Jon Garon bio

Jon M. Garon


Dean and Professor of Law

Office of the Dean



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  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1988

Jon M. Garon is dean of Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Dean Garon serves as chief academic officer for the law school, providing strategic leadership on programming, curriculum, enrollment management, marketing, and finance. He is a nationally recognized authority on technology law and intellectual property, particularly copyright law, entertainment and information privacy. A Minnesota native, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and his juris doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1988.

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 from 2011-2014. The Law + Informatics Institute serves to integrate the specialized programming on technology and information systems as they apply across legal disciplines. A tenured member of the law faculty, Garon taught Information Privacy Law, Cyberspace Law, Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, and related courses.

Garon served as dean and professor of law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He was professor of law from 2003 to 2011, dean of the Law School from 2003 to 2008 and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Management from 2005 to 2006. Before Hamline, Garon taught Entertainment Law and Copyright at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire and Western State University College of Law in Orange County, California.

Among his numerous accomplishments, Garon has held key leadership positions as past chair of both the American Bar Association’s Law School Administration Committee and the Association of American Law Schools Section on Part-Time Legal Education. His teaching and scholarship often focus on business innovation and structural change to media, education and content-based industries. He is the author of three books and numerous book chapters and articles, including The Independent Filmmaker’s Law & Business Guide to Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent and Digital Films (A Cappella Books, 2d Ed. 2009); Own It – The Law & Business Guide to Launching a New Business Through Innovation, Exclusivity and Relevance (Carolina Academic Press 2007); and Entertainment Law & Practice (2d Ed. 2014 Carolina Academic Press). Additionally, he has presented at more than 60 forums across the U.S.

Areas of Interest

  • Art Law
  • Bar Passage
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Copyright Law
  • Defamation
  • Entertainment Law
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Privacy Law
  • Theater Law
  • Trademark Law