The Honorable Michael W. Jones

Placer County Superior Court, Department 3

Biography

The Hon. Michael W. Jones is a judge for the Superior Court of Placer County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown on December 27, 2012, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Larry D. Gaddis.

Jones earned a B.A. from California State University, Sacramento. He then pursued a career in law enforcement, serving as a senior special investigator for the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control from 1982 to 1986 as well as a Senior Criminal Investigator for the California Department of Insurance Fraud Bureau from 1986 to 1989.

After completing a J.D. from Western State University College of Law, Jones began his legal career as an associate at Bonne, Jones, Bridges, Mueller, O’Keefe & Hunt in 1989. His time there was brief.

He quickly accepted a position as a deputy district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of Los Angeles County. However, the following year, he transferred to the Office of the District Attorney of Shasta County, where he served as an assistant district attorney for the next seven years.

Jones left the public sector in 1997. He started his own private practice, Michael W. Jones Attorney at Law, where he practiced for one year. Then, in 1998, he joined Hansen, Boyd, Culhane & Watson as an associate. He worked there for five years, eventually leaving to become a senior partner at Hansen, Kohls, Jones, Sommer & Jacob in 2003.

Jones is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Michael W. Jones

  • PETERSEN, HEATHER DAWN VS. REY, DAVID ET AL

    Mar 19, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard Wednesday, March 20, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Petition to Compel Arbitration
    Defendants’ request for judicial notice is granted.
    Defendants move to compel arbitration of plain...

  • GACHES, TODD VS. CITY OF AUBURN, ET AL

    Mar 19, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. County of Placer’s Motion for Summary Judgment as to Plaintiff Todd Gaches The parties’ requests for judicial notice are granted.

  • CULLINAN, DANIEL C. VS. SCOTTISH AM. INS. GENERAL AGENCY, INC.

    Mar 19, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Motion to Compel Response to Request for Production of Documents
    Plaintiff Daniel C. Cullinan moves to compel responses to his R...

  • ALVARADO, CHERYL V. SAWYER, THOMAS

    Mar 07, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 3 located at the Historic Auburn Courthouse located at 101 Maple Street, Auburn, California:
    Defendant’s motion to vacate the judgment under Code of Civil Proc...

  • ADEY, MICHAEL VS. KOTOKOS, ANGELINE, ET AL

    Feb 26, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones:
    Motion to Quash Subpoena
    Appearance required on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33.

    ...

  • ALVARADO, LINDA, ET AL VS. SONORA ESTATES, LLC, ET AL

    Feb 26, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Motion for Leave to File Cross-Complaints
    Defendants’ unopposed motion for leave to file cross-complaints is granted. Defenda...

  • BESLISLE, DAVID, ET AL VS. CENTEX HOMES, ET AL

    Feb 20, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. OSC re Settlement
    The Order to Show Cause re Settlement is continued to May 22, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33.
    ...

  • BESLISLE, DAVID, ET AL VS. CENTEX HOMES, ET AL

    Feb 19, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. OSC re Settlement
    The Order to Show Cause re Settlement is continued to May 22, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33.
    ...

  • DAVIS, WHITEY, ET AL VS. HARMATZ, JOSHUA WEISS, ET AL

    Jan 29, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard Wednesday January 30, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Demurrer to Complaint
    Defendant’s request for judicial notice is granted.
    Defendant Janice McNally, individually and dba Ja...

  • STAMAS, MANUEL VS. VIVIANO, RYAN

    Jan 08, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Motion to Vacate Judgment
    Defendant’s motion to vacate judgment is denied. Defendant fails to establish that his failure to a...

  • KELLER, KRISTINA VS. COUNTY OF PLACER, ET AL

    Jan 08, 2019 |  Placer County

    S-CV-0038788 Gaches, Todd vs. City of Auburn, et al
    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Motion to Consolidate
    Plaintiff’s motion to consolidate is granted. Pla...

  • W1 HOLDINGS, ET AL VS. BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, ET AL

    Jan 08, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard Wednesday January 9, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Demurrer to Complaint
    Rulings on Requests for Judicial Notice
    Defendant Bank of New York Mellon’s (“BONY’s”) request for jud...

  • DAVIS, WHITEY, ET AL VS. HARMATZ, JOSHUA WEISS, ET AL

    Jan 08, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Demurrer to First Amended Complaint
    The demurrer to first amended complaint is continued to January 29, 2019, to be heard by the...

  • HIGGS, ROY VS. COLLIAU, RUSSELL W., ET AL

    Dec 06, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the OSC hearing on the status of bankruptcy.
    ///

    ...

  • EVERETT, BRIAN, ET AL VS. PULTE GROUP, INC., ET AL

    Dec 06, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval of Class Settlement and Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Costs
    Plaintiff’s unopposed motions for (1) final approva...

  • AHLBERG, CYNTHIA ET AL VS. CENTEX HOMES

    Oct 18, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the case management conference. Cross-complainant Centex Homes shall provide the court will an update regarding service for cro...

  • HIGGS, ROY VS. COLLIAU, RUSSELL W., ET AL

    Oct 18, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the OSC hearing on the status of bankruptcy.

    ...

  • BELISLE, DAVID ET AL VS. CENTEX HOMES ET AL

    Oct 18, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the hearing on the OSC re dismissal.

    ...

  • IN THE MATTER OF SIERRA WATCH

    Sep 25, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard on September 25, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43. Motion for Award of Attorney Fees Pursuant to Government Code Section 54960.5 Rulings on Objections to Evidence
    Petitioner’s objecti...

  • BAHR, TARA VS. DOVENBERG, GARRY, ET AL

    Sep 13, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument will be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the hearing on the OSC re dismissal.

    ...

  • HIGGS, ROY VS. COLLIAU, RUSSELL W., ET AL

    Sep 13, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument will be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the hearing on the OSC re bankruptcy.

    ...

  • LOVEALL, JACK VS. MONAHAN, M.D., DANIEL, L. ET AL

    Sep 13, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument will be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the status conference hearing to set trial dates.

    ...

  • LEVY, DAVID VS. RAPPORT, NANCY D., ET AL

    Sep 06, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. The hearing shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the status conference to set trial. All counsel are required to personally appear with their trial calendars and trial informatio...

  • WESTPHAL, THERESA VS. NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval of Class Settlement and Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Costs
    Plaintiff’s unopposed motions for (1) final approva...

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Recent Cases by Hon. Michael W. Jones

Recent Rulings by Hon. Michael W. Jones

  • PETERSEN, HEATHER DAWN VS. REY, DAVID ET AL

    Mar 19, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard Wednesday, March 20, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Petition to Compel Arbitration
    Defendants’ request for judicial notice is granted.
    Defendants move to compel arbitration of plain...

  • GACHES, TODD VS. CITY OF AUBURN, ET AL

    Mar 19, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. County of Placer’s Motion for Summary Judgment as to Plaintiff Todd Gaches The parties’ requests for judicial notice are granted.

  • CULLINAN, DANIEL C. VS. SCOTTISH AM. INS. GENERAL AGENCY, INC.

    Mar 19, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Motion to Compel Response to Request for Production of Documents
    Plaintiff Daniel C. Cullinan moves to compel responses to his R...

  • ALVARADO, CHERYL V. SAWYER, THOMAS

    Mar 07, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 3 located at the Historic Auburn Courthouse located at 101 Maple Street, Auburn, California:
    Defendant’s motion to vacate the judgment under Code of Civil Proc...

  • ADEY, MICHAEL VS. KOTOKOS, ANGELINE, ET AL

    Feb 26, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones:
    Motion to Quash Subpoena
    Appearance required on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33.

    ...

  • ALVARADO, LINDA, ET AL VS. SONORA ESTATES, LLC, ET AL

    Feb 26, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Motion for Leave to File Cross-Complaints
    Defendants’ unopposed motion for leave to file cross-complaints is granted. Defenda...

  • BESLISLE, DAVID, ET AL VS. CENTEX HOMES, ET AL

    Feb 20, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. OSC re Settlement
    The Order to Show Cause re Settlement is continued to May 22, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33.
    ...

  • BESLISLE, DAVID, ET AL VS. CENTEX HOMES, ET AL

    Feb 19, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. OSC re Settlement
    The Order to Show Cause re Settlement is continued to May 22, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33.
    ...

  • DAVIS, WHITEY, ET AL VS. HARMATZ, JOSHUA WEISS, ET AL

    Jan 29, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard Wednesday January 30, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Demurrer to Complaint
    Defendant’s request for judicial notice is granted.
    Defendant Janice McNally, individually and dba Ja...

  • STAMAS, MANUEL VS. VIVIANO, RYAN

    Jan 08, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Motion to Vacate Judgment
    Defendant’s motion to vacate judgment is denied. Defendant fails to establish that his failure to a...

  • KELLER, KRISTINA VS. COUNTY OF PLACER, ET AL

    Jan 08, 2019 |  Placer County

    S-CV-0038788 Gaches, Todd vs. City of Auburn, et al
    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Motion to Consolidate
    Plaintiff’s motion to consolidate is granted. Pla...

  • W1 HOLDINGS, ET AL VS. BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, ET AL

    Jan 08, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard Wednesday January 9, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Demurrer to Complaint
    Rulings on Requests for Judicial Notice
    Defendant Bank of New York Mellon’s (“BONY’s”) request for jud...

  • DAVIS, WHITEY, ET AL VS. HARMATZ, JOSHUA WEISS, ET AL

    Jan 08, 2019 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested it shall be heard Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 33. Demurrer to First Amended Complaint
    The demurrer to first amended complaint is continued to January 29, 2019, to be heard by the...

  • HIGGS, ROY VS. COLLIAU, RUSSELL W., ET AL

    Dec 06, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the OSC hearing on the status of bankruptcy.
    ///

    ...

  • EVERETT, BRIAN, ET AL VS. PULTE GROUP, INC., ET AL

    Dec 06, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval of Class Settlement and Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Costs
    Plaintiff’s unopposed motions for (1) final approva...

  • AHLBERG, CYNTHIA ET AL VS. CENTEX HOMES

    Oct 18, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the case management conference. Cross-complainant Centex Homes shall provide the court will an update regarding service for cro...

  • HIGGS, ROY VS. COLLIAU, RUSSELL W., ET AL

    Oct 18, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the OSC hearing on the status of bankruptcy.

    ...

  • BELISLE, DAVID ET AL VS. CENTEX HOMES ET AL

    Oct 18, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the hearing on the OSC re dismissal.

    ...

  • IN THE MATTER OF SIERRA WATCH

    Sep 25, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard on September 25, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43. Motion for Award of Attorney Fees Pursuant to Government Code Section 54960.5 Rulings on Objections to Evidence
    Petitioner’s objecti...

  • BAHR, TARA VS. DOVENBERG, GARRY, ET AL

    Sep 13, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument will be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the hearing on the OSC re dismissal.

    ...

  • HIGGS, ROY VS. COLLIAU, RUSSELL W., ET AL

    Sep 13, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument will be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the hearing on the OSC re bankruptcy.

    ...

  • LOVEALL, JACK VS. MONAHAN, M.D., DANIEL, L. ET AL

    Sep 13, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. Oral argument will be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the status conference hearing to set trial dates.

    ...

  • LEVY, DAVID VS. RAPPORT, NANCY D., ET AL

    Sep 06, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. The hearing shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    The appearances of the parties are required for the status conference to set trial. All counsel are required to personally appear with their trial calendars and trial informatio...

  • WESTPHAL, THERESA VS. NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY

    Aug 30, 2018 |  Placer County

    This tentative ruling is issued by the Honorable Michael W. Jones. If oral argument is requested, it shall be heard at 8:30 a.m. in Department 43:
    Plaintiff’s Motion for Final Approval of Class Settlement and Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Costs
    Plaintiff’s unopposed motions for (1) final approva...

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