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

Employment Law


Professional Liability

Real Estate


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


  • 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


Mr. Blute maintains an active trial and appellate practice focused on representing and defending businesses and professionals against all manner of malpractice, employment, and commercial claims. His litigation experience also equips him to provide effective advice related to strategic planning, business formation and governance, contract negotiations, and risk management including design and construction defects.

Mr. Blute is also adept at identifying those cases in which the most favorable result is an early resolution, and has settled several cases with multi-million dollar exposure 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 was also selected to the 2013 – 2015 and 2017 - 2019 Northern California Rising Star list by Super Lawyers magazine.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a defense judgment after trial against a $3 million negligent supervision complaint related to employee embezzlement; prevailed on indemnity cross-complaint for defense fees and costs.
  • Achieved settlement of a complaint for sexual and racial harassment, battery, and wage violations on behalf of local branch of a national restaurant chain.
  • Obtained dismissal of million dollar legal malpractice complaint on demurrer.
  • Obtained summary judgment for national vehicle rental agency on personal injury complaint arising out of trip-and-fall accident in parking lot.
  • Settled multi-million dollar demand legal malpractice case prior to summary judgment. Settled several construction and design defect cases resolving 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.

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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