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Jonathan L. Lee

Formerly a shareholder in the law firm of Robinson & Wood for 25 years, Jonathan has tried a total of 58 jury trials to completion throughout California. Mr. Lee has dedicated himself to personal injury cases for almost his entire career. In more recent years, he has focused on representing parties in matters involving serious injury, catastrophic brain and spine injury and events involving wrongful death. Some cases have included aggravated liability related to alcohol or drug use. Some suits have involved punitive damages.

Recent cases stem from bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, boating events and other recreation-based events, as well as the more common automobile-related accidents. Jonathan has also acted as counsel for parties involved in tractor trailer rig collisions. Injuries have occurred in cases related to premises liability, while other cases have presented issues related to public entities or Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist matters.

As a former prosecutor, Jonathan is at home in the courtroom. He utilizes multi-media presentations where appropriate to communicate significant issues and arguments to jurors. He is known for his creative arguments. Mr. Lee attended Long Beach Poly High School, then Pepperdine University, where he obtained a B.S. in Business Administration in 1976 while on a music scholarship. He then attended Pepperdine School of Law, receiving a Juris Doctor. He was immediately hired as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Tulare, where he served through 1981. One of his trial victories during that time concerned the conviction of two people for hit and run driving the same car.

His precedent-setting Supreme Court case of Ford v. Gouin (1992) 3 Cal. 4th 339 has made him a sought after expert in the field of assumption of risk and recreational injuries. More recently, he has authored a series of published articles about the reasonable cost of medical treatment as proof in civil lawsuits. He is also an acknowledged expert on that subject, which became hotbed of evolving court opinions over the past decade. Jonathan has been asked to speak multiple times on behalf of various organizations, including the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California, as well as for the JAMS mediation organization. Jonathan’s article on deposition techniques was featured in the Expert Advice Column of California Lawyer Magazine. The Santa Clara County Bar Association and other organizations have asked him to speak about final argument.

Aside from trial work, he has mediated and settled the vast majority of his cases with an eye toward early evaluation and resolution. He has been also been named a Super Lawyer in the field of personal injury litigation. Jonathan has retained and deposed hundreds of doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, health care professionals during the course of his career and has employed experts in a large number of fields. He has acted as a private mediator and early settlement conference neutral.

Title: Associate

Admitted to Practice:  California

Practice Groups: Litigation, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Transportation

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