Jonathan D. Frieden, Shareholder

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 and leads the firm’s team of professionals representing Google, Inc., which identified Odin, Feldman & Pittleman as a Go-To Law Firm® for Intellectual Property.

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 Post, The 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.

  • 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. Consumeraffairs.com, 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
  • Creator and Author
  • Host
  • 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 – Intellectual Property
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