Jonathan Muenkel

Shareholder Jonathan Muenkel
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Jonathan is Co-Founder of TPLG, and has been practicing law for over 15 years with an emphasis on Intellectual Property Law and Litigation.  He has extensive experience representing small and large clients from a broad range of industries, and on a variety of IP and non-IP matters.  Jonathan has been recognized as a San Diego Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and awarded Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal.  Prior to founding TPLG, Jonathan worked in New York City and London for several international law firms.  Jonathan has also worked in-house for a global life sciences company, and an electronics start-up focused on developing next generation computer memory chip technology utilizing carbon nanotubes.


Jonathan has extensive experience working with clients in nearly all facets of IP procurement, enforcement and licensing, and has specific experience with the following:

  • IP portfolio strategy, development and registrations (Patent, Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secret) (U.S. and Foreign)
  • Pre-litigation strategy and avoidance
  • IP enforcement (including infringement analysis and anti-counterfeiting measures)
  • Full blown IP litigation (including trial and appeal)
  • IP due diligence
  • Drafting, negotiating and counseling on a range of IP agreements and transactions.

Jonathan also has experience counseling clients on non-IP matters, including general commercial transactions, and helping clients identify and manage legal issues relating to their businesses.  Put simply, Jonathan helps his clients identify, and navigate around, the “legal landmines” before they become a real problem.

Jonathan’s clients come from a broad range of industries: from pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices, to electrical and mechanical products and software.  Jonathan also currently works with a number of clients in the Sports and Active Lifestyle/Action Sports industry, helping to ensure their brands and products are protected.  Jonathan has also had the unique opportunity to work both in private practice and in-house.  As such, Jonathan understands the legal needs, and expectations, of in-house counsel when working with outside counsel.

When not practicing law, Jonathan enjoys traveling, staying healthy and active, and has a particular interest in triathlons.  Jonathan also has a love for dogs (particularly his Blue Heeler mix, Maddie), and has spent time volunteering with local animal shelters, and for six years with a program in New York City that raises service dogs for wounded war veterans.


  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D. – 1999, Cum Laude
  • Cambridge University (Emmanuel College) – Summer 1997
  • Miami University (Ohio), B.A. Political Science – 1995


  • Best of the Bar (2015 – San Diego Business Journal)
  • San Diego Top Attorney (2015 – San Diego Daily Transcript)
  • Order of Barristers Recipient for Outstanding Oral Advocacy (1999 – University of Richmond School of Law)
  • Winner – Moot Court Competition (1997 – University of Richmond School of Law)
  • Winner – Client Counseling and Negotiation Competition (1996 – University of Richmond School of Law)

Outside Activities

  • The Hon. J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court (Member) (2015 – Present)
  • American Bar Association IP Section (Chair of Litigation and ADR Division) (2015 – Present)
  • Southern District of California Pro Bono Panel (Volunteer Lawyer) (2014 – Present)
  • Casa Cornelia Immigration Law Center (Volunteer Lawyer) (2014 – Present)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Litigation Committee (Publications Chair) (2013 – 2014)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, IP Committee (What's Hot – Patents) (2013 – 2014)
  • American Bar Association IP Section (Chair of Patent Litigation Committee) (2011 – 2013)
  • Puppies Behind Bars (Service Dog Training Program Volunteer) (2006 – 2012)


Jonathan is licensed to practice law, and admitted, in the following jurisdictions:

  • California
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Publications & Presentations

Please click here for a listing of Jonathan's publications and presentations.