Essex Richards P.A.
Jon handles a broad range of business litigation, with an emphasis on media, Internet, and intellectual property issues. In his media practice, he is involved in all aspects of representation of national and North Carolina media clients, including newspapers, radio stations and television stations. He has experience handling trade secrets, copyright and trademark litigation. He has taught seminars on mass media and communications law at Wake Forest University Law School. In 2012, Jon led a team providing a “legal hotline” for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. He has been a North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission certified Superior Court Mediator since 2007.
Jon is an active member of the Charlotte community. He is a board member of the North Carolina Humanities Council and of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition, and was recently board chair for WFAE, Charlotte’s public radio station. He is a past president of the Mecklenburg County Bar, and a past board member of the MCB and the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation. He also served on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Board of Governors. He previously served as a board member of Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont, a board member of North Carolina Trust for Public Land Advisory Board, and the past president and board member of Hospice of Charlotte, Inc. (now Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region).
Jon enjoys tennis, trout fishing, and wildlife photography. He is the author of the novel Code of the Forest.