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Jonathan L. Crook

KM Attorney

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Jonathan L. Crook


Jonathan L. Crook is the knowledge management (“KM”) attorney for Jackson Lewis P.C.’s Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition practice group.

When it comes to protecting clients’ trade secrets, confidential information, goodwill, and key relationships, Jonathan is a firm believer in the old maxim, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Jonathan collaborates with practice group members around the country to craft agreements custom-made for each client, whether applicable to one state or all 50 states. Jonathan monitors case law and legislation at the state and federal levels to keep the practice group up-to-speed on material developments in the ever-evolving area of restrictive covenant law.

As a former litigator, Jonathan has prosecuted and defended against claims for restrictive covenant breach, trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, and unfair competition, often involving requests for emergency injunctive relief. With this background, Jonathan serves as a resource for clients seeking to investigate potential wrongdoing through forensic analysis, remove sensitive material from the devices or accounts of departing employees, and file for protective relief in court, if necessary.

Jonathan also works closely with practice group leadership to refine best practices and explore innovative ways to protect clients’ business interests. Jonathan develops internal resources that increase efficiency on multi-state projects and contributes to the firm’s thought leadership in blogs and legal updates.

Jonathan began his career serving as law clerk to Judge Robert C. Hunter and Judge Lucy N. Inman at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. During law school, he served as editor on the Elon Law Review and won the Presidential Scholarship Award. Jonathan graduated with a double major in Journalism and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

In his free time, Jonathan enjoys cooking, reading fantasy literature, fishing, and exploring the mountains and beaches of North Carolina.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Ones to Watch: Labor and Employment Law - Management" (2021-present)
  • Super Lawyers®, "Rising Stars" (2019-2021)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section, 2017-2019
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Rules Committee, 2017-2019
  • Wake County Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • YMCA Youth & Government, Volunteer

Published Works

  • "Restrictive Covenants in North Carolina," North Carolina Bar Association 2020 Fundamentals of Employment Law CLE Manuscript (February 2020) [Co-Author]


  • "Are We There Yet? Fall 2020 COVID-19 Legal Update," Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association Annual Seminar (Raleigh, NC, October 2020) [panelist]
  • "Restrictive Covenants," North Carolina Bar Association 2020 Fundamentals of Employment Law CLE (Cary, NC, February 2020) [presenter]