Chris Jones represents a variety of emerging growth companies throughout their life cycles. He enjoys helping companies and founders build strong foundations that will enable them to grow, thrive and generate positive impact. He advises companies on a range of matters, from formation to acquisition.
Chris brings significant startup experience to his practice. He cofounded a SaaS company in Austin, Texas, and helped launch NLand, North America’s first inland surfing destination. In addition to leading NLand’s media and creative direction, Chris worked with executive leadership and outside counsel on a range of corporate, media and regulatory matters. NLand was acquired by the World Surf League in 2018.
Chris began his legal career as an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in its White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Group in Washington, D.C. He represented public companies, financial institutions and individuals in white-collar criminal and civil matters, with specific focus on SEC enforcement actions.
Prior to attending law school, Chris worked as a senior political reporter and weekend anchor for a CBS affiliate in Iowa, where he covered the 2008 Iowa Caucuses and 2008 General Election. While in Iowa, Chris earned two Associated Press awards, two Emmy nominations and he was a member of a reporting team that won an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting in 2009.
Chris is dedicated to applying his legal and media experience to give back. In 2011, he produced Forced Out, a short documentary with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti on housing rights and he has worked on projects with the UN Development Programme, the Media Foundation for West Africa, and the Haitian Ministry of Justice.
Chris received his JD from Duke University. While at Duke, Chris founded the Haiti Legal Advocacy Project and served on the boards of the Duke Law Journal, Moot Court, and Duke Law Innocence Project. He received his BA from BYU. He’s admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia. California bar exam results pending.