Dennis Neil Jones

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Ventura, CA

Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, L.L.P.
 | 5425 Everglades St, PO Box 7209
Ventura, CA 93006
Phone: 805-644-7188
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (40%),
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (20%)
Attorney Profile

Dennis Neil Jones, a partner with Southern California-based Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, L.L.P., has more than 30 years of legal experience. Providing representation to clients in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, his legal practice includes insurance law and other aspects of general civil litigation. He has served as an expert witness, and his clients include insurers and policyholders as well as self-insuring governmental bodies.

Before attending law school, Mr. Jones pursued his undergraduate education at the University of Southern California, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in journalism and public relations with honors in 1976. He then completed his Master of Public Administration as well as a certificate in judicial administration from the same university in 1978. After working for several years as a court administrator, he decided to pursue legal studies at the University of San Diego School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1983.

Mr. Jones is admitted to practice law in both California and Nevada. He is also admitted to practice law before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Mr. Jones has developed an excellent reputation for his work. He has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He also has received a "Superb" rating from his peers through Avvo. He has had his legal articles published in various law journals numerous times and has frequently been invited to speak before different professional organizations.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Insurance Coverage (40%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Business Litigation (40%)

Construction Litigation (20%): Construction Defects

Focus Areas

Insurance Coverage: Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Construction Litigation: Construction Defects


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Super Lawyers: 2007, 2009 - 2017

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White Papers

  • Insurance Law Expert Gives Tips For Making Soot and Ash Insurance Claims (2007) - When wildfires burn down houses, insurance companies readily hand out policy benefits. But when homes are inundated by soot and ash, but not burned, disputes commonly arise regarding extent of damage, scope of repair and cost of repair. This monograph provides an overview and recommendations for handling soot and ash claims under homeowners policies.

  • About Dennis Jones

    Admitted 1984, California

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    Honors and Awards:

    • Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics, 2016

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2008
    • Nevada, 1984
    • California

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pro bono Counsel, California Coastal Horse Rescue, Inc., 2013
    • Ojai Community Hospital Foundation, Board Member, 2011 – 2014
    • California Coastal Horse Rescue, Board Member, 2015 – Present
    • Notes for Notes Sound Board, Board Member, 2013 – Present
    • Ojai Education Foundation, Member & Advisory Board Member, 2000 – Present

    Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

    • Civitan Club of the San Gabriel Valley, “The Ballot Initiatives – What’s In A Number?”, 1988
    • Northland Insurance Company, St. Paul, Minn., “Recent Developments in California Tort Law”, February 1995
    • West Coast Casualty Company’s Third Annual Construction Defect Seminar, Hollywood, CA, “Status of the Additional Insured”, October 1995
    • West Coast Casualty Company’s Fourth Annual Construction Defect Seminar, Anaheim, CA, “Sharing the Additional Insured’s Defense”, October 1996
    • West Coast Casualty Company’s Fifth Annual Construction Defect Seminar, Anaheim, CA, “An Introduction To What Every Claims Representative and Attorney Should Know About Insurance Coverage for Construction Defect Claims”,  October 1997
    • Construction Law Breakfast Group, Pomona, CA – “An Introduction to What Every Construction Defect Lawyer Should Know About Insurance Coverage”, May 1997
    • Swerdlow, Florence & Sanchez, APLC, “Spotting Insurance Coverage Issues In Employment Litigation”, January 1998
    • Community Associations Institute (Mid-California Chapter), “Anatomy of a Construction Defect Case”, March 2000
    • West Coast Casualty Company’s Seventh Annual Construction Defect Seminar, Anaheim, CA – “A Paradigm For Insurance Coverage: What’s The Defect? What’s the Repair Methodology? Is It Covered?”, April 2000
    • Environmental Inspections and Solutions Mold Seminar, “Recovery of Damages for Injuries to Persons and Property Caused by Mold”, February 2001
    • Tri-County Government Lawyers Association, “The Additional Insured, Not a Second Class Citizen Anymore”, February 2001
    • Santa Barbara Association of Realtors, “Mold Contamination In Buildings: Health, Legal and Remedial Issues”, December 2001
    • Community Associations Institute, Los Angeles Chapter, “The Mold Epidemic – Come Find Out The Truth”, February 2002
    • Community Associations Institute – Channel Islands Chapter – “Mold, Mayhem and Life in the Post-September 11 Marketplace”,April 2002
    • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, “Litigating The Toxic Mold Case”, May 2002
    • Santa Barbara Contractors Association, “Mold Claims In Construction Defect Litigation”,May 2002
    • Santa Barbara Real Property Association – “Legal Aspects of Toxic Mold”, July 2002
    • Bench & Bar & Tri-Counties Paralegal & MCLE Conference – “Litigating the Toxic Mold Case”, October 2002
    • Nevada Independent Insurance Agents Construction Defect Seminar – “Additional Insured Issues” – Reno and Las Vegas, April 2003
    • National Business Institute – “Emerging Issues in California Indoor Air Quality and Toxic Mold Litigation”, January 2004
    • Tolman & Wiker “- Avoiding Insurance Broker Errors & Omissions Claims In An Era Of Shrinking Markets And Coverage”, January 2004
    • Roto Rooter Franchise Association National Conference – “Avoiding Liability For Mold Claims”, March 2004
    • The Journal Of Light Construction “Insurance Coverage and Liability – What Contractors Need To Know”, May 2004
    • CPA Law Society of Ventura and East Ventura Chapters – “The Use and Abuse of Expert Witnesses”, July 2004 & February 2005
    • The American Indoor Air Quality Council, Santa Barbara Chapter Workshop – “Medical Effects of Mold: What Does The Latest Research Show? What Is Admissible In Court?”, September 2004
    • The American Indoor Air Quality Council, Los Angeles Chapter Workshop – “Prosecuting and Presenting A Consumer’s Claim for Mold Damage: A Coordinated Approach Between Attorneys and Environmental Professionals”, October 2004
    • West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar – “Is The Gravy Train Slowing? Insurers New Policy Forms Limit Coverage for Owners, Developers and General Contractors”, May 2005
    • Women Lawyers of Ventura County – “Between Rock n’ Roll and a Hard Place: A Balancing Act” (February 2015)
    • “Tips On Handling Fire And Smoke Damage Claims” Ventura County Star December 6, 2003
    • “Multiple Punitive Damage Awards for a Single Course of Wrongful Conduct: The Need for a National Policy to Protect Due Process” 43 Alabama L Rev. 1, 1991
    • Expanded and re-published in Insurance Litigation Reporter, February 15, 1997
    • “Sharing the Additional Insured’s Defense In Construction Defect Litigation” California Insurance Law and Regulation Law Reporter December, 1996
    • “Do Pollution Exclusions Apply to Mold Claims?” Columns-Mold (Harris Martin), April 2002
    • “What’s All The Fuss About Mold?” Citations July 2002
    • “Ten…No Make That Eleven Additional Insured Cases You Should Know” The Verdict, Spring 2004

    Verdicts and Settlements:

    • Valentino v. Elliott Sav-on-Gas, Inc. 201 Cal. App. 3d 692, 1988
    • Harry S. Low as Insurance Commissioner v. Golden Eagle (Metabolife International) 99 Cal.App.4th 109, 2002
    • Goldstein v. Barak 164 Cal.App.4th 835, 2008
    • Burnett v. Chimney Sweep 123 Cal.App.4th 1057, 2004
    • S. Bravo Systems v. Environ Products, Inc., 78 F. 3d 603 (Fed. Cir. 1996)
    • Adler v. Western Home Insurance Co., 878 F.Supp. 1329 (C.D.Cal 1995)
    • People ex rel Garamendi v. American Autoplan, Inc. (1993) 20 Cal. App. 4th 710

    Representative Clients:

    • Magnadyne, Inc.
    • Bethco Builders, Inc.
    • Dickens Towers HOA
    • Metabolife International, Inc.
    • Mark Varnum Construction, Inc.
    • Nourmand & Associates, Forrest Construction, Inc.
    • Catalytic Solutions, Inc.
    • International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 166
    • High Quality Organics, Inc.
    • Coastal States Employee Benefits Organization (General Counsel)
    • Ventura County Schools Self-Funding Authority (General Counsel)

    Educational Background:

    • University of Southern California, Master's Degree, Public Administration, Certificate in Judicial Administration, 1978
    • University of Southern California, B.A., Honors: Graduate Fellowship and William Randolph Hearst Foundation National Journalism Award, Majors: Journalism/Public Relations, 1976

    Industry Groups

  • Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association (President 2008); Consumer Attorneys Of California
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    Office Location for Dennis Neil Jones

    5425 Everglades St
    PO Box 7209
    Ventura, CA 93006

    Phone: 805-644-7188


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