Jon specializes in resolving disputes for businesses and individuals. The disputes generally involve commercial matters. However, for many clients, the disputes involve intellectual property such as patent rights, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. His practice takes him into state and federal courts as well as arbitrations. Jon is a member of Tonkon's Intellectual Property Practice Group.
As the lead trial lawyer, Jon has litigated patent infringement claims for an international distributor of health food products in multi-district litigation, manufacturers of machinery used in the wood products industry, manufacturers of parts for heavy trucks and an inventor of electro-optic technology. He defended a national consulting firm accused of trademark and copyright infringement, and pursued copyright claims for a national senior housing company. He has litigated numerous misappropriation of trade secret and inevitable disclosure disputes between businesses or between a business and its former senior level employees.
Jon has been recognized as a leader in commercial litigation by the nationally trusted directories Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers and Benchmark Litigation and is recognized in Oregon Super Lawyers. He was named a "litigation star" in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation and Attorneys. Jon has received a 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rating on Martindale-Hubbell and is listed as meeting "very high criteria of general ethical standards."
Jon started his post-college work life as a high school teacher, counselor and coach. He, along with his then-young family, took a leap of faith to start a new career practicing law. He joined Tonkon Torp in 1990 and became a partner in 1996. In addition to his practice, he has been active in firm administration, including serving a three-year term on the firm’s Managing Board and serving as Chair of the Board from January 2004 to July 2005. Jon actively participates in pro bono matters where he represents indigent clients with a variety of legal needs and serves on the board of Human Solutions, a non-profit dedicated to reducing poverty and homelessness.
Court Admissions — Idaho Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Alternative Legal Solutions, Inc. v. Ferman Management Services Corp. — (USDC, D. Or.) (summary judgment decision at 2008 WL 65584) - Represented Compli in a breach of contract, trade secret and computer fraud case related to defendants' misuse of Compli's customized software product to develop a competing product. The case settled after we defeated defendants' summary judgment motion.
Blank Apparel v. Michael Fowler — (USDC, D. Or.) - Defended foreign seller of business against trade secret misappropriation, domain name conversion and breach of non-competition agreement. The matter settled favorably after paper discovery but prior to any depositions.
CDR Assessment v. CDR International — (USDC, D. Ok.) - Defended international consulting firm against copyright and trademark infringement claims related to a trade book and leadership style assessments. The matter settled after significant discovery and a pending summary judgment motion.
Columbia Helicopters v. Boeing — Represented Columbia Helicopters in a dispute over Boeing’s refusal to sell Boeing helicopter parts to Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters, to allow Columbia to fulfill its contracts to repair Boeing-manufactured military CH-47 Chinook helicopters. To resolve threatened antitrust litigation, Boeing ultimately agreed to recognize Columbia Helicopters as an independent service organization provide Columbia with Boeing parts to perform CH-47 repair services.