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Steven L. Jones has a range of real estate, energy, and governmental affairs experience. His practice is focused on helping clients navigate the real estate development life cycle and regulatory matters before the Georgia Public Service Commission.
Mr. Jones advises and represents developers, builders, operators, and individuals throughout the State of Georgia in land use and zoning issues. He handles applications and appeals for rezonings, comprehensive land use plan amendments, special use permits (also known as special exceptions and conditional uses), and variances. He also assists clients with real estate prospecting, planning, due diligence, acquisition, leasing, financing, and disposition.
Utilizing his experience on behalf of local government in right-of-way acquisition, Mr. Jones represents property owners whose real estate is being acquired through (or under the threat of) eminent domain/condemnation to ensure that they receive just and adequate compensation for their real property and any negative consequential effects to, and diminished value of, their remaining property.
Mr. Jones’ real estate experience also includes issues regarding title, title insurance, surveys, concept/site plans, construction plans, permitting, licensing, construction contracts, defects, and disputes, materialman and mechanics liens, brokers liens, the Brokerage Relationships in Real Estate Transactions Act (“BRRETA”), solar farms (acquisition, leasing, zoning, and permitting), telecommunications towers and small cell/5G facilities (acquisition, leasing, zoning, and permitting), utility easements and condemnation, the Georgia Utility Facility Protection Act (“GUFPA”), the Georgia Safe Dams Act, drafting sign and zoning ordinances, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RILUPA”), Georgia Conservation Use Valuation Assessment (“CUVA”) covenants (eligibility, early termination, and breaches), tax allocation districts (“TADs”), community improvement districts (“CIDs”), enterprise zones (“EZs”), opportunity zones (“OZs”), property owners association (“POAs”), homeowners association (“HOAs”), condominium owners associations (“COAs”), trespass, nuisance, and ordinance violations.
With regards to energy matters, Mr. Jones has represented electrical membership corporations (“EMCs”), natural gas marketers, qualifying facilities (“QFs”) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (“PURPA”) of 1978, EPC contractors, developers, trade associations, authorities, quasi-governmental entities, entrepreneurs, and landowners in issues regarding regulatory/governmental affairs and compliance before the Georgia Public Service Commission (the “GaPSC”) and in contract negotiation and administration with developers and regulated utilities, including power purchase agreements (“PPAs”), solar farm leases, and natural gas supply and management agreements.
An alumnus of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, Mr. Jones went on to graduate magna cum laude (7/162) from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law. In law school, he was a member of, and published author in, the Mercer Law Review and a member of the Mercer Advocacy Council, as a competitor for, and then a coach of, the law school’s Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Team. As a result of these contributions, he was induced into the law school’s Brainerd Currie Honor Society. Mr. Jones also worked as a student mentor and a research assistant to Professor Dwight Davis, for whom Mr. Jones helped research, draft, and edit an article that was published in the Journal of Southern Legal History. Additionally, while also at Mercer Law, he was the recipient of the Faculty Legal Writing Award and the CALI Award of Excellence, was on the Dean’s List every semester, and served two (2) terms as the treasurer of Phi Delta Phi, a national legal honor society.
A lifelong Georgian, Mr. Jones grew up in unincorporated Henry County, Georgia and what is now the City of Johns Creek, Georgia. He now lives in Dunwoody with his wife and two spirited sons. They previously lived in Bibb and Clayton Counties. He and his family enjoy spending time at Lake Oconee, Georgia, Saint Simons Island, Georgia, and Atlanta-area parks and attractions.
State Bar of Georgia, Real Property, Eminent Domain, Administrative law, and Local Government Sections
- Zoning and Land Use Law, 73 Mercer L. RevWinter 2021
- Zoning and Land Use Law, 72 Mercer L. Rev. 3672020
- Zoning and Land Use Law, 71 Mercer L. Rev. 3632019
- Zoning and Land Use Law, 70 Mercer L. Rev. 3012018
- Special Contribution: A Look Back at Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 69 Mercer L. Rev. 9872018
- Zoning and Land Use Law, 69 Mercer L. Rev. 3712017
- Custodial Collies of Transparency – The Competitive Advantage of Protecting Investing Lamm[b]s from Advising Wolves: Lamm v. State Street Bank & Trust, 66 Mercer L. Rev. 11192015
- November 16, 2021
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
University of Georgia, B.B.A., Marketing with an Emphasis on Professional Sales
Courts & Adjudicative Bodies
Georgia Supreme Court
Georgia Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia