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Overview

Naturally competitive, Jonathan prepares for every case as if it will go to trial.

Jonathan’s practice involves litigation of intellectual property (IP), real estate and commercial matters. He also has experience with alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

In his intellectual property practice, Jonathan litigates trade secret disputes in federal courts across the country, including Missouri, Illinois and California, and represents clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He represents real estate contractors and owners in complex construction disputes, zoning decisions and appeals, and easement challenges. Jonathan also has handled trust disputes, consumer investigative demands, and premises and product liability lawsuits.

Jonathan has an active pro bono practice. In August 2018, St. Louis Lawyer magazine named him Pro Bono Attorney of the Month. The honor followed a Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel case in which Jonathan, serving as a special public defender, obtained an acquittal on all charges for his client after a three-day jury trial. In addition, Jonathan handles pro bono work for due process complaints and cases where children with autism and other intellectual disabilities are not receiving the proper public education.

While pursuing his law degree, Jonathan worked as a legal extern to the St. Louis Zoo and as a research assistant for Professor Greg Magarian, former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

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Service

Recognition

  • St. Louis Lawyer, Pro Bono Attorney of the Month, August 2018

Education

  • J.D., Washington University School of Law
    • cum laude
    • CALI Award for Lawyer Ethics
    • Don Sommers Award in Professional Responsibility
    • Washington University Jurisprudence Review, Executive Editor
  • B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia
    • English

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court, St. Louis Chapter
Experience

Intellectual Property Litigation

  • Defeated motion for preliminary injunction sought by plaintiff building products distributor against its competitor and certain of plaintiff's former executives who had joined competitor. Plaintiff failed to demonstrate likelihood of success on merits of its trade secret misappropriation and breach of employment agreement claims.
  • Member of defense team in two-month trial in which plaintiff alleged theft of trade secrets regarding design and construction of modular data centers. Jury found misappropriation of only two of more than 30 trade secrets allegedly stolen, and awarded less than 10 percent of damages sought by plaintiff.
  • Successfully defended leading manufacturer and marketer of sporting goods in license agreement dispute with developer of baseball gear technology.
  • Obtained reassignment of trademark for chocolate products following dispute brought before Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Represented owners of Scottrade Center and St. Louis Blues hockey team in successfully defending constitutional challenge to bond financing deal for improvements to hockey arena, and obtained mandamus order against public official who refused to sign off on financing agreement.
  • Defended flood protection district against claim by contractor that district improperly terminated contract for certain levee improvements. After years of discovery and two days of mediation, client received favorable settlement on both claims asserted against it and client's counterclaims against contractor.
  • Compelled arbitration of lawsuit brought by subcontractor. Subcontractor appealed decision all the way to Missouri Supreme Court, and every appeal was successfully defeated.

Pro Bono

  • Represented 19-year-old who faced 12 criminal counts and possible prison term of 15 years to life. Jury returned verdict of not guilty on all counts.
  • Represented woman sued by wedding photographer, despite wedding photographer taking selfies throughout wedding and failing to photograph important moments throughout day. Court returned verdict for woman and awarded treble damages on woman's counterclaims against photographer.
  • Served as counsel for parent of child with autism in effort to obtain proper public education for that child. After filing administration action and conducting discovery, matter settled with client receiving complete requested educational services.
Outside the Office

Jonathan participates in neighborhood activities and cheers for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Jonathan lives in Tower Grove South and actively participates in the many ongoing events in his neighborhood. He belongs to the kickball league, runs the trails and regularly visits the farmer’s market. An avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, he roots on the team from home or, whenever possible, at the stadium.

Community Leadership

Jonathan shares his knowledge by teaching legal writing and research skills to law students.

He works as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, his alma mater, where he teaches a legal writing and research class.

  • United Way, Young Leadership
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