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J. Wiley Horton

Wiley Horton’s practice focuses on patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, and trial work and is the largest intellectual property practice in northern Florida and southern Georgia. Wiley sits on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, Northern District. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and he has received pro hac vice admission to numerous other federal courts throughout the United States. 

Prior to entering the legal profession, Wiley served as an intelligence analyst in the defense sector. Previously, he worked as a guidance and control engineer on the U.S. Air Force’s Advanced Launch System where he created guidance and control systems for air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles. He also worked as a mechanical design engineer performing contract work for Motorola, Caterpillar, NCR, American Crane, and Siemens.

Wiley has an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, which represents the highest level of professional excellence for ethical standards and legal ability and has been named Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine. Wiley has also been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell as a Top Rated Lawyer for his work in Intellectual Property.

Wiley received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama, magna cum laude and his Juris Doctorate from The Florida State University College of Law, with honors.

Wiley is currently a Commissioner of the Florida Commission on Ethics and a member of the American Inns of Court. Wiley is the former Chairman of the Florida Aerospace Finance Corporation, a former Commissioner of the Florida Education Standards Commission, a former member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a former member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Wiley is married and has a daughter and two sons. He sits on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. He is also a skilled machinist and welder. He enjoys restoring antique firearms and building mechanical prototypes. Wiley is also an instrument-rated private pilot.