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About Jonathon

Jonathon Hance is both a litigator and an intellectual property lawyer. As a litigator, Jonathon is at home in the court room, where he represents both plaintiffs and defendants and works hard to enforce his clients’ intellectual property rights and data confidentiality rights, to protect his clients’ brands, and to resolve complex commercial disputes in the design and construction, real estate, energy, healthcare, and technology industries. As an IP lawyer, Jonathon works to protect and monetize his clients’ innovations and protect his clients’ brands across a variety of sectors, including the energy, real estate, and technology industries. He also advises healthcare institutions regarding corporate governance issues and patient data privacy and protection under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Jonathon has degrees from Southern Methodist University in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Viola Performance and J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), and he served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to the practice of law, Jonathon served as the director of information and technology for a mid-size restaurant company where he actively participated in key technology and business decisions relating to corporate back-end computing services, point-of-sale and point-of-transaction systems and web-interface design. He also served as a mathematical consultant for the Bank of America Private Bank where he developed financial portfolio projection and analysis software using the Monte Carlo method.


Recent Notable Matters

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Texas Rho Corporation, et al. — litigation against national Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity for breach of the Fraternity Laws, deprivation of due process rights, and breaches of fiduciary arising out of the national organization’s purported suspension of the Texas Rho Chapter’s charter that have caused and will continue to cause significant damages to the Texas Rho Chapter

Larry Hargrove — dispute against three prison guards who violated Mr. Hargrove’s constitutional rights.  The three guards attacked Mr. Hargrove and wounded him so badly that he was care-flighted over a hundred miles to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where his foot (which was severed by the guards) was reattached after a series of seven surgeries.  On the eve of trial, we located an eyewitness, causing the State Assistant Attorney General such concern that he settled the case during jury selection.  The settlement was finalized in 2017.

Large, international oil and gas company — preparing patent applications for inventions relating to oil production, energy delivery, production metrics, and automation controls

Green-energy company — numerous licensing matters, including non-disclosure agreements and international commercial development agreements

Large energy-services company — providing counsel in relation to a technology collaboration agreement between the company and an engineering company serving the energy and power sectors

One of the largest full-service, privately-held, in-store U.S. banks — various software licensing, software escrow, and professional services agreements

Software development company — analyzing and providing counsel regarding hundreds of open-source licenses in preparation for sale of the company to one of Canada

One of the world’s largest internet retailers — drafting letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on behalf of client commenting on ICANN

Health service organization — drafting terms and conditions, privacy policy, security policy, and software license agreement for client providing services to college and university campuses

International financial management company — seeking trademark protection before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Hardware and software company — licensing of its intellectual property rights to a global computer hardware and device manufacturer

Large U.S. aerospace, security, and defense company — preparing patent applications relating to aviation controls and automation metrics

Publications and Speeches

“The Art of Negotiation and Dealing with Unexpected Surprises,” Licensing Executives Society Houston Chapter Meeting, October 18, 2016.

“IP & Licensing Basics Course,” Licensing Executives Society, University of Houston, September 11, 2015.

“Lame-Duck Patent Reform Goes Almost Entirely Unnoticed,” Law360, December 2012.

“Federal Circuit Clears Pathway Through ‘Recapture Rule’ Minefield,” Thomson Reuters News & Insight, June 2012.



Washington and Lee University School of Law,
magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
Southern Methodist University, School of Engineering,
B.A., Computer Science
summa cum laude
Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts,
B.A., Viola Performance
summa cum laude
Southern Methodist University, Dedman College,
B.A., Applied Mathematics
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions



Certified Licensing Professional


Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
State Bar of Texas
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Houston Bar Association
Houston Intellectual Property Law Association
Science Fair Committee
Licensing Executives Society, U.S. and Canada
Houston Chapter Chair, 2013 - present; Software Committee 2009 - 2011
Frame Dance Productions
Legal Counsel





Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
Benchmark Litigation
40 & Under Hot List, 2018
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Judicial Clerk
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Washington and Lee Law Review
Managing Editor
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Phi Delta Phi