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Jones, Barbara S.
Barbara S. Jones
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Barbara S. Jones, former judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, focuses her practice on corporate compliance issues and internal investigations.

During her 16-year term in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Jones presided over a diverse range of cases, including accounting and securities fraud, antitrust, fraud and corruption involving city contracts and federal loan programs, labor racketeering and terrorism.

Prior to her U.S. District Judge nomination in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, she served as Chief Assistant to Robert M. Morgenthau, then-District Attorney of New York County. Previously, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. In that role, she tried a number of significant organized crime cases, which led her to serve as the chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force in Manhattan. Judge Jones began her career as a special attorney in the Honors Program of the U.S. Department of Justice, assigned to the organized crime unit of the Criminal Division.

Judge Jones has served as an adjunct assistant professor at Fordham Law School and New York University School of Law.

Judge Jones is a member of the Judicial Proceedings Panel, tasked with conducting its own an independent review of Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the military’s rape statute.

In 2014, Judge Jones was selected by the NFL to arbitrate the appeal over the discipline given to ‎Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who faced accusations of domestic violence. Judge Jones ‎heard the case and issued a decision granting Rice’s appeal, throwing out the ‎suspension on the grounds ‎that he had not misled the NFL.

Judge Jones chaired the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel, created by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013, aimed at assessing the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of sexual assaults in the military. The ‎panel issued a report to Congress in June 2014 with 132 recommendations ‎to the ‎Department of Defense.

In May 2010, Judge Jones was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve on the seven-member Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation; she served on the panel until October 2012.

Representative Matters

Conducted an internal investigation into a whistleblower complaint related to the Board of Trustees of the ‎Queens Borough Public Library.‎

Presided over the high-profile trial of Bernard Ebbers, the former CEO of WorldCom. The case was among the largest accounting fraud prosecutions in U.S. history.

Presided over the Department of Justice antitrust enforcement action against Visa and Mastercard, finding that the companies had violated antitrust laws.

Presided over a lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. Her ruling struck down a key section of the Act.


J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 1973
B.A., cum laude, Mount Saint Mary's College, 1968

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


American Bar Association (ABA) Standards Committee for Corporate Monitorships
Criminal Justice Council and Past Member of the Executive and Judiciary Committees, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Past Chairman
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
William C. Conner Intellectual Property American Inn of Court,  Past President
New York County Lawyer’s Association American Inn of Court, Past President


Outstanding Women Lawyers, National Law Journal, 2015
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2015, 2017
Thomson Reuters, New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2016
Editor, Temple Law Quarterly