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Jon supports the firm’s Asbestos Litigation team, handling depositions and the drafting of legal documents.

Jon has been a litigator for more than 35 years and enjoys the intellectual challenge of each case. He has nearly 20 years of experience in asbestos litigation representing manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and premises owners and operators. During that time, he has taken more than 1,000 depositions, many of which have been used in trials.

Jon previously practiced as an appellate attorney for 10 years and has 13 published decisions.

He has worked with members of Husch Blackwell’s Los Angeles and Oakland asbestos team for almost 20 years at previous firms.




  • J.D., Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • B.A., University of Michigan


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Published Decisions – Federal

  • Avalanche Maritime, Ltd. v. Parekh, 199 F.3d 1029 (9th Cir. 1999) [Avoidance of fraudulent and preferential transfers of property under Bankruptcy Code].
  • In re Adair, 253 B.R. 85 (9th Cir. BAP 2000) [Duties of bankruptcy trustees and debtors].

Published Decisions – State

  • Vaill v. Edmonds, 4 Cal.App.4th 247 (1991) [Duties of real estate agents].
  • In re Executive Life Insurance Company, 32 Cal.App.4th 344 (1995) [Duties of California Insurance Commissioner].
  • Pruyn v. Agricultural Insurance Company, 36 Cal.App.4th 500 (1995) [Rights of judgment creditors against insurers].
  • Copenbarger v. International Insurance Company, 46 Cal.App.4th 961 (1996) [Malicious prosecution].
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken v. Superior Court, 14 Cal.4th 814 (1997) [Commercial property owner liability].
  • Petrini v. Mohasco Corporation, 61 Cal.App.4th 1091 (1998) [Corporate successor liability].
  • Crouse v. Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, 67 Cal.App.4th 1509 (1998) [Legal malpractice].
  • Morrison v. Rudolph, 103 Cal.App.4th 506 (2002) [Malicious prosecution].
  • Park v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co., 108 Cal.App.4th 595 (2003) [Liability of hirers of independent contractors].
  • Alcala v. Vazmar Corporation, 167 Cal.App.4th 747 (2008) [Negligence per se doctrine].
  • Meza v. Muehlstein & Co., Inc., 176 Cal.App.4th 969 (2009) [Joint defense doctrine].
Outside the Office

Jon enjoys hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and plays guitar, bass and mandolin.