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Jonathan D. Stokes Associate

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Jonathan D. Stokes advises businesses, boards and non-profit institutions, public bodies, and individuals with an emphasis on facilitating problem-free business practices and avoiding, and if need be, resolving legal disputes.  Jonathan practices primarily in the areas of general business law, commercial litigation, and state and local sales and use taxation.  He also practices in the field of education law.  Prior to attending law school, he worked as a high school teacher for six years.  Jonathan began his legal career practicing in Kansas where he worked in commercial and complex litigation.

Jonathan received his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Washburn University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Washburn Law Journal and served as an extern for the Honorable Judge Sam A. Crow of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas.

Representative Matters
  • Successful defense of student in violation of school district’s hair length policy, resulting in change of district’s policy and promotion of student to next grade level despite suspension.
  • Drafted and argued motion to dismiss, resulting in dismissal with prejudice of claims of disgruntled shareholders against corporation and its officers and directors.
  • Obtained a judgment for rescission of sale of a business on the basis of fraud via motion for summary judgment.
  • Assisted in obtaining the dismissal of breach of contract claims on a commercial note.
  • Assisted in obtaining a dismissal of dissenters' rights claims against corporate officers and directors and securing the judgment's affirmation on appeal.
  • Obtained favorable settlement agreement for student with disabilities, including payment of attorney fees with claim against school district for failure to provide required services.
  • Assisted in the resolution by favorable settlement gift tax litigation with IRS over proper valuation of gifts of interests in substantial family LLC.
  • Handles numerous matters in litigation and other dispute resolution, including student privacy issues, teacher employment concerns, contract disputes, compliance with government regulations, internal business disputes, and insurance defense.
  • Navigates cases through every phase of litigation from the initial pleading stage, through discovery and trial preparation, and finally through appellate practice.
  • Advises individuals and businesses on various commercial transactions, including the formation, operation, sale, purchase, and reorganization of commercial businesses, and the drafting and negotiating of contracts.

 

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Recognitions
  • 2009 GNIP/GNOP Excellence in Legal Writing Award for Best Comment
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Secretary, Young Lawyers Council, Alexandria Bar Association
  • Commissioner, Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission
  • Board Member, Bolton Alumni Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Board of Advisors, Salvation Army (2013 - 2014)
Past Experience
  • Foulston Siefkin, LLP (attorney)
  • Water District No. 1 of Johnson County, Kansas (legal department)
  • Bolton High School (teacher)
  • Catholic High School (teacher)
  • State of Louisiana, Department of Probation and Parole
  • Louisiana College (admissions counselor)

Education

  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010
  • Louisiana College, B.A., 1998

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Louisiana
  • Supreme Court of Kansas
  • United States District Courts
    • Western District of Louisiana
    • Middle District of Louisiana
    • Eastern District of Louisiana
    • District of Kansas
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Fifth Circuit
    • Tenth Circuit