Patrick G. Jones

Rates

Two Party $225.00
Three Party $200.00
Four Party $150.00
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Biography

Patrick G. Jones has been an attorney for over 35 years and brings a very unique and diverse background to his mediation and arbitration practice. He was a CPA with a Big Eight accounting firm; a partner in three major law firms in Atlanta during his first 17 years in private practice; the General Counsel, CFO and head of investor relations of a public technology company; and the Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee off a private technology company for more than 15 years, until it's sale in 2016 for $400 million. Since leaving the public company in 2003, Pat has been a mediator and arbitrator, specializing in commercial and business disputes, and he also returned to practicing law in 2007. Some of his areas of experience are contract disputes, shareholder lawsuits and other securities claims, business divorces, corporate governance matters, accounting malpractice, valuation issues, intellectual property, noncompete and other employment disputes, probate, real estate, taxation, technology, and trusts and estates. In addition, Pat is one of only a handful of people in the Southeast who has served as a Non-IRS Co-Mediator at the IRS Appeals level.

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., with distinction. Emory Law Journal, Executive Notes & Comments Editor; The Order of the Coif (1979)
  • Wake Forest University, B.B.A., cum laude; major in Accounting. Varsity baseball; Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership society (1973)

Bar Admission

  • Georgia (1979)

Professional Experience

  • Friend, Hudak & Harris, LLP (Of Counsel, 2007 to present)
  • PTEK Holdings, Inc., n/k/a Premiere Global Services, Inc. (Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, 1995 - 2003)
  • PTEK Holdings, Inc., n/k/a Premiere Global Services, Inc. (Chief Financial Officer, 1995 - 1998 & 2000 - 2001)
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P. (Partner, 1993 - 1995)
  • Long, Aldridge & Norman (now McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP) (Partner, 1989 - 1993)
  • Kilpatrick & Cody (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP) (1979 - 1989, Partner, 1986 - 1989)
  • Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) (Senior Accountant, 1973 - 1976)
  • Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Compensation Committee of a private technology company for more than 15 years
  • Advisor to the Board of Directors of a private manufacturing company
  • Served as expert witness on partnership law in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 25 years.

Professional Organizations

  • Founding Member, Georgia Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Selected as one of "Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers" in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business & Commercial
  • American Bar Association (Dispute Resolution, Business Law, and Taxation Sections)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Dispute Resolution, Business, Corporate Counsel, and Taxation Sections)
  • Atlanta Bar Association (Dispute Resolution (Board of Directors), Business and Finance, Corporate Counsel, and Tax Law (former Chair) Sections; former Editor-in-Chief of The Atlanta Lawyer)
  • Former Member of Board of Directors of the North Atlanta Tax Council
  • Co-Chair of the Georgia Limited Liability Company Committee, which drafted the Georgia Limited Liability Company Act
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Mediation/Arbitration Training

  • Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service, Inc.: Civil Mediation; Arbitration
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: Introduction to International Arbitration
  • Numerous ADR seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lecturer for ADR programs sponsored by Georgia ICLE
  • Registered Neutral with Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (General Mediation and Arbitration)
  • FINRA (formerly NASD) Arbitrator
  • List of Approved Neutrals in Mediation and Arbitration, Gwinnett County Dispute Resolution Program

Publications

  • Georgia LLC/LLP Handbook (Co-Author, 1995)
  • Numerous articles in professional publications

Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting Malpractice
  • Business Dissolutions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment
  • Franchise
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Claims
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Trusts & Estates