Mark A. Jones

336.714.4122
100 N Cherry St, Suite 600
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
mjones@belldavispitt.com
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Mark A. Jones

Mark, a board-certified specialist in both federal and state criminal law, heads the firm’s White Collar and Business Crimes, General Federal Defense, and Government Investigations section. Before joining Bell, Davis & Pitt in 2011, Mark served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina, where he represented the government in hundreds of federal criminal investigations and prosecutions

Within the White Collar and Business Crimes section, Mark represents individuals, corporations,  and executive officers throughout North Carolina facing federal and/or state criminal charges and/or criminal or regulatory investigations.  Mark also represents clients in internal investigations. The firm's white collar and business crimes experience includes:
  • Wire fraud 
  • Bank fraud 
  • Tax fraud and evasion
  • Embezzlement 
  • Insider trading 
  • Securities fraud 
  • Money laundering 
  • Mortgage fraud 
  • Health care fraud 
  • Mail fraud 
  • Computer-based crimes, and all related conspiracies 

Mark also heads the firm’s federal and state general criminal defense section. This practice provides zealous defense against all federal criminal charges, including drug trafficking conspiracies, firearms offenses, counterfeiting, aggravated identity theft, and racketeering (RICO) conspiracies. Mark is admitted in each of the North Carolina's three federal districts, and he provides representation pre-indictment, at trial, and on appeal.

Mark also represents whistleblowers (individuals who are personally aware of a fraud being perpetrated against the federal or state government) interested in pursuing a qui tam suit and/or claims under the False Claims Acts. 

Mark received his law degree with honors, from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. While there, Mark was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, a senior-primary editor of the Georgetown Law Journal's Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (ARCP), and he worked for CQPress, covering the United States Supreme Court.  

Education

Wake Forest University

Georgetown University Law Center; Georgetown Law Journal; senior primary editor of the Georgetown Law Journal's 35th Annual Review of Criminal Procedure (ARCP)

Bar & Court Admittance

North Carolina

United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Professional & Community Activities

current

Criminal Law Specialty Committee, North Carolina State Bar

North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy Class of 2012

Forsyth County Bar Association

Federal bar associations for the Middle and Western districts of North Carolina

Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panels for indigent defendants in the Middle District of North Carolina, the Western District of North Carolina, and the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit.

past

Chair, vice-chair, secretary, Criminal Justice Section,  North Carolina Bar Association 

President, vice-president, Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association

Awards & Honors

Speaker, Judicial Conference of the United States’ Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act Program (Jan. 2016)

North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (2014-2017)

Business North Carolina's Legal Elite in Criminal Law (2013)

Clerkships

The Honorable William L Osteen, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina  (2007-2008)

The Honorable William L Osteen, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina (2007)

The Honorable H. Emory Widener, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (selected to serve 2007-2008)

The Honorable Kathleen H. MacKay, Virginia Circuit Judge, Fairfax County, Virginia (2006-2007)

Awards

Best Lawyers in America® for White Collar Criminal Defense 2017