Jonathan T. Suder

Founding Shareholder

Phone: 817-334-0134
Office: 817-334-0400
Fax: 817-334-0401

Meet Jonathan

Jon began his legal career clerking for the Honorable Eldon B. Mahon in Fort Worth from 1984 to 1986. Thereafter, Jon joined Kelly, Hart & Hallman where he was a litigation partner specializing in commercial litigation. In 1993, Jon co-founded Friedman, Suder & Cooke and shortly thereafter added intellectual property litigation to his commercial litigation practice. Since approximately 1998, Jon has primarily focused on representing plaintiffs in intellectual property litigation, but continues to handle commercial litigation matters. For a video that takes a closer look at FSC’s IP-litigation practice, see here.

Jon served on the local grievance committee for several years serving as co-chair of the committee. In addition, Jon was an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law) teaching a class in trial advocacy to third year students. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”). Jon has been accorded the highest Peer Review Rating™ by Martindale-Hubbell®: AV Preeminent®, and has been recognized on multiple occasions as a Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers®, and as a Top Lawyer by Fort Worth, Texas magazine.

Jon’s career as a trial lawyer has taken him across the country, having tried cases in both federal and state courts throughout. Being in close proximity to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport affords Jon and his team this unique ability to be anywhere.

Jon continues to assist owners and inventors on intellectual property matters, primarily on a contingent fee basis.

Practice Areas

Business and Commercial Litigation
Patents and Intellectual Property
Food Manufacturing Law
Patent Local Counsel Services in the Northern and Western Districts of Texas

The National Law Center at George Washington University
J.D. (with honors) 1984
Tulane University
B.A. (with honors) in Economics and Music, 1981
Judicial Clerkship:
Judge Eldon B. Mahon, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
Briefing Attorney 1984-1986

American Bar Association
The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (11/25/14)
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA – 2016)
Eldon B. Mahon Chapter, American Inns of Court (Past Member)
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee
Past Committee Chair and Panel Member

Tarrant County Bar Association
Tarrant County Bar Foundation Fellow
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
Adjunct Professor, Art of Trial Advocacy Practicum, 2006-2008
The George Washington University Law School
Intellectual Property & Technology Law Advisory Council

United States Supreme Court
Supreme Court of Texas
United States Courts of Appeals:
Federal Circuit
Fifth Circuit
Tenth Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
United Stated District Courts:
District of Colorado

Northern District of Florida
Northern District of Illinois
Eastern District of Michigan
Northern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Western District of Texas

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra – Board Member; Executive-Committee Chair
Fort Worth Youth Orchestra – Past President & Board Member
Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County – Board Member and Trustee
Multicultural Alliance – Past Presiding Chair & Board Member
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – Host Family

George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics Note Editor, 1982-1984
Author, “Cumulation of Imports in Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Investigations,” 17 Geo. Wash. J. Int’l Law and Econ. 463 (1983)
Author and Speaker, “Jury Innovations,” Tarrant County Bar Seminar, 2002
Author and Speaker, “Patent Trolling for Dummies: The Practicality of Doing a Contingent Fee Patent Litigation Case,” 20th Annual Intellectual Property Law Course
Speaker, “Ethics of Litigation Funding,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Civil Litigation Conference, 2016

Named a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, 2003 – 2020
Named a Top Attorney, Fort Worth Business Press, 2003 & 2004
Recipient, Attorney of Excellence Award in Intellectual Property, Fort Worth Business Press

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Step Forward with Jonathan T. Suder: With a rich background from clerking for the Honorable Eldon B. Mahon to becoming a leading litigation partner and co-founding Friedman, Suder & Cooke, Jon Suder is a titan in both commercial and intellectual property litigation. His commitment to justice for inventors and business owners, especially on a contingent fee basis, underscores a career devoted to the fearless pursuit of rights and innovation. Experience the strategic advantage of Jon’s expertise.

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