Accolades

Stephen Jones and his firm is unique in that recognition of success comes from the very highest levels of legal analysts, media sources, judges and other judicial, legal and bar organizations.  All awards and recognitions received over the years cite professionalism, tenacity and exceptional ability.

Stephen Jones is in fact a fearless and aggressive attorney who believes in zealous representation of our clients' interests.  See what others say about Stephen Jones' aggressive defense and ethical principles:


He [McVeigh] has had counsel [Stephen Jones] who has consistently demonstrated his skill and experience as an advocate with a complete and dedicated commitment to his professional responsibility.
— Richard P. Matsch, Chief, US District Court for the District of Colorado, as quoted in United States v. McVeigh, 955 F. Supp 1281, 182 (D. Colo 1997)
Jones is a saavy country lawyer whose foremost “duty” is to force the government to prove it’s case.
— Martha Ezzard, Atlanta Journal, June 10, 2001
Stephen Jones, lead counsel for Timothy McVeigh, conducted a very active and aggressive campaign to mitigate the negative effects of statements from government sources and from broadly circulated speculations about what could be evidence against his client.
— Richard P. Matsch, Chief Judge, US District Court for the District of Colorado, as quoted in United States v. McVeigh, 964 F. Supp 313,315 (D Colo 1997)
Jones represented McVeigh with intelligence and integrity.. We owe Stephen Jones a debt of gratitude.. All of America saw him help us make certain our judicial system worked the way it should
— Frank Keating, Former Governor of Oklahoma, as quoted in Newsday, October 9, 1997
There is no doubt in my mind that Stephen Jones views this [the Oklahoma City bombing] to be a terrible crime... that he can go ahead and represent someone accused of that is the mark of a very professional lawyer.
— Tony Graham, former Federal Prosecutor, as quoted in the Star Tribune, June 20, 1995
Some lawyers aren’t cut out for it [representing McVeigh]. I’m not. But thank heaven for those who are, they make our justice system work.
— Mimi Wesson, Criminal Law Professor at the University of Colorado
...Timothy McVeigh received remarkable assistance of counsel
— Scott Robinson, Denver Trial Lawyer and Legal Analyst for Rocky Mountain News, May 29, 1997
The post-verdict coverage has given us an unusual look at Stephen Jones, the principal defense lawyer. I have been stuck by the uncommon dignity; sense of purpose and duty he has displayed.
— Richard Grossman, Syracuse Post Standard, June 22, 1997
He is not the kind of person who takes his duties as a defense lawyer lightly, especially in a case of this magnitude.
— Phil Brown, Enid News & Eagle
Jones and [U.S. District Judge] Matsch stand out as examples of what the legal profession ought to be about, but seldom is today: placing justice above personal fame, preserving the dignity of the judicial process in a sound bite society.
— Martha Ezzard, Atlantic Journal, June 10, 2001

Stephen Jones was the 1999 recipient of the Chester Bedell Lecture Award. Each year the Florida Bar Association, the fifth largest in the United States, recognizes a single lawyer to deliver a self-composed lecture at the “Chester Bedell Memorial Lecture.” Past recipients include:

  • William Sessions, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Lord William of Mustyn, QC, the Justice of Appeals for the United Kingdom
  • Lawrence Walsh, the Iran-Contra Special Prosecutor
  • Colonel Oliver North’s attorney, Brendon Sullivan, famed lawyer
  • David Boies, former President of the American Bar Association
  • Robert W. Meserve, ethics leader in the legal profession
  • and Benjamin R. Civiliett, former Attorney Genera