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Jonathan Hembree
  • Associate


Pasadena, CA




Prior to joining Cunningham Swaim, Jonathan worked with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where he tried numerous cases to verdict. His experience in the City Attorney’s office taught him not only how to be quick on his feet, but also how to artfully navigate jury trials.

And Jonathan’s unique experience extends well beyond the courtroom. Not many lawyers can say that they drive a food bank truck in their spare time, but Jonathan’s desire to serve his community has literally put him behind the wheel for M.E.N.D., a charity organization based in Pacoima, California, that distributes food to thousands of needy families and homeless persons each month.

Areas Of Practice

  • Appellate
  • Aviation
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Products Liability

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California


  • University of California, Davis School of Law, Davis, California
    • J.D. - 2010
  • University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    • B.A. - 2006
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Etheridge v. Reins International California, Inc., 172 Cal.App.4th 908, 2009

Representative Cases

  • Phillips v. American Hapkido, Drafted and won a motion for summary judgment on an “assumption of the risk” defense, and also drafted appellate briefing resulting in a favorable opinion defending the matter on appeal
  • Julian v. US Airways, Inc., Drafted and won a favorable summary judgment in this aviation, multiple cause-of-action tort case in California state court based on the federal treaty, known as the “Montreal Convention.
  • Fletcher v. American Airports Corporation, et al., Obtained dismissal with attorney’s fees via Anti-SLAPP motion in this breach of contract eviction case in California state court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office
  • Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein of the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Clerk
  • California Attorney General’s Office, Intern

Pro Bono Activities

  • M.E.N.D., Volunteer, 2010 to Present


  • English