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Jon S. Dawson

Jon Dawson grew up in Anchorage and has practiced with Davis Wright Tremaine since 1983. He has extensive expertise in commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property matters, real estate transactions, and commercial and general civil litigation. Jon also serves as general counsel for a number of companies in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

Jon is ranked by Chambers USA as one of the best M&A/commercial, real estate, and litigation attorneys in Alaska, and by Best Lawyers in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, litigation, banking & finance litigation, and real estate. Martindale-Hubbell rates him as preeminent (AV) in commercial law, intellectual property, and litigation.

Commercial/Mergers & Acquisitions/IP Transactions
Jon’s commercial/mergers and acquisitions experience includes negotiating and documenting major business acquisitions and asset purchase agreements, manufacturing and distribution agreements, and a wide variety of commercial contracts. His clients include manufacturers and distributors, fuel companies, professional corporations, Alaska Native corporations, and health care entities.

His IP experience includes trademark, trade secret and copyright agreements, as well as major software licensing and distribution contracts. He represents a wide range of clients regarding their business IP. He is the co-chair of the IP Section of the Alaska Bar Association. He also frequently lectures on intellectual property issues.

Specific examples of Jon’s representative experience in commercial, MA and IP matters can be found here.

Real Estate
Jon’s real estate background ranges from commercial lease negotiations to building acquisitions to purchase/leaseback arrangements.

Specific examples of Jon’s representative experience in real estate matters can be found here.

With more than 33 years of litigation experience, Jon Dawson’s expertise includes complex, multi-party litigation involving major commercial disputes, large, secured transactions, IP disputes, and media matters. His litigation clients include manufacturers, national banks, bulk fuel distributors, and television networks.

Specific examples of Jon’s representative experience in litigation matters can be found here.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Co-chair, Intellectual Property and E-Commerce Section, 2008; Chair, 2005-2007 – Alaska Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Lay Leader, St. John United Methodist Church

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Business Lawyers" by Chambers USA in Corporate/M&A (Alaska), 2003-2017; Litigation: General Commercial (Alaska), 2012-2018; Real Estate (Alaska), 2010-2018; Received "Band 1" ranking in Corporate/M&A (Alaska), 2012-2018
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Anchorage's "Lawyer of the Year" in Real Estate Litigation, 2018
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, and Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2008-present; named in Intellectual Property Law, 2010-present; named in Copyright Law, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions, and Litigation - Real Estate, by Best Lawyers, 2012
  • Selected to "Alaska Super Lawyers" in Business/Corporate, Business Litigation, and Mergers & Acquisitions; Thomson Reuters; 2009-2018
  • Selected to "Top 10 Alaska Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2014-2015, 2017-2018
  • Listed in IP Stars, Managing Intellectual Property, 2014-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
"He is a really good lawyer: he's smart, has good credentials and does a good job." -Client Quote, Chambers USA 2018