A Tribute to David Jones

Our friend and partner David Jones passed away September 8, 2017, from complications of metastatic cancer. David was a partner in Jackson Walker’s Houston office, where he was a member of the firm’s finance and real estate practice groups. David was a trusted lawyer to his many clients, the consummate partner, and a mentor to countless associates over the years.

After serving in the US Army, David attended Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas, where he was a member of the Order of the Barristers and Editor in Chief of the Southwestern Law Journal. David began his legal career in Dallas with the law firm of Thompson & Knight and also served in-house roles at Bank One, Bank United, and with Franklin Bank as its General Counsel. David joined Jackson Walker as a partner in 2015.

“David was a true mentor,” said partner Thad Armstrong. “He took a genuine interest in the careers of the young lawyers at the firm,” Thad added, “and he had an immeasurable impact on my career. That was David. He was named ‘Mentor of Year’ by the law firm not once, but twice. He taught us so much.”

Partner Alfie Meyerson said, “I’ve had over a hundred law partners in my career and none epitomized the true meaning of ‘partner’ more than David. He was selfless, smart and the most reliable person I’ve ever known.”

David loved telling stories. Some would say he was famous for his stories. Others might say, endearingly, that he was infamous for them. “Like most great teachers,” Alfie said, “he taught us by telling stories — very, very long stories that involved a good laugh with self-deprecating humor, so that we learned the lesson while putting us at ease by acting as if he’d struggled with the same question — even if he hadn’t.”

“It’s always a bright, sunny day here at Jackson Walker!”  This is how David began conversations with people inside and outside the firm, said partner David Robins.  “And he meant it,” Robins added, “He really enjoyed everyone here. I will miss many things about David, but most of all I will miss his laughter and sense of humor.”

David is survived by his wife of 31 years, Laurie, and their two sons Chris and Bryan.

For those wanting to honor David, the family asks that donations be made to Living Water International at 4001 Greenbriar Drive, Stafford, Texas 77477 or online at https://www.water.cc/donate.