An innovative litigator, Johnathan vigorously protects clients’ interests in Texas and federal courts throughout the country.
As a lifelong gamer, he also leads the firm's esports and gaming practice and is quickly developing a reputation for himself and the firm as leaders in the rapidly growing esports industry. Johnathan recognizes and appreciates the great potential esports and gaming has to change lives and to create and foster communities and is dedicated to helping the esports industry reach its full potential.
Johnathan understands the various legal and business issues faced by stakeholders in the esports and gaming industries and helps his clients navigate these ever changing industries. Johnathan's Dallas-based practice is ideally located in what is often referred to as the second capital of esports. Johnathan and the firm represent startup companies looking to enter the esports space and small to mid-sized companies and professional esports organizations looking to further grow their businesses and succeed in the esports and gaming industries. Johnathan and the firm represent these companies and organizations in general corporate matters, advising through the capital-raising process and onboarding of investors and drafting and filing trademark applications. Johnathan has also represented professional esports players, coaches and general managers in the negotiation of contracts with some of the largest and most well-known professional esports organizations in the world. Additionally, Johnathan serves as an advisor for several companies in the esports and gaming industries.
In addition, Johnathan handles a wide range of commercial litigation cases, including cases involving breach of contract, breach of non-compete agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act (DTPA).
Away from the Office
Johnathan enjoys spending time with his wife and their dogs, and spending time with friends, competing in game nights, trying new restaurants, and traveling to new places.
- State Bar of Texas (2016)
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Baylor University School of Law, J.D., 2016
- Articles Editor, Baylor Law Review
- Recipient of Jerry L. Beane Award for excellence in writing for Baylor Law Review
Southern Methodist University , B.B.A., 2013
- Executive Board, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
- Representation of esports apparel company in general corporate matters, including reviewing, drafting and negotiating sponsorship contracts
- Represent local esports facility on general corporate matters
- Represent top professional esports team in Gears of War during contract negotiations
- Represent esports organizations in general corporate matters, including drafting of player contracts and negotiation of sponsorship contracts
- Serve on advisory boards for various companies in the esports and gaming industries, including up and coming esports arena in Houston, Texas and gaming tech startup company based out of Houston, Texas - advising both on various legal matters in esports and gaming spaces
- Obtained summary judgment in Texas state court for banking client on $500,000 breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims on statute of limitations grounds
- Obtained favorable ruling on motion to compel arbitration in federal court for medical billing company client two months before trial based on contractual arbitration clause. Successfully argued that arbitration clause in Professional Service Agreement was enforceable and that client had not waived its right to demand arbitration under the Professional Service Agreement.
- Obtained complete summary judgment for national homebuilder in multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit in Texas state court involving the death of a subcontractor’s employee at the worksite.
- Law in the Workplace, "The Southern District of New York Strikes Again: The Thorn in the Department of Labor's Side," October 2020
- "Gamer's Lawsuit Highlights Issues in Esport Player Contracts," The Texas Law Book, (August 20, 2019)
- Note, Out of “Control” Federal Subpoenas: When Does a Nonparty Subsidiary Have Control of Documents Possessed by a Foreign Parent?, 68 Baylor L. Rev. 191 (2016)
- Dallas Bar Association
- Esports Bar Association
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers