Interim General Counsel
Andrew Jones assumed the role of interim general counsel and secretary to the Board of Trustees in April 2013. Jones supervises a staff of attorneys, paralegals and support personnel, and oversees all legal services for the 23 campus California State University system. From 2000 to 2013, Jones served in the Office of General Counsel as university counsel, and was assigned responsibility for serving as the principal lawyer for various campuses over the years. Most recently, he was the campus attorney for CSU Long Beach. He is also the team leader for the OGC's Business & Finance Team and serves as the specialist on bond financings and issues involving auxiliary organizations.
Jones is "made in the CSU," and a product of the California higher education system. During his four years as a student at CSU Long Beach, he worked five days a week at the local community college and graduated in the top 1% of his class from CSULB with a B.S. in Business Administration. He went on to earn his J.D. degree at the University of California, Davis.
Prior to joining the CSU, he was in private practice and was a partner in the Los Angeles-based firm of Adams, Duque & Hazeltine, and later was a partner in his own firm, Myers & Jones, LLP. While in private practice, Jones handled a wide variety of litigation, including business disputes, defense of insurance bad-faith actions, and employment litigation. He also has experience acting as general counsel for various business entities. He participated in the Trial Attorney Project, and after an intensive twelve week training program, he served as prosecutor for five criminal jury trials. He later served as chair of that program for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. After 15 years in private practice, Jones returned to the CSU in 2000 to serve the institution that gave him his start.