Jason H. Wilson

Partner
Biography
  • Bio
  • Honors
  • Winning Matters
  • Cases
  • Clients
  • Speaking Engagements
  • Professional Affiliations
  • News

Jason Wilson joined the firm a few months after its founding in June 2002. Jason is a unique talent among American lawyers as he has substantial trial experience, including lead roles in over 15 trials and arbitrations in civil matters. Jason also has substantial appellate experience. He started his career with two clerkships for two different judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and has handled over 30 different appellate matters in his career so far.   

Valued by leading businesses for his creative thinking, Jason is adept at untangling his clients’ knottiest legal problems. He is in his element when navigating complex litigation challenges and—with over 30 years of practice at the trial and appellate levels—he is a force in the courtroom.Recognized by BTI Consulting Group for his superior client service, Jason provides counsel to Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of industries, including hospitality, utility, retail, and energy. His experience, aptitude for creative strategy, and passion for intellectual challenges make him an exceptional attorney.

Jason draws on a unique background that combines substantial trial experience (including trying 15 civil matters) with extensive appellate experience (including 30 appellate matters). As a result, he is equally adept at telling a compelling story in front of a jury or unpacking a complex legal issue for an appellate panel. Clients turn to Jason to creatively tell their stories to trial courts, juries, and appellate panels.

Jason’s combined experience in trial litigation and appeals leads to significant advantages for his clients. An example of this can be seen in his victory for Southern California Gas Company (“SoCalGas”) in a case against a vendor, Syntellect. Jason led the Willenken team to prevail first in a partial summary judgment and then, after an unexpected turn, again in a 49-day rush to trial. After securing a favorable judgment, Jason put on his appellate hat and won two heavily contested appeals. Ultimately, SoCalGas won and collected $9.6 million.

On several occasions, Jason’s sharp trial skills have paid dividends for his clients even before the case has been given to the jury for their determination. In one case, representing the plaintiff in a jury trial, Jason’s devastating cross-examination of the defendant drove the defendant to settle the case before closing statements for 20 times the pretrial settlement offer. In addition to his trial victories, Jason has served as lead counsel and prevailed on behalf of his clients in many binding arbitrations.

Jason practiced at an Am Law 100 firm before joining Willenken shortly after its formation. He began his legal career as a law clerk for The Honorable Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain and the late Honorable Judge Thomas Tang of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Along with other highly respected trial lawyers, Jason sits on the Board of Visitors of the National Judicial College, and he has been named a California “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation for the past three years. A trivia enthusiast, Jason successfully competed on the TV game shows “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and Dick Clark’s “Winning Lines.” He has also watched every one of the 271 episodes in the classic “Perry Mason” show three times.

 

The Ninth Circuit Affirms Willenken’s Victory of Summary Judgment on Behalf of Major LED Manufacturer
Willenken Vigorously Defends Electric Vehicle Start-Up Team Against Aggressive Opponent
Willenken Obtains Total Victory for Major LED Manufacturer In Eight-Figure Cross-Border Dispute

The following is a representative sample of Jason’s casework:

  • Nascent Electric Vehicle Company v. Former Employees. Represented nine executives and employees of an electric vehicle start-up facing allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets, violation of non-solicitation and confidentiality obligations, and breach of fiduciary duties in arbitration.
  • Lumens Co., Ltd. v. GoEco LED LLC et al. Obtained a $1 million victory and a total defense victory to $16 million in counterclaims for Korean LED manufacturer Lumens Co., Ltd., which was later affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Southern California Gas Company v. Syntellect, Inc. After prevailing on a motion for summary adjudication of liability, which the Ninth Circuit affirmed, secured a $9.6 million judgment in a patent infringement indemnity action on behalf of the country’s largest gas distribution utility.

The following is a representative sample of Jason’s clients:

  • Sempra Energy
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Walgreens
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Starbucks Corporation
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings
  • Southern California Edison
  • Shell Oil Company
  • KeyBank
  • McDonald’s
  • Moderator, “Is There Business Interruption/Loss of Income Coverage for COVID-19 Damages?” NAPABA Webinar (September 10, 2020)
  • Co-Presenter, “Defying Convention: Unconventional Terms to Manage Litigation,” ACC Washington Chapter 3rd Annual Business Summit (September 12, 2019)
  • Co-Presenter, “How Solo and Small Firms Can Use Collaboration With Other Firms, Big and Small, to Increase Revenue,” NAPABA Webinar (August 13, 2019)
  • Moderator, “Primer for Successful Litigation Management: 10 Ways Experienced Trial Counsel Can Help Your Company Obtain an Optimal and Efficient Settlement Without Going to Trial,” ACC Colorado Chapter CLE Presentation (May 16, 2019)
  • Panelist, “Strategies for Better Contract Drafting: Mitigating Risks in Contracts with U.S. Parties,” ACC Ontario Chapter CLE Presentation (September 14, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Soft IP – 10 Hot Topics in Copyright and Trademark Law,” NAPABA Webinar (May 18, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Ten Tips to Reduce Your Litigation Spend,” ACC South Florida Chapter’s 6th Annual CLE Conference (September 30, 2016)
  • Presenter, “In-House Counsel’s Checklist for Trial Success: 7 Key Issues to Raise with Outside Counsel,” ACC Southwest Ohio Chapter CLE Presentation (December 9, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Sharks Rule the Ocean and Courtroom: What These Killers Can Teach Us About Trial Tactics,” ACC South Florida Chapter CLE Presentation (October 9, 2015)
  • Presenter, “What’s Up in the Cloud?” ACC Denver Fall Frenzy (September 17, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Risk Management: Top 10 Ways to Avoid Heartbreak in American Litigation,” ACC Ontario Chapter CLE Presentation (May 21, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Assorted Mysteries of California Law,” ACC Southwest Ohio Chapter CLE Presentation (October 2014)
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Law360 Reports on Willenken’s Petition Requesting a Full Ninth Circuit Panel Review in Dynamex Ruling

February 18, 2021

Media Mention: Company Owners Can’t Dodge Cannabis Packaging IP Suit

February 16, 2021

Ashley Kirk Joins the LCLD 2021 Class of Fellows

February 4, 2021

Biography

Jason Wilson joined the firm a few months after its founding in June 2002. Jason is a unique talent among American lawyers as he has substantial trial experience, including lead roles in over 15 trials and arbitrations in civil matters. Jason also has substantial appellate experience. He started his career with two clerkships for two different judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and has handled over 30 different appellate matters in his career so far.   

Valued by leading businesses for his creative thinking, Jason is adept at untangling his clients’ knottiest legal problems. He is in his element when navigating complex litigation challenges and—with over 30 years of practice at the trial and appellate levels—he is a force in the courtroom.Recognized by BTI Consulting Group for his superior client service, Jason provides counsel to Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of industries, including hospitality, utility, retail, and energy. His experience, aptitude for creative strategy, and passion for intellectual challenges make him an exceptional attorney.

Jason draws on a unique background that combines substantial trial experience (including trying 15 civil matters) with extensive appellate experience (including 30 appellate matters). As a result, he is equally adept at telling a compelling story in front of a jury or unpacking a complex legal issue for an appellate panel. Clients turn to Jason to creatively tell their stories to trial courts, juries, and appellate panels.

Jason’s combined experience in trial litigation and appeals leads to significant advantages for his clients. An example of this can be seen in his victory for Southern California Gas Company (“SoCalGas”) in a case against a vendor, Syntellect. Jason led the Willenken team to prevail first in a partial summary judgment and then, after an unexpected turn, again in a 49-day rush to trial. After securing a favorable judgment, Jason put on his appellate hat and won two heavily contested appeals. Ultimately, SoCalGas won and collected $9.6 million.

On several occasions, Jason’s sharp trial skills have paid dividends for his clients even before the case has been given to the jury for their determination. In one case, representing the plaintiff in a jury trial, Jason’s devastating cross-examination of the defendant drove the defendant to settle the case before closing statements for 20 times the pretrial settlement offer. In addition to his trial victories, Jason has served as lead counsel and prevailed on behalf of his clients in many binding arbitrations.

Jason practiced at an Am Law 100 firm before joining Willenken shortly after its formation. He began his legal career as a law clerk for The Honorable Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain and the late Honorable Judge Thomas Tang of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Along with other highly respected trial lawyers, Jason sits on the Board of Visitors of the National Judicial College, and he has been named a California “Local Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation for the past three years. A trivia enthusiast, Jason successfully competed on the TV game shows “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and Dick Clark’s “Winning Lines.” He has also watched every one of the 271 episodes in the classic “Perry Mason” show three times.

Honors

 

Winning Matters

The Ninth Circuit Affirms Willenken’s Victory of Summary Judgment on Behalf of Major LED Manufacturer
Willenken Vigorously Defends Electric Vehicle Start-Up Team Against Aggressive Opponent
Willenken Obtains Total Victory for Major LED Manufacturer In Eight-Figure Cross-Border Dispute

Cases

The following is a representative sample of Jason’s casework:

  • Nascent Electric Vehicle Company v. Former Employees. Represented nine executives and employees of an electric vehicle start-up facing allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets, violation of non-solicitation and confidentiality obligations, and breach of fiduciary duties in arbitration.
  • Lumens Co., Ltd. v. GoEco LED LLC et al. Obtained a $1 million victory and a total defense victory to $16 million in counterclaims for Korean LED manufacturer Lumens Co., Ltd., which was later affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Southern California Gas Company v. Syntellect, Inc. After prevailing on a motion for summary adjudication of liability, which the Ninth Circuit affirmed, secured a $9.6 million judgment in a patent infringement indemnity action on behalf of the country’s largest gas distribution utility.

Clients

The following is a representative sample of Jason’s clients:

  • Sempra Energy
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Walgreens
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Starbucks Corporation
  • Hilton Worldwide Holdings
  • Southern California Edison
  • Shell Oil Company
  • KeyBank
  • McDonald’s

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Is There Business Interruption/Loss of Income Coverage for COVID-19 Damages?” NAPABA Webinar (September 10, 2020)
  • Co-Presenter, “Defying Convention: Unconventional Terms to Manage Litigation,” ACC Washington Chapter 3rd Annual Business Summit (September 12, 2019)
  • Co-Presenter, “How Solo and Small Firms Can Use Collaboration With Other Firms, Big and Small, to Increase Revenue,” NAPABA Webinar (August 13, 2019)
  • Moderator, “Primer for Successful Litigation Management: 10 Ways Experienced Trial Counsel Can Help Your Company Obtain an Optimal and Efficient Settlement Without Going to Trial,” ACC Colorado Chapter CLE Presentation (May 16, 2019)
  • Panelist, “Strategies for Better Contract Drafting: Mitigating Risks in Contracts with U.S. Parties,” ACC Ontario Chapter CLE Presentation (September 14, 2017)
  • Presenter, “Soft IP – 10 Hot Topics in Copyright and Trademark Law,” NAPABA Webinar (May 18, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Ten Tips to Reduce Your Litigation Spend,” ACC South Florida Chapter’s 6th Annual CLE Conference (September 30, 2016)
  • Presenter, “In-House Counsel’s Checklist for Trial Success: 7 Key Issues to Raise with Outside Counsel,” ACC Southwest Ohio Chapter CLE Presentation (December 9, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Sharks Rule the Ocean and Courtroom: What These Killers Can Teach Us About Trial Tactics,” ACC South Florida Chapter CLE Presentation (October 9, 2015)
  • Presenter, “What’s Up in the Cloud?” ACC Denver Fall Frenzy (September 17, 2015)
  • Panelist, “Risk Management: Top 10 Ways to Avoid Heartbreak in American Litigation,” ACC Ontario Chapter CLE Presentation (May 21, 2015)
  • Presenter, “Assorted Mysteries of California Law,” ACC Southwest Ohio Chapter CLE Presentation (October 2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1987
  • Pomona College, B.A., cum laude, 1984
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California

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latest news about jason

firm news
Law360 Reports on Willenken’s Petition Requesting a Full Ninth Circuit Panel Review in Dynamex Ruling

February 18, 2021

Media Mention: Company Owners Can’t Dodge Cannabis Packaging IP Suit

February 16, 2021

Ashley Kirk Joins the LCLD 2021 Class of Fellows

February 4, 2021

latest news about jason

firm news
Law360 Reports on Willenken’s Petition Requesting a Full Ninth Circuit Panel Review in Dynamex Ruling

February 18, 2021

Media Mention: Company Owners Can’t Dodge Cannabis Packaging IP Suit

February 16, 2021

Ashley Kirk Joins the LCLD 2021 Class of Fellows

February 4, 2021