Jonathan Pollard is a competition lawyer based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He focuses his practice non-compete, trade secret and antitrust litigation.  In non-compete litigation, Jonathan represents both employers and employees.  On the defense side, Jonathan routinely defends and advises high-level employees and business owners.  Jonathan frequently represents doctors, corporate executives, software developers, financial services professionals and sales professionals who are switching companies, or, who have started their own ventures. On the plaintiff side, Jonathan has represented numerous companies in prosecuting non-compete claims to protect confidential information, trade secrets and customer relationships.  Jonathan has significant experience litigating non-compete and trade secret disputes throughout Florida state and federal courts.

Beyond litigation, Jonathan routinely advises employees, companies and business owners regarding non-compete and restrictive covenant issues in connection with employment contracts, separation agreements, the purchase or sale of business interests and the execution of commercial leases.  Jonathan has been interviewed about non-compete and trade secret issues by reporters from INC Magazine, the BBC, the National Federation of Independent Business and The Tampa Bay Times among others.  His particular areas of interest include:

  • The intersection of medicine and competition
  • Non-compete agreements and antitrust
  • Strategic use of declaratory judgment actions
  • Comparative law of restrictive covenants
  • Employee poaching and raiding
  • Choice of law and conflicts of law
  • Restrictive covenants in commercial leases

Prior to establishing his own practice, Jonathan was an attorney at the prominent litigation firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner.  Jonathan is licensed to practice law in all Florida state courts, all Florida federal district courts and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  Representative matters include:

  • Representing medical supply company and its principals in prosecuting declaratory judgment action and defending non-compete counterclaims.
  • Representing aerospace metals company in prosecuting non-compete claims against former employee.
  • Representing prominent geriatrics doctor in defending non-compete claims and prosecuting counterclaims based on unpaid bonus compensation.
  • Representing prominent wine and spirits executive in successfully defending against non-compete litigation brought by his former company.
  • Representing software sales executive in non-compete dispute with former company and negotiating favorable out-of-court settlement.
  • Representing medical device sales executives and their new company in non-compete dispute with former company and negotiating favorable out-of-court resolution.
  • Representing media company and principals in non-compete and trade secret litigation against industry rival.
  • Representing respiratory therapist in non-compete litigation against his former practice.
  • Representing technology sales executive in non-compete dispute with former employee and negotiating out-of-court settlement.
  • Advising Florida dentist in connection with non-compete issues and his purchase of a neighboring dental practice.
  • Advising group of surgeons in connection with non-compete issues and the renegotiation of their employment contract.

Jonathan earned his B.A. from Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.  While at Cornell, Jonathan served as the President of the Cornell Speech & Debate Team, earning honors as a national finalist and an All-American. During his time at Cornell, Jonathan was named a College Scholar, awarded a research fellowship through the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and selected as an inaugural member of the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Program. In his senior year, he was tapped by University leaders to represent Cornell in the Rhodes Scholar competition.

Jonathan earned his J.D. from Georgetown University, where he was awarded a full scholarship and served as an associate editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. While working with Georgetown’s asylum clinic, Jonathan and a classmate successfully represented a Cameroonian refugee in an asylum proceeding. Throughout law school, Jonathan served as a contributing writer for a number of legal publications, including The Hedge Fund Law Report and The Native American Report.

Prior to law school, Jonathan taught high school English in southwest Baltimore, Maryland.  He is the founder, coach and a major sponsor of the speech & debate program at Boyd Anderson High School, in Lauderdale Lakes.  For more information, call his office at 954-332-2380.