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Richard D. Jones, chair of Dechert’s global finance and real estate practice groups, focuses his practice on capital markets and mortgage finance. Under Mr. Jones’ leadership, the practice was named the winner of the 2015 Law Firm Award for Real Estate by leading legal directory The Legal 500, which also described Mr. Jones as “one of the savviest capital markets/mortgage finance lawyers in America’s real estate sector.” In addition, Mr. Jones is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, which, in its most recent edition, cited him as receiving “extensive praise for delivering high-level client service” and having “a fabulous reputation in the finance world."

Widely recognized as a leader in the industry, he received the CREFC Founders Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) for his leadership.

Mr. Jones frequently publishes and speaks on a wide range of issues affecting the capital markets and mortgage finance markets. He is the founder of, and principal author of, the Dechert blog, Crunched Credit, which takes a critical look at the global financial markets’.


Washington and Lee University, B.A., 1975, magna cum laude
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1978
Boston University School of Law, LL.M., 1981

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Mr. Jones is past president of the CRE Finance Council; a founder of the Commercial Real Estate Institute (CRI); a member and past governor of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a former chair of its Capital Markets Committee; and a member of the Commercial Mortgage Board of Governors (COMBOG) of the MBA. Mr. Jones is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, serving on its Capital and Credit Policy Advisory Committee. He also serves as the chairman of CRE Finance Council’s PAC.