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Jon H. Epsten


Of Counsel

Practice Areas

Construction & Remediation
Construction Defect Litigation


University of Delaware, 1976
Pepperdine University, 1978

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
San Diego County Bar Association
Community Associations Institute (CAI)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Member & Homeowner’s Rights Committee Chair


Doug Grinnell is a former Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC shareholder. He graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware in 1976 with a degree in political science and received his law degree from Pepperdine University in 1978.

Doug has been an active trial attorney since 1979. From 1980 to 1984, he served as a trial attorney with the United States Navy. Since 1984, he has engaged exclusively in the representation of homeowners, community associations and consumers. He has been responsible for numerous class-action, multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements. Doug has handled more than 200 construction defect cases in California and, in 1996, was the recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award for the highest construction defect judgment ever in the State of California ($15.5 million).

Doug is a member of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) and former Chairman of CAOC’s Homeowners’ Rights Committee. He is also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Community Associations Institute (CAI), and the California Association for Community Managers (CACM). He has lectured frequently at Continuing Legal Education courses throughout California and has published many articles on the topics of construction defects and community association law.

An avid outdoorsman, Doug enjoys running, biking, hiking and skiing.

Honors & Awards

  • 2015-2018 - San Diego Magazine, “Top Lawyers: Construction Defect Litigation”
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