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Jon H. Epsten

Jon H. Epsten

Sr. Managing Shareholder and General Counsel to the Firm
Co-Chair, Construction Defect Practice Group
Chair, Construction & Remediation Practice Group

Practice Areas

Community Association Counsel
Construction & Remediation
Construction Defect Litigation
Civil Litigation
Commercial CID


University of San Diego, 1978
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 1982

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California San Diego County Bar Association Foothill Bar Association College of Community Association Lawyers Community Associations Institute (CAI) California Association of Community Managers (CACM)


Jon H. Epsten is the founding shareholder in the law firm of Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC. Jon is a native San Diegan who graduated from the University of San Diego and obtained his law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, graduating with scholastic merit.

For years, Jon acted as a community association manager. Jon estimates he has attended well over 2,000 association meetings. Jon's work on behalf of community associations encompasses providing advice on all types of corporate matters including directors' and officers' defense, mold and mildew litigation, interpretation and enforcement of governing documents, assessment collection, construction defect litigation, and construction and remediation issues. Jon has participated in and been lead counsel on many construction defect cases resulting in multi-million dollar settlements and currently assists in overseeing the firm's construction defect practice. Jon also advises Associations on risk management and insurance, and contract issues.

Jon taught as an adjunct professor of law at California Western School of Law. He is past president of both the San Diego Chapter and the Greater Inland Empire Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), and has testified as an expert witness in com­munity association-related issues. Additionally, Jon was a contributor to the Continuing Education of the Bar Publication, "Advising California Common Interest Communities." He acts as a law faculty instructor for the Community Associations Institute. Most recently, Jon was named a 2017 Super Lawyer and was honored by the San Diego Business Journal as among the “Best of the Bar” 2016, and by San Diego Magazine as one of San Diego’s “2016 Top Lawyers.”

Jon is an active member of the California Association of Community Managers (CACM), was a member of its Professional Standards Committee, received the CACM Lifetime Achievement Award and has been appointed to the CACM faculty. Jon is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers (CAI), the San Diego County Bar Association and the Foothills Bar Association. Jon was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by both the San Diego Chapter and the Greater Inland Empire Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, and has received the CAI Hall of Fame Award. He has been the co-chair of the Committee on Common Interests Subdivisions for the State Bar, and has acted as a probation monitor for the State Bar.

Honors & Awards

  • 2015-2018 - San Diego Magazine, “Top Lawyers: Community Association Counsel”
  • 2012-2018 - Super Lawyers, “Super Lawyer: Construction Litigation”
  • 2014-2016 - San Diego Business Journal, “Best of the Bar”
  • 2014 - San Diego Magazine, “Top Lawyers: Best in the City”
  • 2010-2011 - Thomas Jefferson School of Law, “Alumnus of the Year”
  • 2009 - CAI Distinguished Speakers Club
  • 2006 - CAI, “Speaker of the Year”
  • 2005 - San Diego Daily Transcript, “Top San Diego County Real Estate Attorney”
  • 2003 - CACM Vision Awards Program Judge
  • 2001 - CAI College of Community Association Lawyers, Inducted Member
  • 2001 - CACM Vision Awards Program “Excellence in Education”
  • 2001 - CACM Legal Advisory Steering Committee Member
  • 1999 - CACM “Lifetime Achievement Award”
  • 1999 - CAI Greater Inland Empire “Outstanding Service Award”
  • 1998 - CAI “Hall of Fame Award”
  • 1998 - CAI “Speaker of the Year Award”
  • 1998 - CAI Greater Inland Empire President
  • 1996 - American Arbitration Association, Litigation Management Task Force
  • 1996 - CAI “Distinguished Service Award”
  • 1995 - Co-Founder of the Baker-Dolnick Education Foundation

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    Events & Speaking Engagements

    CAI National Legal Forum & CLAC Annual Planning Meeting @ Pechanga Resort & Casino
    Oct 17 – Oct 19 all-day
    CAI National Legal Forum & CLAC Annual Planning Meeting @ Pechanga Resort & Casino

    Join Shareholders Jon H. Epsten, Esq.Susan M. Hawks McClintic, Esq., Kieran J. Purcell, Esq. as well as Mary M. Howell, Esq. and Tiffany Christian at CAI National’s Legal Forum. Jon and Mary will both be speaking at this event.

    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k @ Balboa Park
    Oct 21 @ 6:30 am
    Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k @ Balboa Park


    Family, friends, clients and colleagues are all invited to join Family, friends, clients and colleagues are all invited to join Epsten Grinnell & Howell attorneys and staff as a part of “Team EG&H” in this year’s Making Strides of San Diego Breast Cancer 5k Walk on Sunday, October 15th.

    Registration is FREE and there is no minimum fundraising requirement. All we ask is that you commit to the cause by joining us during our walk to help in the fight to END Breast Cancer forever via advocacy and awareness!

    To REGISTER NOW, to donate or for more information,  please go to our team page:

    The walk starts at 7:30 a.m. and our team will meet at 6:30 for a team photo. After the walk we should be done early enough to enjoy our regular Sunday activities or perhaps brunch with a fellow walker or two.

    All Team EG&H walkers that register by September 28th will receive a free t-shirt.

    CAI National Statewide California Legal Forum @ Pechanga Resort & Casino
    Nov 19 all-day
    CAI National Statewide California Legal Forum @ Pechanga Resort & Casino

    Join Shareholder Jon H. Epsten, Esq. for his presentation on The Nuances of Construction Defect Law at CAI National’s Statewide California Legal Forum in Temecula at the Pechanga Resort & Casino.

    Epsten Grinnell & Howell, APC San Diego Legal Symposium @ Town and Country Resort & Convention Center
    Nov 30 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Our Annual Legal Symposium offers comprehensive legal information for our clients, community association boards and community association managers. This is an exclusive opportunity to meet with our team and hear our attorneys provide updates and insight on case law and legislative changes and trends.

    We invite you to join hundreds of your colleagues for a complimentary day of:

    • Exhibitor networking
    • Legislative and case law updates
    • Attorney Q&A and round tables
    • Best practices and hot topics specific to community associations 

    Refreshments will be provided with breakfast and lunch.

    This event is pending CACM-approval for 2 CEUs and is pending approval for
    5 CMCA credits by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB).

    Fishing gets me away from the cell phones and computer and allows me to spend quality time with my family and friends.

    For me, the ocean relieves the stress of everyday life. My son and I have an inshore fishing skiff where we fish the bays and inshore waters. I also enjoy offshore fishing and during the summer months I enjoy chasing marlin, tuna and halibut.

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