WILMINGTON, N.C., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Now in his fourth decade practicing personal injury law, Greg Jones' success in his home state of North Carolina (previously he had 12 offices in both Carolinas) and throughout the U.S. and now Puerto Rico is grounded in his humble background growing up in and around Charlotte.
While many of his classmates at the University of North Carolina School of Law grew up in well to do families, he paid his way through school working as a teaching assistant, tutor to dyslexic kids, a cafeteria worker, a bagboy, a janitor and pipefitter. The fact that Jones didn't grow up with a "silver spoon in my mouth" has helped him relate to and empathize with thousands of appreciative clients – and provide "the results, compassion and respect you deserve" - as a member in other firms and as the founder of Greg Jones & Associates, which he launched in 1998.
"The best part of having these jobs while working my way up is that I developed a strong work ethic and desire to help people in need," he says. "They gave me a lot of real world experiences I could draw from to work with individual clients to help resolve their cases. It helps me build an instant rapport. I really care about these people. I think back to what it was like when I got injured or sick and missed a week of work and was kicked out of my apartment."
That spirit of compassion and service remained a core part of Jones' business aesthetic as he became one of the legal industry's top personal injury practitioners. In addition to his previous listing as a top attorney in Super Lawyers® magazine, he has been recognized by Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Who's Who in American Law, Best Attorneys of America, Top Lawyers in North Carolina and Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. Recently, his firm was featured as North Carolina's Most Influential Law Firm of 2016. He is also licensed to practice in South Carolina, Georgia and Texas.
In addition, he is an active member in a number of local, state and national trial lawyers associations and frequently travels to conferences and lectures, where he consults with other attorneys regarding personal injury representation. Attorneys throughout the country have turned to him for his innovation, advice and leadership. Other areas that Jones has been known for are nursing home negligence, long term disability claims, worker's comp and Social Security Disability.
Despite his many years of favorable verdicts and settlements on individual injury and accident claims (car, trucking and motorcycle accidents, premises liability, dog bites, etc.), Jones has made a conscious shift these past two years to scale down those cases in favor of mass torts involving dangerous pharmaceuticals, medical devices liability and Mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer. He transferred those smaller cases to his associates and another law firm. Now, he frequently travels across the U.S. attending conferences and representing clients nationwide in Mesothelioma, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and other dangerous drug cases.
Jones enjoyed going against companies for manufacturing harmful drugs. It opened him and Greg Jones Law to a new world of practicing that involved multi-district litigation, the exact opposite of a class action lawsuit. MDL refers to a special legal procedure designed to speed the process of handling complex cases, including product liability lawsuits.
Jones applies the same litmus test when he considers cases involving medical device cases for such things as failed metal hip and knee replacements. He's worked on cases against the medical device giant Medtronic and on others involving hernia mesh and transvaginal mesh.
"For me," he says, "the real payoff is an emotional one, where my client looks at me with tears in his or her eyes, telling me my efforts have changed their lives for the better – that I was able to take something that might be the worst thing that ever happened to that person and make things better. I can't make their pain go away, but I can try to make the situation as good for them as I possibly can."
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SOURCE Greg Jones & Associates