Michael D. Jones, a litigation partner in the Washington DC office of the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis was shot in a burglary attempt while on vacation in Turks and Caicos Islands this week according to authorities.

Michael D. Jones (Courtesy Photo)

Jones, an established litigator, is serving as lead attorney for plaintiffs in the lawsuit, “Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education v. Maryland Higher Education Commission,” also known as the HBCU Equity Lawsuit. This case represents one of the most significant higher education desegregation cases in the last two decades.

Jones recently delivered closing arguments in the HBCU Equity Lawsuit trial held in Maryland District Court earlier this summer.  

Jones, was shot once in the torso by a masked gunman who entered his family’s vacation villa shortly after 10:00 pm according to media reports and was immediately transferred to a local hospital before being medically evacuated to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida where he is in stable condition.

Local police report that at least two suspects were involved. Robbers fled the scene after stealing a laptop from the villa and are still at large at the time this report was filed.  Investigators are reviewing footage from security cameras in the villa.  

A spokesperson from Kirkland & Ellis confirmed Jones is now resting in stable condition.  “Mike Jones, a partner in our Washington DC office, was shot during a burglary while on vacation with his family,” the firm stated. “Mike was treated successfully and is in stable condition and is expected to fully recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike and his family.”

A spokesman for the Turks and Caicos Islands Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Culture expressed remorse over the shooting. “It is with regret that we report any situation involving the safety or well-being of residents or quests to our country.”