Michael E. Jones, Entertainment and Sports Law
Expertise / Activities: Law associated with sports, entertainment, media and art
Michael E. Jones’ passion for sports and legal issues spans more than 30 years and he brings a unique perspective to the field as a former Olympic qualifier. Away from competition, he has been a trial court judge for two decades and has created official artwork for the Olympic Games.
Jones’ experience also includes serving a legal adviser for the national governing bodies of U.S. Swimming and USA Triathlon and as a member of the ethics committee and Hall of Fame committee for USA Triathlon, for which he also serves as a hearing officer.
He was previously the chairman of the International Section of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Sports and Entertainment Law. He was a trial court judge for more than 20 years.
Jones, program director of UMass Lowell’s Legal Studies Program, was a teammate of Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz on the 1972 U.S. swim team. Jones went on to become an elite triathlete who has competed successfully at the national and international levels, including winning the triathlon in his age group at the Pan Am Games.
Jones is also a highly regarded fine artist and was commissioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee to create the official poster for the triathlon competitions at the last three summer Olympic Games. After the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Jones painted Michael Phelps’ official portrait. His artwork, including his Olympic posters, is on display at venues around the world, including at the Barcelona Olympic Museum in Spain, the IOC’s official Olympic Museum in Switzerland, the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Sports Museum in Boston.
He is the author of the best-selling sports law textbook of all time and designed the first undergraduate sports law course ever taught. He has also authored books on intellectual property law and in addition to his work at UMass Lowell, teaches courses to artists on how to legally protect their work.
Jones earned his bachelor of arts degree at Denison University, an MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and his law degree at the University of Miami.