Earl “Chip” Jones is trained as an external auditor with a “Big Eight” accounting firm and has experience in both private practice and as a senior executive in a Fortune 200 company. The combination of his accounting and auditing background, litigation training and executive experience inside a large, publicly-traded company makes him uniquely qualified to identify solutions that will maximize value and reduce clients' exposure and risk.

Chip's legal career includes managing labor and employment law matters, creating and managing ethics, compliance and corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting, programs, and initiatives, and conducting C-Suite investigations. His clients and their boards rely on his experience to:

  • Create and improve ethics and compliance programs
  • Investigate and respond to allegations of misconduct by senior executives
  • Conduct due diligence to spot material labor and employment law issues
  • Manage current employees who are qui tam relators or have allegedly engaged in protected activity
  • Help efficiently resolve or litigate workplace disputes

Professional & Community Affiliations


Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program


Planning Committee, Corporate Counsel Institute

The University of Texas School of Law Continuing Legal Education


Corporate Recruitment Committee

Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce


Dallas Speaker Planning Committee

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©



Texas Bar Foundation


Best Lawyers in Texas


Named, Attorneys Who Matter

Ethisphere Institute


News, Analysis & Press

Ride the Whistleblower Wave

Corporate Counsel

August 7, 2017

If Whistleblowers Snooze, They May Lose (Money)

Corporate Counsel

November 8, 2015

OSHA Issues New Rule for Food Safety Whistleblowers

Food Safety Magazine

May 6, 2014

The "Bring Your Own Device" to Work Movement

Littler Report

May 10, 2012

Whistling While You Work

Workforce Management

April 1, 2012

8 ways SOX changed corporate governance


January 1, 2012

How to Tackle Problems Before the SEC Knocks


December 19, 2011

Hear the Whistle Blow: Is Your Company Prepared?

Bloomberg Law Reports

November 14, 2011

Employment and Labor Law, Annual Survey of Texas Law

SMU Law Review


Compliance Matters, What Should You Be Doing to Build Better Compliance Policies

Corporate Legal Times

Vol. 15, No. 166

September 2005

Occupational Safety and Health Law

Texas Employment Law Handbook


Recent Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence 38

September/October 2000

Books & Book Chapters

  • Employment & Labor and Workplace Health and Safety, Chief Executive Legal Guide, Chief Executive Research, 2012

Speaking Engagements

Ethical Dilemma: In-House Counsel as Whistleblower

Dallas Employer Conference

July 2018

What Turns an Employee into a Whistleblower and Are Whistleblowers Good for an Organization?

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017

Financial Services and Corporate Compliance

New York, NY

November 30, 2016

Moderator, The Rising Profile of Whistleblower Activity: Handling Response and Data Protection Concerns

Ethisphere’s Paris Ethics and Compliance Forum, Paris, France

October 13, 2016

Moderator, Speaking Up and Prevent Scandal: The New Whistleblower Requirements

Ethisphere’s London Ethics and Compliance Forum, London, England

October 11, 2016

Whistleblowers: The Challenges for In-House Counsel

3rd Annual Government Enforcement Institute Forum, Houston, TX

September 29, 2016

Top Labor and Employment Risk Areas

Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics 15th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institue, Chicago, IL

September 28, 2016

Don’t Get Burned, It’s Still Very Hot: Managing Compliance

ACC Corporate Counsel University, San Diego, CA

June 13, 2016

Preparing for the Future: Strategic Planning for Legal and HR Departments

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

Corporate Compliance & Financial Services Update

New York, NY

November 19, 2015

Food and Beverage Industry Employers: Four Current Employment Law Challenges

October 27, 2015

2015 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TX

August 13, 2015

Private Equity and Corporate Transactions: A Candid Discussion About Risk, Strategic Advantage and Successful Business Integration

Dallas, TX

April 20, 2015

When Social Media and Compliance Programs Collide: How to Mitigate Risk

Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), Dallas, TX

March 19, 2015

2014 Whistleblowing & Compliance Best Practices Update

San Jose, CA

October 21, 2014

Prevent Retaliation with a Speak-up Culture

Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA), Atlanta, GA

October 2, 2014

The 2014 Charlotte Employer — International Edition

Charlotte, NC

September 23, 2014

Hiring, Employing & Firing — What In-House Labor & Employment Counsel and HR Executives Need to Know — A Play in Three Acts

Dallas, TX

September 9, 2014


2014 East Coast Regional Conference - Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), Washington, DC

May 9, 2014

Conducting Lawful Investigations — Key Issues for the Retail Sector

November 21, 2013

Ten Solid Ways to Prevent Retaliation

Washington, DC

October 8, 2013

Whistleblowers and Retaliation: What Boards Need to Know

New York, NY

October 3, 2013

Conducting Lawful and Effective Global Investigations

Chicago, IL

September 25, 2013

Strategies for Dealing with the Whistleblower

Tysons Corner, VA

April 30, 2013

The Athletic Department's Whistleblower Survival Guide: How to Minimize Risk and Promote a Culture of Ethical Conduct

April 17, 2013

Getting it Right: Strategies for Maintaining an Effective Corporate Ethics & Compliance Program

Fairport, NY

April 10, 2013

Strategies for Dealing with the Whistleblower

Chicago, IL

December 6, 2012

Corporate Compliance & Ethics for HR and In-House Counsel: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Company Out of the Headlines

December 3, 2012

Business or Pleasure: The Challenges of Bring Your Own Device Policies In The Workplace

Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Dallas, TX

November 8, 2012

How to Assess and Mitigate the Risk of Misconduct Occurring and Not Being Reported

Las Vegas, NV

October 15, 2012

Atlanta Employer Conference

Atlanta, GA

September 28, 2012

How to Keep Your CEO Out of Jail

Atlanta Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Atlanta, GA

September 28, 2012

The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Houston, TXDallas, TX

August 2, 2012

How to Keep Your CEO Out of Jail: What Every HR Professional and Employment Counsel Should Know About the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

The 2012 Houston Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Houston, TX

August 2, 2012

Ethics Compliance – Effectively Dealing With Corporate Whistleblowers

Columbus, OH

May 14, 2012

How to Keep Your CEO Out of Jail: What Every HR Professional and Employment Counsel Should Know About the Federal Sentencing Guidelines?

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 11, 2012

Setting Tone at the Top and Mood in the Middle: Are Your Compliance Efforts Making a Difference?

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9, 2012

Whistleblower Claims? Get HR Involved Early

Ethics Point Webinar

March 20, 2012

Conducting Lawful and Effective Investigations: Proper Responses to Allegations of Unethical Conduct in the Workplace

Annual Meeting - Ethics and Compliance Officer’s Association, Seattle, WA

September 2011

Green Innovation in Business Network

Environmental Defense Fund, Fayetteville, AR

November 2010

Sustainable Agricultural Partnerships

American Business Conferences, San Francisco, CA

August 2010

Can “Big Food” Embrace Sustainable Agriculture?

RiskMetrics, New York, NY

December 2009

Keynote Address

Ag STAR National Conference - Baltimore, MD

February 2009


  • J.D., Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, 1994cum laude
  • B.A., Hendrix College, 1985

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