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JONATHAN J. DUNN is a partner at Salamirad, Morrow, Timpane & Dunn LLP, in Irvine, California.  Jonathan focuses his practice in construction litigation, government contracts, creditor's rights and remedies, including bankruptcy and work-outs, and transactions in construction matters.  Prior to forming SMTD, Jonathan was lead group partner at Sedgwick LLP's Irvine office, and previously an in-house attorney with two national bonding companies and handled construction defaults in the Western United States, as well as being active in his family’s construction business.  Jonathan is a a member of the ABA’s Forum on Construction Law and Public Contract Law sections, a prior Vice Chair, Subcommittee of the Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, as well as other construction and surety associations and legal bar organizations, including the Legal Advisory Committee of the Associated General Contractors of America.  Jonathan obtained his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law (formerly Univ. of Puget Sound L.S.) in 1992, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA in 1989.  Jonathan is licensed to practice in the states of Washington (currently inactive) and California, as well as various federal courts.  Jonathan is currently the firm-wide Billings & Collections Chair, as well as chair of SMTD's conflicts committee.


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  1. Construction & Development: 35%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 35%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Bankruptcy & Debt: 20%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Real Estate: 5%
    22 years
  5. Business: 5%
    22 years

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Salamirad Morrow Timpane & Dunn LLP

19200 Von Karman Ave Ste 500
Irvine, CA, 92612


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
"Top Lawyers" - Construction & DevelopmentOC Metro Magazine2013
"Top Lawyers" - Construction & DevelopmentOC Metro Magazine2012
"Top Lawyers" - Construction & DevelopmentOC Metro Magazine2011
"Top Lawyers" - Construction & DevelopmentOC Metro Magazine2010
"Top Lawyers" - Constructin & DevelopmentOC Metro Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSalamirad, Morrow, Timpane & Dunn LLP2014 - Present
PartnerSedgwick LLP1989 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
Associated General Contractors of AmericaLegal Advisory Committee2008 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionFormer Vice Chair, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee2005 - 2008
Orange County Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on Construction LawMember1992 - Present
American Bar Association, Public Contract Law SectionN/A1992 - Present
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States Court of Federal ClaimsAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States Supreme CourtAdmitted to PracticeN/A
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAdmitted to PracticeN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Contractors Equipment Maintenance Co. v. Bechtel Hanford, Inc. (9th Cir. Slip Copy, 2005) 2005 WL 2033307Victory on appeal (partial re attorneys' fees)
Pro-Cast Products v. Hartford, (2002) 2002 WL 31484576; 2002 Cal. App. Lexis 10291Successful appeal
In re Taha, Central District Court, California (Case No. SA05-13103)Trial: Stipulated Entry for Order for Relief
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Publication nameTitleDate
Mechanics Liens & Related Construction Remedies, Continuing Education of the Bar (UCLA)CEB - Mechanics' Liens & Construction Remedies, Ch. 10 - Bond Claim Procedures2013
The Construction Lawyer, American Bar Assoc., Fall 2012, vol. 32, No. 4.The Rumble in the Jungle: Letters of Credit, Bonding, and Default Insurance – Hedging Bets in a Roller-Coaster Market”2012
Associated General Contractors, Legal Advisory CommitteeTo Kill a Contractor: The Biggest Traps in California Public Contracts2011
California ConstructorSo You Won An ARRA Funded Project: Now What?2010
Construction LawyerLetters of Credit in Construction Projects2009
Real Estate Development from Beginning to EndCo-Author, the Construction Process2006
Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act: What You Need to KnowBankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act2006
Western States Surety ConferenceMega Claims: Help!2005
ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section publicationDiscovery Sanctions as an Independent Case Strategy: An Alarming Trend in Litigation2002
ABA Book - The Law of Miscellaneous and Commercial Surety BondsMechanics' Lien Discharge Bonds2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University SOLN/Alaw1992
Univ of California at Los AngelesN/Aundergraduate1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lorman Nationwide TeleconferenceContractor's Dilemma of Dealing with Bad Plans & Specifications2012
Joint EPC In-House CLE Seminar, Kansas City, MOIndemnity In California Construction Projects2012
American Bar AssociationMechanic's Lien Release Bonds2012
“Are Those Your Fingerprints on the Prints? Litigating Responsibility Over Designs in Approved Shop DrawingsABA Litigation Section: Construction Division - Disputes over Submittals & Shop Drawings in Construction2010
WCCC, Annual ConferenceThe "Other" Contract Clauses - Killer Clauses in Construction Contracts2009
Lorman Nationwide Telephone ConferenceDiffering Site Conditions2009
ABA, Forum on Construction Industry Annual MeetingLetters of Credit in Construction Projects2008
Construction Super ConferenceRemedies for Dealing with Performance Issues During an Ongoing Construction Project2007
Construction Super ConferenceThe Project & Claims: Emerging Methods of Technology (Digital Representation, 3-D/4-D Modeling), and the "Daubert" Challenge2006
LA County Bar Assoc. MeetingCurrent Issues in Surety Law2005