Chris Jones is Of Counsel of Nimbus Legal, providing outsourced general counsel and strategic advice for emerging companies.
As an outsourced GC, Chris is involved in the day-to-day business decisions of clients, providing proactive, real-time advice on operational, sales, and strategic risk-management decisions. Chris collaborates with companies on a range of legal and strategic matters, including: contract negotiation and management; corporate governance, equity issuance and management; and IP, M&A, and employment matters.
Over the course of his career, Chris has lived in 10 states and four countries, gaining broad experience in media, emerging companies, and law. Before joining Nimbus Legal, Chris led media, brand, and creative direction for NLand Surf Park in Austin, Texas, North America’s first surf park. His team partnered with brands such as RVCA and Yeti and created collaborative content with the New York Times, ESPN, Vice, Surfer Magazine, and many more.
In addition, he worked with executive leadership and outside counsel on a range of legal and strategic matters including: negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts, sponsorship agreements, music licensing, and photography and video agreements with third party vendors and national media outlets; trademark registrations; copyright protection; and state and municipal regulatory matters.
Chris was also Co-Founder and VP of Content & Brand Development at Apollo Scheduling, a bootstrapped software company that builds custom scheduling and automation solutions for startups and entrepreneurs.
Chris began his legal career as an Associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in its White Collar Defense and Government Investigations Group in Washington, D.C. He represented public companies and individuals in white-collar criminal and civil matters with particular focus on SEC enforcement actions, including securities laws and the FCPA. In addition to working with Fortune 100 companies and global financial institutions, Chris has used his legal training in unorthodox ways, including teaching middle schoolers about criminal justice and producing Forced Out, a short subject documentary on internally displaced persons in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
Prior to attending Duke University School of Law, Chris worked as a senior political reporter and weekend anchor for a CBS affiliate in Iowa, where he covered the 2008 Iowa Caucuses and 2008 General Election. While in Iowa, Chris earned two Associated Press awards, two Emmy nominations for general and political reporting, and he was a member of an reporting team that won an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting.
Chris has a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University and a JD from Duke University where he was on the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal and member of the Moot Court Board. He and COO Elias Parisca met in Durham, and worked on several projects together with the Haiti Legal Advocacy Project, a group Chris co-founded to provide legal aid, advice, and support to the Haitian government, UN Development Programme, and NGOs in Haiti.
Chris is also co-creator of WeOverMe, a design, storytelling, and collaboration co-op based in Los Angeles. Chris speaks Swedish and Spanish and has working proficiency in Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole. An avid skier and surfer, Chris loves exploring the great outdoors. He also enjoys spending time with his parents, five siblings, and eight nieces whenever he can.
- Brigham Young University, BA, Communications
- Duke University, JD
- District of Columbia