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Jonathan M. Sobel

Jonathan M. Sobel

Practice areas:

Intellectual Property, Litigation

About Me

Jonathan Sobel is an experienced trial attorney and litigator, and focuses his practice on intellectual property (IP) litigation and counseling, including the areas of patent, trademark, false advertising, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition.  He also litigates and counsels on business and commercial disputes. 


Mr. Sobel has had key roles in numerous patent jury trials and arbitrations.  He has litigated patent cases in varied jurisdictions, including Delaware, Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, and the International Trade Commission (ITC). Mr. Sobel’s patent cases have involved the areas of wireless networking technology, bar code scanning technology, light-emitting diodes, computer software and hardware, on-line business methods, medical devices, and other mechanical devices.  He was selected by his peers for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation, in 2008 and 2009.  Among other trial experience, Mr. Sobel acted as lead trial counsel in a jury trial in the Southern District of New York in a non-IP case, in which he obtained a punitive damages verdict for his client.  


Mr. Sobel is also experienced in patent licensing, and has helped numerous individuals commercialize their inventions through licensing and development arrangements with third parties.  


Mr. Sobel has a strong business sense. His education in business and finance has proved valuable both in addressing patent valuation and damages issues, and in arriving at creative business solutions to problems, whether in the licensing context or in seeking to resolve litigation disputes.  That background also makes him effective at litigating commercial disputes.  Mr. Sobel also has had extensive formal training and experience in mediation, and is able to mediate both IP and commercial litigation matters. 


Mr. Sobel received his J.D. in 1994 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was an Article Editor for the Cardozo Law Review, and a B.S. in Finance in 1991 from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


He is also 2008 NYC Marathon finisher #962 with an official time of 2:59:40.




Languages Spoken: French

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Intellectual Property: 80%
    18 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    20 years



Hourly ($475/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

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Contact Info

Sobel & Feller LLP

444 Madison Avenue
17th Floor
New York, NY, 10022




Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyers 2012 - Intellectual Property LitigationSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super Lawyers 2011 - Intellectual Property LitigationSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super Lawyers 2009 - Intellectual Property LitigationSuper Lawyers2009
Super Lawyers 2008 - Intellectual Property LitigationSuper Lawyers2008

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerSobel & Feller LLP2009 - Present
PartnerHogan & Hartson LLP2004 - 2009
CounselClifford Chance US LLP2003 - 2003
AssociateClifford Chance US LLP2000 - 2003
AssociateChadbourne & Parke LLP1994 - 2000


Association NamePosition NameDuration
New York City Bar AssociationPatent Committee Member2008 - 2010
New York Intellectual Property Law AssociationMember2004 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Symbol Technologies [now Motorola] v. Proxim Inc.Jury verdict awarding $22.9 million in damages
Proxim, Inc. v. Symbol Technologies, Inc. [now Motorola]Jury verdict of no infringement

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Publication NameTitleDate
New York Law JournalIf You Mean Capable,Say It2006


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton SchoolFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1991

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Drowning in Data: Navigating the Waters of E-Discovery and Data Preservation,” Hogan & Hartson Symposium for Clients, 1.12.06E-discovery - emerging issues and strategies2006