In 2009, he moved to San Diego to start a new life as a fiction author. Yet, he soon found himself drawn to the world of intellectual property (IP). Since graduating from University of San Diego School of Law, Jon has advised clients on a wide array of copyright, trademark, and other business and IP issues from offices in Silicon Valley and Southern California.
Jon respects passion. He believes that what wins a case and what makes a creative business thrive is the passion that drives it. Choosing to specialize in a field means that you are completely devoted to it; that you will protect it as if it were your own. That is the energy that sets Jon apart.
In his free time, Jon manages a record collection with over 3,000 LPs, he practices yoga, and he writes science fiction. His current work, Inter Vivos, is being finalized for publication in 2019.
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Jon Jekel is an attorney, author, and entrepreneur in California. In his current role, Jon advises artists, inventors and entrepreneurs on business and intellectual property (“IP”) issues, including business formation, brand development, commercial transactions, copyright and trademark registration, and commercial litigation. Jon uses his experience in state and federal courts to help transactional clients foresee (and avoid) pitfalls that many businesses experience.
Why did Jon become an attorney?
Jon grew up in a small town in Southwest Florida, moving to San Diego in 2009 to pursue a Master’s in Fine Arts in Fiction Writing. He writes speculative fiction, and for years, had been fascinated with developments like Google Books, Spotify, Wikipedia, the Maker Movement, and Etsy. In early 2010, Jon began to wonder whether humanity was on the verge of its next Renaissance. He wanted to join the conversation, so he left his MFA program and enrolled in the University of San Diego School of Law, where he focused his studies on business and IP.
What is Jon’s philosophy on practice?
Jon believes that good things take time. He works tirelessly to ensure that every piece of work product he creates is exceptional, and that his clients understand and endorse every recommendation he makes. In addition, Jon respects passion, and loves that his practice allows him to help clients turn dreams into careers and legal disputes into memories. Above all, Jon prides himself on his ability to find creative, pragmatic solutions to systemic problems in a business or legal regime. A good day for Jon is when he goes home feeling like he was able to genuinely help one of the artists, inventors, or entrepreneurs he is proud to represent.
What occupies Jon’s time outside of practice?
Jon likes to stay busy. Outside of practice, he is an avid writer of speculative fiction and legal scholarship. He is currently working with his editor to finalize his novel Inter Vivos. In addition, he is co-editor of a law school casebook on trademark prosecution. Other hobbies include going to concerts, managing a 3,000+ LP collection, and practicing Vinyasa yoga.
Over the past two years, Jon has started two companies – Soundcheck, an automated event planning and logistics platform for small to medium-sized concert venues, and Emergy, a sustainable energy company focused on providing short-term power for disaster relief. Jon sits on the Board of Directors for Easter Bunny Headquarters, a non-profit charity in Southwest Florida, and devotes much of his time to providing pro bono services to non-profits in the arts and entertainment.
UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2014
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.A., Creative Writing, 2008