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Kenneth P. "Ken" Jones

Ken Jones practices commercial litigation, employment law, and general civil litigation.  After clerking for a U.S. Court of Appeals judge, Mr. Jones has for approximately 20 years represented companies and individuals in civil litigation, trials, and appeals involving business and commercial disputes, employment law, covenants not to compete, employee benefits (ERISA), probate litigation, and real property litigation.  Mr. Jones serves as President of the Kiwanis Club of Memphis (2013-14) and enjoys performing pro bono work through Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) and the Community Legal Center (member, Board of Directors).  Mr. Jones also actively serves in various capacities at his church.

Counsel clients regarding employment and other issues, including contracts, restrictive covenants/covenants not to compete, and separation/severance agreements

Represent respondents and charging parties regarding charges of discrimination before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Handle claims for long-term disability benefits under ERISA-governed employee benefit plans during administrative process and litigation

Appellate practice in state and federal courts

Successfully tried will contest and overturned will resulting from undue influence.


Court Admissions
Tennessee (1993)
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States District Courts
  • Western District of Tennessee
  • Middle District of Tennessee
  • Eastern District of Arkansas
  • Western District of Arkansas

Pro Bono Work

  • Volunteer, Memphis Area Legal Services (“MALS”)
    - Recipient, MALS W.J. Michael Cody Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award (2012)
    - Represent pro bono clients regarding consumer, employment, employee benefits, unemployment, and other issues
    - Volunteer at the MALS Attorney of the Day Courthouse Clinic
    - Present employment law continuing legal education programs for MALS
  • Director, Community Legal Center (2012--)
    - Treasurer (2013--)

Community Activities

  • President, Kiwanis Club of Memphis (2013-14)
    Member, Kiwanis Club of Memphis (2011-)
  • Trinity Baptist Church, Cordova (past and present activities)
    Deacon
    Personnel Committee, Chairman; Member
    Chairman, Senior Pastor Search Committee (2000-2001)
    Chairman, Minister of Music and Worship Search Committee (2007)
    Member, Youth Pastor Search Committee
    Church Moderator
    Sunday School Teacher
    Coach
  • Youth Villages, volunteer


Representative Reported Cases

Kutite, LLC v. Excell Petroleum, LLC, 2013 WL 5550091 (W.D. Tenn. Oct. 8, 2013) (commercial lease)

Stein Holdings, Inc. v. Goense Bounds Management, LP, 2013 WL 5436372 (Tenn. Ct. App. Sept. 27, 2013) (commercial dispute regarding consent rights)

Estate of Goza v. Wells, 2013 WL 4766544 (Tenn. Ct. App. Sept. 4, 2013) (charitable trust; jurisdiction)

Shotwell v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburg, PA, 2012 WL 5991955 (W.D. Tenn. Nov. 7, 2012) (insurance claim; jurisdiction)

In re: Estate of Goza, 397 S.W.3d 564 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2012) (charitable trust; res judicata)

Bonner v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 621 F.3d 530 (6th Cir., 2010) (Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Act Claim)

Lee v. Equifirst Corp., 2010 WL 4320714 (M.D. Tenn. Oct. 26, 2010) (residential loan dispute)

Morrow v. SunTrust Bank, 2011 WL 334507 (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan. 31, 2011) (declaratory judgment action regarding interpretation of trust instruments)

Cadence Bank v. Latting Road Partners, LLC, 699 F. Supp.2d 1033-1041 (W.D. Tenn. 2010) (commercial loan litigation) (see also, 699 F. Supp.2d 1041; 2010 WL 4261230)

Alston v. National Safety Incentives, Inc., 2008 WL 4831215 (W.D. Tenn. Jan. 7, 2008) (commissions)

Barnett v. American Heritage Life Ins. Co., 2008 WL 108678 (W.D. Tenn. Jan. 7, 2008) (annuity benefits/ beneficiary dispute)

UT Medical Group v. Vogt, 235 S.W.3d 110, 26 IER Cases 1177 (Tenn. 2007) (physician employment contract; justiciability)

Simpson Strong- Tie Co., Inc. v. Stewart, Estes,  Donnell, 232 S.W.3d 18 (Tenn. 2007)

Letard v. General American Life Ins. Co., 2007 WL 540792 (E.D. Tenn. Feb. 15, 2007) (insurance)

May v. Scott, 388 F. Supp.2d 828 (W.D. Tenn. 2005) (ERISA fiduciary litigation)

May v. National Bank of Commerce, 230 F.R.D. 505 (W.D. Tenn. 2005) (ERISA fiduciary litigation)

May v. National Bank of Commerce¸ 387 F. Supp.2d 770 (W.D. Tenn. 2004) (ERISA fiduciary litigation)

Love v. American Federation of State, County, and Mun. Employees Local 1733, 165 S.W.3d 623 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2004) (union member claim against union)

Hill v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 327 F. Supp.2d 886 (E.D. Tenn. 2004) (ERISA benefits)

Gough v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 2003 WL 23411993 (M.D. Tenn. Nov. 21, 2003) (ERISA benefits)

Evans v. American Express Fin. Corp. Long Term Disability Plan, 2003 WL 23126327 (M.D. Tenn. Nov. 5, 2003) (ERISA benefits)

 Wooley v. Madison County, 209 F. Supp.2d 836 (W.D. Tenn. 2002) (employment/wrongful termination)

Holmes v. FSR/Tennessee Affordable Housing, 100 F. Supp.2d 804 (W.D. Tenn. 2000) (race discrimination)

McGuire v. Exxon Corp., 1999 WL 418343 (Tenn. Ct. App. Jun. 22, 1999) (premises liability)

Chase Cavett Services, Inc. v. Brandon Apparel Group, Inc., 1998 WL 846708 (Tenn. Ct. App. Dec. 7, 1998) (commercial litigation; personal jurisdiction)