Paul M. Jonna

Attorney
Avvo Rating 10 - Paul Michael Jonna

Email: pjonna@limandri.com

Paul M. Jonna has successfully resolved a wide array of complex and high-profile civil litigation matters. He represents corporate and individual clients in the areas of complex business, securities, real estate, and insurance litigation – reaching successful conclusions at trial, via summary judgment, and through confidential settlements. A significant portion of his practice also focuses on wrongful death and serious personal injury cases, where he has been instrumental in recovering millions for clients. Mr. Jonna obtained considerable trial and arbitration experience early in his legal career, including bench trials, lengthy jury trials, and securities arbitration proceedings. He has handled state and federal appeals and has argued before numerous state and federal courts, including before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was selected by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the “Best of the Bar” for 2016 and 2017.

Mr. Jonna began working with Charles LiMandri in 2013 and became a named partner in 2016. He was previously an associate at the national law firm of Gordon & Rees, where he represented a broad range of clients, including major Fortune 500 companies, small and large businesses, and leading national and international insurers in complex commercial litigation and class actions in state and federal courts throughout California. Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Jonna was an associate at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann, where he represented institutional investors in complex litigation and securities class actions, including Public Employees Ret. Sys. of Mississippi vs. Merrill Lynch & Co. ($315 million recovery); In re Wells Fargo Mortgage Pass-Through Certificate Litigation ($125 million); and In re AXA Rosenberg Investor Litigation ($65 million).

Mr. Jonna earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was Comments Editor of San Diego Law Review and published “In Search of Market Discipline: The Case for Indirect Hedge Fund Regulation,” 45 San Diego Law Review 989 (2008). During law school, he earned a CALI Award for the highest grade in Complex Litigation as well as a merit scholarship. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, where he was invited to Beta Gamma Sigma, named to the Dean’s List, and earned a merit scholarship.

Mr. Jonna is the President of the St. Thomas More Society of San Diego, an association of Catholic lawyers, judges, and public servants. He is also the Vice President of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, a nonprofit public interest law firm that protects conscience rights at the trial level. A San Diego native, Mr. Jonna resides in his hometown of La Mesa with his wife and five young children.

Representative Business, Real Estate, and Securities Litigation Experience

  • Obtained complete dismissal of claims via Anti-SLAPP motion on behalf of clients in Neighborhood Market Association v. Arkan Somo, et al, Case No. 37-2017-00020544 – a case asserting claims for violations of the California Corporations Code, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage. Click here to read more.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of claims for clients via summary judgment in a hotly contested business litigation matter – Fiber-Tech Manufacturing, Inc. v. Fiber-Tech Engineering, Inc., et al., San Diego Superior Court
  • Represented Finch Aerospace Corporation in a state court bench trial against Lancair Corporation and won the Court’s agreement that Finch’s airplane hangars are removable trade fixtures
  • Represented several real estate investors in partnership dispute which resulted in a satisfactory settlement at mediation
  • Represented lender in real estate dispute which resulted in a seven figure settlement
  • Represented investor in a five day FINRA arbitration which resulted in a $640,000 award for the client – including punitive damages and attorneys’ fees
  • Represented institutional and individual investors in FINRA securities arbitration proceedings, in cases involving unsuitable trading, boiler room sales, complex real estate investments, and a broad variety of credit instruments – most of which resulted in substantial, confidential settlements
  • Represented individual and institutional investors in securities class actions resulting in cumulative settlements exceeding $500 million
  • Experience also includes representation of public and private companies in consumer class actions, securities litigation, and contractual disputes; directors and officers, brokers, financial planners, and investment advisors in securities litigation, including FINRA arbitrations; accountants in malpractice litigation and business disputes; real estate developers in commercial contract disputes; and homeowners associations in construction defect litigation

Representative Wrongful Death, Serious Personal Injury, and Insurance Litigation Experience

  • Represented plaintiffs in wrongful death action against fitness club for failure to apply an AED following a sudden cardiac arrest, which resulted in a seven figure settlement shortly before trial
  • Represented plaintiffs in dental malpractice action involving a catastrophic brain injury, which resulted in a seven figure settlement shortly before trial
  • Represented plaintiffs in negligent security action, which resulted in a substantial settlement shortly before trial
  • Represented numerous victims of serious automobile accidents, most of which resulted in satisfactory settlements at policy limits
  • Represented plaintiffs in premises liability actions, which resulted in satisfactory settlements
  • Represented plaintiffs in products liability action against major drug manufacturer, which resulted in six figure settlement
  • Represented tenants in cases involving exposure to toxic mold, which resulted in satisfactory confidential settlements
  • Represented numerous insureds in coverage disputes against insurance companies, all of which resulted in satisfactory confidential settlements

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California, J.D. (2009)
  • Comments Editor, San Diego Law Review
  • Authored: “In Search of Market Discipline: The Case for Indirect Hedge Fund Regulation,” 45 San Diego Law Review 989 (2008)
  • Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • Pro Bono Service Certificate
  • CALI Award, Complex Litigation
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, B.S., Business Administration (2005)
  • Betta Gamma Sigma
  • Dean’s List
  • Merit Scholarship Recipient

Areas of Practice

  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Serious Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Securities and Investment Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation

Professional Honors and Awards

  • San Diego Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2016 & 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

      • President, St. Thomas More Society of San Diego (2015 – present)
      • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
      • San Diego County Bar Association

      Bar Admissions

      • State Bar of California
      • United States Supreme Court
      • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
      • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
      • United States District Court for the Central District of California
      • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
      • United States District Court for the Northern District of California

       

       

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