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Although Jon Sasser grew up on a Union County farm, he cut his teeth litigating cases for a prestigious Park Avenue law firm. Jon primarily represents businesses involved in complex corporate disputes. His clients include Fortune 500 companies spanning a wide range of industries, including chemistry, petroleum, banking, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, securities, and media. Jon has also taken the reins of cases involving individuals and charitable organizations facing unique legal challenges. He has represented an NFL head coach, death row inmates, high school journalists, public officials, hip-hop musicians, the ACLU, PETA, and the Police Benevolent Association, among others.

Over the course of his long career in North Carolina, Jon has developed a reputation as a tenacious advocate. In 2015, he was honored as North Carolina’s foremost business litigator by Business North Carolina magazine and was selected as Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” for bet-the-company litigation (2016), securities litigation (2012), and intellectual property litigation (2019). He has also been voted by his peers as one of Super Lawyers’ top ten attorneys in North Carolina seven times.

Jon takes on the most interesting, challenging, and sometimes bizarre cases. He believes that everyone is entitled to their day in court and to the services of a lawyer who will fight relentlessly on their behalf. Given his unique and occasionally sensational cases, Jon’s cases have often been covered by the media, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Times of LondonThe ABA JournalThe American LawyerThe National Law Journal, and other media outlets.

Jon’s balanced personality is well-suited for handling disputes that affect clients with a diverse range of interests, and his deep commitment to clients ensures that their interests are represented at every stage of the litigation process. Whether Jon is running, biking, or swimming, he’s likely ruminating on what can be done to further a client’s interests and secure a favorable result.

Jon is an endurance athlete whose competitive nature drives him every day. He has summited the Grand Teton, Mt. Whitney, and Mt. Baker, and completed Ironman Florida, Ironman Arizona, and the Boston Marathon. An eight-time member of Team USA, he has in age group competitions won state championships in track and swimming, placed nationally third (backstroke), and fifth (aquathlon), and finished 17th in the World Triathlon Championships (aquathlon). With a college basketball-playing son forty years his junior, Jon may be driven by a need to prove that he can keep up.


Legal Assistant

Linda Hawkins

Direct: 919-865-7020

E-mail: linda.hawkins@elliswinters.com

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1981
    • Honors: with Honors, John M. Morehead Fellow in Law 
    • Law Review: North Carolina Law Review, 1980—1981
  • B.A., University of North Carolina, 1978
    • Honors: with Honors, Presidential Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, John M. Morehead Scholar, National Merit Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Middle District of North Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Northern District of Texas
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • US Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Tour de Cure (American Diabetes Association), Co-Chair, 2008
  • North Carolina School of Science & Math Foundation, Chair, 2003—2004
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Constitutional Law Section, Chair, 2002—2003
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Member, Civil Rules Subcommittee, 2012—2013

Updates

Dec 17, 2019 Jon Sasser Presents at Renaissance Symposium XV
May 23, 2019 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA 2019
Aug 15, 2018 Jon Sasser and Paul Sun named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America®
Aug 15, 2018 Eighteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® in America List
Aug 14, 2018 Ellis & Winters LLP Partner Jonathan Sasser Interviewed by Triangle Business Journal
May 3, 2018 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA 2018
Jan 30, 2018 Twenty-Two Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 3, 2018 Seven Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2018 Legal Elite
Dec 6, 2017 Ellis & Winters LLP Partner Jonathan Sasser Interviewed by Triangle Business Journal
Dec 5, 2017 Jonathan Sasser Awarded the 2017 Peter Perlman Service Award by the Litigation Counsel of America
Jan 20, 2017 Twenty-Three Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 2, 2017 Eight Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2017 Legal Elite & Hall of Fame
Dec 2, 2016 Sasser Speaks at LCA’s Renaissance Symposium XI
Nov 4, 2016 Ellis & Winters Recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2017
May 31, 2016 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA
Jan 25, 2016 Twenty Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Oct 19, 2015 Ten Ellis & Winters Partners Included in Benchmark Litigation 2016
Aug 21, 2015 Five Ellis & Winters Partners Named Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in America 2016
Aug 17, 2015 Twelve Ellis & Winters Partners Named to 2016 Best Lawyers® in America List
May 19, 2015 Ellis & Winters Receives High Honors from Chambers USA 2015
Jan 21, 2015 Eighteen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 9, 2015 Ten Ellis & Winters Lawyers Selected as 2015 Legal Elite
Oct 28, 2014 Eight Ellis & Winters Lawyers Included in Benchmark Litigation 2015
Aug 18, 2014 Thirteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers® in America List
May 23, 2014 For the Tenth Year, Ellis & Winters Receives High Honors from Chambers USA
Jan 21, 2014 Seventeen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 8, 2014 Eleven Ellis & Winters Lawyers Selected as 2014 Legal Elite
Nov 5, 2013 Jon Sasser Speaks at NCBA Sports & Entertainment Law School Symposium
Oct 22, 2013 Ellis & Winters “Highly Recommended” by Benchmark Litigation 2014
Aug 15, 2013 12 Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers® in America List
May 24, 2013 For the Ninth Straight Year, Ellis & Winters Receives High Marks from Chambers USA
Mar 6, 2013 Jon Sasser to Serve on Sunshine Day 2013 Panel at North Carolina State University
Jan 31, 2013 Fourteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Oct 26, 2012 Ellis & Winters Attorneys Recognized in Benchmark Litigation
Jul 18, 2012 Ellis & Winters consistently continues to receive high ranking in Chambers USA directory
Jan 24, 2012 Ellis & Winters attorneys named to 2012 Legal Elite
Oct 4, 2011 Ellis & Winters Announces Three Attorneys Named Best Lawyers 2012 Lawyers of the Year
Jun 21, 2011 Once again, Ellis & Winters receives high ranking in Chambers USA directory
Mar 10, 2011 Ten Ellis & Winters attorneys named to 2011 Legal Elite, two to Hall of Fame
Jan 21, 2011 Fourteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Jun 15, 2010 Ellis & Winters attorneys and practice areas ranked in Chambers USA 2010
Jan 5, 2010 Six Ellis & Winters attorneys named to 2010 Legal Elite, two to Hall of Fame
Jun 17, 2009 Eight Ellis & Winters attorneys, three practice areas ranked in Chambers USA 2009
Feb 14, 2009 Attorney Jon Sasser and team win a $57-million verdict in Wake County Superior Court
Feb 4, 2009 Ellis & Winters attorneys win largest verdict of 2008
Feb 4, 2009 Eleven Ellis & Winters attorneys named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Jan 10, 2009 Jon Sasser profiled in Lawyers Weekly for industrial espionage case
Jan 6, 2009 Business North Carolina magazine names Ellis & Winters attorneys as “Legal Elite” for 2009
Sep 4, 2008 Ellis & Winters partner, Jon Sasser, wins $57.5M trade secrets case against Chinese businesses
Jun 13, 2008 Ellis & Winters attorneys recognized by Chambers USA Report
May 1, 2008 E&W partner named co-chair of Tour de Cure for diabetes
Sep 7, 2007 Ellis & Winters attorneys make The Best Lawyers in America 2008
Jun 15, 2007 Five Ellis & Winters partners recognized by Chambers USA
Sep 28, 2006 Sasser quoted during Geddings trial
Sep 8, 2006 E&W case is lead story in Triangle Business Journal

Experience

Representative Cases

  • Recently obtained dismissals of several securities actions.
  • Obtained a $95 million fraud settlement.
  • Convinced a state judge to declare a statute unconstitutional.
  • Won a treble damages jury verdict for unfair trade practices.
  • Successfully argued to cancel a lis pendens on a $50 million commercial property.
  • Obtained a $57 million verdict for corporate espionage (North Carolina’s largest verdict of 2008).
  • Obtained injunctions under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and a leading decision under the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act.
  • Won a ruling overturning the election of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff.
  • Set a North Carolina precedent restricting who may sue for contamination.
  • Secured a $275,000 settlement for a 64-year-old woman banished from public property for alleged “dirty dancing.”
  • Secured a $2.5 million jury verdict in a single-family drinking water case.
  • Obtained the reversal of a death sentence.
  • Successfully argued for a $500,000 contempt citation against a New York Times bureau chief.
  • Won a federal decision allowing the Ten Commandments to be displayed in a courtroom.

Prior Work Experience

  • Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, 1986—2003
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 1982—1986

Awards/Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ®, “Leader in the Field” for Litigation (2011—2018)
  • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina Litigation Star (2012—2019)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, Business Litigation, Securities Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Constitutional Law (2006—2018)
    • “Top 10 Super Lawyers in North Carolina” (2011—2017)
    • “Top 3 Super Lawyers in North Carolina” (2013—2017)
    • “Top 25 Super Lawyers in Raleigh” (2011—2019)
    • “Top 100 Super Lawyers in North Carolina” (2011—2019)
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Litigation (2006—2015)
    • Top Vote Recipient for Litigation in 2015
    • Hall of Fame (2015—2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Securities (2006—2019) 
  • Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation-Intellectual Property (2019)
  • Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” for Bet-the-Company Litigation (2016)
  • Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Securities (2012)