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Certified Specialist, Appellate Law
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Jon R. Williams is a partner at Boudreau Williams llp, where he specializes in the handling of civil appeals and writs at both the state and federal court levels. He is certified as an "Appellate Specialist" by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, and in that capacity, regularly partners with other law firms and trial counsel to handle their complex appellate matters.
Mr. Williams has prepared and argued numerous appeals and writs, many of which have resulted in published opinions on a wide variety of issues, including the following victories (this is a partial list for representative purposes only):
- Civil Rights: Crowe/Houser v. County of San Diego
(2010) 593 F.3d 841
Reversal of district court's grant of qualified immunity in civil rights claims, establishing new precedent regarding attachment of 5th Amendment rights to custodial interrogations. Also included successfully defending against four separate petitions for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.
- Arbitration: Laswell v. A.G. Seal Beach, LLC
(2010) 189 Cal.App.4th 1399
Reversal of trial court's denial of petition to compel arbitration, enforcing binding arbitration agreement and establishing new precedent for the enforcement of multi-party arbitration agreements.
- Whistleblower Protection: Ohton v. Trustees of CSU (Ohton II)
(2010) 180 Cal.App.4th 1402
Reversal of denial of administrative writ of mandate, allowing client's claim to trial and ultimately resulting in multi-million dollar settlement for client. Also included successfully defending result at the California Supreme Court through amicus participation in lead case (Runyon v. Trustees of CSU (2010) 48 Cal.4th 760).
- Commercial Misappropriation: Miller v. Collectors Universe, Inc.
(2008) 159 Cal.App.4th 988
Reversal of judgment, allowing client new trial on claims for misappropriation of his name and likeness.
- Class Action Procedure: Lee v. Dynamex
(2008) 166 Cal.App.4th 1325
Reversal of denial of class certification, setting new standards for pre-certification discovery.
- Employment Rights: Tucker v. GUHSD
(2008) 168 Cal.App.4th 640
Enforcing rehiring rights and preference for laid-off classified employees.
- Writs of Attachment: Kemp Bros. Construction v. Titan Electric
(2007) 146 Cal.App.4th 1474
Reversal of $684,000 prejudgment writ of attachment levied against client's assets.
- Whistleblower Protection: Ohton v. Trustees of CSU
(2007) 148 Cal.App.4th 749
Reversal of summary judgment, allowing client's claim to
proceed to mandamus review.
- Elder Abuse: Marron v. Superior Court
(2003) 108 Cal.App.4th 1049
Reversal of summary adjudication resulting in significant expansion of scope of Elder Abuse Law in California.
- Probate Procedure: Estate of Kaila
(2001) 94 Cal.App.4th 1122
Reversal of probate court's finding client's claim constituted a will contest, thereby allowing client's claim to proceed on its merits.
- Civil Procedure: Dodge v. Superior Court
(2000) 77 Cal.App.4th 513
Reversal of new trial order resulting in preservation of underlying verdict and judgment for client.
Representative of recent unpublished victories also include the following (this is a partial list for representative purposes only):
- Civil Procedure: Briarwood v Lennar Homes of California
(2010) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth Dist., Div. One, No. D054803) Reversal of order granting nonsuit motion, allowing client's multi-million dollar claims arising out of a real property development dispute to proceed to trial.
- Elder Abuse: Buffa v. Superior Court
(2010) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth Dist., Div. Two, No. E051109) Reversal of order sustaining demurrer, allowing client's properly pled elder abuse and wrongful death claims to proceed to trial.
- Alter Ego Liability: McGrath v. Superior Court
(2010) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth Dist., Div. One, No. D056538) Reversal of summary judgment, allowing client's alter ego claims proceed to trial.
- Employment Discrimination: Blumenfeld v. Qualcomm
(2010) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth Dist., Div. One, No. D055441) Reversal of summary judgment, allowing client's claims for sexual harassment to proceed to trial.
- Punitive Damages: Poole v. Ravet
(2009) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth Dist., Div. One, No. D052586)
Affirmance and preservation of punitive damages awarded in favor of client on malicious prosecution claims.
- Probate Litigation and Procedure: Nabi v. Ali
(2008) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth Dist., Div. One,
No. D049670) Reversal of trial court allocation of joint
tenancy property in trust adminstration dispute.
- Commercial Contracts: U.S. Grant v. APMC
(2008) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth Dist., Div. One,
No. D048746) Reversal of $1.35 million breach of contract judgment and $950,000 in attorneys fees arising from dispute over hotel management agreement.
- Attorneys' Fees: Valentine v. La Jolla Bank
(2008) (Cal.Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One;
No. D049985) Affirmance of award of attorneys' fees
on behalf of client in real estate development transaction.
- Expert Fees: Fraser v. Rudick, et al.
(2007) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One,
No. D047358) Reversal of denial of award of expert fees and costs under Code of Civil Procedure section 998.
- Construction: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. v. Teng Li
(2005) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth Dist., Div. Three, No. G030544) Reversal resulting in $2.8 million reduction of
judgment against client.
- Eminent Domain/Condemnation: Caltrans v. Hall
(2005) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Div. One,
No. D045153) Affirmance and preservation of $8 million condemnation verdict for clients.
- Anti-Slapp: Garber v. Horton, Knox, Carter & Foote
(2005) (Cal. Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One,
No. D044794) Affirmance
After graduating cum laude from California Western School of Law in 1992, where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the California Western Law Review/International Law Journal, Mr. Williams joined San Diego's Boudreau & Trentacosta, llp, specializing for over six years in personal injury, products liability and professional negligence litigation. Mr. Williams next worked with San Diego-based Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, llp, focusing his practice almost exclusively on civil appeals and writs. Subsequently, as a partner at Ross, Dixon & Bell, llp, a national law firm based in Washington, D.C. – with offices also in Chicago, Orange County and San Diego – Mr. Williams handled exclusively complex appellate matters in California and across the country. He has continued that practice after establishing his own firm in 2007, Boudreau Williams llp.
Mr. Williams has consistently been honored as a “San Diego Superlawyer” (2008-2011), as well as a “Top 10 Attorney” in the San Diego Daily Transcript’s “Top Lawyers in San Diego County” for 2006; he was similarly honored as a semi-finalist in both 2005 and 2007. He currently sits on the Board of Directors and is an officer of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), where he serves as SDCBA Treasurer. Mr. Williams also served on the Board of Directors of Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (CASD) (2002-2008), where he was Civil Procedure editor for CASD’s Trial Bar News, publishing monthly articles on a number of civil procedure issues from 1996 to 2007. He is also a Past-President of the California Western School of Law Alumni Board of Directors, and is a member of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).
When not practicing law, Mr. Williams enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons, cycling, and surfing. He has also trained for and completed fifteen triathlons in the last six years.