Deans Board of Advocates, member
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Mike Jones grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of a lawyer. After graduating from law school, he joined the oldest law ﬁrm in Tyler, Texas – then known as Potter, Guinn, Minton and Dickerson where he has practiced his entire career. He met his wife, the former Pamela K. Wood, also a former Baylor University student, in Tyler. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.
He works at Potter Minton in Tyler, Texas as a Board Certified, Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
J.D., Baylor Law School, cum laude, 1977
- Achievements and Activities:
- Notes and Comments Editor, Baylor Law Review, 1976-1977
- Recipient of the Nat Harris Award, 1977
- Recipient of the William J. Boswell Award, 1976
B.B.A., Baylor University, magna cum laude, 1975
Mike Jones tries lawsuits in state and federal courts. In publications, he has been designated as a “go to” lawyer for Fortune 500 companies in intellectual property litigation. His clients include such entities as Amoco; Alcatel-Lucent USA, Inc.; Apple; Cisco; Fair Interests and Fair Oil Company; General Motors; Google; Halliburton; Intel; Samsung; Texas Lawyers Insurance Exchange and Verizon. His trial experience is unusually broad and extensive and includes a wide variety of civil trials involving intellectual property, oil and gas, defamation, antitrust, lender liability, breach of ﬁduciary duty, fraud, trusts and estates, construction, medical malpractice and personal injury. He has successfully tried cases to verdict for both plaintiﬀs and defendants. On the plaintiﬀ side, he has obtained a verdict reported in the Top Ten Verdicts and Settlements by Verdict Search Texas. On the defendant side, he has obtained numerous defense verdicts including both noninfringement ﬁndings and invalidity ﬁndings in patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas.
- Named a Texas Super Lawyer as published in Texas Super Lawyers Edition/Texas Monthly Magazine, 2004 – 2019
- Designated as a “go to” lawyer for Fortune 500 Companies in patent litigation by publications
- Board Certiﬁed, Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1983; Recertiﬁed in 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2018
- AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating for Very High Ethical Standards and Legal Ability from Martindale-Hubbell
- Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
- Past Chairman of the District 2A Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas
- Past Chairman of the Smith County Bench/Bar Committee
- Past President of the Smith County Bar Association
- Texas Association of Defense Counsel
- Defense Research Institute, Inc.
Mr. Jones has taught in a number of areas. His work for newspapers and television stations led him to teach in the area of media law. He taught Mass Media Law at the University of Texas at Tyler. He has served as a lecturer and faculty member for State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education programs (such as the Advanced Civil Trial Law Seminar and Federal Court Practice.) He has served, repeatedly, as a faculty member of the American Law Institute of the American Bar Association’s “Trial of a Patent Case.” Further, he has served as a speaker at seminars presented by the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, SMU School of Law, Oklahoma Bar Association and other such organizations with regard to such topics as patent litigation, eDiscovery and legal ethics.
His community involvement includes:
- Governor George W. Bush and Governor Rick Perry Appointee and past Chairman of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Aﬀairs
- Governor George W. Bush appointee to the 1995 and 1999 Texas Inaugural Committee
- Past President of Board of Trustees, All Saints Episcopal School
- Past President of Heart of Tyler
- Past President of Historic Tyler, Inc.
- Past Chairman of Deacon Board of Green Acres Baptist Church
- Delegate to Republican National Convention and various oﬃces and positions