Areas of Practice

  • Municipal Law
  • Civil Litigation

Education

  • J.D., Penn State-Dickinson School of Law, 2003
  • B.A., Economics/International Area Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999

Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of California
  • Placer County Bar Association
  • California Air National Guard

Mr. Jones is the managing partner of the Northern California office of the Jones Mayer law firm.  He currently serves as City Attorney for Citrus Heights, Clearlake, and Colusa.  He also serves as General Counsel special districts.  Mr. Jones’s practice focuses exclusively on the representation of cities and public agencies as both a transactional attorney and in civil litigation.

As a local government attorney, Mr. Jones is experienced in drafting and revising ordinances, land use issues, drafting and reviewing agreements, and advising entities on the variety of laws affecting public entities such as the Public Records Act, Prop 218, AB 1234, the Brown Act, conflict of interest laws, election law, and employment law.

Mr. Jones is also a knowledgeable civil litigation attorney who specializes in representing public clients in both state and federal court.  He has successfully litigated complex cases including employment discrimination, breach of contract, Health & Safety Code receiverships, and municipal tort defense.   Mr. Jones has tried numerous civil and criminal matters in all phases of litigation to include motion practice, trial practice, and post-trial appellate matters. 

Prior to joining Jones Mayer, Mr. Jones obtained extensive public law and trial experience as an active duty judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force.  As a JAG, Mr. Jones worked in the base legal office at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina as a prosecutor and in the Office of the Area Defense Counsel as a military defense attorney. 

Mr. Jones graduated from UCLA earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and international studies.  Prior to attending law school, he worked on Capitol Hill on staff for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee as a legislative correspondent and deputy press secretary.  Mr. Jones then attended law school at Penn State and earned his juris doctor.  During law school, Mr. Jones worked for the Office of the General Counsel for NASA in Washington, DC, where he worked extensively on labor and employment issues.  He was also selected for the Army JAG Corps Summer Intern Program at Fort Hood, Texas, and worked in the legal office for the 1st Cavalry Division.

Mr. Jones is an active community servant.  He currently serves as a Colonel in the position of State Staff Judge Advocate for the California Air National Guard. Mr. Jones deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan from 2010-2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Mr. Jones served as a trustee on the Eureka Union School District from 2008-2020, including two terms as President.

Ryan Jones is a partner at Jones & Mayer. Mr. Jones serves as City Attorney for Bishop, Citrus Heights, Clearlake, and Colusa, and as Assistant City Attorney for Nevada City and La Habra. Mr. Jones’s practice focuses exclusively on the representation of cities and other public agencies as both a transactional attorney and in civil litigation.

As a municipal law attorney, Mr. Jones is experienced in drafting and revising municipal code sections, redevelopment law, zoning and land use issues, drafting and reviewing agreements, and advising cities on the variety of laws affecting municipal entities such as the Public Records Act, AB 1234, the Brown Act, conflict of interest laws, election law, and employment law. Mr. Jones is also a skilled civil litigation attorney who specializes in representing public clients in both state and federal court. He has successfully litigated complex cases including employment discrimination, breach of contract, Health & Safety Code receiverships, and municipal tort defense. Mr. Jones has tried numerous civil and criminal matters in all phases of litigation to include motion practice, trial practice, and post-trial appellate matters.

Prior to joining Jones & Mayer, Mr. Jones obtained extensive trial experience as an active duty judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force. As a JAG, Mr. Jones served as the chief prosecutor for Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. He was then selected to serve as the Base’s chief criminal defense counsel. After leaving active duty, Mr. Jones remained affiliated with Air Force as a reservist and member of the California Air National Guard. Mr. Jones currently serves in the Air National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is the Staff Judge Advocate of the 195th Wing at Beale Air Force Base. Mr. Jones deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan as a legal advisor on Detainee Review Boards.

Mr. Jones graduated from UCLA earning a bachelor’s degree in economics. Prior to attending law school, he worked on Capitol Hill on staff for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee as a legislative correspondent and deputy press secretary. Mr. Jones then attended law school at Penn State and earned his juris doctor. During law school, Mr. Jones worked for the Office of the General Counsel for NASA in Washington, DC, where he worked extensively on labor and employment issues. He was also selected for the Army JAG Corps Summer Intern Program at Fort Hood, Texas, and worked in the legal office for the 1st Cavalry Division.

Mr. Jones is an active community servant. In addition to serving as an officer in the California Air National Guard, he serves as trustee on the Eureka Union School District and has twice served as the President.