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Jonathan has been representing individual and class claimants in complex financial disputes since 1988 and has been an attorney at Johnson Pope since 1997. He has litigated in a variety of state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level, and has experience in various arbitration fora, including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

Jonathan, who holds U.S. and E.E.C. citizenship, received his B.A. in French with cum laude honors following study in Paris at the Institut d’Etudes Européennes and the Université de Paris-IV (Sorbonne). He has served as an instructor in the departments of French Language and European History at the University of North Carolina. In addition to practicing law, he is an adjunct faculty member (2007– ) in Securities Law at St. Petersburg College.

Distinctions & Memberships 

  • U.S. District Court, N. Dist. Florida – 8/22/13
  • U.S. District Court, S. Dist. Florida – 4/30/2012
  • Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit – 9/8/2012
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals – 3/8/2011
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin – 10/11/2011
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – 10/27/2006
  • Court of Federal Claims – 2/13/2006
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit – 11/2/2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit – 6/29/1999
  • United States Supreme Court – 7/17/1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado – 10/6/1997
  • English Speaking Union of Sarasota, Florida; Director, 1990-1992
  • Sarasota County, Young Lawyers Division; President-Elect, 1991-1992; Director, 1990-1991; Distinguished Service Award, 1991; Chairman, Law Related Education Committee, 1991
  • Florida Bar – 4/20/1989
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida – 10/26/1989
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association Member
  • American Bar Association Member


  • Institut d’Etudes Européennes, France
  • University of Richmond, B.A., with high honors – 1982
  • University of Florida, J.D., with honors – 1988
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, M.A., with honors – 1992
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D. – 1995

When He’s Not Working Hard for Clients 

Jonathan is out sailing, playing tennis, or supporting the performing arts.  He is a Trustee of the Sarasota Opera (2013– ), the Sarasota Ballet (2015– ), an alumnus of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.

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