Jeffrey Jones first visited Korea as a college student in 1971 to do missionary work. Two years in Korea changed his life. He returned to the U.S. to finish law school and pass the bar. He started working for the world’s largest law firm, Baker & McKenzie. He had a stable job and life there, but in 1980, he left it all behind to come to Korea.
He started anew in Korea as Kim & Chang’s first foreign-nationality, international lawyer. (His specialty was mergers and acquisitions.) He was the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea’s president from 1998 to 2002. During his tenure, he played a crucial role in bridging the distance between the U.S. and Korea. In 2000, he founded the Partners for the Future Foundation to help unemployed families. The foundation continues to support various causes, including a scholarship fund. For his work, for his belief that Korea and the U.S. must coexist, for his fluent Korean and for his deep understanding and interest in Korean culture, he is called the ‘blue-eyed Korean.’
Most recently, Jones was in the news as Park Jong-woo’s lawyer. Park Jong-woo was under investigation for his ‘Dokdo celebration’ during the bronze medal football match at the 2012 London Olympics. Jones successfully defended Park before the IOC’s disciplinary committee in Lausanne, Switzerland in February of this year. Jones is said to have been invaluable to bringing back the bronze medal… We’ll hear the details on that and more from Jeffrey Jones on (Heart to Heart).