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Irving Jones Named to 2023 “Who’s Who in Diversity and Inclusion” List by Birmingham Business Journal
Irving Jones, partner in the firm’s Birmingham office and member of the firm’s Litigation Practice, was recognized in the Birmingham Business Journal’s (BBJ) annual “Who’s Who in Diversity and Inclusion” list, published December 15, 2023. This list highlights individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion efforts in the state of Alabama.
Irving’s new recognition follows being named a 2023 Leader in Diversity by the BBJ earlier this year, recognizing his leadership in the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and in the community. He is a valuable member of the firm’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, and a member of the Litigation Section’s Diversity Lateral Recruiting Task Force.
Irving chaired Balch’s Susan B. Livingston Boot Camp for Success in 2021 and 2022. The annual program focuses on attracting promising students from groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession and from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as students facing other significant barriers to entering the legal profession, aiming to equip them with the tools needed to succeed in law school and in their careers.
Irving continually volunteers his time to help aspiring attorneys achieve success. For example, in November Irving presented a workshop on cover letter preparation for the Black Law Students Association at The University of Alabama School of Law.
Irving also served as a program coordinator for the Birmingham office’s Balch Business Boost program, designed to support small businesses facing significant barriers to building and sustaining progress by providing free or low-cost legal services.
In 2022, he also became the firm’s inaugural participant for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Pathfinder Program, which helps provide diverse, high-potential, early career lawyers at LCLD member organizations with practical tools for relationship building, foundational leadership skills, and career development strategies.
Irving’s practice focuses on internal investigations for regulated industries and litigating products liability, casualty, and medical malpractice matters. He represents corporate and utility clients across the southeast in both federal and state courts. Before practicing law, Irving was a counterintelligence agent for the National Security Agency where he conducted polygraph examinations and investigations.
Previously, Irving was recognized as a “Rising Star of Law” by the Birmingham Business Journal and named “Ones to Watch” by The Best Lawyers in America® and “Rising Star” by Mid-South Super Lawyers.