B. Todd Jones
B. Todd Jones was one of the first five U.S. Attorneys confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2009. This is the second time Mr. Jones has served as United States Attorney - President Clinton appointed him to the position in 1998 and he served in that capacity until January 2001. Mr. Jones also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Minnesota.
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney in 2009, Mr. Jones was a partner with a major national law firm in Minneapolis, where his practice focused on criminal defense and complex business litigation. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Until just recently, Mr. Jones served as the Chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee (AGAC), which consists of 18 United States Attorneys from around the country and is responsible for advising the Attorney General on a broad array of Department of Justice policy issues. He resigned from that post after Attorney General Eric Holder appointed him Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on August 30, 2011. Mr. Jones is serving as both U.S. Attorney and Acting Director of ATF.
Mr. Jones received his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983 and his Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College in 1979. Following admission to the Minnesota bar, he went on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, where he served first as an infantry officer with the First Marine Division and later as both a trial defense counsel and prosecutor in a number of courts martial proceedings. In 1989, he left active duty and returned to Minnesota with his family. He was recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
Public service has always been important to Mr. Jones, whether it has been in the military, working pro bono matters while in private practice, or with the Department of Justice. “All of us who are lawyers should understand that a professional life in the law is, in fact, essentially a life of service to others. It is a duty we have as citizens, professionals and members of the Bar”
Mr. Jones and his wife Margaret continue to nurture and support their five children, Anthony, Michael, Stephanie, Monica, and Lucas.