Born and raised in the inner-city streets of Brooklyn, this native New Yorker is proud to call Savannah home! Shalena Cook Jones graduated with honors from Midwood High School, one of New York City’s most competitive and well-respected schools for gifted and talented students.
After high school, Ms. Jones set her sights on Atlanta, Georgia and began her undergraduate study at Spelman College majoring in Sociology with a concentration in Legal Studies. Ms. Jones has always had a passion for helping others and knew at a very young age that she wanted to be an attorney. It soon became clear to her that in order to accomplish this lofty goal, she would have to pursue academic excellence and develop a strong work ethic, and that she did.
While many of her peers were enjoying the college experience, Ms. Jones worked full time at a major Atlanta hotel property ulitmately becoming Front Office Manager. She later transitioned into the legal field and accepted a job at a well-known Atlanta Intellectual Property firm. In addition to a full course load and a full-time work schedule, Ms. Jones began preparing for law school. In 1999, she went to the University of Georgia School of Law, taking a seat as one of very few minorities in her first-year class.
Ms. Jones has enjoyed a distinguished career over the past 17 years. She is licensed to practice law in three different states, Georgia, Texas and South Carolina. She started working in the Dekalb County DA’s office in her third year of law school, Thereafter, she worked for two private firms doing insurance defense litigation. Ms. Jones has served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas and a Chatham County Special Victims Prosecutor. She was the Managing Partner of an Atlanta-based insurance defense litigation firm and now runs her own private practice in the heart of downtown Savannah, lovingly referred to as the Hostess City of the South.
Her personal life, professional training and lived experiences have made Ms. Jones uniquely qualified for the Office of District Attorney and have developed in her the wisdom, integrity, and fairness that are so essential to the role and function of today’s prosecutor. She represents a new era of smart prosecution that is designed to make Chatham County’s criminal justice system more efficient, equitable and effective for the benefit of all its citizens.