Richard A. Jones

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Richard A. Jones
Richard A. Jones District Judge.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Assumed office
October 29, 2007
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by John C. Coughenour
Judge of the King County Superior Court
In office
Personal details
Born 1950 (age 65–66)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Alma mater Seattle University
University of Washington

Richard A. Jones (born 1950) is an attorney and a United States federal district judge in Seattle, Washington. His varied career includes service as a deputy prosecuting attorney for King County, Washington, attorney for the Port of Seattle, and as an assistant US Attorney in the region, in addition to private practice.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Seattle, Washington in 1950, Jones is the son of Quincy Delightt Jones, Sr., who worked as a semi-professional baseball player and carpenter, and his second wife. He is 17 years younger than his half-brother Quincy Jones, who has become a noted musician and producer.[1][2]

After attending Seattle public schools, Richard Jones received a Bachelor of Public Affairs from Seattle University in 1972 and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 1975.


Jones was a Community liaison officer, Office of King County Prosecuting Attorney, Washington from 1975 to 1977. He was a Deputy prosecuting attorney of the Office of King County Prosecuting Attorney from 1977 to 1978. He was a staff attorney of the Port of Seattle from 1978 to 1983.

After being in private practice with the major law firm of Bogle & Gates in Seattle, Washington from 1983 to 1988, he became an assistant U.S. Attorney of the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington. He served there from 1988 to 1994.

Judicial service[edit]

Jones served as a judge on the King County Superior Court, Washington from 1994 to 2007. During this period, he presided over several high-profile cases, including the prosecution of Gary Ridgway, the notorious "Green River Killer" who was known to have killed 48 women.[2]

Jones is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Jones was nominated by a bipartisan panel in Washington and by President George W. Bush on March 19, 2007, to a seat vacated by John C. Coughenour. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 4, 2007, and received his commission on October 29, 2007.


He is married to Leslie Jones, diversity program manager for Sound Transit.[2]

Community service[edit]

Jones has been active on the board of the YMCA. He also acts as a mentor to minority youths in Seattle.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • In 2003, Jones was among the most-highly rated King County Superior Court judges in a survey of lawyers by the King County Bar Association.
  • In 2004, he was named "judge of the year" by the King County and Washington State bar associations.


  1. ^ Lattman, Peter (October 9, 2007). "Law Blog Famous Family Member Fraternity: Richard Jones". Wall Street Journal Law Blog. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Brunner, Jim (March 25, 2007). "Federal bench nominee Jones wins high praise from both parties". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 16, 2011. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John C. Coughenour
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington