Mark A. Jones

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

Mark A. Jones is a board-certified specialist (in both federal and state criminal law) who heads the firm’s White Collar and Business Crimes, General Federal Defense, and Government Investigations section. Before joining Bell, Davis & Pitt, 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 and Mail fraud
  • Bank fraud 
  • Tax fraud and evasion
  • Embezzlement 
  • Insider trading and Securities fraud
  • Money laundering 
  • Mortgage fraud 
  • Health care fraud   

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).  He also worked for CQPress, covering the United States Supreme Court.  

Education

Wake Forest University

Georgetown University Law Center

         Georgetown Law Journal

         Annual Review of Criminal Procedure

Bar & Court Admittance

North Carolina

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

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

 

Professional & Community Activities

current

Chair, Criminal Law Specialty Committee, North Carolina State Bar

North Carolina Bar Association: Criminal Justice Section, Tax Section

Executive Board Member, Federal Bar Association for the Middle District of North Carolina

Forsyth County Bar Association

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.

Fourth Circuit CJA Appellate Panel Committee Member

 

past

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

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

North Carolina Bar Association Leadership Academy

Awards & Honors

The Best Lawyers In America ® Criminal Defense: White Collar (2023 Edition)

The Best Lawyers in America ® "Lawyer of the Year" for Criminal Defense: White-Collar in Triad (2021)

The Best Lawyers in America ®, Criminal Defense, White Collar (2017-2021)

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

Harvey A. Lupton Award, Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association (2018)

Business North Carolina's Legal Elite in Criminal Law 

North Carolina Super Lawyers (2014-2021)

 

 

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)