Thomas "TJ" Jones
Adjunct Professor (SPP) and Private Consultant
School of Public Policy
B.A., Amherst College, 1986
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1991
Thomas “TJ” Jones is a career specialist in governmental ethics law currently serving as a private consultant to governments and businesses on ethics issues. Until 2020, TJ was the Executive Director of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the state entity that regulates government ethics and campaign finance law in California. Prior to that, TJ served for over a decade as the Ethics Enforcement Officer for Connecticut, the first such ethics prosecutor appointed by the state.
Previously, TJ gained extensive litigation and trial experience in multiple state and federal jurisdictions, litigating a variety of issues on behalf of private and public clients in both court and before administrative agencies. He is admitted to the bars of Connecticut, Virginia, and Washington, DC, as well as numerous federal trial and appellate courts.
He has served on a variety of local and state boards and committees in Connecticut and Washington, DC, and has written and lectured on a variety of topics over the years. He remains a member of the Council for Governmental Ethics Law.
In addition to the above, TJ served as an instructor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law for over a decade, teaching lawyering skills and legal writing.
TJ received his law degree from the University of Virginia, and his undergraduate degree in History and Music Composition, cum laude, from Amherst College.