Whittier Law School, Los Angeles, CA, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1996
Whittier Law Review, Note & Comment Editor
President, Whittier Law School Student Bar Association
American Jurisprudence Awards: Corporations, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Noteworthy Legal Activities
Publications & Speaking
David G. Jones is a Shareholder in our Employment Practice Group. Exclusively defending California employers, Mr. Jones represents management in connection with counseling, claim prevention and employment litigation. He prides himself on his creative problem solving and flexible approach in advising clients. Always willing to customize his approach to the unique needs of each client, Mr. Jones has established long standing relationships with a broad client base.
Mr. Jones’ employment litigation experience includes successfully handling individual and class action claims involving wage and hour, harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation, among other claims.
With a varied litigation background which includes significant experience in a wide array of civil litigation matters and appellate advocacy before state and federal courts, he is well suited to handle complex litigation matters.
He regularly defends employers in connection with governmental investigations relating to wage and hour and various other employment related compliance inquiries – including investigations before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, the California Labor Commissioner, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Employment Development Department.
Mr. Jones regularly represents business owners in a multitude of fields, including:
Real Estate/Property Management
Professional Services (Law/Accounting/Insurance)
Formerly representing plaintiffs as part of his practice, Mr. Jones brings unique insight to our business client matters which enables him to better serve employers. He understands the opponent in a manner reserved for those who have stood in their shoes. The unique ability to analyze the strategy and mindset of plaintiff’s counsel allows Mr. Jones to persuade even the most aggressive opponent.
His varied litigation background includes appellate cases which he successfully argued before California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Jones provides counsel for employers to reduce risk of claims made by their employees and governing agencies overseeing employment matters, particularly in:
Classification of Employees
Wage and Hour/Meal and Rest Breaks
Very active in the community, Mr. Jones served as Settlement Officer for the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Voluntary Settlement Conference Program, as a panel Arbitrator for a national mediation and arbitration service, Chair of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association’s Attorney Referral Service Committee, Trustee for the SFVBA, and currently, President-Elect for the 2019-20 term.
Mr. Jones also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Whittier Law School teaching employment law, a Board Representative for the Valley Community Legal Foundation, and Trustee and Vice President to the Whittier Law School Alumni Association. He acted as Attorney Advisor for West Ranch High School’s Mock Trial Team – whose student participants advanced to the semi-finals in the Constitutional Rights Foundation Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition, the best finish in school history.
In addition to his legal efforts for the community, Mr. Jones serves on the Board of Directors for MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) which offers support to the most vulnerable members of our community is one of the most comprehensive poverty relief agencies in Los Angeles County. He also serves on the Board of a prominent animal rescue, Marley’s Mutts, which helps to facilitate the humane rescue of animals in need in the community.
Lauded by his peers for his work in employment litigation, Mr. Jones earned an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating awarded for legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Jones is also recognized on the list of Southern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine, which bases their awards system on peer recognition and professional achievement.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount in 1991. While at Whittier Law School, he acted as Student Bar Association President, while also working as a Notes and Comments Editor on the Whittier Law Review. He earned American Jurisprudence Awards in Corporations, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law on his way to graduating cum laude.
Mr. Jones is admitted to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; as well as the Central, Eastern and Southern District Courts of California.
Jeffra v. California State Lottery (2019) 39 Cal.App.5th 471
California Supreme Court in Klein v. United States (2010) 50 Cal.4th 68
Chatard v. Oveross (2009) 179 Cal.App.4th 1098
Gavin W. v. YMCA (2003) 106 Cal.App.4th 662
Latona v. Aetna U.S. Healthcare Inc. (C.D. Cal.1999) 82 F.Supp.2d 1089
Whittier Law School Alumni Association, Vice President
Settlement Officer, Los Angeles Superior Court, Voluntary Settlement Conference (VSC) Panel
Panel Arbitrator, Labor and Employment, NAM National Arbitration and Mediation
Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsU.S. District Court
Central District of California
Eastern District of California
Southern District of California
State Bar of California
Member, Labor & Employment Law Section
San Fernando Valley Bar Association
Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Law Section (2017-present)
Member, Board of Trustees
Provisors, Woodland Hills II (2012-present)
MEND, Board of Directors
Marley's Mutts, Board of Directors
Featured, Attorney Group Seeks to Become Leaner, Community-Driven, Post Pandemic: New Bar President
Talks Future of Association, San Fernando Valley Business Journal, October 12, 2020
Featured, San Fernando Valley Bar President Aims to Promote Community, The Los Angeles Daily Journal September, 2020
Featured, Bar Association Elects David Jones President, San Fernando Valley Business Journal, September, 2020
Featured, First Out the Gate: Meet SFVBA President David G. Jones, Valley Lawyer, a publication of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, October, 2020
Quoted, Attorney Overdrive: Employment Lawyers Put in 14-Hour Days to Keep Up With Client Questions, Changing Rules, San Fernando Valley Business Journal, May 25, 2020
Author, Employee vs. Independent Contractor: A Distinction with Huge Differences, GPSolo eReport, a publication of the American Bar Association
Author, The Buck Stops Here: What You Owe Your Employees, Valley Lawyer, a publication of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, MCLE Test No. 136
Quoted, Adaptable: US Magistrate Judge Susan van Keulen Listens to Attorney Input on Case Management, Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 16, 2019
Quoted, Building New Bridges of Communication: From Both Ends, Valley Lawyer, a publication of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, October, 2019
Author, Biblia Latina: Life Lessons from Latin Legalese and Phrases, Valley Lawyer, a publication of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, March, 2019
Author, Employee Privacy in the Workplace, Valley Lawyer, a publication of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, February, 2017
Co-Author, Employment Claims: Compelling Non-Signatories to Arbitrate, Valley Lawyer, a publication of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, June, 2017
Quoted, Roundtable: Splitting the Bar, Valley Lawyer, a publication of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, February, 2017
Author, Sexual Harassment and Confidentiality Agreements, Valley Lawyer, a publication of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, February, 2018
Quoted- Despite Snooping, Broadcom Must Deal with Retaliation Claim, Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 26, 2015
Quoted- Director of Human Trafficking's Not Today Wins Compensation Fraud Claim Motions, OC Weekly, July 29, 2013
Quoted- Dangers Posed By Park Employees, San Francisco Chronicle/SFGate.com, August 15, 2010
Quoted- Creative Negotiations, Los Angeles Daily Journal, October 30, 2010
Featured Panelist, Verdicts and Settlements Issue Article regarding Arbitration entitled “Taking Shape,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, April 19, 2002
Author, Weiss v. United States: Military Judges and Appointment By Indirection, 16 Whittier Law Review 575 (1995)
Co-Presenter, California Employment Law Update - 2021, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, December 2020
Presenter, Overview: New Labor and Employment Laws, VICA Labor and Employment Committee, November, 2020
Presenter, COVID-19 Considerations When Bringing Employees Back to Work, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, May 2020
Employment Law Panel Presenter, Zooming Through the Pandemic: A panel discussion on the CARES Act—Taxes, Employment Issues and the Economic Results of the Stimulus Packages, Woodland Hills Tax & Estate Planning Council, May, 2020
Presenter, Legal Challenges for Employees Working Remotely, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, April 2020
Presenter, Coronavirus (COVID-19): Issues Impacting Your Workforce, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, March 2020
Co-Presenter, Eliminating Harassment, Discrimination & Bias in the Workplace, San Fernando Valley Bar Association's annual MCLE Marathon, January 2020
Presenter, Recent Changes in California Law/Legality of Workplace Recordings, Provisors, 2017
Presenter, Recent Developments in Employment Law, Provisors Human Capital, 2016
Presenter, California Sick Leave Law, Provisors, 2016
Presenter, Recent Developments in Employment Law, Provisors, 2013
Presenter, The Do’s And Don’ts of Employee Handbooks for Law Firms, San Fernando Valley Bar, 2002
5.0 AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell
Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers Magazine
Trusted Advisors Nominee, San Fernando Valley Business Journal 2015