RuSHONDRA G. JONES is an Associate Attorney at Vandeveer Garzia. In 2005, RuShondra started her career as a public defender at Legal Aid & Defender Association (LADA) where she represented indigent defendants charged with felony criminal offenses (including capital offenses) in both the Wayne County District Courts and 3rd Judicial Circuit Court from pre-trial to trial. RuShondra then went on to expand her legal career by joining the civil division of the same organization. There she represented low to moderate-income clients with Landlord/ Tenant, Foreclosure/ Mortgage Fraud, Education, Expungement, and Consumer-Finance Law in appropriate arenas. As an attorney at LADA she was also active in the Michigan Re-entry program; where she gave seminars to inmates nearing parole.
Following her time at Legal Aid she went on to become an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (APA) in one of the busiest counties in the country, Wayne County, Michigan. As an APA, she was responsible for handling and trying a variety of cases, from drugs and guns to homicides and terrorism. After devoting nine years to public service she decided to bring her talents to the private sector. She worked as an In-house Insurance Defense Attorney for five years, where she tried several cases ranging from third party to dog bite. In her 14-year career she has tried well over 60 jury trials. Her commitment to being the best attorney she can be earned her recognition in 2015 as a 2015 Michigan Top Lawyer. She also gained the honor of being named Top 40 lawyers under 40 two consecutive years by The National Black Lawyers Association.
RuShondra continues to standby her principle of actively playing a part in her legal community as well as her community at large. She is a current Board member of a metro Detroit Head Start and she is also an appointed member of the Client-Protection Fund Committee for the State Bar of Michigan.
University of Detroit Mercy, B.A., cum laude, Political Science, 2001
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2005
State Bar of Michigan, 2005
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2008
Michigan Bar Association, Client-Protections Fund Committee
The National Black Lawyers Association
Detroit Bar Association
Michigan Top Lawyer, 2015
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40, The National Black Lawyers Association, 2017 and 2018
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Troy, MI 48098