Jon R. Williams
Case Results

Jon has prepared and argued numerous appeals and writs, many of which have resulted in both published and unpublished opinions on a wide variety of issues, including the following victories (this is a partial list for representative purposes only):

  • Employment & Labor: Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court
    (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903
    Establishing new definitional criteria for “employees” and “independent contractors” in California
  • Post-Trial Civil Procedure: Kabran v. Sharp Memorial Hospital
    (2017) 2 Cal.5th 330
    Clarifying jurisdictional deadlines in post-trial proceedings
  • Terminating Discovery Sanctions: Lopez v. Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.
    (2016) 246 Cal.App.4th 566
    Reversing improperly imposed $13 million terminating discovery sanction
  • Construction and Employment: Blackwell v. Vasilas
    (2016) 244 Cal.App.4th 160
    Establishing negligence duty owed by hirer of unlicensed contractor
  • ERISA Rights and Remedies: Teutscher v. Woodson
    (2016) 835 F.3d 936 (9th Cir.)
    Elucidating availability of front-pay and other equitable remedies under ERISA
  • Tort Duty and Punitive Damages: Conti v. Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York, Inc.
    (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 1214
    Reversing $11 million in punitive damages for lack of cognizable legal duty
  • Whistleblower Protection: Diego v. Pilgrim United Church of Christ
    (2014) 231 Cal.App.4th 913
    Expanding Labor Code protections for “perceived whistleblowers”
  • Employment Rights: SDUSD v. Commission on Professional Competence
    (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th 1120
    Restoring right of teacher to retain professional license by enforcing proper procedure for review of teacher competence.
  • Evidence/Elder Abuse: Nevarrez v. San Marino Skilled Nursing & Wellness Centre
    (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 102
    Reversing mutli-million dollar verdict based upon misapplication of Business Records exception to the Hearsay Rule.
  • Employment/Preemption: Sciborski v. Pacific Bell Directory
    (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 1152
    Enforcing employment rights of unionized worker to pursue claims under California wage laws without being preempted under the federal Labor Management Relations Act.
  • Indian Sovereign Immunity: APMC v. Superior Court
    (2012) 206 Cal.App.4th 491
    Reversal of trial court’s grant of sovereign immunity to California corporation claiming that immunity as a subsidiary economic entity of the Sycuan Tribe while owning and operating the U.S. Grant Hotel.
  • 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 establishin g 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.

James S. Iagmin
Case Results

Jim has helped hundreds of people through large, complex cases. Here are just a few of his results:

  • Sexual Harassment VoyeurismTwo female law enforcement officers suffered serious emotional distress when their supervisor secretly video recorded them in the bathroom.
    JUDGMENT – $11,500,000
    PARTIAL SETTLEMENT – $1,000,000
  • Burn InjuryA lady was badly scalded while attempting to take a bath at a resort.
    SETTLEMENT - $9,500,000
  • Slip and FallA gentleman slipped on a wet floor and suffered a brain injury. He was unable to return to work.
    JURY VERDICT - $7,500,000
  • Auto v. PedestrianA boy suffered a serious brain injury when he was hit by a truck as he ran across a busy street. He needs careful supervision.
    SETTLEMENT - $4,500,000
  • Auto CollisionA gentleman suffered a serious brain injury when his car was struck from behind by a city truck.
    SETTLEMENT – $2,900,000
  • Trucking CollisionA gentleman suffered a serious brain injury in a collision with a tractor-trailer. He was unable to return to work and needs close supervision. In addition to the settlement, the gentleman kept his rights to lifetime medical care through workers compensation.
    SETTLEMENT - $2,750,000
  • Motorcycle CollisionA gentleman suffered serious orthopedic and internal injuries when a truck turned left in front of him. He made a nice recovery.
    SETTLEMENT - $2,250,000
  • Trip and FallA gentleman suffered a serious spinal cord injury when he tripped on a floor mat outside of a business.
    SETTLEMENT – $2,000,000
  • Auto CollisionA young gentleman suffered a badly broken ankle when he hit a stalled car on the freeway. The injury impacted his military career.
    JURY VERDICT - $1,700,000
  • Financial Elder Abuse / FraudA gentleman was defrauded out of the full value of his property by his real estate agent, who also represented the buyer.
    JURY VERDICT - $1,250,000
  • School Sexual AbuseA young lady was seduced by her high school teacher. The teacher’s co-worker’s failed to report their suspicions about the affair.
    JURY VERDICT - $1,250,000
  • Wrongful deathA gentleman was tragically killed when metal at a salvage yard fell on him.
    POLICY LIMITS SETTLEMENT – $1,000,000
  • Boating InjuryA lady suffered fractured vertebrae when the boat she was riding in hit a rogue wave. The injury required two surgeries.
    SETTLEMENT - $1,000,000

Every case is unique, as are the results. No one can guarantee results. However, Jim has the experience and skill to help you through the most challenging circumstances.