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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, a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and a member in the Sons of the American Revolution.

Olde Discount Corp. v. Platt, 722 So.2d 926 (Fla. 1998)

Misc. Docket Matter No. 1 v. Misc. Docket Matter No. 2, 197 F.3d 922 (8th Cir. 1999)

Story v. Culverhouse, 727 So.2d 1128 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999)

Phymatrix Mgt. Co. v. Bakarania, 737 So.2d 588 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999)

P.R. Marketing Group, Inc. v. GTE Florida, Inc., 747 So.2d 962 (Fla. 2d DCA 1999)

Riley v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc., 168 F.Supp.2d 1352 (M.D. Fla. 2001)

Hayward v. Hoffman, 793 So.2d 89 (Fla. 2d DCA 2001) and 826 So.2d 332 (Fla. 2d DCA 2002)

Dept. of Revenue v. Pepperidge Farm, Inc., 847 So.2d 575 (Fla. 2d DCA 2003)

Housing Auth. of City of Tampa v. Burton, 873 So.2d 356 and 874 So.2d 6 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004)

Pinellas County School Bd. v. Crowley, 911 So.2d 881 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005)

Brever v. Federated Equity Mgt. Co. of Pa., 233 F.R.D. 429 (W.D. Pa. 2005)

Vance v. Gallagher, 280 Fed.Appx. 533 (7th Cir. 2008)

Gallus v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc., 370 F.Supp.2d 862 (D. Minn. 2005)

State Bd. of Admin. v. Burns, 70 So.3d 678 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011)

Lenes v. Langemeier, 441 Fed.Appx. 208 (4th Cir. 2011)

Global Comm., Inc. v. PDI Comm., Inc., 503 Fed.Appx. 951 (Fed. Cir. 2013)

In re Neurontin Marketing and Sales Practices Lit., 58 F.3d 167 (D. Mass 2014)

“Bitter Fruit From Poisoned Trees: Congressional Protectionism and the Securities Industry” Securities Regulation Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Winter 2004)

“Judicial Activism, Gartenberg, and Fiduciary Duty Under the Investment Company Act of 1940,” Securities Regulation Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Fall 2005)

“Equity Indexed Annuities:  ‘Securities,’ or Exempt Insurance Products Under the Federal Securities Laws?”  Securities Regulation Law Journal, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Summer 2006)

“Understanding and Applying Florida’s Flexibility Theory of Damages,” Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 80, No. 5 (May 2006)

“For Want of a Nail”: Applying Florida’s Reasonable Certainty Test to Lost Profit Damage Claims – Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 83, No. 5 (May 2009)

“Applying Florida’s Reasonable Certainty Test to Lost Profit Damage Claims,” Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 83, No. 5 (May 2009)

“Be Alert for Financial Exploitation of the Elderly,” Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 91, No. 9 (Nov. 2017)

“Be Alert for Financial Exploitation of the Elderly,” Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 91, No. 9 (Nov. 2017)

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