Hugh R. Jones

  • Lecturer in Law


  • JD University of Wisconsin Law School 1986


Hugh R. Jones has served with the Hawaiʻi Attorney General’s office for over 21 years and is a Supervising Deputy Attorney in the Tax Division of the Hawaiʻi Attorney General's office. Jones' Division provides regulatory oversight over 4,500 public charities, charitable trusts, and private foundations in Hawaiʻi. The Division also provides regulatory oversight over professional solicitors and fundraising counsel and enforces Hawaii's charitable solicitation law, and provides all of the legal services need by the Department of Taxation.

Jones was one of three attorneys that investigated and prosecuted claims for removal and surcharge against the former trustees of the Bishop Estate, then a $6.2 billion charitable trust. Jones has drafted and successfully enacted four significant legislative initiatives to the State's nonprofit corporation and charitable solicitation laws to strengthen the State's oversight of charities and charitable solicitors.

Jones graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1986. Jones is the past president of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association. Jones is the past president of the National Association of State Charity Officials. Jones is the 2007 recipient of the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association's President's Award, the 1996 recipient of Common Cause Hawaii's Public Service Award, and a four-time recipient of the Attorney General's Sustained Superior Performance Award. Jones is a frequent speaker and faculty member at conferences and seminars devoted to nonprofit governance and regulatory matters.