Business Expertise

Mary S. Jones is an attorney, arbitrator and mediator

Mary became a neutral in 1981 and a full-time neutral in 1994. She has arbitrated or mediated over 500 cases. She currently serves on the Large, Complex Case Panel of the American Arbitration Association.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience

    Served as a neutral in cases involving:
  • Accounting
  • Admiralty
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace and aircraft products and technology
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Automotive dealerships
  • Automotive products
  • Banking
  • Buy-Sell agreements
  • Class actions and mass claims
  • Clothing
  • Computer technology (hardware and software)
  • Consulting agreements
  • Contract disputes and interpretation
  • Cosmetics
  • Development and licensing agreements
  • Dissolution (corporations, LLCs, and partnerships including law firm partnerships)
  • Distributorship and exclusive representation agreements
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Entertainment and film
  • Fiduciary duty, good faith and fair dealing
  • Financial services
  • Food products
  • Food service
  • Franchise agreements
  • Fraud and misrepresentation
  • Furniture
  • Health, sports, and fitness products
  • Healthcare (hospitals, patients, and providers)
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Licensed professionals (accountants, architects, attorneys, dentists, medical doctors)
  • Luxury goods
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine transportation and charters
  • Misappropriation
  • Moving and storage
  • Publishing
  • Real estate (residential and commercial sales, leasing, and commissions)
  • Restaurants
  • Security services
  • Service agreements
  • Stock manipulation (churning, misrepresentation, suitability, and unauthorized trading)
  • Supermarkets
  • Telephone and internet service providers
  • Termination agreements
  • Unfair business practices
  • Utilities
  • Valuation

Professional Experience

Northrop Corp.: Senior Counsel and Senior Staff Counsel, 1988-1994

Lear Siegler, Inc.: Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary, 1981-1987

H.J. Heinz Company, Star-Kist Foods, Inc.: Staff Attorney, 1979-1981

    Handled litigation and transactions of matters in excess of $100 million involving:
  • Admiralty
  • Aerospace and aircraft products and technology
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Automotive products
  • Computer technology (hardware and software)
  • Computer products
  • Contract disputes and interpretation
  • Employee benefits
  • Environmental liability
  • Government contracts
  • Healthcare plan administration
  • Insurance and risk management
  • Intellectual property
  • Joint ventures
  • Labor and employment (benefits, bias, disability, discrimination, and harassment)
  • Manufacturing and distribution
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Misappropriation and infringement
  • Products and liability
  • Real estate
  • Retail operations
  • Securities (class actions, compliance, and shareholder derivative suits)

Professional Associations

Association for Conflict Resolution

Century City Bar Association (Board of Governors, 1994-Present; Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 1994-Present; Past Chair, Corporate Counsel Section, 1992-1995)

Southern California Mediation Association

California Dispute Resolution Council

Beverly Hills Bar Association


State Bar of California, 1979

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 1979

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1979


California Western School of Law: Juris Doctor, 1979

Loyola Marymount University: Bachelor of Science in Economics, 1976