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Jason is an experienced litigator representing clients in class and collective actions, discrimination, and trade secret and restrictive covenant matters. Jason works with clients to develop courtroom and arbitration strategies tailored to their legal goals.

Jason is a trusted advisor who counsels clients from startups to Fortune 100 companies on COVID-19 workplace safety, diversity and inclusion, and preventive compliance with anti-discrimination laws. Jason has wide-ranging experience counseling clients across multiple industries – including retail, financial services, technology, and life sciences – on workplace policies, wage and hour issues, and drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants. Jason’s practice also includes managing and advising on employment-related aspects of acquisitions, investments, and other transactions.


  • Trade secrets and restrictive covenant counseling and litigation
  • Class and collective action employment litigation
  • Advising on employment aspects of corporate and investment transactions



  • Represented GTCR in connection with its acquisition of Foundation Source, the nation’s largest provider of foundation management services.
  • Represented Watchtower Capital Partners in connection with its acquisitions of SPS Mechanical and JF Plumbing & Heating.
  • Represented Marquee Brands, LLC, an affiliate of Neuberger Berman, in connection with its acquisition of a majority ownership in America’s Test Kitchen (“ATK”) and its associated brands, including Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country. ATK is a food and culinary media business, which leverages its industry-leading testing process for recipes and kitchen equipment to produce top class recipes and unbiased product reviews. ATK and its diverse portfolio of brands has an expansive audience across various media platforms.
  • Represented Carrick Capital Partners in connection with its Series B Investment in Bishop Fox. Bishop Fox provides offensive security solutions ranging from continuous penetration testing, red teaming, and attack surface management to product, cloud and application security assessments.
  • Represented Blue Wolf Capital Partners, LLC and GCM Grosvenor, as joint sponsors, in connection with their acquisition of Hallcon Corporation from Canadian private equity firm Novacap. Hallcon is the leading North American provider of mission-critical transportation services and infrastructure for a broad range of customers including railroads, universities, airports, hospitals and health care systems, public transit, technology and industrial companies, and other large employers seeking custom transportation solutions.
  • Represented Crestview Partners in connection with the acquisition of Emerald EMS, an electronics manufacturing services provider specializing in high-mix, low-volume engineering, design, prototyping, testing, assembly and lifecycle support services for blue-chip original equipment manufacturers across a range of end markets.
  • Won dismissal of trade secret claims in federal court action filed by former consultant against financial services company.°
  • Won dismissal of all claims at the trial court and before the Second Circuit in putative wage and hour class action against online grocer.°
  • First-chaired complete arbitration win for client in a dispute over control of a private equity fund. Following a full merits hearing, the arbitrator awarded damages to client for defamation and breach of contract and dismissed all counterclaims .°
  • Obtained complete summary judgment win for financial services client in action by former senior employee alleging claims of retaliation and discrimination under the Family Medical Leave Act and state and local law. The Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal.°
  • Represented global telecommunications company in high-stakes commercial litigation alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of NDA relating to wireless data transfer technology. Court granted summary judgment to client on all claims.°
  • Represented private equity fund in purchase of majority stake in leading operator of U.S. fitness clubs.°
  • Advised multiple private equity portfolio companies on response to COVID-19.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Burns prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Intellectual Property > Trade Secrets (Litigation and Non-Contentious Matters), 2022
    • "Recommended Lawyer," 2022
    • "Other Key Lawyer," 2022
  • Noble & Greenough School Graduates Council


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • A.B., Cornell University
  • New York