Jonathan D. Dykstra
is experienced in managing all phases of conflicts from pre-litigation through appeals, in both state and federal courts. He has particular expertise in preparing cases for trial, and has had consistantly successful results as lead and associate trial counsel. His wide-ranging litigation experience encompasses all manner of business disputes, including premises liability, torts, employment, consumer finance, and real estate.
Jonathan earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law following his service as a Corporal with the United States Marine Corps., during which time he was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom. For his service, Jonathan was awarded multiple awards, including the Combat Action Ribbon. Earlier, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Biola University.
University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA
Juris Doctor, May 2008
- William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition
Biola University, La Mirada, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, December 2004
- Torrey Honors Institute (1998-2001)
- Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies Oxford Honors Program (Winter/Spring 2000)
SEVERSON & WERSON, APC Irvine, CA
Associate, Financial Services Litigation Group August 2008 – Present
- Participate in and manage all phases of litigation, from inception through resolution, in state and federal courts, focusing on financial services litigation. Obtained favorable results at all phases of litigation, including law and motion practice, mediation, settlement, and trial.
- Evaluate, develop, and implement strategies for fact investigation and case development. Identify and prepare witnesses. Assess settlement viability.
- Draft various documents, including pleadings, motions, discovery, appellate briefs, and settlements.
- Obtained defense judgments in two bench trials as either the only attorney and first chair respectively.
- Extensive Law and Motion practice. Prepared for and successfully argued more than 200 motions, including motions for summary judgment, demurrers, discovery motions, motions in limine, motions to dismiss. Also, submitted Respondent’s Briefs and presented oral arguments to appellate courts.
- Consult with clients regarding risk tolerance and balance objectives on a case-by-case basis. Identify and communicate potential strategies to reduce the risk of future litigation.
- Taken and defended more than 75 depositions.
- Maintain substantially independent contact with clients and opposing counsel.
CROWELL & MORING Irvine, CA
Summer Associate 2007
- Conducted legal research, drafted memoranda, attended court hearings, including at the appellate level. Worked directly with partners in various practice groups, including anti-trust litigation, insurance defense litigation, government contracts and corporate law.
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. RESERVE
Camp Pendleton, CA
Corporal of Marines, 4th LAR Battalion 1998-2003
- Ensured a constant state of readiness for 25 Light Armored Vehicles and their equipment. Activated for Operation Iraqi Freedom from February to November of 2003. Awards include Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and multiple Letters of Commendation.
- California Bar (2008) – Bar No. 258947
- Nevada Bar (2009) – Bar No. 11372