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Jonathan LaMendola

Jonathan LaMendola

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EMAIL

jlamendola@cobbmartinez.com

TEL

214-220-5204

FAX

214-220-5299

BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan LaMendola is a seasoned litigator with broad experience in providing legal counsel to health care professionals and facilities in litigation and before regulatory boards and agencies, He has successfully represented entities in state and federal courts involving commercial disputes, complex litigation, environmental exposure and toxic torts, enforcement of covenants not to compete, defense of wrongful termination claims and other employment matters. 

Whether representing defendants or plaintiffs, Jonathan’s litigation strategy is grounded in a clear understanding of his client’s goals and objectives, business relationships outside the confines of the lawsuit, and how the litigation might affect the client’s business reputation, staff, and management. By effectively balancing what his client seeks to accomplish with what’s driving the case from the other side, he deals effectively with opposing counsel. 

Biography

Jonathan LaMendola is a seasoned litigator with broad experience in providing legal counsel to health care professionals and facilities in litigation and before regulatory boards and agencies, He has successfully represented entities in state and federal courts involving commercial disputes, complex litigation, environmental exposure and toxic torts, enforcement of covenants not to compete, defense of wrongful termination claims and other employment matters. 

Whether representing defendants or plaintiffs, Jonathan’s litigation strategy is grounded in a clear understanding of his client’s goals and objectives, business relationships outside the confines of the lawsuit, and how the litigation might affect the client’s business reputation, staff, and management. By effectively balancing what his client seeks to accomplish with what’s driving the case from the other side, he deals effectively with opposing counsel. 

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Directors & Officers Litigation
Labor & Employment
Legal Malpractice Defense
Medical Malpractice Defense
Premises Liability Defense
Professional Licensure Defense

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D., 1992: Order of Barristers
  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
    • B.A. with Honors in Liberal Arts, 1989
    • Majors: History, Political Science, Russian Area Studies

Admissions

  • Texas, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Experience

Jonathan began his legal career at a plaintiff’s litigation firm, working on complex commercial and product liability cases. He then joined an insurance defense firm and handled a broad range of cases, focusing primarily on medical malpractice claims and trying more than a dozen cases to verdict. He then founded Cobb Martinez Woodward with a group of his colleagues, where he now represents health care professionals and entities, as well as handling environmental and toxic tort claims, and complex litigation.
 

Some of Jonathan’s representative engagements include:
 

  • Obtained a defense verdict for a home health care company in a wrongful death claim. 
  • Successfully defended a community-based non-profit blood bank for more than a decade without ever losing a transfusion-associated disease case, with most claims eliminated by dispositive motion. 
  • Successfully enforced a non-compete covenant and obtained injunctive relief which prevented a former employee from taking the client’s book of business, resulting in the defendant ceasing operations. 
  • Successfully obtained dismissals of wrongful termination and discrimination claims against corporate defendants. 

Awards & Honors

  • Named to the list of Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2004 – 2015, 2019, 2022.
  • Recognized in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition by Thomson Reuters, Civil Litigation: Defense, 2008 – 2010.
  • Honored in the Super Lawyers Business Edition by Thomson Reuters, Civil Litigation: Defense, 2011.

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Appellate, Health, Litigation, Labor and Employment Sections 
  • Dallas Bar Association, Tort, Insurance Practice, Healthcare, Employment Law Sections