After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1942, and The University of Virginia School of Law in 1948, John Paul Jones joined the Memphis law firm of Wrape and Hernly, with offices in Memphis and in Washington, DC. He later opened his own practice where he specialized in interstate commerce, transportation and labor law.

In 1960, Mr. Jones became the publisher of the Memphis Daily News, a family owned general interest business, and legal newspaper that has published since 1886. Mr. Jones retired from the practice of law in 1992, and at the same time continued his longtime commitment to philanthropic endeavors.

A lifelong resident of Memphis, he is a past president of the Tennessee Press Association, the American Court and Commercial Newspapers, Inc. and also a past member of the Memphis Literacy Council. Mr. Jones is a board member of the Benjamin C. Hooks Library, the Rock n' Soul Museum located in the FedExForum, the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, and a founder and past president of the Memphis Economic Club.

Mr. Jones has always been devoted to his family, Thomas Jefferson, William Shakespeare, and a host of worthy causes.

The basketball/entertainment complex at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville opened in 2005, and bears the name John Paul Jones Arena. This is a fitting tribute to a man who loves basketball and believes it is a way to help educate young athletes in life through sports.

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