Jonathan D. Frieden

Phone: (703) 218-2125
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Blog: E-Commerce Law
Practice Areas

Jonathan D. Frieden

Phone: (703) 218-2125
Fax: (703) 218-2160
Blog: E-Commerce Law
Practice Areas

A degree in systems engineering and a background in computer coding have helped inform Jon Frieden’s approach to successfully handling a broad range of matters for his technology clients. As a self-described “early adopter,” Jon was one of the first attorneys in Northern Virginia to focus on Internet law and e-commerce.

With a practice centered on complex Internet- and technology-related commercial disputes and transactions, Jon brings a two-pronged approach to helping clients achieve success. Jon’s litigation experience helps structure deals for his clients that avoid potential disputes, while his transactional skills support litigation strategies that help protect their business interests.

Jon’s diverse practice encompasses Internet litigation (including domain name and cybersquatting disputes and Internet defamation claims), intellectual property litigation (including trademark and copyright enforcement proceedings), commercial contract disputes, labor and employment disputes, and the defense of corporations against consumer claims. He counsels e-commerce businesses in a variety of industries.

A thought leader on e-commerce issues, Jon is the author of E-Commerce Law, a regularly updated discussion of news, trends and legal issues affecting e-commerce businesses, as well as one of the former hosts of the Power of Attorney Radio podcast. His arguments and commentary have been quoted extensively in The Washington PostThe Washington Times and other media.

Jon has received an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ for his legal ability and general ethical standards. He has been named among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 and was selected for inclusion as a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Jon is highly involved with the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, serving on its national Board of Directors, and teaches legal writing at George Mason University Law School.

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  • J.D., T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, 1997
  • B.S., Systems Engineering, University of Virginia, 1994
  • U.S. Naval Academy, 1989-1990
Admitted To Practice
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Practice Highlights

Selected Reported Cases:

  • Cyberlock Consulting, Inc. v. Information Experts, Inc., 939 F.Supp.2d 572 (E.D. Va. 2013), affirmed, 2014 WL 57686 (4th Cir. Jan. 8, 2014)
  • Scientific & Commercial Sys. Corp. v. Tessada Assocs., Inc., 2012 WL 3866497 (E.D.Va. Aug. 30, 2012), affirmed, 2013 WL 5630056 (Oct. 16, 2013)
  • Tommy Bahama Group, Inc. v. Eagle, 2010 WL 3340538 (M.D. Fla. Aug. 23, 2010)
  • Hudson Associates Consulting, Inc. v. Weidner, 2010 WL 1946414 (D. Kan. May 14, 2010)
  • KMMentor, LLC v. Knowledge Management Professional Society, Inc., 2010 WL 1946339 (D. Kan. May 13, 2010)
  • Nemet Chevrolet, Ltd. v., Inc., 564 F. Supp. 2d 544 (E.D. Va. 2008), affirmed, 2009 591 F.3d 250 (4th Cir. 2009)
  • Am. Tech Services, Inc. v. Universal Air Travel Plan, Inc., 2005 WL 2218437 (E.D. Va. 2005)
  • VMC Satellite, Inc. v. Direct Cable, Inc. d/b/a Direct Cable TV, 2005 WL 937844 &940569 (E.D. Va. 2005)
  • VMC Satellite, Inc. v. Stevens & Associates, 68 Va. Cir. 103 (Loudoun Co. 2005)
  • Neurology Services, Inc. v. Fairfax Medical PWH, LLC, 67 Va. Cir. 1 (Fairfax Co. 2005)
  • Sanni v. Koons Ford, Inc., 1999 WL 370402 (Fairfax Co. 1999)
Areas of Concentration
  • E-Commerce Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Litigation
Professional Activities

Professional Experience:

  • Adjunct Professor, George Mason School of Law
  • Former Adjunct Professor, School of Business Administration, Marymount University
  • Former Member, Board of Editors, e-Discovery Law & Strategy

Professional Organizations:

  • Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers – Rising Star – Business Litigation
  • Virginia Business magazine “Legal Elite” 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018 – Intellectual Property; 2017 – Appellate Law
  • 7 Trademark Rules Every Startup Should Know (May 25, 2016)
  • Copyright Basics for Startups and Entrepreneurs (May 5, 2016)
  • Trademark Selection Basics for Startups and Entrepreneurs (August 5, 2015)
  • New Virginia Law Eases Pursuit of Anonymous Internet Defamers (March 26, 2015)
  • 7 Key Elements of Effective Terms of Use: Amendment (October 23, 2014)
  • 7 Key Elements of Effective Terms of Use: Governing Law and Choice of Forum (September 30, 2014)
  • 7 Key Elements of Effective Terms of Use: Privacy Policies (September 24, 2014)
  • 7 Key Elements of Effective Terms of Use: Limitation of Liability (July 14, 2014)
  • 7 Key Elements of Effective Terms of Use: Disclaimer of Warranties (July 1, 2014)
  • 7 Key Elements of Effective Terms of Use: Handling User Content (July 1, 2014)
  • 7 Key Elements of Effective Terms of Use: Permitted Use of Website (June 19, 2014)
  • Federal Court in Virginia Approves of Legal Service by Facebook, LinkedIn, and Email (June 16, 2014)
  • Teaming With Controversy (March 25, 2014)
  • Jury Verdict of Liability but No Damages in Yelp Defamation Case (February 6, 2014)
  • First Amendment Doesn’t Protect Anonymity of Yelp Users Who Wrote “Fake” Reviews (January 31, 2014)
  • D.C. Circuit Overturns Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Net Neutrality Order (January 29, 2014)
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Settles Claims Based on Employer Social Media Policy (January 25, 2014)
  • Supreme Court’s Refusal to Hear Amazon Tax Appeal Leaves Split in Decisions on Internet Sales Tax Laws (January 23, 2014)
  • SCOTUS Grants Certiorari in Case Which Acknowledged Confusion Over Timeliness Requirement for Filing a Copyright Infringement Claim (December 4, 2013)
  • BitTorrent Participants Improperly Joined in Same Suit (November 28, 2013)
  • 10 DOs and DON’Ts for Employer Social Media Policies (October 27, 2013)
  • Blogs and Social Media Present Specific Ethical Concerns for Attorneys (October 24, 2013)
  • Starting an Online Business: Licensing Requirements (July 24, 2013)
  • Choosing the Right E-Commerce Business Partner (July 13, 2013)
  • Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: Leveraging Private Enforcement to Improve Internet Privacy (October 1, 2011)
  • The Admissibility of Electronic Evidence Under the Federal Rules of Evidence (April 12, 2011)
  • E-Commerce: Legal Issues of the Online Retailer in Virginia (January 1, 2006)
  • Medicaid Eligibility Planning for Aged Clients in Virginia (October 1, 1997)
Speaking Engagements
  • Enforceability of Teaming Agreements: Are you Covered?, Dulles Chamber of Commerce, 2013
  • Must-Have iPhone and iPad Apps for Attorneys, Lorman Education Services, 2012
  • The Admissibility of Electronic Evidence, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.’s Evidence Training, Columbia, Maryland, 2011
  • Legal Issues Involved in Blogging, AIPLA Annual Meeting, 2010
  • Doubling the Size of Your Business, 7 Things a CEO Should Do Now to Take Advantage of the Economic Recovery (Presented with Tim McConville and Eric Koefoot), CEO Invitation Networking and Education Event, 2010
  • Changes in the Pleading Landscape: A Roadmap to Proper Pleading After Twombly and Iqbal, Federal Bar Association, Northern Virginia Chapter, 2010
  • Technology &Effective Advocacy, 11th Annual Maryland Partners for Justice Conference, 2009
  • Among the Experts: Online Marketing for Lawyers, 2009
  • Evidence: Pitfalls and Practice – Admissibility of Internet Evidence, 2009
  • Practicing Law in the e-Court of Public Opinion: How the Internet Can Make or Break Your Reputation and What You Can Do About It, D.C. Bar, 2008
  • Defending a Criminal Case in a Cyber World, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, 2008
  • Legal Blogs and Other Technology, Law Firm Growth Management Conference, Harvard Club, New York City, 2007
  • Legal Issues of the Online Retailer –Using Keyword Advertising in Internet Marketing, Lorman Education Services, 2005
  • Taking and Defending Effective Depositions, Lorman Education Services, 2002 & 2005
  • The Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA), Marymount University, 2000
Community Activities
  • Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Inc.
    • International Secretary
  • Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Inc.
    • Member, Board of Directors
  • Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity
    • Chapter Advisor, Phi Epsilon Chapter
  • George Mason University Trial Advocacy Team
    • Coach, 1999-2003

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