The Jones Firm combines exceptional insight and superb training with resourcefulness to provide its clients with top-notch legal counseling and representation. For The Jones Firm, serving its clients means practicing law with the highest standards of professionalism, compassion, and courtesy. The Jones Firm will consider all of its options in its representation of its clients, and it will look to find a simple, less-expensive solution over a more complex one, if that is best for the client. The attorneys at The Jones Firm practice law to serve their clients.


Serving the Community


The Jones Firm believes that lawyers must serve their community by representing those who would not otherwise have a voice. By way of example, The Jones Firm has represented religious leaders trying to assure the rights of the faithful to serve on death penalty juries and a death row inmate in his last plea before a court. The Jones Firm led the New Mexico State Bar Task Force that discovered gross unfairness in New Mexico’s system of capital punishment, a study instrumental in repeal. The Jones Firm has represented foster children subject to neglect at the hands of CYFD.


The attorneys at The Jones Firm have filed numerous friend-of-the-court briefs for clients on issues ranging from electronic privacy to the rights of children in the courts.  The Jones Firm has represented the Hispanic Roundtable of New Mexico, the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund, Santa Fe Partnership for Social Justice, New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and the National Education Association-New Mexico in defense of the Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance, one of the first municipal living wage ordinances in the country. The Jones Firm acted as co-counsel to the City of Santa Fe in defense of the Living Wage Ordinance in both the trial and appellate courts.


The Jones Firm has litigated cases of substantial constitutional importance, including, for example, representing the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in coordination with the City of Albuquerque in defending the City’s fair share resolution against a First Amendment challenge, and representing the NEA-New Mexico in its challenge to teacher evaluation regulations.

The Jones Firm: A New Mexico Firm, Serving New Mexicans

Founded in 1948 by trial lawyer O. Russell Jones, who first came to New Mexico as part of the security team at The Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, The Jones Firm (Jones, Snead, Wertheim & Clifford, P. A.) has handled some of the most notable and complex cases in New Mexico’s history.  Over the last sixty years,
The Jones Firm has appeared before an array of state and federal courts, and state and local administrative bodies. The Jones Firm is rooted in Santa Fe, and has strong ties to the state capital. The Jones Firm has also handled cases from Las Cruces to Tierra Amarilla, from Farmington to Hobbs, and from Gallup to Clovis.

The attorneys at the Jones Firm are New Mexicans who represent New Mexicans.

The Jones Firm has built its law practice around three core beliefs: excellence, service to clients, and service to the community. The Jones Firm was founded on the belief that a select group of talented, well-trained, dedicated, and hard-working attorneys could offer its individual and business clients exceptional, creative, and personally-tailored legal advice and representation.

The Jones Firm cannot claim a monopoly on talent or hard work. What makes The Jones Firm most exceptional is its teamwork. By practicing as a genuine firm, rather than a collection of solo practitioners, the Jones Firm multiplies its talents in order to best benefit its clients.

Every day, the attorneys at The Jones Firm share their time and experience with one another. That teamwork, when combined with our superb staff, means we can take on larger adversaries and give any client the best representation available. This team approach has given The Jones Firm a long track record of representing both individuals and businesses with tenacity, creativity, and attention to detail.




The Jones Firm is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell, the law’s leading lawyer rating agency, meaning its peers consider the attorneys at

The Jones Firm among the very best in the state.  The Jones Firm has been selected as among the Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report. The Jones Firm’s lawyers have been or are Southwest SuperLawyers and Rising Stars, and are rated by Best Lawyers in America.


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