John Arthur Jones
John Arthur Jones ()

John Arthur Jones, one of the founders of Holland & Knight, died in Tampa. He was 92.

Jones joined the Tampa law firm of Knight, Thompson & Turner in 1949. He and law partner Chesterfield Smith built the firm into Holland & Knight, now one of Florida’s largest law firms. When persuading partners later to accept a name change to Holland & Knight, Jones often joked it was either that or Smith & Jones.

In legal circles, Jones was known as “Mr. Probate” and the “father of probate law.” He served as chairman of the Florida probate and guardianship forms committee and developed what is widely recognized as the most comprehensive set of probate and guardianship forms in the country.

Jones was the first recipient of the Robert C. Scott Memorial Award by the real property, probate and trust law section of the Florida Bar.

In lieu of flowers, two memorial funds have been created—the John Arthur Jones Memorial Scholarship at the University of Florida law school and an endowed John Arthur Jones position at the Bay Area Legal Services for the delivery of legal services to elders in need.