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JONES, David E. David E. Jones passed away on June 20, 2018. David is survived by Robin, his wife of more than 23 years, his daughters, Samantha and Jessica, his son, Lance, his daughter-in-law, Shimika, his sister, Donna Northington, and his mother, Mae Jones. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at the Mt. Paran Church of God, 2055 Mt. Paran Road, Atlanta, GA, on July 12 at noon, followed by a reception in the Great Hall. Reverend Derek Grier, founder of Grace Church in Dumfries, VA will officiate. David had a distinguished career of almost 40 years practicing labor and employment law in both the public and the private sectors. Throughout his career, he exhibited the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership and was acknowledged and respected nationwide as a pre-eminent occupational safety and health practitioner. David obtained his bachelor's degree at Cornell University and his law degree at Suffolk University, School of Law. He began his professional career in Atlanta as a trial attorney with the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor, in 1979. Beginning in 1990, he engaged in private practice for several years, and in 1990 he received a presidential appointment to serve as Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. In 1992, David joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., as the firm's first African-American shareholder, for the purpose of establishing a workplace safety practice. At Ogletree, David served as the Chair of the firm's Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group. Under his leadership and vision, the firm developed one of the largest workplace safety practices in the United States. Much of David's practice included serving as a senior strategic advisor to clients on workplace fatalities, catastrophic accidents, and OSHA inspections. His experience in occupational safety and health law included practice in virtually every state. David was also a dynamic public speaker, which served him well throughout his career, and was an effective and caring mentor to many attorneys. David was an active Member and the former Employer Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and for years he was recognized by his peers nationally as one of The Best Lawyers in America. David also enjoyed giving back to the profession by mentoring and helping to develop the careers of other attorneys. Among his civic activities, David served as Member and Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. He was a Member of the Gate City Bar Association, the oldest African-American Bar Association in the State of Georgia. Fitness was also a significant part of David's life. His athleticism emerged early. In high school, David ran track and swam well enough to be a lifeguard at the beach, with many open water rescues. As an adult, he competed in dozens of 5K and 10K races. He challenged himself further by competing in over a half dozen full and half-marathons. Eight years ago, David started training for his first triathlon. His running talent and speed in the water made him a fiercely competitive triathlete. David competed in over a dozen triathlons, including several 70.3 IronMan events, which consisted of swimming, biking, and running 70.3 miles in a single day. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be sent to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (, P.O. Box 1245, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9976.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from June 23 to June 24, 2018
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