Jeffrey J.Jones (Jeff)


Detroit + 1.313.230.7950 Columbus + 1.614.281.3950

With over 30 years of experience in class actions, multijurisdictional matters, national arbitration programs, and complex commercial litigation, Jeff Jones is a trial lawyer who has defended clients against damage claims of $1 billion or more. Jeff has tried over 40 cases to courts, juries, arbitration panels, and administrative judges and boards in different jurisdictions throughout the United States and has handled appellate proceedings through every level of state and federal courts. Jeff has also coordinated the defense of over 1,000 arbitrations, many of which proceeded to trial. Jeff has litigated in more than 35 states throughout the United States and served as national or regional coordinating counsel in matters involving securities claims, automotive and supplier disputes, franchise and distribution litigation, contract terminations, alleged product defects, employment disputes, and class actions filed against many of Jones Day's clients.

In addition, Jeff has coordinated numerous internal company investigations for clients of the Firm, including investigations related to accounting matters, revenue recognition, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anticorruption issues, and has assisted with training and compliance efforts arising out of these investigations. Jeff has taken and defended hundreds of depositions involving experts working in the fields of accounting, valuations, marketing, statistics, disease causation, epidemiology, toxicology, accident reconstruction, automotive design, mechanical engineering, biomechanics, and human factors.

Jeff is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and was a member of the American Inns of Court, where he made written and oral presentations on trial issues. He also has spoken or written on numerous litigation topics for CLE seminars, including "Proving Causation in Toxic Tort Litigation" and "Defending Punitive Damage Claims."


  • Manufacturer of bird food defends against putative class actionJones Day defended a manufacturer of bird food in a consolidated putative class action lawsuit alleging that the company sold bird food products that should not have been sold and seeking a refund of funds expended by consumers.
  • Time Warner Cable successfully defends Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuitJones Day represented Time Warner Cable in a case involving allegations related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Chrysler Group defends dealer arbitrationsJones Day assisted client Chrysler Group LLC ("Chrysler") with the defense of twenty-two arbitrations brought by former dealers of Chrysler LLC ("Old Chrysler"), in which those former dealers sought to be added to Chrysler's dealer network.
  • Parts distributor settles antitrust action alleging price-fixing and illegal boycottsJones Day represented a parts distributor in two antitrust class actions filed by plaintiff truck dealers against Detroit Diesel Corporation and its independent distributors in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • GM successfully resolves litigation over allegations of fraud and breach of contract by Chevrolet dealerJones Day successfully represented General Motors LLC ("GM") in litigation filed in federal and state court involving allegations of fraud and breach of contract by a Chevrolet dealer.
  • Chrysler sold to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" after historic court proceedingsAfter a historic battle all the way to the United States Supreme Court, Chrysler LLC sold substantially all of its assets to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" (Chrysler Group LLC) on June 10, 2009, providing the opportunity for its iconic brands and U.S. operations to survive.
  • GM prevails in performance agreement litigationJones Day successfully represented General Motors LLC ("GM") in federal preliminary and permanent injunctive proceedings arising out of an automobile dealer’s refusal to comply with the terms of a performance-related settlement agreement.
  • Multinational corporation conducts review of anticorruption policies and complianceJones Day is advising a multinational corporation in its review of China operations with respect to compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Time Warner resolves securities litigation involving AOL's revenuesJones Day, along with other firms, settled and obtained dismissal of client Time Warner Inc. in a $2.5 billion securities litigation case brought by five Ohio public employee retirement pension funds.
  • GM successfully defends against preliminary injunction proceedings from alleged sale of a dealershipJones Day successfully defended General Motors LLC ("GM") in preliminary injunction proceedings filed in federal court arising out of an alleged sale of a dealership and related claims involving an arbitration conducted under Congressional legislation.
  • Dell obtains dismissal of securities litigationJones Day represented Dell Inc., the individual defendants and present and former directors of Dell's Board in securities litigation, derivative cases, and ERISA class actions filed in the Western District of Texas, Travis County state court and Delaware Chancery court.
  • GM successfully defeats TRO requests and obtains dismissal of three federal actions filed by non-retained dealersJones Day represented General Motors LLC in defeating TRO requests and obtaining dismissals of three federal actions filed by non-retained dealers.
  • GM defends dealership arbitrationsJones Day assisted General Motors and other GM firms in coordinating national defense efforts in hundreds of arbitrations seeking the claimed reinstatement or addition to the dealer network of the new company, General Motors LLC ("GM").
  • Toyota settles putative class action claimsJones Day represented Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. in a putative class action, culminating in a settlement of the claims.
  • GM prevails in action against motor vehicle dealers seeking to enjoin re-establishment of dealership operations in WisconsinJones Day successfully represented General Motors LLC against two new motor vehicle dealers in Wisconsin.
  • Saturn Distribution obtains dismissal of appeal and multiple requests for temporary restraining orderJones Day represented Saturn Distribution Corporation in a proceeding filed by a dealership, Lou Sobh Saturn, Inc., which objected to the alleged opening of a Saturn dealership within 10 miles of the protesting dealer's location.
  • GM successfully defeats RICO claims brought by dealer in 4th Circuit Court of AppealsJones Day represented General Motors Corporation in a lawsuit against GMAC and GM seeking damages for RICO claims related to plaintiff's dealership operations.
  • GM obtains dismissal of all claims in dealership lawsuitJones Day obtained a Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal of a lawsuit against General Motors Corporation in the Eastern District of New York.
  • GM obtains dismissal of case by dealer alleging coercive acts and bad faithJones Day represented General Motors Corporation when plaintiff filed an action against General Motors Corporation and GMAC seeking damages for the "entire" lost "value" of plaintiff's business operations.
  • Additional Speaking Engagements

    • January 15, 2019
      Ethical Issues Facing In-House Counsel Working on Autonomous Vehicles
    • December 4, 2012
      Emerging Privacy & Data Security Issues, Jones Day Columbus CLE University
    • April 2010
      Franchising Disputes: Litigation Risks and Practice Tips, International Franchise Expo