Jon joined the Firm in 1989 after clerking for Judge James Hunter III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He practices in the areas of education law, complex civil litigation, unfair trade practices and antitrust.
•Jon is counsel to numerous public school districts, public charter schools and private schools in Rhode Island. Jon has represented these educational institutions in a wide variety of contexts, including dealing with highly sensitive matters in the public spotlight. He appears regularly in state and federal courts and represents clients before the U.S. Department of Education and the Rhode Island Department of Education. He has also represented the Rhode Island Department of Administration as education counsel in conjunction with the bankruptcy of the City of Central Falls, Rhode Island.
•Jon deals with claims at the local, state and federal levels under the Americans with Disabilities Acts, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
•Jon has been involved in state and federal antitrust investigations involving price fixing, monopolization, refusals to deal and exclusive dealing.
•Jon has overseen federal grand jury productions in California, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey and North Carolina.
•Jon provides business advice regarding mergers, acquisitions, franchising, and antitrust compliance.
•Jon has represented numerous individual, estates and firms in the United States Tax Court and before the Rhode Island Division of Taxation.
Key Reported Decisions
•Tobon v. Rhode Island Board of Elections, No. 62A.3d 1126 (R.I. 2012) (upholding one vote victory of candidate for the state legislature).
•N.F. v. Chariho Regional School District, C.A. No. 11-177-ML, 2012 WL 723124 (D.R.I. Mar. 1, 2012) (upholding administrative decision in favor of school district in a special education dispute)
•K.G. v. Sheehan,C.A. 09-229ML, 2010 WL 644782 (D.R.I. Dec 30, 2010) (prevailing party in special education matter).
•Felkner v. Chariho Regional School Committee, 968 A.2d 865 (R.I. 2009) (successfully defended regional school committee in quo warranto action).
•Bowen v. Mollis, 945 A.2d 314 (R.I. 2008) (successfully defended Speaker of the House and President of the Senate in constitutional challenge addressing what constituted a general election).
•Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation v. The Parking Company, L.P.,892 A.2d 87 (R.I. 2006) (overturned taking of parking garage by state economic development corporation).
•Lt. T.B. ex rel. N.B. v. Warwick School Committee, 361 F.3d 80 (1st Cir. 2004) (prevailing party in special education matter).
•T.B. v. Warwick School Department, No. Civ. A. 01-122T, 2003 WL 22069432 (D.R.I. 2003) (prevailing party in special education matter).
•Siena v. Microsoft Corp., 796 A.2d 461 (R.I. 2002) (no indirect purchaser action under the Rhode Island Antitrust Act).
•Alicea v. Citifinancial Services, Inc., 210 F. Supp. 2d 4 (D. Mass. 2002) (safe harbor in TILA immunized mortgage lender from TILA liability).
•Fluehmann v. Associates Financial Services, No. Civ. A. 01-40076-NMG, 2002 WL 500564 (D. Mass. Mar. 29, 2002) (motion to arbitrate granted despite fact that one mortgagor never signed arbitration agreement).
•Bessette v. Avco Financial Services, Inc., 230 F.3d 439 (1st Cir. 2000) (no private right of action under the reaffirmation provision of the Bankruptcy Code).
Before Edwards Wildman
Prior to joining the Firm, Jon was a law clerk to the Honorable James Hunter, III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. During law school Jon was an Executive Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
Besides Edwards Wildman
For eleven years Jon served as an elected member of the Pawtucket School Committee. In addition, Jon was the 1999 Recipient of the Rhode Island Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award.