Author Bio - Sharon E. Jones
Sharon E. Jones is a lawyer by training and a diversity consultant who specializes in working with and training individuals, law firms, corporations, nonprofits, educational institutions, and other types of organizations. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College and the founder and CEO of Jones Diversity.
From 1985 to 1989, Ms. Jones served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, based in Chicago, where she conducted federal grand jury investigations and trials in high-profile white-collar criminal cases. In private law practice, she was a partner at Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert & Matz in Los Angeles. In addition to her litigation practice, she was responsible for all in-house continuing legal education, as well as advising clients on a variety of employment and workplace harassment issues. Ms. Jones was Of Counsel at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in Los Angeles, where she created and implemented its litigation training as well as firm-wide orientation training and evaluation programs. She has taught trial advocacy, both as an adjunct professor at Northwestern Law School and at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
In the corporate sector, Ms. Jones managed litigation matters worldwide for Abbott Laboratories, advised senior leadership in matters of crisis management, and fashioned creative solutions to highly complex business issues. After leaving Abbott Laboratories, Ms. Jones acted as Senior Counsel at SBC Communications (now AT&T).
From 2000 to 2001, Ms. Jones served as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Private Antitrust Litigation Committee, and, from 1994 to1995, she was Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association West Coast Committee of White Collar Crimes. She is a co-author of two Bar Association reports, providing consulting advice to Los Angeles County: "The City in Crisis-A Report by the Special Advisor to the Board of Police Commissioners on the Civil Disorder in Los Angeles" (October 1992) and "Report of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Advisory Committee for the Office of the District Attorney" (September 1994). Ms. Jones is also the author of "Structural Equity - Key Components for a Successful Inclusion Initiative" (April 2018) published in The Diversity Agenda by Ark Group.
Ms. Jones served as Counsel of Record in the amicus curiae briefs of two cases filed in the United States Supreme Court by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Chicago. In Grutter v. Bollinger and the University of Michigan (2003) she supported diversity in higher education; in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District (2006), she supported the right to voluntarily desegregate public schools.