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M. Scott Jones

Partner
Litigation
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Scott is a Partner who practices both in the Jackson and Memphis offices. He practices primarily in the areas of business litigation, construction, employment, and economic development. Scott has litigated cases in employment, banking, bankruptcy, construction, education, healthcare, contracts, and insurance coverage. Additionally, Scott counsels start-up, developmental stage and emerging companies on various matters, including venture capital and other financings options. He also routinely advises companies, partnerships and municipal boards regarding legal risks and/or business opportunities.

Before attending law school, Scott was a pricing and revenue analyst in the technology sector of a Fortune 500 company. He relies on this business experience to identify the many issues his clients may face in litigation or in making business decisions.

His significant representations include:

  • Litigating contract disputes, shareholder disputes, employee matters, insurance coverage issues, trademarks, antitrust claims, and other commercial litigation matters. Below are examples of Scott’s litigation experience:
    • In Re Evans, 460 B.R. 848 (Bankr. S.D. Miss. 2011) (and other related cases) – Negotiated and completed $10 million property transaction through bankruptcy court, obtained summary judgment on numerous claims asserted in bankruptcy court adversary proceedings, and ultimately defended claims at trial arising out of multi-million dollar mortgage fraud.
    • Hybrid Kinetic Auto. Holdings, Inc. v. Hybrid Kinetic Auto. Corp., 629 F. Supp. 2d 618, 620 (N.D. Miss. 2009) – successfully resolved a partnership dispute on a multi-million dollar proposed manufacturing facility in Mississippi.
    • Alderwoods Mississippi, Inc. v. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home, LLC, 2009 WL 161825 (S.D. Miss. Jan. 22, 2009) – successfully defended client in a trademark dispute and preliminary injunction hearing.
    • Lloyd's v. Hamilton, 2010 WL 3275309 (S.D. Miss. Aug. 17, 2010) – obtained summary judgment on declaratory judgment action filed to resolve insurance coverage dispute.
    • May v. Adirondack Timber I, LLC, 2013 WL 3605341 (Miss. Ct. App. July 16, 2013), reh'g denied (Nov. 26, 2013) – Lead counsel at trial in successfully obtaining right-of-way easement on behalf of landlocked client and defended and prevailed on multiple appeals.
  • Regularly advising business owners, banks, and subcontractors on various matters including:
    • employment policies and disputes, including litigation arising from claims of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation;
    • strategies to minimize the risks of litigation;
    • maximizing economic development opportunities; and
    • serving as outside general counsel to companies and boards of directors.
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts for businesses and individuals.
  • Experience is assisting clients to obtain funding/financing through traditional, non-traditional and public sources.
  • Working with start-up and young businesses to develop business plans and corporate governance documents.

Scott is active in the community by participating with the Mississippi Economic Council and serving as clerk of the Session at Highlands Presbyterian Church. He is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Mississippi and sits on the board of directors for Reformed University Fellowship – Midsouth, which covers West Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. Scott is also active in providing pro bono legal services to people unable to afford legal service.

While in law school, Scott served as the chairman of the Moot Court Board. He also argued in the final round of the Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Competition in New York and won the Best Brief award. He has continued working with the Moot Court program as a mentor and coach to law students.

Scott counts Winston Churchill and the theologian Charles Hodge among those he admires in history. Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, listening to live music, playing tennis and golf and has his private pilot’s license.