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Jay A. Yurkiw

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  • 41 South High Street
    Suite 2900
    Columbus, OH 43215

Contact Information

Jay focuses his practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation. He has represented clients in cases involving business contracts, class actions, constitutional claims, copyrights, covenants not to compete, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, unfair competition, and the Uniform Commercial Code.

Jay is the chair of the firm's E-Discovery Practice Group and regularly advises clients on the management and discovery of electronically stored information. He is a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production and regularly speaks and writes about e-discovery issues. Jay is also a regular contributor to the Technology Law Source blog.

Jay clerked for United States Magistrate Judge Mark R. Abel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio before joining the firm.

Representative Matters

Trade Secrets and Covenants Not to Compete 

  • Represented equity research firm in obtaining injunctive relief in state court and NASD (now FINRA) proceedings against a group of former employees who had formed a competing firm
  • Defended national bank in trade secret action in federal court 
  • Defended national bank and its employees in non-solicitation and trade secret action 
  • Represented wireless telephone retailer in covenant not to compete action against former sales representatives and managers
  • Defended survival equipment provider in covenant not to compete action brought in federal court
  • Obtained temporary restraining order against former employee requiring the return of all company information after he threatened to publicly disclose trade secret and confidential information
  • Represented scholastic memorabilia manufacturer in dissolving ex parte temporary restraining order and enforcing covenant not to compete against former sales representative

Intellectual Property Disputes

  • Defended and obtained summary judgment for manufacturer of figurines and collectibles in copyright ownership action
  • Represented Internet search engine company in trademark infringement action involving keyword advertising
  • Represented trademark owner in counterfeiting action that resulted in permanent injunction and money judgment
  • Represented trucking software companies in multi-district patent infringement litigation
  • Represented business broker in dispute with former business partner over intellectual property ownership rights 

Other Business Disputes

  • Obtained contempt ruling and permanent injunction on behalf of national bank in federal court against individuals attempting to use fraudulent companies to convert $18 million in assets
  • Obtained dismissal of punitive class action against national telemarketing company in federal court
  • Defended global insurance company in action involving an alleged joint venture to sell title insurance
  • Argued and won Sixth Circuit appeal involving claims arising from biomedical research study after obtaining summary judgment in the district court


  • Tried and won AAA arbitration on behalf of international consumer electronic company in multi-million dollar contract dispute with supplier
  • Tried and won AAA arbitration on behalf of automotive component supplier in contract dispute with sub-supplier
  • Represented automotive component supplier in multi-million dollar contract dispute before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution
  • Represented investors in proceedings before the NASD (now FINRA) as a result of a broker's misappropriation of investment funds after obtaining injunctive relief in federal court
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