Jonathan P. Harmon


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  • The University of Texas School of Law, JD, 1995
  • United States Military Academy at West Point, BS, 1987
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association 

Member, Defense Research Institute

Member, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC)

Jon is a national trial lawyer who focuses on making complex and high-exposure cases easy for juries to understand. With substantial experience "parachuting" into cases shortly before trial and winning, he has won verdicts in some of the most difficult and dangerous venues in the country. He has tried jury trials on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and other clients in federal and/or state courts in California, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Additionally, he has tried bench trials before federal or state judges in Washington, Florida, Virginia, the District of Columbia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas. Jon has successfully litigated and resolved cases on behalf of corporate clients through dispositive motions or settlements in the majority of states in the country. Most of Jon's appearances have been for the defense and the overwhelming majority resulted in defense verdicts.

Jon's broad business litigation practice spans a range of subject matters, including: complex commercial, fraud, class action, insurance fraud, complex business/civil tort, environmental, product liability, employment, construction, toxic tort, and federally or state-protected whistleblowers.

Jonathan P Harmon
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Richmond, VA 23219-3916
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International Paper Co. v. Kennedy Specialty Lumber (E.D. Marshall Tex). Representation of International Paper in a complex commercial fraud and conspiracy jury trial after principal defendant was acquitted. Defendants counter claimed and demanded $140 million shortly before trial. More than 20,000 exhibits were introduced during the trial. The jury returned a $1 million verdict (the exact amount requested in closing) in favor of International Paper and rejected defendants’ counter claim.

In Re: Cellphone Termination Cases (Alameda County Circuit Court, California) Represented a national wireless phone company in a jury trial involving a class of approximately 2 million former California customers who had established that the wireless phone company’s early termination fee (ETF) was invalid under California law. Represented the company in the damages phase of the trial in which our client was pursuing a counter-claim against the Class. The jury awarded our client approximately $18 million in damages. The verdict was later overturned and the case ultimately settled.

Commonwealth of Virginia, et. al v. Nationwide Insurance company, et. al (Richmond Cir. Ct.) Officially appointed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to represent it and Virginia Tech in suing five insurance companies and their agent in a Fraud Against Taxpayers Act case involving fraud in the procurement and administration of student health insurance. Before trial the insurance companies agreed to pay approximately $20 million, which was the largest Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act settlement in the history of Virginia.

Thomas v. Atlantic Richfield, DuPont (Milwaukee, Wis. Circuit Court) – Representation of DuPont in a five-week jury trial in which the plaintiff and his guardian ad litem alleged that the plaintiff suffered permanent brain damage as a result of childhood lead poisoning. The case was the first in the country to go to trial under a recently created "risk contribution" theory of liability. The trial received national attention and was closely followed by the plaintiff and defense bars. The jury returned a complete defense verdict.

Alsobrook vs. UPS Ground Freight (USDC Memphis, Tenn.). Represented UPS in a four (4) plaintiff hostile environment, retaliation, and disparate treatment case brought under Title VII and Section 1981. The Plaintiffs alleged egregious instances of harassment and retaliation. Plaintiffs sought damages in excess of $10 million dollars. After a two-week jury trial, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.”

Willie Homer Stephens, Guardian Ad Litem for Lillian Colvin, v. CSX Transportation (Hampton County Circuit Court, S.C.). Representation of CSX in this three week jury trial. The plaintiff alleged that CSX's negligence in operating one of its trains and in failing to clear vegetation at a crossing in Hampton County, S.C. resulted in an accident that caused brain damage to a minor. During closing arguments plaintiff's counsel requested actual and punitive damages in excess of $40,000,000.00. The 12-person jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of CSX. This case was later affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded for a new trial by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Musburger Ltd. V. Meier (Cook County Circuit Court.). Retained approximately 45 days before trial to represent a prominent entertainment lawyer in a commercial jury trial with a Chicago radio personality. Defendant brought a $15 million counterclaim against our client for malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty. The jury returned a verdict in favor of our client.

Hicks v. International Paper Company (E.D. Tex). Retained by International Paper Company approximately 60 days before a jury trial to represent it in an environmental tort case under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Clean Water Act. Case settled favorably after jury selection.

Nevamar v. Charleswater (D. Md.). Representation of Nevamar, in this patent infringement case. Client asked Mr. Harmon to try the case approximately 100 days before trial. Plaintiff calculated damages of approximately $100 million. Case settled favorably shortly before trial.

Reid v. Boeing (Seattle, Washington) Represented Boeing in a Sarbanes Oxley Whistle Blower case brought by a former internal auditor. The auditor claimed he repeatedly reported violation of SOX to Boeing. Thereafter, plaintiff alleged he was subjected to professional and personal harassment that harmed him physically and resulted in his termination. After a two-week trial, Boeing received a complete defense verdict.

Selected for inclusion in “Client Service All Stars,” Business and Securities Litigation, BTI Consulting Group, 2014; Commercial Litigation and Employment Litigation, 2016

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law -  Individuals, Woodward/White, Inc., 2009-2017

Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2008-2011, 2013, 2014

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," General Litigation, Employment Litigation: Defense, Civil Litigation Defense, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2013

Named to Virginia's "Legal Elite," Business Law, Virginia Business, 2011

Named to Virginia's "Legal Elite," Civil Litigation, Virginia Business, 2011

Named to Virginia's "Legal Elite," Labor/Employment, Virginia Business, 2009

Named to "Top 40 Under 40," Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2004

Recipient, MCCA Outstanding Outside Counsel, Platinum Circle, 2001