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State Bar of Georgia

Dawn Jones Receives State Bar Commitment to Equality Award

May 19, 2017
Contact: Sarah I. Coole or sarahc@gabar.org

Atlanta – Dawn M. Jones of The Firm of Dawn M. Jones LLC in Atlanta received the 2017 Commitment to Equality Award, presented May 4 by the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession.

Jones is also secretary-elect of the State Bar of Georgia and will be installed into that office in June during the Bar’s Annual Meeting at Jekyll Island. She presently serves on the Executive Committee of the State Bar. She is a past president of Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, a past president of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, a past chair of the State Bar of Georgia Advisory Committee on Legislation and a past chair of the State Bar of Georgia Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee for District Five. She has held other leadership roles in local voluntary bar associations and organizations throughout the state. Jones has received numerous honors and awards, including the State Bar of Georgia Thomas R. Burnside Jr. Excellence in Bar Leadership Award (2014-2015) and the Atlanta Bar Association Leadership Award (2012).

Jones, a native of Alexandria, Va., and a resident of Cobb County, is a graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2000. Prior to pursuing her law degree, she worked for 14 years as a critical care registered nurse in various hospital intensive care unit settings. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in critical care nursing/clinical nurse specialist from Georgetown University.

Jones’ plaintiff-focused personal injury law practice includes medical negligence, wrongful death, motor vehicle collisions, serious slip and falls, and nursing home negligence matters. Before starting her own firm, Jones worked as a senior personal injury defense attorney at King & Spalding LLP, as an associate general counsel for the Grady Health System and as an insurance defense associate with the firm of Cozen O’Connor.

The Commitment to Equality Awards recognize the efforts of lawyers and legal employers who are committed to providing opportunities that foster a more diverse legal profession for members of underrepresented groups in Georgia. The awards are presented to lawyers who not only personally excel in their own practices, but who have also demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.

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The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 49,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.