Jason is a Partner in the Tampa office and member the Litigation Practice Group.

Jason practices in the area of complex commercial litigation. He has litigated several patent, copyright and trademark infringement claims in federal courts throughout the country. In addition, he also represents clients in various industries with regard to contract, fraud, trade secret and other business disputes. 

Prior to joining Freeborn, Jason worked at Phelps Dunbar LLP. He also clerked for a federal judge and served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear propulsion plant operator. 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

  • Representation of a sun tan lotion manufacturer in a trademark infringement dispute with one if its competitors; obtained a successful jury verdict that found the defendant liable for its profits gained by infringing the client's common law trademark rights.
  • Representation of a publicly traded silicone manufacturer; obtained a complete jury verdict in a complex U.C.C. matter and obtained a dismissal of all counterclaims seeking seven figure damages.
  • Representation of a closely held company that creates and licenses photographic images for use in advertising; obtained a favorable settlement for a copyright holder against several defendants that were using copyrighted photographic images without a license.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of silicone gel liners for prosthetics; worked on a team that obtained an eight figure judgment in a patent infringement lawsuit against a competitor that made products that infringe on that patented technology (silicone-based gel products).
  • Representation of a large manufacturer regarding an ingress/egress easement it owned at one of its distribution centers; obtained a "mid-trial" favorable settlement after jury selection and after several rulings by the court on matters of law. 

 

Honors & Awards: 
  • Tampa Magazine - Top Lawyers 2018 - Litigation: Intellectual Property
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Stars - 2017
  • Florida Trend Magazine - Legal Elite Up & Comers
  • Tampa Magazine - 2016 Top Lawyers, Intellectual Property Division
Professional Activities: 
  • Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter (Board of Directors)
  • The Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee (2016 to present)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Fellow)
  • Stetson University College of Law (Adjunct Professor and Advocacy Coach)
  • Defense Research Institute
Publications: 
  • Co-Author, "The opioid crisis and the products-completed insurance exclusion," Thomson Reuters’ Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage, (April 6, 2017). 

Education

J.D., Stetson University College of Law, cum laude, Stetson Law Review; Moot Court Board; Edward D. Foreman Most Distinguished Student Award; National Order of Barristers
B.A., Valdosta State University

State Bar Admissions

Florida

Federal Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Clerkships

Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Teaching experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Stetson University College of Law (Electronic Discovery, Federal Pre-Trial Practice)
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