Jonathan M. Blute

Jonathan M. Blute

580 California Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415.788.1900
Fax: 415.393.8087


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Primary Practice Areas

Professional Liability

Employment

Real Estate

Admissions

  • All Courts in the State of California
  • United States District Court for the State of California, Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • B.A., University of Richmond; Leadership Studies, minors in Political Science and Economics

Jonathan M. Blute

Director

Mr. Blute maintains an active trial and appellate practice focused on representing and protecting businesses and professionals from all manner of civil liability - including defense of malpractice, employment, and personal injury claims; as well as offering advice for strategic planning, business formation and governance, contract negotiations, and risk management.

Mr. Blute is adept at identifying those cases in which the most favorable result is an early resolution, or no litigation at all; he has resolved millions of dollars' worth of claims at all stages of litigation, ranging from pre-filing to trial.

Mr. Blute is recognized by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law. He has also been selected to the Northern California Rising Star list by Super Lawyers magazine seven times since 2013. In his personal life, Mr. Blute admits to being an avid Red Sox fan and a mediocre guitar player.

Representative Matters

  • Defense judgment after trial against a $3 million complaint arising out of employee embezzlement and prevailed on indemnity cross-complaint for defense fees and costs.
  • Dismissal of million-dollar legal malpractice complaint on demurrer.
  • 12-0 defense jury verdict after trial of wrongful termination/whistleblower retaliation complaint.
  • Resolved construction and design defect cases with tens of millions of dollars in potential exposure.

Professional and Community Contributions

Mr. Blute is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco's Legal Malpractice Section Committee.

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • A Powerful Tool: Section 998 Offers to Compromise, Bar Association of San Francisco, September 21, 2017
  • Potential Medi-Cal Pitfalls in Estate Practice and How to Avoid Them, Bar Association of San Francisco, co-presented with Peter L. Weber, December 2014

Published Appellate Decisions

  • Riggs v. Prober & Raphael, 681 F.3d 1097, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, June 8, 2012 — published opinion interpreting provision of Federal Debt Collection Reporting Act regulating debt collector's initial communications with debtor.

Unpublished Appellate Decisions

  • Lico v. Prioste, et al., California Court of Appeal, First District (2017) – Defeated appeal of summary judgment dismissing legal malpractice complaint on statute of limitations grounds.
  • Ruch v. Ackerman, Court of Appeals of California, First District, Division Five, August 31, 2011 – successfully appealed denial of motion to dismiss malicious prosecution case against attorney defendants.
  • Jardine v. Twin Creeks, California Court of Appeal, First District, November 24, 2010 – defeated appeal of Homeowners' Association's nonsuit judgment arising out of HOA member's CC&R dispute.

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