170 Mason Street, Greenwich, CT 06830

Michael J. Jones

Phone: 203-661-6000
Location: Greenwich, CT
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Michael J. Jones was born in New York City. He graduated cum laude and with High Honors from Colgate University in 1980. He attended Boston College Law School where he received his J.D. in 1983. Mr. Jones began his legal career as an associate with Whitman & Ransom. He was a name partner with O'Connor, Morris & Jones from 1987 to 1995, when he joined Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC as a partner in the litigation department.

Mr. Jones' areas of practice include commercial and corporate litigation, personal injury and wrongful death, residential real estate, criminal law, and estate litigation. He presently chairs Ivey, Barnum & O'Mara, LLC's litigation department and is one of the firm's Managing Members.

Mr. Jones is highly respected for his reasoned approach to dispute resolution and settlement negotiation, providing practical advice for clients during the entire litigation process. Mr. Jones regularly serves as a Special Master/Mediator in the Stamford Superior Court. His litigation client base includes individuals as well as business and financial institutions, large and small. Mr. Jones has been instrumental in building the firm's Personal Injury/Wrongful Death practice into one of the premier tort recovery groups in the Tri-State area.

Mr. Jones' residential real estate practice encompasses all aspects of real estate transactions from contract through closing, for buyers and sellers throughout Connecticut and New York. Mr. Jones acts as counsel to the Greenwich Association of Realtors.

Mr. Jones is active in the community. He is a member of the Advisory Board for, and General Counsel to, the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance and a past member of the Board of the Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation. He has done volunteer work for the United Way and is a member of the Colgate University President's Club and the Colgate Football Maroon Council.

Media Appearances

Mr. Jones has appeared as a legal commentator on various national television programs and outlets, including Fox News, NBC News, NBC's Today Show, MSNBC Live, CNN's OutFront with Erin Burnett, and locally on News 12 Connecticut and NBC 30 Hartford News.

Practice Highlights

Mr. Jones has been lead counsel on behalf of the family of the late George Smith, in the renowned case involving the honeymooner's disappearance from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in 2005.

In June, 2012 Greenwich Magazine featured a cover story entitled "Mystery At Sea" about the Smith case. The story noted in part that Mr. Jones has for "six years…pursued the Smith case with a cop's tenacity—a tenacity no doubt bequeathed by his late father, a New York City police detective stationed at Fort Apache, the legendary South Bronx precinct. "I've made it my mission to push this case to the point where George's killer is indicted and convicted," says Jones.".

The Greenwich Magazine article was featured on a billboard in Times Square in May, 2012:


On January 6, 2012, Mr. Jones appeared on NBC's Dateline, an hour long show about Mr. Smith's disappearance and also on NBC's Today Show with Matt Lauer. CBS News - 48 Hours featured an hour long update of the George Smith case in a special which aired on July 5, 2014. A good portion of the 48 Hours show focused on Mr. Jones' attempts to obtain justice for Mr. Smith.

Practice Areas

Education and Admissions

  • Colgate University
  • Boston College Law School
  • State of Connecticut
  • State of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Greenwich Bar Association (Past President, 2007)
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
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