Michael L. Jones

Attorney

Michael@MarkoLaw.com

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  • “Go To Lawyer” (2023) (Negligence Law), by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Only 23 lawyers received this recognition

  • “Employment & Discrimination Law Trailblazer”, National Law Journal (2023)

  • “Plaintiff’s Attorney Trailblazer”, National Law Journal (2023)

  • Chair of the Civil Rights Section of the Detroit Bar Association

  • “Section of The Year Award” (2023), Detroit Bar Association award recognizing work done as head of the Civil Rights Section

  • Selected to serve on the State Bar Law Related Education & Public Outreach Committee

  • Nationally recognized as a “Super Lawyer” (2012 – 2023) 

  • “Go To Lawyer” (2021) (Employment Law), by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  Only 20 lawyers received this recognition 

  • Appointed to Board of Directors (2020), Detroit Bar Association

  • Named “Lifetime Fellow” (2020), Detroit Bar Association

  • “President’s Award” (2018) for Civil Rights Work, Most Prestigious Award by Detroit Bar Association.  This award recognizes an attorney whose early career has exhibited high standards of service to the profession, his or her clients, and the public

Michael L. Jones grew up in a rural town outside of Toledo, OH. In 2003, Mr. Jones graduated from Bowling Green State University in Education. Later that year, Mr. Jones moved to Berkeley, CA. He taught 4th, 5th, and 6th graders history through the use of a time machine, music, costumes, and props. Mr. Jones also worked as a community organizer with at-risk youth in an effort to curb teen pregnancy. He witnessed the injustice toward lower income families, people of color, and the plague of institutionalized racism. He felt powerless to fight against this injustice in his role as community organizer.

So, in 2014, Mr. Jones enrolled in law school at Sacramento, California’s McGeorge School of Law. While at McGeorge, Mr. Jones excelled. He won best Opening Argument in McGeorge’s Mock Trial Competition in 2016. In his final year, he competed on McGeorge’s mock trial team, where he earned recognition as Best Overall Advocate. His team won runner-up in the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial, won the AAJ Regional Mock Trial, and competed in the National AAJ Mock Trial Championship.  He was a Dean’s List recipient all three years of law school, earned the Barrister’s Award, and served on the administrative board as the student liaison. For his final semester, he served as a full-time extern for the Honorable Justice Kathleen Butz of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal. He graduated in the top-15 percent of his class.

After law school, Mr. Jones worked for a record breaking law firm that represented employees. Mr. Jones learned the importance of case organization, attention to detail, and case framing. In 2020, he assisted in obtaining a $3.5 million verdict for a wrongfully terminated employee. He also negotiated several six-figure confidential settlements for his clients.

In 2021, Mr. Jones decided to return home to be close to family. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2021. Mr. Jones is also admitted to practice in California, the Eastern District of California, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Western District of Michigan. He enjoys representing people, standing up against corporate abuse, and fighting back against bullies.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Michigan

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • Colorado (Pro Hac Vice)

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (Pro Hac Vice)

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)

Published Appellate Decisions

- Lowrey v LMPS & LMPJ, Inc, 313 Mich App 500, 503; 885 NW2d 638 (2015)
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Cahoo v SAS Analytics Inc, 912 F3d 887, 892 (CA 6, 2019)
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West v Dep’t of Natural Resources, NW2d; 2020 Mich. App. LEXIS 5069, at *1 (Ct App, Aug. 6, 2020)
- Sexton v. Cernuto, 18 F.4th 177 (6th Cir. 2021)
- Miller v. Mich. Dep't of Corr., No. 356430, 2022 Mich. App. LEXIS 5095 (Ct. App. Aug. 25, 2022), lv granted Miller v Dep't of Corrections, 511 Mich 860 (2023)
- Nugent v. Spectrum Juv. Just. Servs., 72 F.4th 135 (6th Cir. 2023)

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