Roscoe Jones Jr. is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School who has two decades of experience working in the private and public sectors, including service in all three branches of the federal government.
He currently is a partner and co-chair of the Public Policy Group in the Washington, DC, office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he helps clients navigate complex public policy matters and difficult crises often involving congressional investigations.
On Capitol Hill, Jones served as chief of staff to Rep. Abigail Spanberger; legislative director and acting chief of staff to Sen. Dianne Feinstein; senior counsel to Sen. Cory Booker, where he led the senator's criminal justice reform, civil rights, and homeland security portfolio; and counsel and later senior counsel on the US Senate Judiciary Committee for then-Chairman Patrick Leahy.
At the US Department of Justice, Jones was an appellate attorney in the Civil Rights Division and special counsel to then-Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez. He was an assistant US attorney in the Western District of Washington and special assistant US attorney in the District of Columbia.
Jones has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, Yale Law School, University of Chicago Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University Law School, University of Washington Law School, and Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. A Stennis Fellow, Wasserstein Fellow, and Murnaghan Fellow, he has been published in the Harvard Law & Policy Review. He is a frequent commentator in the press and has been quoted in Roll Call, The Hill, Law360, and others.
Jones has been recognized by LawDragon as one of the top 500 leading lawyers in America, by The Hill as one of Washington’s top lobbyists, and by the National Black Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 Black lawyers in America, and he is Chambers USA ranked nationwide in federal government relations. The National Law Journal has ranked his firm as one of the top government relations and lobbying practices in the nation under his leadership.
He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Bar Foundation. He is the secretary of the boards of the American Constitution Society and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, vice chair of the board of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, executive board member of President Lincoln’s Cottage, and a member of the Stanford Athletic Board, and he sits on the advisory committee of the Center for Democracy and Technology.