- J.D., University of
the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (1990)
- B.A., University of
Texas, Permian Basin, Geology (1977)
- State Bar of
- State Bar of Texas
- Kern County Bar
- California State
- 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
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
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Golden Bear Club,
Keene’s Pointe, Orange County, Florida.
Prestigious Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole Golf Course and
- 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
- 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
- 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,
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
- 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
- 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.