Tracy Jones – Attorney / Owner

Tracy Jones – Attorney / Owner

tjones@blackandjoneslaw.com

I was raised near Rockford in Rochelle, Illinois and attended Rochelle Township High School. I graduated from Northern Illinois University and went on to receive my Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in May of 2006 where I was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity and the Women’s Law Caucus. While pursuing my law degree, I worked as a judicial clerk in the 16th Judicial Circuit.


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I began working for The Law Office of Jim Black & Associates in 2006 as an Associate Attorney. In January 2014, I became the managing attorney in the firm. Then in January 2015, I became an Owner/Partner of the firm after which the name of the firm changed to Black & Jones Attorneys at Law.

 

My passion is to aggressively represent the rights of individuals injured while working, ensuring that all the clients I help get the benefits they deserve. While growing up, my family owned a small auto repair business. I was always taught that employees are a vital and important part of a business family. Too often in today’s society, employees mean very little beyond a number to employers, and when those employees dedicate everything they have to work and get hurt, employers often turn their backs on them. It’s my job to make sure that the injured workers are taken care of and get the medical treatment and benefits they are entitled to, without having to lose everything in the process.

 

I am a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Winnebago County Bar Association where I previously held the position of chair and vice-chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section. I am on the board of directors for the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association. I am co-author of IICLE’s book on Workers’Compensation practice Chapter 15: Worker’s Compensation Appeals and author of Chapter 13: Trial Preparation-Petitioner’s Viewpoint. Most recently, I authored two chapters in IICLE’s 2022 Edition of Civil Appeals: State and Federal.

 

In addition to the above, I am on the board of directors for The Haven Network, a local nonprofit organization in Rockford, IL where I have held the position of Treasurer. I also volunteer my time as an attorney on the weekends to serve at Administer Justice’s Justice Gospel Center in New Zion Baptist Church of Rockford, which is a national nonprofit organization that partners with churches to provide low-cost and free legal aid to clients.

 

When I am not working or serving, you will find me volunteering with our local school district and youth sports or at church. My passion is to serve others. In addition to that, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family outdoors, participating in charity events and hanging out in our old custom cars at shows.


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Jim Black – Retired Founding Partner

Jim Black – Retired Founding Partner

Though now retired, our founding partner, Jim Black fought for the rights of injured workers and people with disabilities in the Rockford area for over 35 years. He was a Rockford native who attended Rock Valley College and the University of Illinois where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976. After working as a social worker in the Rockford community from 1976-1982, he attended St. Louis University School of Law in St. Louis, MO. He began practicing law in the St. Louis area in 1985 before returning to the Rockford area in 1987 where he focused his practice in workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, and personal injury since 1991.


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Jim founded The Law Office of Jim Black & Associates in August of 2000. In January of 2015, he, along with Tracy Jones, formed Black & Jones Attorneys at Law. With his tenacious attitude, he served thousands of injured workers throughout northern Illinois and provided legal services to more workers’ compensation clients than any other attorney in northwestern Illinois. Jim’s legacy of dedication and compassion representing injured workers is ingrained in the fabric of what makes up Black & Jones, which works tirelessly to see that each of the people we represent receives the best he or she deserves.

Now retired, Jim, along with his wife, children and grandchildren, is able to spend more time outdoors, traveling, and flying.


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Jason Esmond – Non-Equity Partner

Jason Esmond – Non-Equity Partner

jesmond@blackandjoneslaw.com

I was born and raised in the Rockford area. I attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2004. I received my Juris Doctorate from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio in May 2008. While pursuing my law degree, I worked as an extern in the criminal division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Cleveland, Ohio. I then worked for The Law Offices of Gerald R. Walton & Associates, a civil litigation and criminal defense firm in Cleveland, Ohio. I joined Black & Jones as an associate attorney in 2009. In March 2022, I became a non-equity partner where I focus my practice in both workers’ compensation and Social Security disability cases.


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I am a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Winnebago County Bar Association, and I am licensed to practice in the state of Illinois.
 
I am married and enjoy spending my free time with my wife and sons. I also like to golf and am an avid sports fan.


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Stephanie Seibold – Attorney at Law

Stephanie Seibold – Attorney at Law

sseibold@blackandjoneslaw.com

I was born in Rockford and have lived in the area for my entire life. I attended Rock Valley College and Rockford College, obtaining my undergraduate degree in Political Science in 2008. I graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2012. While in law school, I interned with the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford, where I worked in elder law and represented elderly clients in a variety of matters. I also interned with the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Ottawa, writing appellate briefs for criminal cases. I became an associate with Black & Jones in October of 2013. I am a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

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I currently reside with my husband and daughters and our dog, a German Wirehaired Pointer. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to the gym with my husband, and taking my dog to the park.


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