Jonathan R. Ehtessabian



Jonathan R. Ehtessabian has over 15 years of civil litigation experience, specializing in medical malpractice/healthcare litigation, employment litigation, personal injury, and business litigation.  He is currently licensed to practice in California State Courts as well as the United States Southern District Court of California.

Mr. Ehtessabian was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2006 and obtained a 12-0 verdict in his first civil jury trial as a first chair trial attorney in 2008. Since then, he has tried several high-profile cases alongside Neil Dymott senior shareholder, Clark Hudson, and is a passionate courtroom advocate. Mr. Ehtessabian understands how to approach all phases of litigation from initial discovery to law & motion work to jury trials and appeals. His approach is to maintain a broad perspective to understand how each side interprets the facts. He focuses on evidence that is likely to be admitted at trial or arbitration and, in this way, is able to identify core issues and effectively develop and argue key evidence. 

Mr. Ehtessabian believes our ever-evolving system of laws and dispute resolution is a powerful force in shaping our society and legal professionals bear great responsibility to do right. In addition to his litigation practice, he founded and operates, a mission-driven coffee business that bridges his communities in Latin America and the United States and focuses on health, environment, and socioeconomic justice. In his communities, Mr. Ehtessabian has consistently provided pro bono services, including representation of political asylees and unaccompanied children with the Casa Cornelia Legal Aid Center, environmental legislation with the San Diego Surfrider Foundation, and community development with the Grupo Activo de Los Pargos.



  • 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