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Jonathan B. Morton

Partner
+1.305.539.3357
Fax +1.305.358.7095

Mr. Morton serves as trial and litigation counsel for both corporate and individual clients. Mr. Morton focuses on complex and commercial matters with significant experience in contractual, business tort and intellectual property disputes. Mr. Morton uses this experience not only to litigate on behalf of his clients, but also to advise his clients on drafting their purchase orders and contracts and how to use best practices to avoid liability.

Mr. Morton has extensive experience practicing commercial litigation in state and federal court, and has arbitrated numerous matters. Mr. Morton has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in cases on a wide variety of claims including breach of contract, intellectual property, commercial fraud, breach of commercial code warranties, violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, breach of a restrictive covenant, consumer fraud, copyright infringement, defamation, civil liability for cyberstalking, securities violations and products liability. These matters have arisen in the context of class actions, derivative actions, arbitrations, mediations and appeals.

Mr. Morton has experience with premise liability matters handling cases involving allegations of failure to provide adequate security, slip and falls and property design defects. His early experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury matters has given him insight in judging cases from both the plaintiff’s and defendant’s perspective.

Mr. Morton has handled multiple federal court claims for the return of a child to his/her home country pursuant to the Hague Convention.

Mr. Morton is an A.V. rated lawyer – the highest available rating given by Martindale Hubbell for legal ability and professional ethics. Mr. Morton was recognized by Managing IP Stars as a Trademark and Patent Star.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Mr. Morton believes strongly in giving back to his community through pro bono work in both federal and state courts and community activities. Mr. Morton has litigated pro bono matters in both federal and state courts, and oversees and trains younger lawyers on their pro bono litigation matters. These matters have included international custody matters litigated in federal court pursuant to the Hague Convention and domestic violence matters litigated in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.
  • Mr. Morton has served for many years on his neighborhood homeowner’s association.
  • Mr. Morton is a member of the American Bar Association and the Miami Dade County Bar Association
  • Mr. Morton has guest lectured at University of Miami School of Law.

Speaking Engagements

  • Mr. Morton has spoken state-wide on the topics of restrictive covenants and Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Publications
  • Mr. Morton has published and been interviewed on topics involving international arbitration, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, malicious prosecution, cyberspace and potential civil and criminal liabilities.
  • Co-Author, “With Malicious Prosecution an Option, Carefully Consider Merits Before Filing”, March 24,2017
  • Co-Author, “Economic Loss Rule: Courts Are Still Sorting Through Impact on Tort Claims”, December 2, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Force Majeure in the Age of Zika: Allocating Risks in Commercial Contracts”, Daily Business Review, September 29, 2016
  • Co-Author, “Use of Offers of Judgment in Florida Arbitration”, Daily Business Review, November 10,2015
  • Prevailed in multi-day AAA arbitration concerning a breach of contract dispute.
  • Prevailed in a multi-day AAA arbitration in a dispute concerning management of a multi-million dollar joint venture.
  • Represented a leading wireless distributor in a multi-day JAMS arbitration matter which settled after the arbitration hearing was completed.
  • Represented a leading wireless distributor in a multi-day AAA arbitration matter which subsequently settled.
  • Served as litigation and trial counsel in a variety of patent and trademark matters.
  • Represented numerous employers in obtaining injunctive relief for breach of restrictive covenants and/or misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Represented a start-up doctor’s group to recover lost profit damages against a medical equipment manufacturer for breach of warranty and violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. In settlement, the doctor’s group not only recovered what it paid for the medical equipment, but also recovered significant lost profits.
  • Represented a national operator of travel centers and travel plazas in numerous premise liability cases.
  • Defended world-wide distributor sued for failing to pay for goods delivered pursuant to a purchase order. Case involved competing lawsuits filed in United States Federal Court and in a European court. Case settled for less than 2% of claims after depositions of claimant’s key witnesses.
  • Defended entrepreneur in claim by former employee for breach of an alleged agreement to split profits. Obtained a complete summary judgment in favor of client.
  • Represented individual in obtaining insurance coverage under umbrella policy against claims of defamation and invasion of privacy arising from allegations of cyberstalking. Despite reservation of rights claim by insurance company, insurance company paid vast majority of the settlement with the plaintiff.