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Joanne O'Connor Appointed as Vice President of Federal Bar Palm Beach Chapter
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Megan Coughlin Graduates from Leadership WPB
Grasford Smith Honored with Anquan Boldin Foundation Award
Grasford Smith Recognized by NYU LACA with Rising Star Award
Tax Reform Update
Robert Wilkins Speaks at 2018 UF Law E-Discovery Conference
Firm Expands Footprint with Addition of Elder Law Practice Group
Senior Counsel Genny Bernstein Newest Addition to Jones Foster

Our History

For almost a century, Jones Foster continues to be inspired by its historic contribution to the legal profession. Since our earliest incarnation, our alumni have included a mayor, district judges, a member of the United States Congress, and presidents of the Florida Bar, Palm Beach County Bar Association, and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.

Building on our brand’s past to re-imagine its future.

From our humble beginnings, we have grown into a dynamic team committed to pursuing excellence. Now, one of the most respected law firms in Palm Beach County, our unique history gives us the power and momentum to continually drive our business onward and upward.

The story of Jones Foster is the result of two prominent West Palm Beach law Firm’s merging after practicing side-by-side for decades. This is our journey.

Colonel Johnston


In 1909, Palm Beach County was officially recognized as Florida's 47th county; a move that prompted Mr. H.L. Bussey to open his one-man legal practice in West Palm Beach. At the time, the population of West Palm Beach was less than 2,000, but Palm Beach County's first land boom had started and Clematis Street bustled with activity. As did Mr. Bussey’s growing list of clients.


In 1917, West Palm Beach's Lt. Harry A. Johnston left for Europe and World War I. Then, in 1924, he returned to South Florida with his University of Florida classmate, Henry F. Lilienthal.


After Mr. Lilienthal joined Mr. Bussey’s flourishing practice, they changed the firm’s name to Bussey, Johnston & Lilienthal in 1926. In the years that followed, Mr. Bussey served as city attorney, county attorney, attorney for the school board, state's attorney and as a representative in the Florida legislature. After his death, the name of the firm changed to Gedney, Johnston and Lilienthal.


By 1936, Harry Johnston had become Palm Beach County Attorney, but in 1940 he again left to serve as a United States Army Colonel in World War II. On returning, he served as County Attorney until 1968.


In 1958, Harry A. Johnston, II, graduated from the University of Florida and joined his father's firm. He served in the Florida Senate from 1974 to 1986, as President of the Florida Senate from 1984 to 1986, and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to 1996, when he left public service to resume the practice of law.

Colonel Jones


Two University of Florida classmates, Robert L. Earnest and R.K. Lewis, began their West Palm Beach practices during the 1924 real estate boom. Mr. Earnest was appointed United States Commissioner in West Palm Beach, and in 1932 Mr. Earnest and Mr. Lewis formed a partnership with offices in the Guaranty Building. Later, they were joined in 1935 by D. Culver Smith, who became a partner in 1940, and then left for WWII after Pearl Harbor.


Colonel R. Bruce Jones, a Tank Destroyer Battalion Commander for General George S. Patton, joined Earnest & Lewis in 1946, the same year D. Culver Smith returned to the firm. The firm was subsequently renamed Earnest, Lewis, Smith & Jones.


During the prosperous post-war years, Palm Beach County was one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Samuel Adams, James C. Paine and William A. Foster joined the firm in the 1950's.


When D. Culver Smith left in 1957 to become a Florida Circuit Court Judge, the firm changed its name to Jones, Adams, Paine & Foster.


In 1967, Sidney A. Stubbs joined the firm. At this time, the firm concentrated its practice in the areas of personal injury, commercial litigation, real estate, tax and probate law.


In 1968, Colonel Jones succeeded Colonel Johnston as Palm Beach County Attorney.


In 1970, the firm became the professional association of Jones, Paine & Foster, P.A.


In 1979, when James C. Paine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Federal District Judge, the firm changed its name to Jones & Foster, P.A.

Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A.


After decades of working to shape and re-define the civic and legal landscape of Palm Beach County, Johnston, Randolph & Weaver, P.A. (Colonel Johnston's firm) and Jones & Foster, P.A. (Colonel Jones' firm) officially merged in 1988. The result was Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. Or as it’s better known today: Jones Foster.