a prosecutor. Judge Jones now brings that deep experience to her private practice, focusing on corporate compliance issues, internal investigations, and service as a court-appointed monitor or special master.

Prior to her nomination to the bench in 1995, Judge Jones was the Chief Assistant to Robert M. Morgenthau, then the District Attorney of New York County. In that role she supervised community affairs, public information and oversaw the work of the Homicide Investigation Unit. Previously, Judge Jones was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. She tried a number of significant organized crime cases in that position, including one of the first Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) cases against New York City’s Bonanno organized crime family. She went on to serve as the chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force in Manhattan, where she coordinated the investigations which led to the successful prosecution of the leaders of each of New York’s five La Cosa Nostra families in the so-called “Commission Case.” She began her career as a special attorney in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice assigned to the organized crime unit of the Criminal Division.

Judge Jones is a graduate of Temple University School of Law. She received her B.A. from Mount St. Mary’s College.

Professional Highlights

  • Judge Jones was selected by the National Football League (NFL) to arbitrate the appeal over the discipline given to ‎Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was accused of assaulting his fiancé. Judge Jones ‎heard the case in November 2014 and issued a decision granting Rice’s appeal and vacating the ‎suspension on the grounds ‎that he had not lied to or misled the NFL. The decision was widely praised, ‎and sets the stage for the NFL to move forward with developing ‎guidelines for disciplining domestic ‎violence in the league, and will ‎help shape the consistent application of disciplinary actions in future ‎cases.‎
  • Judge Jones served as the chair of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel. ‎The ‎panel was created by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 and tasked to ‎review ‎and assess the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of sexual assaults in the military ‎and to make ‎recommendations to improve those functions. After gathering a wealth of evidence, the ‎panel’s work ‎culminated in a report to Congress issued on June 27, 2014, with 132 recommendations ‎to the ‎Department of Defense. Among the many subjects the panel studied they recommended ‎methods: to ‎measure the scope of sexual assault in the military and civilian communities; to ‎strengthen victims’ ‎support services and victims’ rights; to ensure fairness and due process to the ‎accused; and to prevent ‎sexual assaults.‎
  • Judge Jones is currently a member of the Judicial Proceedings Panel, chairing its subcommittee tasked with doing an independent review of Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the military’s rape statute.
  • Judge Jones was appointed by the NYC Business Integrity Commission to monitor a solid waste ‎collection ‎company for industrial and commercial businesses in New York. ‎
  • Judge Jones was appointed by the NYC Department of Investigation and the MTA Office of the Inspector General to serve as the independent monitor of a major construction company in connection with New York’s minority business enterprise laws. 
  • Judge Jones conducted an internal investigation into a Whistleblower complaint related to the Board of Trustees of the ‎Queens Borough Public Library.‎
  • Judge Jones was the first woman to head a U.S. Department of Justice strike force office as the chief of the Manhattan Organized Crime Strike Force in the Southern District of New York.
  • Judge Jones presided over the high-profile trial of Bernard Ebbers, the former CEO of WorldCom. The case was among the largest accounting fraud prosecutions in U.S. history.
  • Judge Jones presided over the Department of Justice antitrust enforcement action against Visa and Mastercard, finding that the companies had violated antitrust laws.
  • Judge Jones presided over Edith Windsor’s lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—Judge Jones’ ruling struck down a key section of DOMA.
  • In May 2010, Judge Jones was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve on the seven-member Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation; she served on the panel until October 2012.

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Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Fordham Law School, 1985-2008
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, New York University School of Law, 2008

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association (ABA) Standards Committee for Corporate Monitorships
  • Past Chairman of the Criminal Justice Council and Past Member of the Executive and Judiciary Committees, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member and Past President, William C. Conner Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
  • Member and Past President, New York County Lawyer’s Association American Inn of Court