Jon M. Garon has been of counsel with Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell since 2000. His practice areas include copyright and trademark, privacy, cybersecurity and data protection, entertainment law, and related fields. Through his practice at the firm, Professor Garon has worked with banks and health care organizations on privacy regulation; businesses involved with transactions involving regulated data; motion picture producers, publishers, and musicians on all aspects of financial and transactional entertainment issues; start-up businesses on trade secret and employment policies; and employers on operational policies for technology, social media, and related employee policies.
Professor Garon is Director of the Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity, and Technology Law program at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, where he is a tenured full professor teaching Constitutional Law, Contracts, Privacy Law, Entertainment Law, and Intellectual Property Licensing, and a wide range of additional courses. He is a nationally recognized authority on entertainment law, copyright, information privacy, technology regulation, and free speech. He has published over 50 books, book chapters, and academic articles (see below), and he has presented at more than 200 programs.
Professor Garon served as dean for NSU’s Shepard Broad College of Law 2014-2020, providing strategic leadership on programming, curriculum, enrollment management, marketing, and finance. Prior to joining Nova Southeastern University in 2014, Garon was the inaugural director of the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Law + Informatics Institute, serving from 2011-2014. The Law + Informatics Institute works to integrate specialized courses and training on technology and information systems across legal disciplines. He also served as dean and professor of law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota from 2003-2008 and interim dean of the Graduate School of Management in 2005-2006. Before Hamline University, Dean Garon taught Entertainment Law and Copyright at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire (2000-2003) and Western State College of Law in Orange County, California (1993-2000).
A Minnesota native, Professor Garon graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota in 1985 with dual majors in theatre and psychology. He earned his juris doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1988 where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Special Projects Editor, Columbia-VLA Journal of Law & the Arts.
Professor Garon has been actively involved with both the legal profession and legal education. He currently serves as chairperson of the Online and Technology Learning Committee, Southern Association of Law Schools, a member of the Academic Advisory Board, for the Copyright Alliance, and the chairperson of the Digital Media, Gaming and Entertainment Law Subcommittee of the ABA Cyberspace Law Committee for the Business Law Section of the ABA. In addition, he is also a Reaccreditation Site Inspector for American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and Association of American Law Schools, serving as chairperson for the visiting site team on reinspection and an executive board member for Association of American Law Schools, Section on Privacy and Defamation Law.
Professor Garon has also acted, written, and directed for live theater, produced a motion picture, and published his debut novel.
Professor Garon is a member of the New Hampshire, California, and Minnesota bars. He is also admitted to the United State Supreme Court.