Jones Legal Group, LLC is headed by Cynthia B. Jones, a dedicated legal professional well-versed in appellate practice and litigation. Cynthia concentrates her practice on civil and criminal appeals and civil litigation, including constitutional and criminal cases in federal and state courts.

Cynthia's appellate experience includes appeals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Washington and the various Courts of Appeal in Washington. She was named as a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics Magazine from 2023-2017, following recognition as a Rising Star from 2010-2016. She started her legal career clerking for Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Johnson.

Ms. Jones was appointed by the Western District of Washington United States District Court to serve a three-year term as Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit. Lawyer Representatives are chosen to serve three-year terms representing attorneys practicing in each of the Ninth Circuit’s 15 districts in nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions. In 2022, she was elected Vice Chair of the Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee (LRCC) 2022-2025 and will serve on the Judicial Conference Executive Committee (CEC) during her term as Vice Chair of the LRCC.

For more background on Cynthia's work, see her 2022 profile in the KCBA Bar Bulletin by Judge Richard A. Jones, who described her as "a gift to the legal community and a prism of multifaceted talent."

Groups and Associations

Seattle University School of Law, Adjunct Professor (Course: "Federal Litigation," 2022-present)

Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee (LRCC), Chair-Elect (2023-present); Vice-Chair (2022-2023)

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee (CEC), Member (2022-2025)

Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of Washington, Appointee (2021-current)

King County Bar Association Board of Trustees, Trustee-Secretary (2020-2023)

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Lawyer Representative, Chair (2018-2022)

Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, Program Chair (2021-current); Board Member (2021-current); Advisory Council (2019-2021)

Federal Bar Association, Western District of Washington, Nominations Committee Chair (2021-current); Past Presidents Committee Co-Chair (2019-current); formerly President (2017-2018), Vice President, Secretary, Board of Trustees (2015-2016), Membership Committee Co-chair (2012-2014)

American Bar Association, Member Appellate Judicial Division and Criminal Justice Section (2013-current)

Criminal Justice Act Panel for the 9th Circuit, Appointee (2012-current)

KCBA Appellate Practice Section, Executive Committee, Chair (2016); formerly First Vice-Chair, various roles (2011-2015)

Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legislative Committee (2010-current)

Inn of Court, Immediate Past President (2020-2021), Executive Board Member (2008-current); formerly President (2019-2020), President-Elect (2018-2019), Mentorship Chair (2016-2018), Chair of Membership Committee (2013-2016), Treasurer (2008-2011), Member (2006-2008)

Volunteer Park Trust, Co-Chair of the Volunteer Park Trust Amphitheater Campaign (2019-2020)

Seattle University Law Alumni Board, Board Member (2012-2015)

Legal Voice, Board Member (2011-2012)

KCBA Young Lawyer Division, Elected Board of Trustees (2008-2011)

Presenting at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2019


“Persuasive Appellate Brief Writing”, Selecting the Issues on Appeal, sponsored by Pincus Professional Education.
March 19, 2024

“Eighth Annual Advanced Appellate Program” co-presented with Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens. Lessons Learned Across Four Decades of Appeals.
November 7, 2023

“Getting to Know You - A Free FBA WDWA CLE" featuring Chief Judge David G. Estudillo, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; Nicholas Brown, U.S. Attorney, Western District of Washington; and Colin Fieman, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Washington. Moderator.
February 16, 2023

“Seventh Annual Advanced Appellate Program” co-presented with Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens. Creating an Effective Record on Review, inter alia, Understanding How Best to Use It.
November 4, 2022

“Federal Litigation” Course (2022).
Adjunct Professor for Seattle University School of Law.
A course designed to give students access to the federal courthouse, and to take the intimidation out of appearing in federal court. The course will focus on developing advanced skills in both oral and written advocacy.

“My Name is Pauli Murray” Panel Discussion and Screening.
Organized for the Ninth Circuit Historical Society.
With filmmaker Betsy West and panelists Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu, Dean Anthony Varona (Seattle University School of Law), Amrita Mallik (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals). Introduced by Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez and moderated by Beth Bloom, Esq.
June 8, 2022

“Persuasive Appellate Brief Writing” co-presenting with Judge Rebecca Glasgow (Washington Court of Appeals, Division II), Judge Rebecca Pennell (Washington Court of Appeals, Division III) and former Washington Supreme Court Justice, Phil Talmage.
Sponsored by Pincus Professional Education.
March 15, 2022

“Sixth Annual Advanced Appellate Program - Amicus Briefs” co-presented with Lila J. Silverstein.
Sponsored by Pincus Professional Education.
November 17, 2021

“A Day in the Life: A Glimpse Inside a Small Firm Practice.”
Sponsored by the Joint Minority Mentorship program and the King County Bar Association New Lawyer Division.
October 2, 2021

"SCOTUS in FOCUS" / "Tired of These Fools" with Strict Scrutiny.
Listen on Apple Podcasts or watch on YouTube.
Moderator of "SCOTUS in FOCUS" event with the Strict Scrutiny podcast team, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, and the Western District of Washington Federal Bar Association.
June 23, 2021

“In Conversation with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky: A Discussion on Current U.S. Supreme Court Cases of Import and Court Culture.”
Sponsored by the U.S. District Court, Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives, Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society and WDWA-Federal Bar Association
Moderator and interviewer of Dean Erwin Chemerinsky as part of the 2021 Annual Meeting for the U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
May 6, 2021

“Not Farewell but Fare Forward: A Celebration of the Career and Experiences of the Honorable Mary Alice Theiler.”
Sponsored by the WDWA-Federal Bar Association and King County Bar Association
Moderator and Interviewer of Federal Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler on her recent retirement
April 23, 2021

"SCOTUS in the Time of COVID-19."
Sponsored by Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives for the Western District of Washington (WDWA) with the WDWA-Federal Bar Association
Moderated discussion with guest speaker, Washington State's Solicitor General Noah Purcell regarding the case he argued at the Supreme Court of the United States, Chiafalo v. Washington (aka the "faithless electors" case), including discussion of substantive issues of the opinion plus procedural tips on how to prepare for and present a telephonic argument at the high court in the time of COVID-19
July 23, 2020

"Appellate Waivers: Their history, how to avoid them, and how to overcome them."
Presentation to Criminal Justice Act Panel / Federal Defenders for Western District of Washington
July 16, 2020

"The POWER Act: The Western District of Washington's Compliance Program Focusing on Vanishing Native American Women and the Pro Bono Opportunities Advocated by the Alaska Legal Services Corporation" (with Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez)
2019 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
July 22, 2019

“Bridging the Gap” CLE sponsored by the King County Association. “Practice Management Panel for Solos and Small Firms: Nuts & Bolts.”
March 28, 2019

"Tips from the Bench: Effectively Preserving Your Issues for Appeal" (sponsored by Federal Bar Association and King County Bar Association)
Moderator for Panel (with Chief Judge Ricardo S. Martinez, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; Acting Chief Judge Michael J. Trickey, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I; Judge Roger Rogoff, King County Superior Court)
February 10, 2017

"Preserving Issues on Appeal"
Co-presenter to King County Bar Association (Solo/Small Firm Section)
November 9, 2016

"Winning Your Appeal at Trial: Tips on Preservation and Avoiding Error"
Co-presenter to the Washington State Bar Association (Solo and Small Practice Section)
September 22, 2016

Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington annual dinner, 2017


J.D., cum laude, Seattle University School of Law (2006)

     Faculty Scholar Award Nominee, 2006
     CALI Award for Highest Grade in Course (Civil Procedure)
     UCLA National Moot Court Competition, 2005 Quarter-finalist
     Women's Law Caucus, President 2005-2006

B.A., University of Washington (2001)

     Editorial Journalism Major; Political Science Major; Women's Studies Minor
     Dick Larsen Scholarship for Political Writers
     John & Harriet Reid Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Communication