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David Gary Jones

Employment and labor Attorney at Encino, CA

4.7   12 reviews

also known as David G. Jones

  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

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David G. Jones has substantial experience in providing advice on labor and employment issues to employers. He is well versed in employment litigation, having handled cases 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 is General Counsel for the Los Angeles Firemens' Relief Association, which administers health plans, programs and assistance for nearly 12,000 LA City firefighters and their families.

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. He regularly defends employers in connection with governmental investigations relating to wage and hour and various other employment related compliance inquiries.

Always on the forefront of emerging employment issues, he developed arguments adopted in Latona v. Aetna U.S. Healthcare Inc. (C.D. ) 82 F. 1089, the first reported opinion, applying California law, finding that firing employees who refuse to sign non-compete agreements is a wrongful termination in violation of the public policy of the State of California.

He also was victorious in Gavin W. v. YMCA (2003) 106 662, a landmark decision regarding liability releases in California. The Court ruled that child care providers may not contract away their duty to exercise care in watching children under their supervision.

Mr. Jones successfully argued before the California Supreme Court in Klein v. United States (2010) 50 68. Very few cases reach the California Supreme Court each year, and few attorneys are able to count a victory in state high court, particularly on a civil matter, as part of their legal resume.

In 2019, he prevailed in Jeffra v. California State Lottery (2019) 39 471, where the Court of Appeal decided that a Lottery investigator, who engaged in whistleblowing activities, should prevail on an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss his complaint.

Mr. Jones is the current President Elect to the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.

He is recognized on the Southern California Super Lawyer list for Employment Law and is AV Rated (Preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell.

He taught employment law as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Whittier Law School. He is a panel Arbitrator for Labor and Employment matters for a national arbitration service.

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Location

Lewitt Hackman
16633 Ventura Boulevard
11th Floor
Encino, CA, 91436

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Reviews

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Posted by Wyatt | May 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
I am very grateful to David Jones and the team at Santiago & Jones for most satisfying results at the end of my case involving California employment and labor laws. Mr. Jones’ adept knowledge and understanding of the labor laws led to a dramatically expedited and successful end to a case that, from all indications, was destined to be lengthy, contentious, and forced into a court trial by the other side. Instead, the clarity of Mr. Jones’ legal arguments to the defendants led to the more sensible option of mediation. The result of that mediation benefited me greatly, in both time and settlement award. David Jones was the first attorney on a list of referrals I received from the San Fernando Valley Bar Association who extended an invitation to meet to discuss my case. He was easy to talk to, a good listener, and explained my case to me in terms I could really understand. I will always appreciate deeply Mr. Jones’ zealous advocacy on my behalf. And I highly recommend him to anyone who needs help.
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Posted by Lucy | September 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Someone you can trust and be in good hands
I can’t thank Dave enough for graciously assisting me with a situation I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be. He definitely calmed my nerves and handled my case beyond professional, as well as giving me the encouragement that everything would work out. With his dedication to me as a client, the end result was more than I could’ve expected. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome! Thank you Dave...what you did for me, I will be forever thankful.
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Posted by Rebecca | May 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Santiago & Jones
I found Santiago & Jones through AVVO and despite the far drive from my home (60 miles in LA traffic) I would highly recommend them and gladly commute hours for their assistance again if I ever needed it. They were the first firm that actually listened and asked questions about my case to develop a unique strategy for me. Other law firms said they would provide me with a free consultation and would call me back to schedule an appointment but never followed through with it. Not only did Santiago & Jones have the upmost polite and respectful secretaries and paralegals (Annabelle was always extremely kind and helpful), but both attorneys that I worked with were patient, took the time to explain the process and always made time available to answer any questions or concerns that I had. Attorney Jones and Attorney Vo made such an unpleasant experience (as any legal matter seemingly is) less chaotic and gave me confidence in my matter. As an individual who has volunteered and worked at several law firms, I realize that speaking with your attorney directly can be difficult as they have many clients and cases with varying demands and deadlines. However, at Santiago & Jones, both Attorney Vo and Attorney Jones were always readily available to discuss my case, if they were still working on things - they always made sure to inform me of that and if they were unpleased with things that were unfolding - they made sure to have a new strategy to share with me. Overall, they never made me feel like just another case, they truly care about their clients’ cases as if they were their own and make a point to do everything they can to assist their clients to make the process much more manageable. Thank you Santiago & Jones for all of your assistance with my case!
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Regarding Labor Law
Mr. Jones has been a big help to us. He took the time to explain the legal work and the reason behind our issues. He accommodated our hectic schedule and presented us with possible outcomes to prepare ourselves with. He took into account our worries and worked with us on how to best present our case. With his help, advice, and guidance, we were able to satisfactorily resolve our labor issues. We are very happy with the service he provided.
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Posted by Daniel Greenberg | January 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David Jones, Santiago and Jones - Outstanding California Employment and Civil Law Practice
In short, David Jones is an expert! Despite California law being well documented in black and white and in plain English, it is still very arduous and complex to navigate the California 'legal system' without appropriate counsel. I have worked with several litigators over my lifetime and David Jones is the only one for which I had absolute confidence in from day one. He has the vast knowledge and expertise to handle any civil litigation imaginable. Not only is he extremely well versed with California employment law, but also has a firm grasp on the inner workings of the California Superior Courts. The latter, as it turns out, is crucial and should not be overlooked by any potential litigant. As with choosing any professional practitioner, it is always wise and advisable to get a second opinion or second set of eyes to review the merits of your case or diagnosis, just like one would do after receiving a significant or life altering diagnosis from a medical professional. With this in mind and the fact that most reputable attorneys offer an initial free consultation to discuss and discover the merits of any civil action, I strongly urge everyone to explore our free marketplace with only one caveat: First, go see the legal professional of your choosing or the one to which you were referred. Then, and don't skip this step, after you have filtered and absorbed the information provided, go see David Jones. This will assist you in many ways and make your choice of who you want to represent you quite obvious: David Jones. David and his colleagues run a relatively small boutique firm whose nimble agility will benefit you in many ways that you might not otherwise realize should you end up choosing a large conglomerate corporate law firm. Without the pressure and burden of enormous caseloads that plague many corporate attorneys, David and his staff are able to provide the individualized research and personalized attention that your case demands. His communications with you, the opposing counsel, and the courts are timely, effective, reassuring and indicative that your case is being handled in the utmost professional manner. Again, if you need an attorney for an employment or civil matter in the State of California, use David Jones, Santiago and Jones.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptionally helpful
I hadn't ever had to address a legal issue like the one I brought to Mr Jones. Before the end of our first call, Mr Jones already had a plan. The plan was executed and I c ame away with much more than I had hoped. Having studied law myself, I still couldn't have done as good a job as he did.
Posted by Rita | August 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I had a problem with a case regarding one of my employees. David was knowledgeable, caring and attentive in regards to helping us get through the claim. I am definitely using him for all our business needs.
Posted by Mauricio | May 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliability, Trust, and Quality
David has been invaluable to me in the matters of employment contracts and business formations. I am no legal expert so I value trust above all other factors when choosing who to associate with in legal matters. He is a consummate professional, easy to work with, and overall makes my life easier. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for high-quality legal services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Helpful, and Trustworthy
I hired to David to represent me and he made time to meet with me and get the facts in person. David has made himself available always keeping me up to date on my progress. Not a lot of lawyers do that.. the best thing is he is competent in his work and has a real understanding of the law and his clients needs. He won my case ! Honest and trustworthy is big to me and he fill that. I would highly recommend David. Just a good person too.
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Posted by Michelle | May 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart and Knowledgeable
Attorney David Jones has been my attorney for several years. Whether I just need some questions answered, some advice, or representation for my case when I leased a car, he is always willing to go above and beyond what is required. He is dedicated to his work and to his clients. If you need an honest, hardworking, and compassionate attorney, David is your man!
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2013
Employment/Labor Lawyer
Highly skilled employment/labor attorney. He is diligent, conscientious and fair. He is very experienced in litigation matters. He is an excellent oral advocate, as well as an excellent writer. He can precisely handle a matter from beginning to end.
Posted by Michael | January 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A painful experience
One of the most important things to consider when entering into a relation with any attorney is good communication. With the exception of the initial consultation, where David was trying to get my business, the communication was abysmal: phone calls would go unreturned, emails unanswered, requests to be cc’d on emails with opposing councel were ignored, information vital to my case was mishandled, and ultimately, I was left in the dark about the status of my own case. When I did have the chance to speak to David on the phone, i was rushed or he was distracted. If an attorney doesn’t have the ability to effectively communicate with his own client, then this suggests to me that he is not capable of being a good communicator-negotiator with opposing counsel. I ended up with a horrible settlement most likely due to this reason.
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Response from David Jones February 3, 2017
Michael: I am sorry that you were disappointed my firm's efforts on your behalf. I pride myself in building strong relationships with my clients as can be seen by other reviews and my recognition by AVVO as a 2016 Client's Choice. While I disagree with most of your criticisms, I am always trying to improve my practice and communication levels with clients, so I will respectfully disagree but take your review as constructive criticism. Every client has different expectations and communications styles, some are realistic and others are not, but my job is to work as well as possible with stressed, anxious and upset clients. I would also note that your resolution was one we discussed often and fell within a settlement range which you stated you would be very happy with at our first meeting. Please call me to discuss these issues at the office at (818) 657-5600 to see if there is anything we can do to assist you further. I wish you good luck in your future endeavors.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Lewitt Hackman
  • 2019 - Present
  • Panel Arbitrator- Labor and Employment
  • NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation)
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Adjunct Law Professor- Employment Law
  • Whittier Law School
  • 2018 - 2018
  • General Counsel
  • Los Angeles Firemens' Relief Association
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Santiago & Jones
  • 2013 - 2019
  • Settlement Conference Officer
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Santiago, Rodnunsky & Jones
  • 2001 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Ballard Rosenberg Golper & Savitt, LLP
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Rushfeldt, Shelley & Drake
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Hornberger, Ghazarians & Brewer
  • 1996 - 1999
  • Extern to the Honorable James M. Ideman
  • United States District Court, Central District Of California
  • 1995 - 1995
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Education

  • Whittier College School of Law
  • J.D., cum laude
  • 1996
  • Loyola Marymount Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Co-Lead Negotiator- $200 million dollar Operations Agreement
  • Contract Negotiated
  • Labor Investigation of Small Thai Restaurant for Wage and Hour Citations and Penalties- Dismissal of $200,000 in Penalties
  • Dismissal of All Citations and Penalties (More than $200,000)
  • Public Employee v. California State Lottery- $370,000 Settlement in Whistleblower Case
  • $370,000
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Associations

  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Chair-Attorney Referral Service
  • 2018 - Present
  • Whittier Law School Alumni Association
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Personnel Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Valley Legal Community Foundation
  • Board representative (SFVBA)
  • 2016 - Present
  • Whittier Law School Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors (Director At Large)
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Presdent Elect
  • 2019 - 2020
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2018 - 2019
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2017 - 2018
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Whittier Law Review
  • Editor
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Whittier Law School Student Bar Association
  • President
  • 1995 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Armenian
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer List for Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer List for Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers of 2016 (Legal Leaders)
  • American Lawyer Magazine
  • 2016
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction- Labor and Employment Law
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2016
  • Trusted Advisors Awards
  • San Fernando Valley Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Superb Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers of 2015 (Legal Leaders)
  • American Lawyer Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor- Employment Law
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Featured Employment Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Cum Laude
  • Whittier Law School
  • 1996
  • American Jurisprudence Award- Corporations
  • West
  • 1995
  • American Jurisprudence Award- Constitutional Law
  • West
  • 1994
  • American Jurisprudence Award- Criminal Law
  • West
  • 1993
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Publications

  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Quoted- Despite Snooping, Broadcom Must Deal With Retaliation Claim
  • 2015
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Featured Panelist, in Los Angeles Daily Journal “Verdicts and Settlements” Issue Article regarding Arbitration entitled “Taking Shape”
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Provisors- Valley Human Capital
  • Recent Changes in California Law/Legality of Workplace Recordings
  • 2017
  • Provisors- Valley Human Capital Group
  • Recent Developments in Employment Law
  • 2016
  • Provisors
  • California Sick Leave Law
  • 2015
  • Provisors
  • Recent Developments in Employment Law
  • 2013
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • The Do’s And Don’ts of Employee Handbooks for Law Firms
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (30)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known David Jones for more than 12 years and previously worked for his firm. David has extensive knowledge and experience on labor and employment issues for both employers and employees. I endorse David Jones for employment related legal issues."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I was David's associate at Santiago & Jones and worked on an employment litigation matter under his supervision. The issues involved were complex and time sensitive. David diligently managed the case, ensuring timely filings and responses to the client and opposing party."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is not only a great lawyer, tireless in his efforts to bring victory to his clients, but he is also a great guy. I would not hesitate to refer him matters in an area in which he excels - employment and labor litigation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David has an excellent professional reputation and will work tirelessly to achieve the best results for his clients. David always goes the extra mile. I recommend him wholeheartedly."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a very conscientious person and lawyer. He is easy to work with and very caring. Highly recommend his services."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a true advocate for his client and very knowlegable. His integrity is impecable and this reputation in the community serves his clients well in the courtroom or mediation settings. I would recommend david Jones to represent anyone who truely needs a strong yet steady approach to their case."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Encino Employment and labor Lawyer David Gary Jones
David Gary Jones
Employment and labor Attorney
Encino, CA
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation