Jonathan R. Ehtessabian

Jonathan R. Ehtessabian

Telephone 619.238.1712
Facsimile 619.238.1562

Practice Areas




Jonathan R. Ehtessabian joined Neil Dymott as an associate in 2006.  He specializes in civil litigation with practice areas including: medical malpractice/healthcare litigation, employment litigation, and business litigation.  He is admitted to practice in California State Courts as well as the United States Southern District Court of California. 

Mr. Ehtessabian was born in Dubuqe, Iowa.  He graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, in May 2000 where earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Spanish while playing four years varsity tennis and one year varsity football.  After spending a year studying language in Costa Rica, Mr. Ehtessabian relocated to Washington, D.C. in August 2001 to attend law school in the evenings at George Mason University while working full-time as a sports agent in professional tennis.  

In 2003, he dedicated to studying law full-time at the University of Iowa, where he simultaneously pursued a Masters Degree in Spanish.  While studying Law and Spanish at the University of Iowa, he worked part-time as a law clerk for the Iowa Coalition against Domestic Violence, and part-time teaching undergraduate Spanish courses.  He received both degrees in 2005 and passed the California bar in 2006.  Prior to joining Neil Dymott, Mr. Ehtessabian continued to work on behalf of battered women and children as an associate in the San Diego City Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit.

Upon joining Neil Dymott in October 2006, Mr. Ehtessabian made an immediate impact in San Diego's civil litigation community and was recognized in the San Diego Daily Transcript's annual "Top Young Attorneys" publication in 2007 & 2008.  He was selected as one of four finalists for that award in 2008.  In his first civil jury trial in 2008, he obtained a 12-0 verdict on behalf of San Diego's Office of the Public Conservator.  He has since tried several high profile cases alongside senior shareholder, Clark R. Hudson, primarily on behalf of healthcare professionals.  

In the San Diego community, Mr. Ehtessabian provides active pro bono services, including representation of political asylees and unaccompanied children for Casa Cornelia Legal Aid Center.  He also volunteers with the San Diego Surfrider Foundation, where he is currently involved in efforts to pass legislation banning plastic bags and Styrofoam in San Diego County and statewide.  He continues to spend significant time and energy in Costa Rica where, since 2013, he has been steadily building a business alongside the local community in Playa Negra, Guanacaste to promote progressive health and education.    



  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Iowa, M.A.
  • Luther College, B.A.

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California


  • American Inns of Court Welsh Chapter
  • San Diego Association for Healthcare Risk Management
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • San Diego Surfrider Foundation
  • Southern California Association of Health Risk Management