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William A. Jones Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.8   14 reviews

About William

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  1. Criminal defense
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    I have helped clients throughout Western PA obtain favorable outcomes for nearly two decades. My many years in law enforcement enable me to understand how police think and why they do what they do or fail to do what they're supposed to do--it makes a huge difference. Client understanding is job 1, so my clients are encouraged to communicate with me as and when needed, and that job is NEVER passed off to any other attorney, paralegal, or other staff member. The buck stops here where it should.

    27 years, 1,000 cases

My 13 years of experience as a prosecutor in the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General's Drug Strike Force Legal Services Section enabled me to understand criminal investigations and prosecution from the inside out. That experience in the "enemy" camp is  invaluable to my criminal clients in almost all instances. Every effort is made by me to impart my understanding of the system and how each of its component parts intersect, so that each client fully understands the "rules of the game" and the potential consequences of the decisions my clients make after thorough consultation with me. I practice criminal defense throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Licensed for 44 years
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 10/01/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact William

William A. Jones Jr.
1151 Freeport Road
No. 379
Pittsburgh, PA, 15238

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Jason Pennington | May 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Poised and Knowledgeable
Bill was hired on an appeal case in Montgomery County PA. This being perhaps the MOST crooked county in the state. Bill was able to win on the appeal having mandatory minimums removed during re-sentencing. Unfortunately the same unfair, spiteful Judge ran the terms consecutive, which in essence confirmed the "death" sentence of 17-50 years on a 70 year old man, for minimal drug amounts. The System is rigged and crooked but if I had anyone in my corner, I'd want William Jones.
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Posted by Nate | February 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended.
Bill Jones is a well spoken attorney who will listen to your situation and give you the best advice possible. Even though in my situation there is unfortunately nothing that can be done at this time. He will go through everything with you and let you know what is possible and where to go next. Be patient. Legal aid is not a drive thru. It's not bing bang boom and your done. If you want it done right. Take your time. He will listen. Very wise and knowledgeable of the law. Thank you very much for your insight and faith in me. I highly recommend Bill Jones as a competent and capable attorney.
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Posted by Shana | September 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
William A Jones Jr. Is a Boss
He made me feel comfortable and at ease the entire time. Super laid back but very professional at the right circumstances. Bill talked to me at length (for several hours) before I even chose him to represent me, and worked with me on the cost after all things were considered. I recommend Bill to anyone who is ever in need of a criminal defense attorney, or even just as someone to help you get some tough questions answered.
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Pa. needs more lawyers as Attorney Williams A. Jones Jr.
Well, I'm not actually his client, but he gave me his opinion on a specific matter. Bill is very knowledgeable of the law and seems to genuinely care for people and their problems. I truly wish there were more lawyers as attorney William Jones Jr. in Pa. Matter a fact, we need more lawyers like him in the United States as a whole. In Pennsylvania, it is very hard to find lawyers with Ethics, Morals and Dedication to the oath they took on the Bible, to defend the United States Constitution. It's hard to find lawyers, who are man enough to stand up against the Wicked and Evil elements within our Justice System, which is a shame. I give thanks to God that there are people like William A. Jones Jr. He gave me back, 'Hope for the American Judicial System', just by giving me his opinion on a matter at hand. Thank you and God Bless.
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Posted by Ardit | September 15, 2014
Solid authoritative litigator
Professional, knowledgable and the antithesis of what society makes lawyers out to be. Took time out of his schedule to help me out free of charge.
Posted by anonymous | September 11, 2014
AMAZING ATTORNEY!!
Absolutely disagree with the recent negative review listed!!!!! We have had a working legal relationship with Mr. Jones for over a year. Lightning fast responses to all communications with intelligence, assistance, caring and brutal , helpful honesty for all matters. A blessing to have Mr. Jones in our lives!!!
Posted by Mike H. | March 19, 2014
Bill is a great Attorney! Thanks For all your help!
I was having problems with my current Attorney here in Berks county, and Bill contacted me through emails and then called me on the phone. Bill took 2 hours out of his day to discuss my legal options and situation with me. He knew that since I lived all the way across the state that I would probably not be hiring him on as my legal representation, but that made no difference to him. He still went out of his way to contact me and make sure that I fully understood my situation, and offered as much help and advice as he could. I really do wish that Bill lived in my area, I would hire this man in a heart beat with no second thoughts. He seems like he cares alot about his clients, and even those that are just seeking legal advice from him. I could only imagine how well Bill represents his clients, by just the time he spent with me on my own case free of charge with nothing to gain. Bill has spent more time with me, through emails and through telephone conversations, than my current attorney has spent the whole 8 months she has been on my case. I can't thank Bill enough for his advice and his time. I would recommend this man to anyone in the greater Pittsburgh area, with out any hesitation whatsover and fully confident in his ability to get the job done for his clients. I only wish he lived in Berks County. Thank you Bill!
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Posted by anonymous | October 16, 2013
Legal expertise fully explained and provided without condescension.
Mr. Jones represented me in a misdemeanor criminal case. He was willing, even before I was officially a client, to provide me with clear expectations and possible outcomes. While a bit more informal than some, which I actually prefer, he is professional, prompt, thoughtful and helpful. With his assistance, much of my anxiety was mitigated and I was armed with the information I needed to understand the process. I believe that due to Mr. Jone's experience and professional contacts, the case was favorably resolved as expeditiously as possible.
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Posted by girlystuff2 | August 20, 2013
My legal problem,
Mr. Jones was amazing. He went above and beyond my expectations to help me. I will recommend him to any one who has legal problem. He is the best .
Posted by Tessa | August 7, 2013
Compassionate and knowledgeable
Although Mr. Jones had nothing to gain by contacting me, as we are in different parts of the state, he not only answered the question I posted on this site but also took an hour out of his day to call me and discuss my situtation. He gave honest, straightforward advice and was very reassuring. I am very touched and impressed by his kindness. He definitely helped ease my mind in a time of great stress and I will always remember his kindness. I can only imagine the great things he can accomplish for his clients. Definitely recommend!
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Posted by Ashley | February 21, 2013
Amazing Attorney
Mr. Jones was a very kind, and understanding man. He explained everything in great detail to me and helped when I didn't quite understand. Through one of the most stressful times he was so understanding and calming. He helped me to understand better of my situation that I would not have if it wasn't for him. He is very knowledgeable in his field. I would recommend him to anyone that would need legal services.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2013
you are an angel. i thought i would never trust another lawyer
i know if anything can be done he is gonna do it. and he won't mislead me. i just wish we would of had him in the beginning
Posted by J. | December 11, 2012
Great lawyer with expansive knowledge to assist his clients!
Mr. Jones was very helpful during a stressful process. He explained everything in great detail and was available to answer any questions, day or night. With his help I have put a troublesome event in my life behind me and have moved forward on a positive path. I would recommend Mr. Jones to any of my family or friends in need of a dedicated legal servant.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2014
Pitiless Apathy and Indifference
Maybe he knew what he was talking about, but it was impossible to get a response from him after we sent him our money. He also didn't seem willing to take any chances for us or consider anything except a rubber stamped approach to the case. It also seemed that he hadn't made any serious effort to investigate or review our case, as after 6 months of hiring him, he claimed documents didn't exist which did exist, which I then proved by e-mailing them to him. We were left in the dark about what was going on almost the entire time. Overall, it seemed that Mr. Jones simply lacked the passion or drive required to be a vocal advocate for the defense. As such, I cannot recommend his services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • owner-sole practioner
  • William A. Jones, Jr. Attorney-at-Law
  • 1996 - Present
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • Pennsylvania Office Of Attorney General
  • 1990 - 1996
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Allegheny County District Attorney's Office
  • 1984 - 1990
  • Associate
  • Thomson, Rhodes & Grigsby
  • 1980 - 1983
  • Chief law clerk
  • Commonwealth Court Of Pennsylvania
  • 1979 - 1980
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • The Commonwealth Court Of Pennsylvania
  • 1978 - 1979
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Education

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Columbia College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Legal Cases

  • Commonwealth vs T.H.
  • Probation closed in exchange for enrollment in Christian drug rehab in NC

Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Cape Institute Continuing Legal Education
  • criminal defense tactics and ethics
  • 2010
  • Cape Institute Continuing Legal Education
  • criminal defense tactics and ethics
  • 2008
  • Cape Institute Continuing Legal Education
  • criminal defense tactics and ethics
  • 2007
  • Cape Institute Continuing Legal Education
  • criminal defense tactics and ethics
  • 2006
  • Cape Institute Continuing Legal Education
  • criminal defense tactics and ethics
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (61)
Given (29)
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his knowledge and experience and for his commitment to attorney ethics."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Jones. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an experienced, highly respected attorney who always represents his clients with the utmost of skill,knowledge and understanding.i can readily endorse him without hesitation or reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney William Jones Jr.. Donates his time providing thoughtful legal answers on Avvo to assist individuals seeking advice. An asset to the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a knowledge and professional attorney. Answers questions on avvo with a clear understanding of the law. A true asset to the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Other
"Well respected in the community and known for effective advocacy for clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As an attorney with experience both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, Mr. Jones knows both sides of how the law works which gives him an advantage with his clients. His knowledge and experience is superior."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend William Jones, Jr. I have reviewed many of his responses here on AVVO and his knowledge of the law is deep. He provides realistic and sound advice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. After reviewing dozens of Attorney Jones's responses to complicated legal questions it is clear that he has the utmost knowledge of the criminal law and criminal defense. He is a great asset to the criminal defense bar and I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William A. Jones Jr. is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients very, very well. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Pittsburgh Criminal defense Lawyer William A. Jones Jr.
William A. Jones Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Pittsburgh, PA
Licensed for 44 years