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John G. Jackson


In 30 years of practice, John has tried to verdict numerous civil cases, both jury and non-jury, but just as importantly has obtained relief for clients without the need for litigation and has counseled clients on ways to avoid or minimize the threat and uncertainty of litigation. This practice continues today. John is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator who focuses on intellectual property and other complex disputes. Click to view his Top Seven Reasons to Mediate IP Disputes.
For over 25 years, John’s practice has focused on representing innovators and business producers involved or potentially involved in supply chain, intellectual property, and other commercial litigation in courts throughout the United States. Although some of these matters are resolved at the preliminary injunction stage, and some go to trial and beyond, many disputes are resolved via private, confidential arrangements that may include licensing, distributing or coexistence components.   

In the past 10 years, John has defended the rights of clients named as parties in commercial cases pending in federal district courts in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin and in state courts, involving road pavers, business methods, vinyl windows, tile floors, rock crushers, stretch film, asphalt plants, musical equipment, and hazardous waste containment equipment. John has filed or defended claims involving patent, trademark and/or copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, supplier-dealer disputes, and product liability claims in numerous jurisdictions.


  • "6th Circuit Cases Update," Federal Bar Association, Chattanooga, Tennessee Chapter, August 2019
  • "Implications of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016" reprinted in American Intellectual Property Law Ass'n (AIPLA) Newsstand, May 13, 2016
  • "Ethics and Patent Law: Subject Matter Conflicts and Other Concerns,” Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association, November 2015
  • "Civil Practice, Procedure and Pointers," Federal Bar Association, Chattanooga, Tennessee Chapter, December 2013

If you are unable to reach John, please contact one of his colleagues:



Lisa Schmidt
D: 423.321.0425


J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1989
B.S., magna cum laude, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1985


Georgia, 1991
Tennessee, 1989
U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2012
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2011
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 2004
U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 2000
U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 1996
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 1992
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1990