Jones, Skelton & Hochuli is pleased to welcome back one of our 2020 summer law clerks Thomas Grimes as well as Jo Richmond who joins our Medical Liability & Health Care Defense Group as a Legal Nurse Consultant.

Thomas works in the transportation, auto, products and general liability trial group. He graduated from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in December 2020 and sat for the bar exam in February 2021. Arizona bar admission is anticipated May 2021.

In addition to his summer clerkship at JSH, Thomas worked as a legal intern at PING Golf, focusing primarily in the areas of intellectual property and patent law. During law school, he served as an Associate Editor of Jurimetrics, The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, as V.P. of Finance for the Student Bar Association, and participated in the Jenckes Moot Court Competition. Thomas also earned his MBA at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. Before law school, Thomas earned his paralegal certificate from University of San Diego in 2016 and worked as an insurance defense paralegal. After completing his undergraduate studies at University of California–Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science and International relations in 2011, Thomas worked for four years at a worldwide energy company and was accepted into their drilling rig manager fast-track program.

Jo Richmond, RN, BSN, CHPN joins our medical malpractice team as a legal nurse consultant. She analyzes medical records and documents to assist the defense team with case evaluation and strategy. Jo also researches medical issues, communicates with clients and defense experts, gathers background on Plaintiffs and expert witnesses, creates exhibits, prepares questions for depositions, and assures procurement of all relevant medical records.

Jo’s nursing career began in Ohio where she worked as a RN for Aultman Hospital, a non-profit hospital in Canton. She worked in the Risk Management, Home Hospice, ER, OR and Oncology departments and was the recipient of the Aultman Hospital “Points of Caring” Award in 2009. In 2018, she moved to Scottsdale where she joined HonorHealth’s Accountable Care Organization, Innovation Care Partners, in the capacity of RN Transitional Care Manager until 2021. Jo received her B.S. in Nursing from Ohio University and is certified in Basic Life Support. She earned her Hospice and Palliative Certification (CHPN) through the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center. Before her nursing career, Jo operated her own marketing consultancy and worked as a paralegal.