Emily Jones

is passionate about her clients and working to achieve successful outcomes for their legal issues. In her decade of litigation experience, Emily has represented Fortune 500 corporate clients, small businesses, cities and towns, nonprofits, and individuals.  Emily is well-versed in all areas of case management and has achieved winning results for her clients through dispositive motions, at trial, and at the appellate level. Her trial experience ranges from arbitration hearings in employment matters to federal product liability jury trials and includes serving as lead trial counsel.  Emily has also successfully served as appellate counsel before the Montana Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Emily is active in national and local legal communities. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, The CLM, the Order of Barristers, the State Bar of Montana, the State Bar of Arizona, and the Yellowstone Bar Association.  Emily served several years on the Montana Bar Association’s Judicial Relations Committee.  In 2015, Emily was selected by the State Bar of Montana to serve on Montana’s Judicial Redistricting Commission.  She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Yellowstone Area Bar Association.  Emily was selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and has received Martindale’s AV rating by her peers for the highest level of professional excellence and ethical standing.  In 2020, Emily was tapped by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen to serve on his transition team. She served on the Governor’s 13th Judicial District Advisory Council in 2021 and 2023. She is licensed in Montana state and federal courts, Arizona superior courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to her law practice, Emily volunteers her time for non-profit organizations.  In 2016, Emily joined the Board of Litigation of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a public interest legal foundation dedicated to individual liberty, the right to own and use property, limited and ethical government, and the free enterprise system that defends constitutional liberties and the rule of law.  She served multiple terms as MSLF’s Litigation Advisory Council Chair.  She served seven years (one as Chair) on the Board of Directors of Billings Head Start, Inc., which provides comprehensive services for young children and their families to achieve school readiness and lifelong success. Emily also chaired the Board of Directors of Dress for Success Billings, Inc., whose mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and life.

As a fourth-generation Montanan and a third-generation attorney, Emily is proud to carry on the legal tradition begun by her grandfather, Willis, and her father, Blair.  When not representing her clients, Emily loves crocheting, camping with her family, and fishing on the Yellowstone River.


Ryan Lawson

is an associate attorney at Jones Law Firm. Ryan brings experience from a variety of areas including construction and property law, employment law, insurance litigation, criminal law, and business law. He is passionate about working towards the goals of his clients and enjoys breaking the mold of what most people think about lawyers. His goal is to always be relatable, understanding, and show clients that he cares about their interests.

Ryan wanted to be an attorney from a young age, impassioned to stand up for the rights of others and strive for justice. In law school, Ryan interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and served as a law clerk for a law firm and legal aid clinic. As a law student, Ryan found a passion for being in the courtroom and was able to use a student-practice certificate to represent clients in pro bono matters. He successfully tried cases on landlord-tenant issues, unemployment benefits, and consumer protection.

Ryan grew up in the hills of Eastern Kentucky and attended college at the University of the Cumberlands. He earned his law degree from Liberty University. Ryan is the first lawyer in his family and credits his parents for instilling his hard work ethic and attention to detail from a young age. His father, Michael, is a former U.S. Marine and diesel mechanic, and his mother, Renee, teaches English at the high school Ryan attended. Ryan is licensed to practice law in Montana, Wyoming, and Kentucky, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before entering the legal field, he worked in Washington, D.C. for a U.S. Senator and for several years at a community bank. In his free time, Ryan enjoys woodworking, hiking, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife, Kelsey, and their Australian Shepherd, Odi.


Willis B. Jones (1918–2007) was an original founding member of Jones Law Firm, along with his son, Blair.  Willis spent his formative years in Bozeman, but because of his father’s frequent moves as a Prohibition officer, he attended four different Montana high schools. Despite the many transitions, he was an outstanding athlete, and he lettered in football and basketball at each school. He graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1936.

Willis joined the highway patrol in 1942.  In that same year, he joined the Army Air Corps in order to serve his country during World War II.  After the war, Willis attended law school at the University of Montana. Upon graduation, Willis worked for the Montana Attorney General’s office.  Willis and his family subsequently moved to Billings, where he opened a private law practice. During his legal career, he served as a Billings City Attorney, Billings City Judge, President of the Yellowstone Area Bar Association and Chairman of the Montana Fish and Game Commission.  However, the highlight of his legal career was the time that he and Blair were partners together in the Jones Law Firm.

Willis was an avid outdoorsman; he loved hunting, fishing, and golfing. His colleagues remember his indomitable strength and dazzling sense of humor.  He was a respected leader, an impeccable role model, and a man of great faith and integrity.