Freeman & Jones

Law Offices

Freeman & Jones

Donald J. Freeman, Esquire  

Mr. Freeman graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1967. He then served for four years as an Officer in the United States Coast Guard and commanded the 95 foot patrol boat, "Cape Shoalwater", out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Freeman graduated from the University of Miami Law School in 1974. Mr. Freeman moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, and established a practice of law with the firm of Beverly & Freeman in 1975, and has practiced law continuously in West Palm Beach, Florida, since 1975.


The current law firm of Freeman & Jones, LLC, of which Mr. Freeman is a partner, was established in 2002. Throughout his period of admission to the Florida Bar, Donald J. Freeman, Esquire, has limited his practice to the areas of commercial litigation, business law, real property law and admiralty law. Since 1984 Mr. Freeman has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Mr. Freeman also holds the status of Proctor in Admiralty with the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Mr. Freeman and his law firm hold an "AV" rating, the preeminent rating, indicating the highest level of legal ability and professional ethics from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.


Mr. Freeman has been an attorney of record of in excess of 300 litigation cases in both state and federal court in South Florida. Mr. Freeman has handled numerous complex real property litigation cases involving contract litigation, mortgage foreclosure, construction lien and defect claims, and claims between partners or shareholders of partnerships and corporations.  


Admitted to Practice:


  • The Florida Bar
  • The Pennsylvania Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida 1975
  • Trial Bar, U.S. District Court, Southern District Court of Florida 1985
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit 1989


Education: 


  • United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut 1967, B.S.
  • University of Miami School of Law 1974, J.D.   

Walter C. Jones IV, Esquire

Walter C. Jones, IV, is a founding member of Freeman & Jones, L.L.C. He has been practicing in West Palm Beach, Florida since graduating from law school in 1981. He is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts within the State of Florida, as well as the 5th and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been a board certified civil trial lawyer since 1987 and has been re-certified on four occasions. He currently holds an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating organization.


Mr. Jones practice has primarily been limited to issues involving personal injury, wrongful death, insurance coverage disputes, and commercial litigation. The first five years of his practice were spent representing insurance companies and their insureds in personal injury/wrongful death and commercial cases. Since that time he has represented Plaintiffs in personal injury/wrongful death matters as well as representing both sides in construction matters as well as FLSA cases. He is a member of the Florida Justice Association, American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, and Palm Beach County Bar Association. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association including the Insurance Task Force, the Palm Beach County FJA Political Task Force and Hospital Lien Subcommittee. He has received the FJA Eagle Talon Award, Eagle Workhorse Award and Golden Eagle Award for work done on behalf of FJA. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Justice Association where he has held all elected offices including Secretary, Treasurer, President elect and President. Mr. Jones has previously served on numerous Palm Beach County Bar Association committees including the Medical Legal Committee, Circuit Court Civil Practice Committee, County Court Civil Practice Committee, Mentor Committee and the joint Palm Beach County Bar Association/Florida Bar Fee Arbitration Dispute Committee. He currently chairs the Technology Committee. He also serves on the Personal Injury/Wrongful Death and Construction Law CLE committees. He is certified as an arbitrator in the 15th Judicial Circuit for Palm Beach County, Florida. He also is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He is the founder of Trial Talk, the e-mail discussion group available to all Palm Beach County Justice Association members who limit their practice to the representation of plaintiffs and do not represent insurance companies.


Education:


  • University of Southern California, B.A. 1976
  • Samford University, Juris Doctorate, 1981


Bar Memberships: 


  • The Florida Bar 1981


Court Admissions: 


  • All Florida State Courts, 1981
  • U.S. Southern District, 1981
  • U.S. Middle District, 1982, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit 1981


Professional Affiliations:     

      

  • President, Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association 2006
  • President Elect, Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association 2005 as well as Secretary, Treasurer and Board Member 2001-2007
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association 1981 to present 
  • Currently Chair of Technology Committee and Member of Construction CLE Personal Injury CLE and Judicial Relations, committees. 
  • Previously served on Mentor, Circuit Court Civil, County Court Civil and 15th Judicial Circuit Fee Arbitration Committees. 
  • American Trial Lawyers Association 1986 to present  
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers 1986 to present (Past Board member for 2 terms) 
  • American Board of Trial Advocates 2009 to present


Professional Employment:   


Freeman & Jones, LLC

3555 Northlake Blvd, Suite C Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403

Managing Owner


Walter C. Jones, IV, P.A.

4114 Northlake Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403

Owner


Kocha & Jones, P.A.

118 Clematis St. West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Partner 1986-1994


Reid & Ricca (f/k/a Magill, Reid & Lewis) 

West Palm Beach, FL

Associate Attorney 1983-1986


Walton, Lantaff, Schroeder & Carson 

West Palm Beach, FL 

Associate Attorney 1981-1983