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Jon Stage / Partner

TEL: 561.810.1600








“A very smart and seasoned trial lawyer." 

- Chambers USA 2016

Jon stage is a Shareholder in the Commercial Litigation and Labor and Employment Departments. Jon has litigated and tried a wide variety of commercial litigation claims arising under contract, by statute or in tort. Jon has also litigated a wide variety of employment law claims arising under various aspects of Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Florida Civil Rights Act. Jon has also litigated and tried cases alleging discrimination in public accommodations and has also counseled clients regarding workplace safety matters. Jon has also handled numerous matters for individual and management clients seeking to enforce or avoid enforcement of covenants not to compete.

Representative Experience

  • AutoNation v. McMann, Case No. 0:17-cv-62250-WJC (S.D. Fla. February 22, 2018) (non-compete)

  • AutoNation v. Peters, Case No. 0:16-cv-60010-JIC (S.D. Fla. April 29, 2016) (non-compete)

  • AutoNation v. Bellavia, Case No. 0:15-cv-61589-KMW (S.D. Fla. December 2015) (non-compete)

  • AutoNation v. Dudoit, Case No. 0:15-cv-61967-CMA (S.D. Fla. December 2015) (non-compete)

  • George v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Case No. 6:12-cv-00845-CEH (M.D. Fla. October 2014) (disability discrimination)

  • Charlton v. Republic Services of Florida, L.P., 2010 WL 2232677 (S.D. Fla. 2010) (whistleblower; retaliation)

  • Norelus v. Denny’s, Inc., 628 F.3d 1270 (11th Cir. 2010), cert. denied Amlong & Amlong, P.A. v. Denny’s, Inc., 133 S.Ct. 104 (U.S. 2012), (upholding sanctions against plaintiff and plaintiff’s counsel in sexual harassment case)

  • Llerena v. AutoNation, Case No. 09-17177 (25) (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2009), affirmed, Case No. 4D09-2383 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010) (non-compete)

  • 4UOrtho, LLC v. Practice Partners, Inc., 18 So. 3d 41 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009) (non-compete)

  • AutoNation, Inc. v. Armijo, 944 So. 2d 533 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007) (non-compete)

  • Hatfield v. AutoNation, 939 So. 2d 155 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006) (affirming temporary injunction based upon theft of trade secrets)

  • Malcolm v. AIGVALIC, Case No. 1:05-cv-22176-UU (S.D. Fla. October 2006) (race discrimination)

  • Hatfield v. AutoNation, 915 So. 2d 1236 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005) rev. denied 940 So. 2d 1124 (Fla. 2006) (personal jurisdiction)

  • AutoNation v. Maki, 2004 WL1925479 (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2004), aff'd, 895 So. 2d 453 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005) (non-compete)

  • AutoNation v. O’Brien, 347 F. Supp. 2d 1299 (S.D. Fla. 2004) (non-compete)

  • AutoNation v. Whitlock, 276 F. Supp. 2d 1258 (S.D. Fla. 2003) (personal jurisdiction)

  • AutoNation v. Hankins, 2003 WL 22852206 (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2003) (non-compete)

  • Aksoy v. Maroone Chevrolet, LLC, Case No. 0:01-cv-07371-DTKH (S.D. Fla. October 2002) (race discrimination)

  • Zink v. Holiday Diver, Inc. 4:99-cv-10080-NCR (S.D. Fla. 2001) (age discrimination)

  • Kaufman v. AutoNation, Inc., 2000 WL 35722358 (S.D. Fla. 2000) (Americans with Disability Act; age discrimination)

  • Smith v. AutoNation, Inc., 2000 WL 35749356 (S.D. Fla. 2000) (age discrimination)

  • LaRoche v. Denny’s, Inc., 62 F. Supp. 2d 1366 (S.D. Fla. 1999) (public accommodations discrimination)

  • Givens v. Denny’s, Inc., Case No. 0:96-cv-07443-WDF (S.D. Fla. June 1998) (sexual harassment) 

  • Goree v. Denny’s, Inc., Case No. 1:97-cv-02396-JAL (S.D. Fla. May 1998) (race discrimination)

  • John v. Trane Co., Div. of American-Standard, Inc., 1994 WL 714040 (S.D. Fla. 1994) (retaliation)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), South Florida Chapter, Board Member


  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business: Ranked in Labor & Employment Law, 2005-2016

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2017

  • Florida Super Lawyers, selected for inclusion, 2006-2016

  • Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite, selected for inclusion, 2006

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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