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David Gary Jones

also known as David G. Jones

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Partner David G. Jones has substantial experience in providing advice on labor and employment issues to both employers and employees. Mr. Jones is also well versed in employment litigation, having handled cases, among many others, concerning discrimination, sexual harassment, benefits issues, and retaliation.  In the past, Mr. Jones has represented entities such as City and County of Los Angeles and Wal-Mart in employment related matters.

Mr. Jones has drafted, reviewed and negotiated hundreds of employment and severance agreements for employers and employees at all levels, from large companies to small, and executives to rank and file employees.  Additionally, Mr. Jones is versed in the drafting of employment policies and employee handbooks.  Mr. Jones regularly defends employers in connection with governmental investigations relating to wage and hour and various other employment related compliance inquiries.

With a varied litigation background which includes significant experience in complex civil litigation matters and appellate advocacy before state and federal courts, he is well suited to handle complex business litigation matters.  Mr. Jones has a background which includes insurance bad faith defense litigation and substantial exposure to equine law issues, with a focus on thoroughbred horse racing matters.

Always on the forefront of emerging employment issues, Mr. Jones developed arguments adopted in Latona v. Aetna U.S. Healthcare Inc. (C.D. Cal.1999) 82 F.Supp.2d 1089, the first reported California opinion finding that the firing of employees who refuse to sign non-compete agreements constitutes a wrongful termination in violation of the public policy of the State of California.  This decision ensured that employees must be shielded from such oppressive conduct by employers.

Mr. Jones also successfully argued and prevailed in Gavin W. v. YMCA (2003) 106 Cal.App.4th 662, a landmark decision regarding liability releases in California. The Court in Gavin W. ruled that child care providers may not contract away their duty to exercise ordinary care in watching children under their supervision. In invalidating the YMCA standard form release, the Court decided that child care releases seeking to absolve providers of their own negligence are void because they affect the public interest, and determined that children needed to be protected and compensated.

More recently, Mr. Jones successfully argued a case before the California Supreme Court in Klein v. United States (2010) 50 Cal.4th 68, a decision with broad implications for both outdoor recreationists and landowners within the State of California.  In Klein, the Court sided with outdoor enthusiasts. Simply stated, the Court determined that landowners should not be let off the hook when they negligently injure people in recreational areas.  Due to the vigilant efforts of Mr. Jones, recreationists are now protected when they are injured by careless landowners.

Mr. Jones also served as a Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court, in its Voluntary Settlement Conference Program from 2009 to 2013.


Languages spoken: English, Armenian, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 65%
    19 years
  2. Wrongful Termination: 15%
    19 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    19 years
  4. Administrative Law: 5%
    19 years
  5. Discrimination: 5%
    19 years



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  • Barry P. Goldberg

    I give this lawyer my highest possible endorsement. I have referred several of my valued clients to Mr. Jones for labor and emplyment issues. He has obtained truly outstanding results. Perhaps more importantly, I have received glowing feedback from my clients that Mr. Jones is both a "knowledgeable expert" and that "he is highly compassionate." I see this as the perfect combination for an aggressive advocate in order for me to entrust my valued clients. I would not hesitate to refer additional matters to him---10 out of 10!


    Barry Goldberg Car accident Attorney
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  • Andrew Craig Cohen

    Dave is an excellent attorney. His knowledge of employment and labor law is unsurpassed. He’s a strong litigator and fights zealously for his clients to reach their goals. Dave easily communicates with his clients, putting them at ease and letting them know what’s happening along the way. I heartily endorse him.


    Andrew Cohen Estate planning Attorney
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Contact info

Santiago & Jones

21300 Victory Boulevard
Suite 810
Woodland Hills, CA, 91367


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Board of Trustees (Nominated)San Fernando Valley Bar Association2016
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers of 2015 (Legal Leaders)American Lawyer Magazine2015
Superb RatingAvvo2015
Board of Trustees (Nominated)San Fernando Valley Bar Association2015
Trusted Advisors AwardsSan Fernando Valley Business Journal2015
Featured Employment AttorneyAvvo2014
Top Contributor- Employment LawAvvo2014
Cum LaudeWhittier Law School1996
American Jurisprudence Award- CorporationsWest1995
American Jurisprudence Award- Constitutional LawWest1994
American Jurisprudence Award- Criminal LawWest1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSantiago & Jones2013 - Present
Settlement Conference OfficerLos Angeles Superior Court2009 - 2013
PartnerSantiago, Rodnunsky & Jones2001 - 2013
AssociateBallard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP2000 - 2001
AssociateRushfeldt, Shelley & Drake1999 - 2000
AssociateHornberger, Ghazarians & Brewer1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationAttorney Referral Service Committee Member2016 - Present
Whittier Law School Alumni AssociationVice President2016 - Present
Whittier Law School Alumni AssociationBoard of Directors (Director At Large)2015 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationPanel Member (Attorney Referral Service)- Employment Law2014 - Present
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2013 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Employment Law SectionMember2013 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Whittier Law ReviewEditor1995 - 1996
Whittier Law School Student Bar AssociationPresident1995 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gavin W. v. YMCA (2003) 106 Cal.App.4th 662Trial/Appeal/Settlement
Klein v. United States (2010) 50 Cal.4th 68Won Appeal/Trial/Settlement
Klein v. U.S. 537 F.3d 1027Won Appellate Issue
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Publication nameTitleDate
Valley Lawyer Magazine (SFVBA)Candidate Profile- David Jones Nominated for Board of Directors, San Fernando Valley Bar Association2016
Los Angeles Daily JournalQuoted- Despite Snooping, Broadcom Must Deal With Retaliation Claim2015
Valley Lawyer Magazine (SFVBA)Candidate Profile- David Jones Nominated for Board of Directors, San Fernando Valley Bar Association2015
OC WeeklyQuoted- Director of Human Trafficking's Not Today Wins Compensation Fraud Claim Motions2013
San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.comQuoted- Dangers Posed By Park Employees (Author Tom Stienstra)2010
Los Angeles Daily JournalQuoted- Creative Negotiations (Author Catherine Ho)2010
Los Angeles Daily JournalFeatured Panelist, in Los Angeles Daily Journal “Verdicts and Settlements” Issue Article regarding Arbitration entitled “Taking Shape”2002
Whittier Law Review“Weiss v. United States: Military Judges and Appointment By Indirection,” 16 Whittier Law Review 5751996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Loyola Marymount UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Provisors- Valley Human Capital Group MeetingRecent Developments in Employment Law2016
ProvisorsCalifornia Sick Leave Law2015
ProvisorsRecent Developments in Employment Law2013
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationThe Do’s And Don’ts of Employee Handbooks for Law Firms2002