Jonathan Cannon

Hon. Jonathan H. Cannon (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Judge Pro Tem

Case Manager
Denise Mitchell
T: 714-937-8229
F: 714-939-8710
5 Park Plaza, Suite 400, Irvine, CA 92614


Hon. Jonathan H. Cannon (Ret.) is highly regarded among both plaintiff and defense counsel as a knowledgeable and perceptive jurist who quickly gets to the factual and legal issues involved in construction defect disputes. He is recognized for his talent at assessing cases, drawing issues together promptly, sizing up quickly the real needs and desires of the parties, and effecting equitable resolutions.

Prior to his 20 years of judicial service on the Orange County trial courts, Judge Cannon was in private practice as a trial attorney for 14 years. As an attorney, he gained a balanced perspective from initially defending insurance companies and, later, representing plaintiffs in lawsuits against insurance companies.

Judge Cannon's background and experience make him an ideal choice for settling even the most complex construction defect matters.

Representative Matters

  • Extensive experience mediating construction defect disputes involving hotels, office buildings, and other commercial real estate properties
  • Mediated construction defect cases involving many individual homes in several different housing tracts
  • Mediated dispute involving subcontractors and grout injections to stabilize foundations
  • Settled numerous matters between contractors, subcontractors, developers, and purchasers involving many different construction defects and delay claims including roofing defects, plastering defects, soil substance issues, grading, and mold in single-family and condominium projects
  • Successfully mediated many construction defect disputes involving contractors and multi-subcontractors on custom private homes, including one that was 30,000 square feet
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • California Judges Association, 1987-present
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Long Beach Bar Association, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past President, Orange County Division of the California League of Cities

ADR Profile

  • Judge, Superior Court, Orange County, 1989-2007
    • Supervising Judge, Family Law Court, four years
    • Member, Complex Civil Panel, five years
  • Judge, Municipal Court, West Orange County Judicial District, 1987-1989
  • Mayor, Garden Grove, 1980-1987
  • Vice Chairman, Garden Grove Redevelopment Agency, 1978-1987
  • City Councilman, City of Garden Grove, 1978-1980
  • Partner, Grisham & Cannon, Orange, CA, 1982-1987
  • Partner, Grisham, Vandenburg, Nott, Conway & Cannon, Long Beach, CA, 1975-1982
    • Associate, Grisham, Vandenburg, Nott & Conway, 1973-1975
  • Deputy City Prosecutor, Long Beach, CA, 1971-1973
  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA

Counsel Comments

    • “It was like a business partnership splitting up. He exhibited a real ability to get to some of the factual and legal issues pretty quickly. In pretty quick order, he was able to size up the real needs and desires [of the couple] maybe better than they were able to express.”



Practice Areas

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Estates/Probate/Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Franchise
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
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