Jafon Fearson

“I like to approach every issue with thoroughness and attention to detail while considering and weighing the legal and practical implications to every potential solution.”

Jafon Fearson leverages prosecution and litigation experience across the IP spectrum to craft forward-focused solutions that are practical and client-specific.

Whether drafting pleadings before the federal district courts, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, or responding to office actions before the Patent Office, Jafon brings an eagerness and personal commitment to achieving the best possible result with the reality of the client’s business in mind. With efficiency and attention to detail, Jafon’s litigation practice has included performing pre-litigation due diligence, drafting and responding to pleadings, motions, and discovery requests, performing and managing document review and production, and preparing and taking depositions. In his prosecution practice, Jafon has prepared and prosecuted patent and trademark applications, with patent prosecution experience in the medical device, semiconductor, optics, and automotive arts. Jafon has further conducted patentability evaluations, assisted in the analysis and drafting of patentability opinions, and counseled clients concerning corporate intellectual property policy and strategy.

In addition to a focus on client service, Jafon has a strong commitment to mentoring and promoting diversity in the legal profession, which in part is demonstrated through Jafon’s role as a student mentor and member of the Associate’s Board for Legal Prep Charter Academy. Legal Prep is a free, open enrollment, legal-themed Chicago public charter school attended by mostly minority students, and through Legal Prep’s mentoring program, Jafon assists the students in exploring legal themes and proceedings such as mock trial to develop communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and advocacy skills.

  • J.D.,
    University of Missouri, 2015
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering,
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2012
Bar Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Cir.
  • U.S. Dist. Court, N.D. Illinois
Experience | Civic Activities
  • Douglass High School, Mock Trial Demonstrator, Mentor
  • Legal Prep Academy, Mentor and Mock Trial Coach
Experience | Clerkships & Internships

Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, MO
Summer Intern, 2013

University of Alabama Department of Biomedical Engineering, AL
May 2012

  • "PTAB and the District Courts," Brinks Webinar, May 18, 2017
Press Releases & Events
August 20, 2020

CHICAGO—Seven attorneys at Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the United States, have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021. This is the thirtieth consecutive year that the publication has recognized attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione.

January 22, 2018

CHICAGO—Attorney Jafon Fearson of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation's largest intellectual property law firms, has been named an Associate Board Member for Chicago-based Legal Prep Charter Academy, a free, open-enrollment public high school founded in 2012 in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago...

May 18, 2017

CHICAGO—Gary M. Ropski, Miyoung Shin, Jafon Fearson, and Sen (Alex) Wang, attorneys in the post-grant patent practice group at intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione, will present the webinar “PTAB and the District Courts” at 12:00 p.m. CDT on May 18, 2017...

May 18, 2017

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, Gary Ropski, Miyoung Shin, Jafon Fearson, and Alex Wang will present the webinar, PTAB and the District Courts...

September 25, 2015
CHICAGO—Four attorneys have joined intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione as associates this month, as the firm continues to add talent, maintaining its position as one of the nation’s largest IP boutiques. Attorneys ...
  • The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch - Intellectual Property Law, 2021
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Richard Linn American Inn of Court
  • Legal Prep Academy, Associate Board Member, 2017-Present
  • Journal of Environmental & Sustainability Law, Board Member, 2014-2015
  • Black Law Students Association, Academic Chair, 2014-2015
  • Association of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law, President, 2013-2015