About Cassandra Jones
Cassandra has the broad background and experience to keep Douglas County safe. As an experienced attorney, she has handled criminal matters and civil matters — litigating and appearing in the Douglas County Courts and surrounding rural courts for over 15 years. She is also the only candidate who has served in a judicial capacity, as a Court-certified arbitrator, a mediator, and from the bench as Justice of the Peace Pro Tem.
Cassandra has owned and operated her own business for over seven years, taking on the responsibility of managing staff and a heavy caseload while meeting strict budgets. She is the only candidate who has worked as a lawyer in private practice, managed staff, made payroll, and overseen strict budgets.
Cassandra is married to her junior high sweetheart, Evan. Through Evan, their children are sixth generation Douglas County-ites. Evan and Cassandra choose to raise their family in Douglas County, moving home only eight days after she graduated law school. Evan and Cassandra have resided in their home in Gardnerville for over 15 years, where they are raising their elementary school-aged daughter and middle school-aged son. They are active in their community and a local church.
EMPLOYMENT AND EXPERIENCE
Managing Attorney & Counselor at Law (since May 2011)
Heritage Law Group, P.C. (previously Houghton Jones, A.P.C.)
Sole owner of a small law firm, handling civil litigation, family litigation, elder law, guardianships, probates, and estate planning. Manage staff and heavy caseload on a strict budget.
Nevada Commission on Judicial Ethics
(Since November 2016)
Currently serving as a member of the state-wide standing committee which provides interpretation and advanced opinions regarding the Judicial Code of Conduct; appointed twice by her peers from the Nevada State Bar
Justice of the Peace Pro Tem
Douglas County, Nevada.
Serving as temporary Justice of the Peace, whenever asked, at no cost to the taxpayers. Appointed by the County Commissioners.
Certified Court Arbitrator
(Since August 2015)
Appointed by Nevada Supreme Court, serving in Douglas County and Carson City
Staff Attorney for the Honorable Michael P. Gibbons
(August 2005 – April 2011)
Staff attorney for the Douglas County District Court, handling felony level criminal cases, family law matters, and civil matters over $10,000 in value. Additionally responsible for administration duties, including establishing the Special Advocates for the Elderly.
Adjunct Professor, Paralegal Certificate Program
(August 2005 – December 2006)
Western Nevada College. Educated aspiring paralegals and other students on various legal topics including legal research, legal writing, business law, and introduction to family law.
(May 2004 – August 2005)
Brooke Shaw Zumpft Minden, Nevada.
Handled civil and criminal litigation
Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Adams
(August 2003 – April 2004)
Washoe County District Court Reno, Nevada. Assisted judge in legal research and writing for criminal matters, civil matters, and as part of the complex commercial litigation department.
Juris Doctorate, Arizona State University College of Law (December 2003)
Finishing a 3-year program in only 2 1/2 years, and ranking: 18 of 198 (9%).
B.S. Justice Studies, Arizona State University College of Public Programs (May 2000)
Summa Cum Laude
Nevada Bar Association (admitted 2003)
California Bar Association (admitted 2005)
Estate Planning Council of Northern Nevada (2011 – Current)
Carson City Chair (2011 – 2015)
Executive Board Member (2014 – 2015)
Wealth Counsel Forum of Nevada (2011 – Current)
Executive Board Member (2014 – 2017)
National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (2011 – Current)
Douglas County Bar Association (2003 – Current)(
President (October 2004 – December 2006)
Town of Gardnerville, Board Member (2015-2018)
Austin’s House, Board of Directors (2013 – Current)
Secretary (December 2015 – December 2017)
Community Foundation of Douglas County
Founding Board Member (2018)
Douglas Special Advocates for the Elderly
Founder, 2008; provide ongoing training to advocates,
2009 – current
Leadership Douglas County, 2013
Regular contributor to the Record-Courier Newspaper (2011 – 2017)
Nevada Legal Services (2005-2018)
Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans (2005-2018)
Spotlight Award for Best Professional Service Provider,
given by the Business Council of Douglas County (2017)
Best of Carson Valley, Record-Courier,
Runner-Up (2016, 2017, 2018)
Pro Bono Service Award (2011-2017)
Certificate of Special Appreciation, from Special
Advocates for the Elderly (2014)