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Francis J. "Pete" Jones, Jr.



Francis "Pete" J. Jones, Jr. has over 37 years of experience litigating plaintiffs' personal injury matters. He has participated in a number of cases that have developed new law in this area.

Pete’s practice focuses on the prosecution of claims arising from automobile accidents, defective products, and premises liability. Pete is also involved in insurance coverage disputes for individuals against carriers. Pete is an active ADR practitioner serving as both a mediator and/or arbitrator.

Among his peers, Pete has been recognized by Delaware Today and Delaware Super Lawyers® as an outstanding Delaware lawyer in the fields of plaintiff personal injury and alternative dispute resolution.


  • Substantial settlement for a client injured by a defective chair
  • Substantial settlement for a client injured by a tractor trailer driver
  • Jury award against an insurance carrier for failure to pay medical payments and lost wages under a policy of insurance
  • Substantial settlement in a construction site accident case

Professional Affiliations

Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, Former Associate Member
Delaware Trial Lawyers Association, Former Governor
Delaware State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Board of Directors of the National High School Mock Trial Program, Chair Rules Committee, Former Chair
American Association for Justice
American Board of Trial Advocates, Former Delaware Chapter President
Delaware Chapter American Board of Trial Advocates, Former Chair
Delaware Supreme Court Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection, Former Member and Chair
Delaware Supreme Court Rules Committee

Recent Matters

Complex personal injury case involving an incident in Indonesia and the application of foreign law

Leading case in the underinsured motorist coverage area establishing that carriers are bound by decisions of arbitrators

Case establishing the mirror concept in UM/UIM policies

Affirmation by the Delaware Supreme Court that Delaware does not recognize Dram Shop Liability

Case involving the validity of a Delaware Motor Vehicles’ exclusion in an uninsured motorist policy

Determination of the availability of no-fault coverage for the period beyond the 2-year anniversary date of the accident

Case establishing that underinsured motorist coverage is available from an employer's policy when an accident occurs while working and driving a work truck.

News & Events

News & Events



State and National High School Mock Trial

St. Mark's High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee



Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Rating

Delaware State Bar Association First State Distinguished Service Award, 2019

Best Lawyers®, 2008-2020

  • 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for Personal Injury Litigation 

Delaware Today® Top Lawyers, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2017-2018 (Personal Injury, Tort Law), 2019 (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

National High School Mock Trial Justice Gene Franchini Golden Gavel Award, 2017 Recipient

Delaware Super Lawyers®, 2011-2014

Philadelphia Magazine®, "Top Attorneys in Delaware", 2011

Middle States Counsel for Social Studies, Distinguished Service Award, 2008

Delaware State Bar Association Distinguished Mentoring Award, 2005

T 302.651.3586
F 302.504.9742


Clerk for The Honorable John J. McNeilly, Delaware Supreme Court


Delaware, 1983

Maryland, 2006

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit 


Catholic University Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1982

Catholic University of America, B.A., 1979

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