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Jonathan Justin Sweet

Construction and development Attorney at Scotts Valley, CA

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jonathan

Learn Jonathan’s areas of practice.

I handle litigation and transactional matters for clients. I also serve as a mediator or arbitrator in disputes. I have been a member of the California Bar Association since 1986, a director of the Peninsula Builders Exchange since 2002, and an arbitrator and judge pro tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court since 1991. Areas in which I practice include business, real estate, construction, personal injury, and general matters for small businesses. I look forward to hearing from you.


Jonathan Justin Sweet
4604 Scotts Valley Drive
Suite 26
Scotts Valley, CA, 95066

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Posted by Douglas | November 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job!
Mr Jonathan Sweet has recently settled a long standing issue regarding the non-payment of invoices between a client and my company. This issue represented a sizable sum, well beyond what Small Claims would cover leading to a potential resolution only through Civil Court. To make matters more complicated, the client died while I was actively trying to collect, requiring us to deal with those responsible for settling his estate and the subsequent issues that entailed. Jonathan advised me of potential pitfalls and strategies throughout this process involving me at each step. His knowledge-and perhaps more importantly-his thorough and calm demeanor and professionalism provided not only the legal assistance I needed but the confidence to see this case through to a satisfactory conclusion. I really can’t say it enough: thank you Jonathan for getting me through this very difficult event.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Experienced lawyer
Jonathan is an experienced attorney with whom I have consulted twice. I found him to have significant knowledge. Unfortunately, I could not afford the fees he requested. If I had the economic resources, I would have hired him.
Posted by Greg | October 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful
We have worked with Jonathan several times over the years, and each time he has been very helpful, and always had our best interest in mind. Even when a small task, a question, or the review of a contract. He has always given his best.
Posted by Jennifer | May 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Always there when you need him
Jonathan has been my go to lawyer since I started my architectural firm 13 years ago. He's quick to give me good, detailed advice. His fees have always been fair. I trust his judgement and his advice has kept me from making legal mistakes with my business.
Posted by Carol | April 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service!
I used Mr Sweet's services in the sale of my small business. He was very clear from the initial meeting to the termination of services as to fees charged and the system used for bookkeeping. I found him to be straightforward in his advice with recommendations that seemed in my best interest. He was very accommodating in meeting me at a place close to where I live so what I wouldn't have to drive a long distance. He answered by questions and concerns promptly and in a manner that I could understand. I thoroughly enjoyed working him.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
I highly recommend Jonathan Sweet. The Lawyer Referral organization referred me to him; and we met for half an hour to review my issue (a corporate/employee matter - I am the employee). He came to understand and appreciate the issue almost instantly. We spent most of the time discussing alternative scenarios and the risk/reward possibilities of each. Now that I think of it, it’s hard to believe that we accomplished so much in such a short meeting. Though I only know him from this one session, he seems to be very insightful, thorough, well thought out; and very sensible.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President of Board of Directors
  • Peninsula Builders Exchange
  • 2016 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Lincoln Law School of San Jose
  • 2004 - Present
  • Member
  • AGCC Legal Advisory Committee
  • 1991 - Present
  • Legal Author
  • Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • 1989 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • San Jose State University
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of San Francisco Law School
  • 1994 - 1997
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  • U of San Francisco SOL
  • law
  • 1985
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • undergraduate
  • 1978

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Italian


  • Sweet on Construction Industry Contracts: Major AIA Documents
  • Fifth Edition, Sweet On Construction Industry Contract: Major AIA Documents
  • 2008
  • Lincoln Law Review
  • Construction Subcontract Payment Condition Clauses
  • 2002
  • Avoiding or Minimizing Construction Litigation
  • Avoiding or Mimizing Construction Litigation
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • The Fundamental of Construction Contracts
  • Construction Contracts
  • 2014
  • AIA Contracts
  • AIA Construction Contracts
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Construction and development Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sweet is knowledgeable in his areas of practice, and keeps his clients promptly well informed of developments in their cases. He is practical in his advice, and very honest in his billing practices."
Construction and development Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan is a highly respected, intelligent and very experienced attorney. He has an excellent reputation in the community. He's extremely well-versed in the law, along with a practical side that gets cases resolved. He is also an excellent mediator. I highly endorse this lawyer."
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Scotts Valley Construction and development Lawyer Jonathan Justin Sweet
Jonathan Justin Sweet
Construction and development Attorney
Scotts Valley, CA
Licensed for 37 years
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