A versatile first-chair trial and courtroom lawyer for over 20 years, Jason has spent his career litigating high-stakes and often multidistrict business disputes. He excels in complicated cases for large corporate clients that are thorny enough to present strong potential to go to trial. Jason’s tenacity and trial-readiness have also yielded his clients many “eve of trial” settlements that exceeded their expectations. He has tried 14 trials across the country, briefed and argued precedent-setting appeals, and led the defense against nationwide class actions.
Jason is particularly experienced with commercial and
government breach of contract claims, disputes between prime and
subcontractors, business torts including fraud, and antitrust MDL class-action
defense. He regularly litigates against or in contexts involving the U.S.
government. Known for his responsiveness and efficiency, Jason also often advises
and represents clients in exigent matters involving injunctive relief.
Demonstrating the nature of Jason’s practice, one of his
most memorable and recent trial victories involved a $3 billion contract to
build naval warships for a foreign government. Jason represented the
subcontractor, a large U.S. shipbuilder, in a dispute with the prime
contractor, a much larger multi-national defense firm. The prime contractor had
violated a teaming agreement with Jason’s client, trying to shut it out of the
warship deal by rejecting its bid on pretextual grounds while secretly negotiating
with a different shipbuilder. Jason mounted an aggressive strategy of seeking
injunctive relief in federal district court while simultaneously instituting
expedited arbitration, as required by the parties’ teaming agreement. At the
same time, Jason also pursued discovery aimed at uncovering information about
the secret deal with the other shipbuilder. This multi-front strategy paid off.
In the end, after two full-blown arbitration trials and successful motions
practice in district court, the other shipbuilder withdrew, the prime
contractor was forced to abandon its plan to drop Jason’s client, and instead
awarded it the subcontract. Jason achieved this total victory in less than a
Jason also writes regularly on litigation risks
in the high-tech industry and founded the firm’s "High-Tech Law and Litigation" series. He holds advisory and leadership positions with the U.S. Chamber
Litigation Center and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies