Morris James partner Francis Jones confirmed to Delaware Superior Court bench

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Morris James LLP announced June 8 that Francis J. “Pete” Jones Jr. was confirmed by the Delaware Senate to serve as a judge of the Superior Court of Delaware in New Castle County.

The confirmation follows Gov. John Carney's nomination on March 6. Jones appeared before the Senate Executive Committee and confirmed this as an opportunity to fulfill his life-long desire to serve the citizens of Delaware as a judge.

"We are thrilled Pete is confirmed to serve as a Superior Court Judge," said Keith Donovan, managing partner of Morris James. "He has been with Morris James since 1983 serving his clients, and as an Executive Committee member and chair of the firm's Personal Injury Group. His abundant contributions and sound leadership will remain part of the firm's legacy."

With more than 37 years of practicing law, Jones has helped clients injured in personal injury accidents; several cases were precedent-setting. He also served as an alternative dispute resolution practitioner, serving as both a mediator and arbitrator for Delaware cases. During his career, Jones served as a member of the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, member of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, two-time Delaware Chapter president of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and as a member and chair of the Delaware Supreme Court Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection. Jones has participated in the Delaware Mock Trial Program since its inception in 1993. He has served as coach, judge and as program director. He was instrumental in bringing the National Mock Trial Competition to Delaware in 2008, having served on its board of directors for more than 23 years as chair and on the Chair Rules Committee.

Jones is the recipient of the 2019 Delaware State Bar Association First State Distinguished Service Award, the 2017 Justice Gene Franchini Golden Gavel Award, 2005 DSBA Distinguished Mentoring Award, and the 2008 Middles States Counsel for Social Studies Distinguished Service Award. He ranked as an outstanding attorney in Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers in America, including "Lawyer of the Year," Delaware Super Lawyers and Delaware Today Top Lawyers.

Jones served as a clerk for The Hon. John J. McNeilly of the Delaware Supreme Court after earning his Juris Doctorate in 1982 from The Catholic University Columbus School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in 1979 from The Catholic University of America.