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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq.

Jones & Associates, PC, Attorneys at Law
  • Criminal Law, Divorce, Insurance Defense...
  • Tennessee
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A graduate from the George Washington University Law School (GW), Kent T. Jones is the Owner and Managing Partner of Jones & Associates PC. Kent's undergraduate work at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville was in English and Honors Political Science. At GW, Kent placed first as an oralist in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals of the Phillip Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and was appointed to be a Member of the GW Moot Court Board. Additionally, he served as President of the GW International Law Society, sponsoring speaker panels on international trade law, international criminal law, international human rights law and other areas, including, but not limited to sponsorship of an International Law Weekend with the Georgetown University Law School with a speaker from the U.S. Department of Commerce. After clerking for a prominent federal securities law firm and international trade law firm, both in Washington, DC, he secured an in-house position with a corporation in Chattanooga, Tennessee, producing contracts for Fortune 500 companies. During the next 13 years, Kent did predominantly insurance and workers' compensation defense work for a regional law firm, where he was a Senior Partner, with the execption of one and one half years with a plaintiff's employment discrimination law firm in Chattanooga. He formed Jones & Associates PC in April of 2012, and the core areas of practice developed into insurance law, divorce, criminal defense and personal injury, as well as other assorted assignments involving real estate, commercial creditors bankruptcy, wills, conservatorships, guardian ad litem work and workers' compensation. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees for a local, private Episcopal School and has participated in volunteer activities in the Hamilton County community, mostly involving health and children.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • Insurance Defense
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employment Law
  • Free Consultation
    For billable cases, the first consultation is free.
  • Contingent Fees
    For workers' compensation plaintiff's cases, the fee is 20% of the total indemnity award. For other liability cases, it is 33 1/3 % or 40% if it goes to appeal.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    I graduated from the George Washington University National Law School, where I was a Member of the Moot Court Board.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
6th Circuit
Federal Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner and Managing Partner
Jones & Associates, PC
- Current
Associate, Member, Senior Member
Allen, Kopet & Associates, PLLC
In-house Counsel and Corporate Trainer
Harrison Direct, Inc.
International Trade Law Clerk
Graham & James
Conducted research and drafted memoranda on international trade law.
Federal Securities Law Clerk
Routier, Mackey & Johnson, PC
The George Washington University Law School
J.D. (1991) | Law and International Law
Honors: Member, Moot Court Board
Activities: President of the International Law Society
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
B.A. | English and Honors Political Science
Honors: B.A. with Honors
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Moot Court Board Member
George Washington University Law School
First place oralist, second place overall, Jessup Moot Court Comp.
George Washington University Law School
Professional Associations
Cleveland, Tennessee Bar Association # 20158
- Current
Activities: Attend regular informational meetings.
AM Best Top Rated Insurance Attorneys
- Current
UTK Alumni Association
- Current
George Washington University Alumni Association
- Current
St. Peter's Episcopal School Board
Member at Large
Articles & Publications
Divorce in Tennessee - Part 1
Divorce in Tennessee - Part 2
Divorce in Tennessee - Part 3
Where do I begin? I just suffered a personal injury in the State of Tennessee.
Speaking Engagements
Handling the Workers' Compensation Case From Start to Finish, NBI / National Business Institute, Chattanooga, Tennessee
I spoke on both Medical Issues During the Claim and Recovery from Third Parties
Licensed to Practice Law in Tennessee
Tennessee Supreme Court
Admitted to Practice Before the United States Dist. Ct. for the Eastern Dist. of Tenn.
United States District Court
Admitted to Practice Before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Licensed Life, Accident and Health Insurance Provider
State of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance
Websites & Blogs
Jones & Associates, PC website.
Legal Answers
121 Questions Answered

Q. I was charged with theft under $500 2 years ago but now I’m getting charged with $1366 theft from my work place
A: If you could re-think your question and rephrase it, maybe I could answer it. I have no idea what you are making or what your income will be.
Q. In Tennessee can I be detained at Walmart for not showing my receipt?
A: Yes. Walmart is one of the most notorious companies for prosecuting theft, and they can detain you for not showing a receipt for the goods that you took outside of the store.
Q. If the arresting officer was not at court, could you still sign your deal?
A: I think that you can make a deal with the District Attorney. You need to get criminal defense counsel.
Q. My sister is 17 and her bf is 21 and she thinks she is pregnant I was wondering if he could get into trouble
A: Yes. If she is under the age of 18 and her boyfriend is 4 years older than her, it is considered statutory rape.
Q. How much time can some do for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Tennessee?
A: The severity of the punishment for aggravated assault will depend on your intent when the assault occurred. For instance, if the aggravated assault was intentional, then you may be charged with a class C felony in Tennessee. This means that you could spend anywhere from 3 to 15 years in prison if convicted. However, if there is no direct intention to commit aggravated assault and instead the assault was committed due to your reckless behavior, then the charge is considered a class D felony in Tennessee. A class D felony assault charge is punishable by 2 to 12 years in prison.
Q. is discussing local news that involves someone at work classifiable as gossip and fire able offense.
A: I think that you have partially answered your own question. Generally speaking, Tennessee is an employment-at-will State, which means that you can get terminated for any reason or no reason at all, so long as the reason is not illegal or you are protected by contract. Examples of "illegal" activity include, but are not limited to whistleblowing (i.e., turning in the company for illegal activities), being terminated for filing a workers' compensation claim, race, age, sex or religious discrimination, violations with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), violations of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and many others. If you are serious about it and feel that you had a contract or that the company did something illegal, then you should consult with a local employment law attorney.
Q. The police keep showing up at my home without a warrant claiming to be looking for people. Can I file a lawsuit
A: It sounds like an abuse of power on their part. You should consult with a local defense attorney.
Q. I was caught with 1 gram of weed and was given a ticket and a court date. Will this go on my record or go to jail
A: It depends from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. It also depends on whether this is a first time offense for you. There is not enough information to tell you exactly what the District Attorney may offer and may be impossible for us to do anyway. You need to hire an attorney before you go to court.
Q. Do I need to file a police report on someone who intentionally filed a false report on me?
A: You should solicit the advice of a local criminal attorney and he/she will tell you the appropriate action to take.
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