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Jon H. Epsten

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

  • 2012-2017 - Super Lawyers, “Super Lawyer: Construction Litigation”
  • 2014-2016 - San Diego Business Journal, “Best of the Bar”
  • 2015-2016 - San Diego Magazine, “Top Lawyers: Community Association Counsel”
  • 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
  • Events & Speaking Engagements

    The Prescott Companies Client Appreciation Event @ Stone Brewing World Bistro and Garden, Liberty Station
    Aug 31 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    CAI National Statewide Legal Forum
    Oct 19 – Oct 20 all-day
    CAI National Statewide Legal Forum

    The CAI Legal Forum offers two education programs—one for community managers and one for board members and other homeowner leaders. Sessions are presented by expert panels, including government officials, seasoned management professionals and members of the prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers, a professional organization that represents the very best attorneys in the industry.

    Join Jon H. Epsten, Esq, as a speaker at this event and Tiffany Christian, who will be an exhibitor

    CAI-National Statewide Legal Forum
    Oct 19 – Oct 20 all-day
    CAI National Community Association Law Seminar
    Jan 31 – Feb 3 all-day

    Join Jon H. Epsten, Esq as he speaks at CAI’s Law Seminar which provides a unique learning opportunity to discuss emerging trends and legislative issues important to the practice of community association law—as well as excellent opportunities for professional networking. The Community Insurance and Risk Management Specialist Insurance Masters Program is conducted concurrently with the Law Seminar.

    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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