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Rian W. Jones, Esq.

Appellate Department Chair
Litigation Department Chair

Practice Areas

Appellate Litigation
Civil Litigation
Community Association Counsel

Legal Assistant: Suzi Estilow


Brigham Young University, 1973-1975
Western State University
(now Thomas Jefferson School of Law), 1981, 1984

Affiliations and Memberships

State Bar of California
San Diego County Bar Association
Community Associations Institute (CAI)
California Association of Community Managers (CACM)
The Honorable J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court


Rian W. Jones is the Chair of the Litigation and Appellate Departments at our firm with over 35 years of experience and having tried over 70 Superior Court jury and bench trials. Rian focuses on all aspects of civil litigation handled by the firm including enforcement of CC&Rs, the defense of homeowner associations and HOA boards, Employment Law, Real Property issues and General Liability claims including environmental claims (mold, asbestos, etc.). Rian has earned an AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rating from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and has received numerous awards and professional recognition including being named as one of San Diego’s Top Lawyers and one of the Top Lawyers in California. Rian is a Barrister in the American Inns of Court Foundation.

During his career, Rian has successfully handled lawsuits involving claims of personal injury, property damage, product liability, premises liability, breach of contract, toxic tort claims, employment law/ wrongful termination claims, fraud, conversion and unfair business practices. Rian has argued cases in both State and Federal Courts of Appeal and has been involved in precedent setting published cases in the Courts of Appeal, notably:

Rancho Mirage Country Club Homeowners Assn. v. Hazelbaker (2016) 2 Cal.App.5th 252

Trilogy at Glen Ivy Maintenance Assn. v. Shea Homes, Inc. (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 361

PV Little Italy, LLC v. MetroWork Condominium Assn. (2012) 210 Cal.App.4th 132

Coronado Cays Homeowners Assn. v. City of Coronado (2011) 193 Cal.App.4th 602

Chapala Management Corp. v. Stanton (2010) 186 Cal.App.4th 1532

Rian attended Brigham Young University and Western State University in San Diego where he received his B.S. (1981) and J.D. (1984) degrees. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1985 and also is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been a lecturer for various continuing legal education programs dealing with Civil Procedure, Litigation, Depositions and Jury Selection. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Superior Courts hearing settlement conferences, and has been an Arbitrator on the Court’s approved panel since 1990, having heard and decided over 100 arbitrations in that time.

Rian is a native San Diegan and is active in his community and church. He has served as a Boy Scout Leader in various capacities including as a Varsity Team Coach and Explorer Post Advisor. Besides a life-long love for camping and hiking, Rian enjoys travel, photography, and golf. He is fluent in Italian and loves traveling to Italy.

Honors & Awards

  • 2012-2017 - San Diego Magazine, “Top Lawyers: Civil Litigation”
  • 2012-2017 - California Legal Network: "Top Lawyer: Highest In Ethical Standards & Professional Excellence
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