Jonathan has over 35 years of experience in complex civil litigation throughout California. His practice has focused on construction defect, personal injury, and toxic torts including mold exposure and Legionnaires Disease.
In the construction arena, he has represented subcontractors, general contractors and materials suppliers in a broad range of multi-family, single family and high-end custom home construction cases as well as subcontractors and general contractors involved with commercial construction projects. He has extensive experience in cases involving various types of siding products, building cladding systems, windows and doors, roofing systems, sheet metal, concrete, ceramic tile and paving systems, swimming pools and cases involving geotechnical issues such as land subsidence, soil-driven building foundation distress or failure, landslides and issues of expansive soils.
In the casualty arena, he has defended clients including property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and a playground equipment supplier and installer against various types of bodily injury claims. He also has experience in defending claims of illness due to alleged exposure to environmental pathogens.
In all litigation matters, Jonathan believes that a collaborative effort with clients and a focus on gathering essential information from both clients and opposing counsel as soon as possible, exploring the potential for early, creative solutions, and resisting formulaic and reactive strategies are essential to favorable results in all of his cases.
Jonathan has also served as a mediator and Special Master in construction defect litigation and has served as a volunteer mediator for Contra Costa County’s trial reduction program.
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating
Northern California Super Lawyers, eight consecutive years (2004 -2011)
Ithaca College, B.A. 1976
Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D. 1983
State Bar of California, 1983
U.S. District Court, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada since 1984. President of the Association in 2007.
Past-President California Defense Counsel, 2012.
Claims Litigation Management Alliance
Contra Costa County Bar Association