·                     Education

    • J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (1990)
    • B.A., University of Texas, Permian Basin, Geology (1977)


·                     Professional Affiliations

    • State Bar of California
    • State Bar of Texas
    • Kern County Bar Association
    • California State Courts
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
    • United States District Court, Central District of California
    • Former Board Member, Kern County Building Industry Association
    • Former Board Member, Project Clean Air, Bakersfield, California


Mr. Jones founded the firm of Jones & Beardsley, P.C. in 1997.  He was formerly a partner with the statewide law firm of Borton, Petrini & Conron.  His practice focuses on land use and environmental matters, with an emphasis on issues arising under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the State Planning and Zoning Law, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act, the California Endangered Species Act, and other relevant land use and environmental laws.  He represents private developers, public agencies, project proponents, consulting firms, non-profit organizations and individuals.  He handles all phases of the land use entitlement process, permitting processes, including administrative approvals and extensive project development. 


Mr. Jones has represented numerous clients, including private developers and public agencies, in litigation arising under CEQA, NEPA and other relevant land use laws.  He worked extensively with private developers and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in the creation of the first Voluntary Emission Reduction Agreement program in the San Joaquin Valley.  He has negotiated and documented numerous settlement agreements with governmental agencies and environmental groups on various projects, including agricultural land loss mitigation agreements, air quality mitigation agreements, trail and recreation mitigation agreements, remediation plans and similar matters.  Mr. Jones has worked extensively with public agencies, private developers, utility providers and environmental groups in the creation of conservation areas and dedication of conservation easements for environmental protection and impact mitigation.


Mr. Jones received his undergraduate bachelor of science (B.S.) degree from the University of Texas, Permian Basin in 1977, where he completed a major in geology and a minor in mathematics.  He received his juris doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 1990.  While in law school, he served as primary law review editor for the Transnational Lawyer from 1989 to 1990.  His scholastic achievements include: Order of Barristers, Moot Court Finalist, “Final Four” Top Oral Advocate Competition, 1988-1989; Moot Court Brief Competition, 1988-1989; National Moot Court Competition Team, 1989-1990; Trial Advocacy Competition Team, 1989-1990; and Western Region Finalist, National Trial Competition, Texas Young Lawyers Association, 1990.

Mr. Jones has served as lead counsel for the entitlement, development and/or operation of numerous projects in the State of California, and in other states, including the projects referenced on the following project list.


 Project List



  • Adams Canyon Ranch, Santa Paula, California. 6,500 acre mixed use project featuring residential, commercial, destination resort hotel and golf course uses.
  • Alberhill Ranch, Lake Elsinore, California.  1,600 unit residential project featuring swim club and extensive community amenities.
  • Aviator Casino, Delano, California.  25 table card room casino, restaurant and associated facilities.
  • Brighton Community, Bakersfield, California.  Master planned communities featuring extensive private amenities, and active adult gated garden and greenbelt development.
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Headquarters, Agoura Hills, California.  Campus style corporate world headquarters for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation on a 60 acre site, including Platinum rated Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings.
  • Copper Town Square, Copperopolis, California. Project consisting of approximately 27 acres of mixed use urban development, including historically themed town and shopping village focusing on owner operated boutique shops, restaurants and variety of commercial services with town center and condominium residential over retail uses. 
  • Copper Valley Ranch, Copperopolis, California.  4,300 acre project located on the north shore of Lake Tulloch, currently being processed for entitlements for 2,300 residential units ranging from lake villas to 20-acre ranches. Lake Club, Marina and a Senior Village are also part of the plan.
  • Coyote Creek Golf Course, San Jose, California.  36 hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, including mitigation plan for sensitive habitat and species.
  • Crossroads Shopping Center, Bakersfield, California. 80 acre planned commercial development consisting of a retail commercial center including approximately 700,000 square feet of various retail uses.
  • Crossings Shopping Center, Corona, California.  Large commercial shopping center located off the I-15 just South of Highway 91, at Cajalco Road Exit, featuring over 65 stores, restaurants and an 18-screen Edwards' theater.
  • Gateway Village Project, Madera, California.  1,973 acre, 6,578 unit master-planned community, featuring parks, state-of-the-art recreation centers, and a variety of housing from town homes to grand estates.
  • Golden Bear Club, Keene’s Pointe, Orange County, Florida.  Prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole Golf Course and country club. 
  • Gosford Business Park, Bakersfield, California.  160 acre commercial and light industrial development.
  • Gosford Village Shopping Center, Bakersfield, California.  73 acre planned commercial development consisting of approximately 700,000 square feet of existing and planned retail uses.
  • Keene’s Pointe Community, Orange County, Florida.  954 acre private community, consisting of 14 distinctive neighborhoods developed around the prestigious Golden Bear Club near Orlando, Florida.
  • Lake Elsinore Outlet Center, Lake Elsinore, California.  368,000 square foot retail outlet center located off Interstate 15 at Nichols Road or Central Avenue.
  • Lake Sherwood, Los Angeles, California.  Elegant 1900 acre country club community located in prestigious Hidden Valley, California, featuring world class Jack Nicklaus golf course.  Sherwood is home to the annual PGA tournament hosted by Tiger Woods.
  • The Marketplace Shopping Center, Bakersfield, California. High end 298,619 square foot neighborhood shopping center, with grocery, restaurant, boutique retail and Edwards Theater with stadium seating.
  • Mountaingate Project, Los Angeles, California.  Final phase of development within the exclusive planned Mountaingate community, consisting of 449 acres, permitting 29 residential lots and private streets, with extensive open space and trail systems over environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Pueblo del Sol Country Club, Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Semi-private country club featuring 18-hole championship golf course, located 85 miles southeast of Tucson, in historic Sierra Vista.
  • Pueblo del Sol Water Company, Sierra Vista, Arizona.  Private water company providing domestic water service to residents in the Pueblo del Sol community.
  • River Walk Office Complex, Bakersfield, California.  Large office building complex located adjacent to the Kern River in the environmentally sensitive Kern River Plan Element.
  • Saco Ranch Project, Bakersfield, California.  300 acre planned regional commercial development consisting of 1.45 million square feet of planned retail, 332,000 square feet of planned office and 1.37 million square feet of general manufacturing uses.
  • Saddle Creek Resort, Copperopolis, California.  Highly acclaimed 830-acre private gated resort and golf community, featuring the Saddle Creek Golf Club, an 18-hole semi-private club and golf course, high-end home sites and custom built homes.
  •  Santa Clara County Conservation Area, Santa Clara County, California.  Creation of conservation areas and dedication of conservation easements for environmental protection and impact mitigation.  Protected species include Bay Checkerspot Butterfly, Red Legged Frog and Dudleya.
  • The Santaluz Club, San Diego, California.  Private country club featuring 18-hole Rees Jones championship golf course and 35,000 square foot clubhouse and spa inspired by authentic California ranch architecture from the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Sawmill Lake Project, Copperopolis, California.  Approximate 243 acre mixed use residential, commercial and hotel project with village center.
  • Seven Oaks Country Club, Bakersfield, California.  Private country club featuring 27-hole championship golf course, designed by world-renowned architect Robert Muir Graves, including a Swim and Tennis Pavilion, 25-yard pool and fitness facilities.
  • Seven Oaks Development, Bakersfield, California. 1280 acre master planned community, featuring award winning neighborhoods, 27-hole championship golf course, country club, gated neighborhoods, outstanding recreational facilities and distinctive community amenities.
  • Shops at River Walk Shopping Center, Bakersfield, California.  48 acre mixed use commercial development featuring department store, boutique retail, restaurant and office uses, adjacent to the Kern River within the Kern River Plan Element.
  • Stockdale Ranch Project, Bakersfield, California.  560 acre master planned community, featuring mixed residential, commercial and open space uses, with general plan amendment and zone change.
  • University Park, Bakersfield, California.  TND community, featuring cottage and garden homes, with extensive community amenities.
  • Village Green Community, Bakersfield, California.  80-acre gated master planned community built around a large Central Park with pool, spa and a kid's water park.
  • Villages of Brimhall Community, Bakersfield, California. 
  • West Ming Project, Bakersfield, California.  2180 acre master planned community, with mixed residential, commercial, recreational, school and industrial uses, with specific plan, zoning code and development agreement, employing TND concepts.
  • Windermere Community, Bakersfield, California.  Themed gated community built around grand central park, featuring rooftop solar electric systems and old-fashioned tree lined streets.



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