Johnathan A. Mondel

Associate

John Mondel focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation disputes in both federal and state court. Most recently he was a member of the team that secured a $158 million judgment for Vitol against Targa after a 19-day state court bench trial via Zoom, believed to be the longest Zoom trial to date in Texas.  During trial, John took primary responsibility for responding to emergency mandamus petitions and drafting a number of bench briefs.  John has also drafted dispositive motions and appellate briefs filed in district courts, intermediate appellate courts, and the United States Supreme Court.  John is currently working on a mineral royalties case in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and an oil and gas dispute in West Texas.

Mr. Mondel received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the College of William & Mary in 2013 and his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2016. While in law school, he served on the Executive Board of the Stanford Law Review and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. He was awarded the Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in both Legal Research and Writing and White Collar Crime. Mr. Mondel also did significant clinical work in the Religious Liberty Clinic, where he helped clients secure their rights in both administrative proceedings and in court. 

After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Robert B. Kugler on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in 2016-2017 and for the Honorable Edith H. Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2017-2018. He practiced in Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP's Washington D.C. office before joining SKV in 2020.

Outside of the law, Mr. Mondel is an avid trap shooter, a mediocre golfer, and enjoys showing his two cats at shows hosted by The International Cat Association around the State of Texas.

 

Admissions:
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of New York
District of Columbia Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

 Publications:

  • Mentally Awake, Morally Straight, and Unfit to Sit?: Judicial Ethics, the First Amendment, and the Boy Scouts of America, 68 Stan. L. Rev. 865 (2016)

The College of William & Mary
B.A., summa cum laude, 2013
Government and Public Policy

Stanford Law School
J.D., 2016
Senior Finance Editor, Stanford Law Review
Editor-in-Chief, Stanford Law & Policy Review
Bradley Fellow, Stanford Constitutional Law Center
President, Stanford Federalist Society

Law Clerk
to the Hon. Robert B. Kugler
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
2016-2017

Law Clerk
to the Hon. Edith Hollan Jones
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 
2017-2018

Associate
Sullivan & Cromwell, L.L.P.
2018-2019

Associate
Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
2020-Present