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Jonathan Wilkerson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Houston, TX

The Lanier Law Firm
10940 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N, Suite 100
Houston, TX 77064
Phone: 800-723-3216
Fax: 713-659-2204
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 2009
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (50%), Antitrust Litigation (10%), Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%), E-Discovery (10%), Intellectual Property Litigation (10%), Real Estate: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Jonathan's practice is focused on business and complex commercial litigation supported by experience in contract, real estate, intellectual property, false advertising, and energy disputes as well as governmental investigations and due diligence in mergers and acquisitions for a wide spectrum of clients and companies. He has sat first and second chair on a wide-range of matters including second-chair in a $1.5 billion false advertising federal lawsuit with implications for the food industry and American consumers, served as lead associate as part of the litigation team that secured a multi-million dollar settlement for a pharmaceutical client, and helped bring resolution in a breach of contract dispute against a top energy company.  He also assisted as second-chair representing a San Antonio school district in a complex lawsuit against a Fortune 500 company that was successfully resolved as well as part of the litigation teams that secured multi-million dollar settlements for energy companies in contractual disputes.

Jonathan is an avid traveler and managed to set foot on all seven continents before age 30.  He tries to volunteer or find ways to give back to the local communities during his journeys. He's also dedicated time each year to pro bono cases and one of his clients in 2015 had her case featured on NPR's "All Things Considered." In addition, he is the 2011 recipient of the Texas Civil Rights Project Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award. 

About Jonathan Wilkerson

First Admitted: 2009, Texas

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Volunteer and support Community First! Village (2016-Current)
  • Volunteer Legal Services: assisted with multiple cases (2007-Current)
  • Vinson & Elkins' Pro Bono Committee: Member (2013-2015)
  • Westover Hills: Volunteer with youth programs and mentorship opportunities (2011-2020)
  • Co-founded partnership between Vinson & Elkins (Austin) and City of Austin's special prosecutor program to provide courtroom experience to junior associates
  • Westover Hills: Participate in food pantry and assistance with utility bills for low-income families and individuals in the Austin community (2011-Current)
  • Member of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Judging Contest Committee (2016-Current)
  • Successful grant of sentence reduction for pro bono client; Clemency Project efforts featured in NPR's "All Things Considered" (2014-2015)
  • Member of the Texas State Bar Pro Bono College (2014-2018)

Educational Background

  • Newcastle University Law School, Ambassadorial Scholar (2006-2007)
  • Abilene Christian University, B.S., summa cum laude (2000-2004)
  • Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D., highest honors (2005-2006/2007-2009)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association: Member (2011-Current)
  • Federal Bar Association, Austin Chapter: President (2020-Current)
  • Federal Bar Association, Austin Chapter: President-elect (2019-2020)
  • Courts of Admittance: Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; Texas Eastern District Court; Texas Northern District Court; Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court; Texas Western District Court
  • Federal Bar Association, Austin Chapter: Vice-President (2018-2019)
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
  • Austin Young Lawyer's Association: Member (2011-Current)
  • State Bar of Texas: Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Austin Chapter: Membership Chair (2015-2016)
  • Federal Bar Association, Austin Chapter: Program Chair (2016-2017)
  • Federal Bar Association, Austin Chapter: Treasurer (2017-2018)

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • ACU University Scholar, 2004
  • One of Five Young American Award Recipients , 2003
  • Editor-in-Chief: Texas Tech Law Review, 2009
  • One of eight recipients of the National Eagle Scout Scholarship, 2000

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Case Summary, Co-author, U.S. Supreme Court to Review "Exceptional" Case under 35 U.S.C. Section 285, V&E IP Insights E-Communication, 2013
  • Summary of strategies for in-house counsel, Co-author, An Emerging Corporate Strategy: Forum-Selection Provisions for Intra-Corporate Disputes, V&E Securities Litigation Insights, 2011
  • Examination of military intervention in response to human rights violations, Author, Does Contemporary International Law Recognize a Right to Intervene Militarily in Another State on Account of Serious Human Rights Violations?, Texas Transnational Law Quarterly, 2009
  • Examination of tax considerations when establishing a pet trust, Co-author, Max's Taxes: A Tax-Based Analysis of Pet Trusts, University of Richmond Law Review, 2009
  • Advocating for amendment to Internal Revenue Code dealing with pet trusts to benefit charitable organizations, Author, A "Purr"fect Amendment: Why Congress Should Amend the Internal Revenue Code to Apply the Charitable Remainder Exception to Pet Trusts, Texas Tech Law Review, 2008


  • , Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Attorneys, National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • , Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • , Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Attorneys, National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • , Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • , Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Attorneys, National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Marquis Who's Who in the World, 2018
  • Graduated first in class with perfect 4.0 GPA, Texas Tech Law School, 2009
  • Represented Texas at National Discussion Meet, Texas Farm Bureau Champion, Texas Farm Bureau, 2004
  • Honored for Fifth Circuit amicus curiae brief involving First Amendment issue, Kristi Couvillon Pro Bono Award, Texas Civil Rights Project, 2011
  • Recognition brought to ACU through achievements, character and devotion, Trustee Award, Abilene Christian University, 2004
  • Awarded Ambassadorial Scholarship as Rotary Club Scholar, Ambassadorial Scholar, Rotary Foundation, 2006
  • Texas Rising Stars, by Thomson Reuters, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2020


  • Western Sugar Cooperative v. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, No. 2:11-CV-03473 CBM (C.D. Cali. 2011), 2015
  • Favorably resolved multi-year federal litigation involving a failed real estate development in Las Vegas., 2013
  • Represented, as part of team, a wireless technology company in patent infringement litigation concerning cellular signals and coding of wireless broadband., 2014
  • Assisted litigation team in arbitration proceeding on behalf of energy company against former executive. , 2016
  • Resolved contractual dispute with multi-million dollar settlement for oil and gas operator, 2016
  • UP Austin Holdings, LP and UP Austin Land Holdings, LP, v. East Avenue Property Owners' Association, Inc., Central Austin Apartments, L.L.C., UP-32nd Street, L.L.C., and UP-32nd Street Hospitality, L.L.C., D-1-GN-11-003367 (53rd Judicial District, Travis County 2011), 2012
  • TriStar Investors, Inc. v. American Tower Corp., et al, 3:12-cv-00499-M (N.D. Tex. 2012), 2014
  • Harlandale Independent School District v. Trane U.S., Inc., fka American Standard, Inc., and Trane America LLC., dba The Trane Company and Trane, Cause No. 2012-CI-14254 (57th Judicial District, Bexar County)  , 2017
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Office Location for Jonathan Wilkerson

10940 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N
Suite 100
Houston, TX 77064

Last Updated: 12/15/2020

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