Jonathan is a partner in the firm’s New Orleans office. He has a broad litigation practice with specialization in surety, oil and gas, bankruptcy, and construction matters. He is also experienced with insurance coverage and insurance defense, including bad faith litigation, uninsured motorist, environmental claims, land use, and professional liability. He is often asked to handle complex or “problem” cases that need a thoughtful approach and creative solutions.
Jonathan has trial and appellate experience in both state and federal court, and also provides jury consulting services for high-stakes litigation. On the transactional side he is experienced with negotiating a variety of solutions for surety clients, including completion and takeover agreements. His goal is to provide the highest value possible for his clients to resolve problems and disputes.
Prior to attending law school at Tulane, Jonathan earned a Ph.D. in Applied Biopsychology, where his research focused on the assessment of brain injury and chronic pain claimants involved in litigation.
When not practicing law, Jonathan enjoys staying active and spending time with his family.
Petroplex Int'l, LLC v. St. James Parish et al., 158 F. Supp. 3d 537 (E.D. La. 2016). Jonathan defended the Parish against challenges to the constitutionality of a land use ordinance and claims of due process violations in connection with a proposed $800 million-dollar oil tank farm facility. Obtained summary judgment affirming validity of land use ordinance and defeated preliminary injunction after a three-day bench trial.
Ochsner Clinic Found. v. Lexington Ins. Co., Civ. Action No. 15-2313 (E.D. La. 2017). Jonathan defended insurer in a complex first-party claim for property damages, loss of revenue, and bad faith arising from the collapse of a building being renovated into a primary care facility for the hospital.
Washington v. South Gateway Tire, Civ. Action No. 2012-7943 (La. 12th JDC 2015). Jonathan defended a claim for alleged injuries following a rollover accident. Obtained dismissal of the punitive damage claim on summary judgment and a favorable jury verdict after one-week trial.
Myers v. Welch, 233 So. 3d 49 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2017). Summary judgment on liability coverage in wrongful death case affirmed.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Louisiana State Bar Association
New Orleans Bar Association
New Orleans Office
400 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Complex Commercial Litigation
J.D., magna cum laude, Tulane University Law School (2013)
Ph.D., Applied Biopsychology, University of New Orleans (2010)
B.S., Evergreen State (2003)
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana