Jason Hunter Korn

Director
Bar/Court Admissions
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
Education
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1991
  • B.A., Economics & Management, University of Michigan, 1988

Jason has spent his entire 28 year legal career handling complex civil litigation. He concentrates in business, commercial and construction litigation. Jason has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including transactional disputes, business torts, commercial disputes, construction law and construction litigation, partnership and shareholder disputes, and trust and estate litigation.

Jason’s practice also includes providing advice and counseling to clients on a variety of business related issues, with an emphasis on representing sophisticated businesses and individuals. He has represented public and privately held businesses, partnerships and individuals in numerous types of business related matters. Jason has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Construction Law and Bet-the-Company Litigation. Gulfshore Life Magazine identified Jason earlier in his career as one of twenty “Go-To Lawyers” and “A-List Advocates” for complex litigation in the five counties of Southwest Florida. In 2020, Jason was named the “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Litigation-Construction in the Fort Myers, Florida community (www.bestlawyers.com). Only a single lawyer in each practice area and community is honored with a “Lawyer of the Year” award. In 2020, Jason was also selected for inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Commercial Litigation. Jason was also selected again to the Florida Super Lawyers list (2015-present). Jason is listed as an AV Preeminent® rated attorney, the highest peer review rating standard by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Jason has served as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 20th Judicial Circuit (appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush), President of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association, President of the American Inns of Court, Michael R.N. McDonnell Section, President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association, Chairman of the United Way of Collier County Board of Directors, Chairman of the Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation District Board of Directors (formerly known as Edison State College), and Chairman of the Nominating Committee and the Education Committee of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce.

Jason began his legal career as a litigator in New York City representing large companies and healthcare providers in high-exposure tort claims and product liability claims. Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby in 2003, Jason was a Partner at Cummings & Lockwood in Naples, Florida.

Jason is a Director of the Firm and serves as the Managing Director for its Florida office. Jason is a member of the Firm’s Shareholders’ Council (executive committee of the Firm) and the Conflict of Interest Committee. In addition, he serves as Deputy General Counsel for the Firm as to Florida professional ethics matters. Jason is a member the Litigation, Construction, and Shareholder and Partnership Disputes Practice Groups. He is also Board Certified by The Florida Bar in the area of Construction Law (2010-present), and served as the Firm chair for the Construction, Land Use & Real Estate Litigation Group (2017-2018), and co-chair of the Construction Group (2019-present).

Additional Roles

His past professional service to the local bar includes serving in leadership roles of numerous bar association related entities, including President of the American Inns of Court, Thomas S. Biggs Section (2004), President of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association (2003), and President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Collier County Bar Association (1997). Jason’s service to the legal community has been concentrated in the areas of ethics and professionalism. Indeed, one of his significant contributions to the Circuit bar involved the establishment of a code of professionalism and a peer review program for lawyers practicing in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, and entitled Standards of Professional Courtesy and Conduct for Lawyers Practicing in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

In 1996, the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court directed each Circuit to establish a Professionalism Committee and to coordinate professionalism activities within each respective Circuit. Thereafter, Jason was selected to become intimately involved in that initiative.

In 1998, Chief Judge Hugh Starnes appointed Jason to the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Committee on Professionalism. He thereafter served as Chair of the Subcommittee on Standards of Professionalism and was a principal drafter of the Standards of Professional Courtesy and Conduct for Lawyers Practicing in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, as well as The Peer Review Program of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. Both were adopted in 2000 by Administrative Order of the Circuit. The Standards govern the conduct of all attorneys who practice in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

In 2000, Chief Judge William Blackwell appointed Jason to serve as Chair of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit’s Peer Review Committee. The Committee was established to improve the level of professional performance of lawyers in the Circuit. In doing so, it reviewed attorney conduct and determined whether such conduct was in compliance with the Standards. After completing his service as Chair, Jason remained a member of the Peer Review Committee until 2004.

In 2001, Jason was appointed by Chief Judge William Blackwell to serve a two-year term as the Twentieth Judicial Circuit’s Official Reporter and Liaison to the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

In 2003, Chief Judge Hugh Hayes re-appointed Jason to that role for the Circuit. Also during 2003, Jason was appointed by the Florida Bar to begin serving a three-year term on the Bar’s Grievance Committee for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Collier County Section. He remained on the Committee until 2006.

Continuing with his dedication to the legal profession, from 2008 to 2009, Jason served as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit. In 2006, Florida Governor Jeb Bush appointed Jason to a four-year term on the Commission after he was nominated by the Florida Bar. The Commission’s role includes interviewing and screening judicial applicants when vacancies occur in the Florida courts, and certifying qualified candidates to the Governor for appointment.

In addition to his involvement on a local level in the area of professionalism and ethics, Jason has also served on a state-wide level in that arena. In 1999, Jason was appointed by the Florida Bar to serve a three-year term on the Professional Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee is a standing committee of the Bar in charge of reviewing and publishing formal Florida Bar ethics opinions to guide bar members.

In 2002, Jason was re-appointed to serve a second three-year term on the Ethics Committee. Due to term limits, his involvement concluded in 2005. However, in 2008 The Florida Bar once again appointed Jason to serve another three-year term on the Professional Ethics Committee and reappointed him for a subsequent term through June 2014, concluding his 12th year of service on the Ethics Committee.

In 2012, Jason was appointed by Chief Judge Jay Rosman to serve on the Twentieth Judicial Circuit’s Professionalism Committee as the at-large designee of the Chief Judge. Through that appointment, Jason also serves as a member of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit’s Local Professionalism Panel, re-constituted in 2014. In 2015, Chief Judge Michael McHugh reappointed Jason to serve as the designee of the Chief Judge on the Professionalism Committee.

In 2014, Jason was appointed to serve on The Florida Bar’s statewide Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law, which he served on until 2017. The Committee supervises the Circuit’s unlicensed law committees, which investigate reports of unlicensed practice. The Committee also has the authority to issue proposed formal advisory opinions on whether certain conduct constitutes the unlicensed practice of law. The opinions are filed with the Supreme Court of Florida.

In 2019, the president-elect of The Florida Bar appointed Jason to begin serving a three-year term on the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar.

In 2019, Jason was also selected to serve as legal counsel for the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA), a trade association of members of the conveyor manufacturing industry. Originally organized in 1935, CEMA is composed of conveyor engineering firms and leading manufacturers of conveyors and conveyor systems in the Americas, who design, produce, and install all types of conveying machinery.

  • The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee
    • Committee Member, 1999-2005; 2008-2014; 2019-present
  • The Florida Bar Grievance & Fee Arbitration Program
    • Arbitrator, 2005-present
  • The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Unlicensed Practice of Law
    • Committee Member, 2014-2017
  • The Twentieth Judicial Circuit Committee on Professionalism
    • Chief Judge’s at-large designee, 2012-present
    • Principal Drafter, Standards of Courtesy and Conduct for Lawyers Practicing in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, 2000
    • Chairman, Subcommittee on Professional Standards, 1999
    • Appointed to Committee by Chief Judge Hugh Starnes, 1998
    • Appointed to Committee to serve as Chief Judge’s at-large designee, by Chief Judge Jay Rosman, 2012
    • Reappointed as Chief Judge’s at-large designee, by Chief Judge Michael McHugh, 2015
    • Member, 1998-2003, and 2012-present
  • Local Professionalism Panel for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit (previously known as Peer Review Committee of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit)
    • Chairman, 2001-2003
    • Member, 2001-2005; 2012-present
  • The Collier County Bar Association, 1995-present
    • President, Trial Lawyers Section, 2003-2004
    • President, Young Lawyers Section, 1997-1998
  • American Inns of Court, Michael R.N. McDonnell Section
    • President, 2004-2005
  • Judicial Nominating Commission of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida
    • Chairman, 2008-2009
    • Vice-Chairman, 2007-2008
    • Commissioner, 2006-2010
  • Selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Construction
  • Named the 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America© for Fort Myers Litigation – Construction Law
  • Selected for the 2019 Top Lawyers in Florida, by Naples Illustrated in the areas of Business Litigation and Construction Law
  • Selected for 2019 Best Lawyers in South Florida, as published in The Wall Street Journal
  • Selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Construction
  • Appointed in 2019 to the United Way of Collier County’s Emeritus Council
  • Appointed in 2019 by The Florida Bar to serve on the Professional Ethics Committee, a standing committee of the Bar
  • Selected to the Florida Super Lawyers list, Business Litigation – 2015-2019
  • Selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Construction
  • Selected for the 2017 Top Attorneys in Naples & Fort Myers, as published in Gulfshore Life
  • Selected for The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Construction
  • Named a 2015 Top Rated Lawyer, South Florida’s Legal Leaders, as published in the Miami Herald
  • Appointed in 2012 and again in 2015 to serve as the Chief Judge’s at-large designee on the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee by the Chief Judge of the Circuit
  • Board Certified in 2010 by The Florida Bar in Construction Law
  • Honored in 2009 with the “Men of Distinction” award from the Collier County Education Foundation
  • Appointed in 2008 by the Florida Bar to serve on the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar
  • Elected in 2008 as Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit
  • Recognized in July 2007 by Gulfshore Life Magazine as one of the “Go-To Lawyers” for complex litigation in the five counties of Southwest Florida
  • Appointed in 2006 by Florida Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit
  • Appointed in 2005 by The Florida Bar to serve as an Arbitrator for The Florida Bar Grievance & Fee Arbitration Program
  • Graduate of the Leadership Collier Class of 2005, a leadership program of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
  • Presenter, “Legal Nuts & Bolts – How to Position Your Company to Avoid and Manage Disputes,” Construction Risk Seminar hosted by Collier Building Industry Association and Dane Insurance Group, Naples, November 15, 2018
  • Presenter, “Professionalism in the Florida Courts,” Program with Florida Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis, Fort Myers, December 16, 2016
  • Presenter, “Practicing with Professionalism,” The Florida Bar Continuing Education Committee and The Young Lawyers Division, November 4, 2016
  • Moderator, “Got Civility?” Networking Event, Collier County Women’s Bar Association, Naples, October 27, 2016
  • Presenter, “Professionalism Expectations for the Florida Lawyer,” Annual Professionalism Seminar, Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel for the Second District Court of Appeal, Bradenton, November 20, 2015
  • Legal Nuts & Bolts – Practical Tips for Every Construction Company, Seminar for The Lykes Insurance Learning Series, ExcellerationTM, Fort Myers, November 5, 2015
  • How to Position Your Company to Avoid, Manage and Resolve Construction Disputes (Pitfalls and Procedures), Seminar for Lykes Insurance Learning Series, Fort Myers, March 20, 2014
  • Ethical Considerations for the Florida Lawyer – Pitfalls and Procedures, Seminar for the Collier County Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Naples, November 15, 2013
  • “Lessons for the Litigator: Ethical Pitfalls and Procedures,” Collier County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, Naples, June 4, 2013
  • “Construction Contracts and Lien Law (Timing is Everything) – How to Position Your Company to Avoid Manage and Resolve Construction Disputes,” Seminar for Lykes Insurance Learning Series, Fort Myers, January 6, 2010
  • “Practical and Ethical Considerations Facing the Florida Lawyer,” Collier County Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Naples, September 25, 2009
  • Wage Wars: How Employers Can Avoid Wage & Hour Lawsuits Seminar; presented by Cohen & Grigsby, Bonita Springs, September 30, 2008
  • Employer’s Survival Guide Roundtable: Complying with FLSA, FMLA & I-9s Seminar; presented by Cohen & Grigsby, Fort Myers, August 27, 2008
  • Pitfalls of the Practice – A Sampling of Practical and Ethical Considerations Facing the Trial Lawyer, Collier County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section, Naples, May 6, 2008
  • “Social Media, Trust Accounts and Signatures,” Collier County Bar Associations’ Adverse Witness, Ethics Korner, July 2014
  • “Ethical Considerations in Technology”, Collier County Bar Association’s Adverse Witness, Ethics Korner, December 2013
  • “Ethical Considerations in a Technology World: Electronic Storage, Metadata and Storage Media,” Lee County Bar Association’s Res Gestae, November 2013
  • “Cloud Computing, Real Estate Transaction Funds and More,” Collier County Bar Association’s Adverse Witness, Ethics Korner, October 2013
  • “Access Credentials, Gifts to Lawyers and More Pleas,” Collier County Bar Association’s Adverse Witness, Ethics Korner, January 2013
  • “Ethics Update: Access Credentials, Gifts to Lawyers and More Pleas,” Lee County Bar Association’s Res Gestae, Ethics Korner, January 2013
  • “Ethics Update,” Lee County Bar Association’s Res Gestae, Ethics Korner, April 2012
  • “Professional Ethics Committee Available for Bar Members,” Collier County Bar Association’s Adverse Witness, Ethics Korner, March 2012
  • “The Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee,” Collier County Bar Association’s Adverse Witness, Ethics Korner, November 2011

    In 2009, the Collier County Education Foundation honored Jason with its annual “Men of Distinction” award, “recognizing men who have distinguished themselves through extensive charitable community service in Collier County, men whose fervent passion for helping others made, and continues to make, the community a better place.”

    Jason has served in numerous leadership roles in various civic, charitable and business organizations. His roles have included the following:

    • Gulfshore Playhouse
      • Chairman, Governance Committee, 2019-present
      • Board of Directors, 2009-present
      • Advisory Board, 2008-2009
      • Leadership Council, 2007
    • United Way of Collier County
      • Emeritus Council, 2019-present
      • Chairman, Board of Directors, 2009
      • President/Chairman-Elect, 2008
      • Vice-President, 2006-2007
      • Chair, Agency Relations Committee, 2006-2007
      • Endowment Committee, 2008
      • Administration Committee, 2008
      • Liaison to the Naples Equestrian Challenge, 2004-2008
      • Board of Directors, 2003-2010
    • Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
      • Chairman, Nominating Committee, 2016-present
      • Vice-Chair, Officer, 2016-present
      • Board of Directors, 2009-present
      • Investor Relations and Development Task Force, 2017
      • Chairman, Education Committee, 2011
      • Vice-Chair, Public Policy Committee, 2010
    • Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance
      • Nominating Committee, 2016-present
      • Investor and Communications Subcommittee, 2017
      • Chairman, Investor Advisory Committee, 2014-2016
      • Board of Directors, 2015-present
    • Florida SouthWestern State College (previously known as Edison State College)
      • Chairman, District Board of Directors, 2011
      • Vice-Chair, District Board of Directors, 2007-2011
      • Chair, Collier County Campus Board, 2006-2010
      • Executive Committee, 2007-2011
      • Board of Directors, 2004-2011