Cozen O’Connor: Cavalier, Jonathan R.

Jonathan R. Cavalier

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Philadelphia

(215) 665-2776

(215) 701-2112

Jonathan will be speaking at an upcoming event:

2019 Labor and Employment Law Update

Philadelphia, PA 06/20/2019

Join Cozen O'Connor attorneys as they discuss labor and employment legal issues that in-house counsel, management, and HR professionals are facing in 2019.

Event Details 

Jonathan R. Cavalier's practice is focused on ERISA class action and single plaintiff litigation, prosecuting and defending actions involving noncompetition agreements, restrictive covenants and trade secrets, and defending employers from claims of discrimination in state and federal court. Jon also has extensive experience resolving electronic discovery disputes and advising clients on how to best prepare their systems for e-discovery before litigation arises.

Jon has substantial trial experience, including experience as first-chair jury trial counsel. He has also had significant involvement in several jury and bench trials in state and federal court and in arbitrations, including experience as lead counsel in both settings.

Jon was recently named a "BTI Client Service All-Star" - one of only 49 labor and employment lawyers featured on this prestigious, national list. The “All-Star” designation is based on candid feedback from corporate counsel at nearly 300 Fortune 1000 companies, and recognizes lawyers who demonstrate superior client focus, have an exceptional ability to understand their client's business, consistently exceed clients’ expectations, possess excellent legal skills and depth of knowledge, and deliver outstanding results.

Jon earned his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s University.  He holds an M.B.A. from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. As a result, he is especially suited to understand his clients' needs from a business perspective, and to find solutions for clients that are both fiscally and legally sound. At the Fox School, Jon was the recipient of the Benjamin L. Winderman Award for attaining the highest cumulative GPA in the joint J.D./M.B.A. program.  Jon graduated cum laude from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, served as a teaching assistant for legal research and writing, and co-founded the business law society.

Experience

News

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

NLRB tops arbitrator in college union dispute

November 14, 2017

Joe Tilson, Alex Barbour, and Jon Cavalier of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment department, won a significant decision on behalf of Columbia College in Chicago, vacating an arbitrator's award.

Jonathan Cavalier Recognized as a “BTI Client Service All-Star 2014”

February 03, 2014

Jonathan Cavalier has been named a “BTI Client Service All-Star 2014” by the BTI Consulting Group. The “All-Star” designation is based on candid feedback from corporate counsel at nearly 300 Fortune 1000 companies, and recognizes lawyers who demonstrate superior client focus, have an exceptional ability to understand their client's business, consistently exceed clients’ expectations, possess excellent legal skills and depth of knowledge, and deliver outstanding results. Jonathan is one of only 49 Labor & Employment lawyers featured on this prestigious, national list.

Publications

Using the Privilege: Fifth Amendment Fundamentals for Corporations [The Legal Intelligencer]

April 24, 2013

Most in-house lawyers, if they're fortunate, haven't bumped up against the Fifth Amendment and its related issues since the bar exam. After all, the so-called "nickel" typically arises solely in the criminal context, and corporations don't have the right to plead the Fifth Amendment at an organizational level. However, with governmental investigations of varying types on the rise, and in-house counsel advising the corporation and preparing witnesses for participation in these investigations, the Fifth Amendment and its protections are an important tool in protecting the company and its employees from self-incrimination.

Three Uses of Social Media for Corporate Counsel [The Legal Intelligencer]

May 16, 2012

The article discusses various ways that in-house counsel can use social media to the advantage. Hayes Hunt and Jonathan Cavalier mention three in particular: screening employees, investigating and defending claims, and lastly, investigating jurors to expose bias and misconduct.

An Employer's Duty to Report Crimes by Employees to Police [The Legal Intelligencer]

April 18, 2012

Over the past decade, many European countries have passed laws mandating that individuals and employers report criminal conduct. Adversely, in the U.S. individuals are typically not required to report observed criminal conduct. The article presents three hypothetical situations, in which employees have committed crimes.

Second Circuit Stays Challenge to SEC's Settlement Policy [The Legal Intelligencer]

March 21, 2012

On March 15, a panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of the district court litigation brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission against Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Winter 2010 [Labor & Employment Observer]

March 01, 2010

Our Winter 2010 Labor & Employment Law Observer covers a multitude of topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resources professionals and corporate management.

The Invisible Noncompete: The Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine in Pa. [The Legal Intelligencer]

February 25, 2010

The doctrine of inevitable disclosure is alive and well. Pennsylvania and its neighbors all recognize the concept that, in certain situations, can act as a sort of de-facto noncompete agreement to prevent employees with access to confidential information from going to work for a competitor. This controversial doctrine states that certain employees possess intangible confidential information that cannot be returned to the company at the end of their employment, and therefore, they cannot go to work for a competitor without ''inevitably'' disclosing this confidential information.

Spring 2009 [Labor and Employment Observer]

June 01, 2009

Our Spring 2009 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers a multitude of topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resources professionals and corporate management. Many of these articles are particularly timely given the changing political climate and our increasingly technology driven society.

Winter 2009 [Labor and Employment Observer]

January 01, 2009

Our Winter 2009 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers a multitude of topics of interest to -in-house counsel, human resource professionals and corporate management. Many of these articles are particularly timely given the changing political climate and current difficult economic environment.

Pennsylvania's New Law Prohibits Mandatory Overtime for Nurses [Labor and Employment Alert!]

October 20, 2008

On October 9, 2008, Governor Rendell signed the Prohibition on Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act (H.B. 834), which prohibits health care facilities from requiring nurses and certain other employees to work mandatory, unscheduled overtime. The Act, which takes effect on July 1, 2009, will dramatically affect health care facilities operating within Pennsylvania, many of which rely on mandatory overtime as a staffing tool.

Summer 2008 [Labor and Employment Observer]

August 15, 2008

Our Summer 2008 Labor and Employment Law Observer covers a multitude of topics of interest to in-house counsel, human resources professionals and corporate management.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

2019 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 20, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

Join Cozen O'Connor attorneys as they discuss labor and employment legal issues that in-house counsel, management, and HR professionals are facing in 2019.

Past Events

2018 Labor and Employment Law Update

June 13, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA

Critical Employment Law Issues for 2015

November 05, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Federal Judges Addressing Social Media Issues 2.0

May 08, 2013 - Philadelphia, PA

Education

  • Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2007
  • Temple University, M.B.A., 2007
  • St. Joseph's University, B.A., 2002

Awards & Honors

The BTI Client Service All-Star Team

Pennsylvania Super Lawyer "Rising Star," 2014-2019

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania