John R. Zoesch III
Jack Zoesch is a partner in the firm’s litigation group. He has litigated and served as trial counsel in cases involving complex business disputes, government contracting, breach of contract, intellectual property, business torts (including fraud and breach of fiduciary duty), shareholder disputes, non-competition and non-solicitation, products liability, and medical malpractice. He has authored numerous motions for summary judgment and appellate briefs in both state and federal courts.
Jack serves as manager of the firm’s government contracts practice group. He counsels and advises government contractors throughout northwest Florida and the Southeast. His work in this sector includes such matters as negotiation of teaming agreements and subcontracts, litigation between contractors, disputes with the government, and intellectual property issues. Jack has also defended against federal white collar criminal prosecutions of alleged defense contracting fraud and procurement violations. He frequently speaks and presents to local industry groups on pertinent issues to government contractors.
Jack also maintains an active intellectual property practice. He has litigated a variety of intellectual property claims, including trade secret misappropriation, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, patent infringement, and cybersquatting. He files trademark applications, helps businesses guard their confidential and proprietary information, and assists with the intellectual property aspects of transactions. During law school, Jack published a Comment in the Catholic University Law Review on the relationship between jazz arrangements and copyright law and worked as a summer associate and law clerk at Finnegan, a large intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C.
Jack is AV peer-review rated for high ethical standards and preeminent legal ability in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. For the last eight years he has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5% of lawyers statewide. Jack is also active in the Greater Pensacola community, serving on the executive boards for Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and the First Tee of Northwest Florida
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
- J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) – 2007
- Catholic University Law Review, Note and Comment Editor, 2005 – 2007
- Faculty Merit Scholarship
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- B.A. – 2002
- Major: History
- Minor: Biology
- United States District Court Middle District of Florida
- United States District Court Northern District of Florida
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
- Rising Star, Florida Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2020
- The Best Lawyers in America guide, Commercial Litigation, 2021
- Leadership Pensacola
- Class of 2012
- The First Tee of Northwest Florida
- Chair (2020)
- Secretary (2019)
- Board of Directors (2013–Present)
- Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
- Vice-President (2019–Present)
- Secretary (2016–2019)
- Board of Directors (2014–Present)
- Pensacola Community Music School
- Secretary (2014–present)
- Board of Directors (2013–present)
- American Bar Association, Member, 2004 – Present
- American Intellectual Property Law Association, Member, 2011 – Present
- Escambia County-Santa Rosa Bar Association, Member, 2008 – Present
- Board Member, Florida Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (Escambia-Santa Rosa), Board Member, 2008 – Present
- International Trademark Association (2018-Present)
- National Defense Industrial Association (2017-Present)
- “Discontented Blues”: Jazz Arrangements and the Case for Improvements in Copyright Law, 55 Cath. U. L. Rev. 867, Vol. 55, No. 3 (2006)
- Obtained a defense verdict and final judgment in favor of a government contractor and its principals in litigation arising from a $90 million contract award by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Served as trial counsel in defeating claims for breach of an alleged teaming agreement and fraudulent inducement following a three-week trial, while claims for trade secret misappropriation, breach of fiduciary duty, promissory estoppel, and unjust enrichment were dismissed prior to trial. Drafted all briefs and motions, including motions for summary judgment, appellate briefing, motions in limine, and responses to motions for leave to amend to add claims for punitive damages. Handled fact witness depositions, all document production, expert discovery and depositions, and argued motions. Obtained an award of attorneys’ fees and costs, some of which was recouped through the plaintiff’s post-trial bankruptcy.
- Authored trial and appellate briefs and served as trial counsel defending against claims of cybersquatting, false advertising, and unfair competition, which resulted in a defense verdict and subsequent affirmance on appeal.
- Defended defense contractor in trade secret misappropriation action arising from the submission of competing proposals for the U.S. Air Force’s Joint Terminal Attack Control (JTAC) and Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) program, which resulted in dismissal.
- Served as defense counsel in white collar criminal prosecution regarding defense contracting fraud, maintaining an active security clearance for purposes of representation.
- Represented materials manufacturer in various multi-party lawsuits throughout the State of Florida. Drafted and argued motions for summary judgment and motions in limine, handled depositions of both fact and expert witnesses, and served as trial counsel.
- Co-authored summary judgment and appellate briefs on behalf of major private aircraft manufacturer in products liability suit, which resulted in summary judgment and subsequent affirmance by the Eleventh Circuit.
- Represented co-owner of one of the largest electric generation plants in the United States against multiple personal injury lawsuits alleging contamination of local region, which resulted in dismissal of action.
- Served as counsel for developer of “smart mattress” technology in trade secret misappropriation against national mattress manufacturer.
- Defeated motion for preliminary injunction and obtained summary judgment on behalf of healthcare provider on claims for breach of non-competition agreement and trademark infringement.
- “Teaming Agreements: A Legal Perspective”
- UWF Small Business Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Since 2014)
- PMI (Project Management Institute) Emerald Coast, Florida Chapter Annual Spring Symposium (2014)
- “Hurdles and Pitfalls in Trade Secret Litigation”
- Mississippi Bar Association, Intellectual Property Division (2013)
- “Leveraging Your IP: Litigation”
- Gulf Coast Intellectual Property Association Summer Meeting (2014)
- “Legal 101 for Entrepreneurs: A Conversation on Entity Formation, IP, Contracts, and Taxation” (Co-Presenter)
- Co:Lab Pensacola (2018)
- “Intellectual Property & Contracts”
- Greater Pensacola Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) (2015)
- “Using Non-Compete, Non-Disclosure, and Non-Solicitation Agreements to Protect Your Business”
- UWF Small Business Development Center (2014)