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Jonathan M. Turner

Partner, through his Professional Corporation - los angeles


Grand Master Hironori Otsuka (1892-1982), the founder of Wado Karate, is one of the most important people in martial arts in the 20th century. In 1934, he merged Okinawan karate and traditional Japanese jujutsu into Wado-Ryu Karate – meaning “School/ The Way to Peace/Harmony.” Through his writings, Otsuka taught that the way of martial arts must not be mere fighting technique, but the way of "peace and harmony."  Jonathan Turner, one of Otsuka’s grandsons, has learned during his years of law practice that he should make every effort to achieve a peaceful or harmonious resolution of his clients’ legal disputes, but that when all else fails, he must be prepared to demonstrate the fighting “warrior” spirit to protect and advance his clients’ interests. 

Jonathan’s mother, the daughter of Otsuka, met his father in Japan shortly after World War II. Despite Otsuka’s disapproval of the relationship, Jonathan’s parents eloped, causing a large riff between father and daughter that would last for decades. Many years later, a video circulated -- shorn of Otsuka’s knowledge or permission – that exploited proprietary clips of him performing Wado-Ryu Karate exercises.  Jonathan, by then an accomplished litigator, was asked by his mother to protect his grandfather’s legal interests in court. This was a momentous  accomplishment for Jonathan’s family because not only was the case successfully resolved, it also provided an opportunity for reconciliation between his mother and her side of the family.  Although her father had long passed away at the time of the case, her brother, who had succeeded her father as head of the Wado Ryu organization, expressed appreciation and gratitude for the work Jonathan was able to perform and the results accomplished. 

A now accomplished attorney, Jonathan upholds his grandfather’s teachings through his practice, representing employer clients in all facets of labor and employment law.


Legal Expertise

Jonathan Turner is a partner based in Los Angeles. He began his career in 1981 as an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board, Region 21 (Los Angeles). Before entering private practice in 1988, Mr. Turner was staff counsel for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, and corporate labor and employment counsel for Twentieth Century Fox. Throughout his career, Mr. Turner has represented management in all aspects of labor and employment law.

A significant portion of his practice is in the motion picture industry, where he has represented studios and other employers in labor arbitrations, administrative proceedings, court litigation, union avoidance issues, and collective bargaining negotiations. Mr. Turner has also successfully defended employers at trial and on appeal in wrongful termination cases involving claims for racial discrimination, age discrimination, sexual harassment, and breach of employment contract.

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Turner has spoken on the topic of employment and labor law at various events, including the ABA Employment and Labor Law Annual Conference, the Entertainment Industry Employment and Labor Law Annual Conference, and seminars and programs sponsored by the Council on Education in Management, the John Langston Bar Association, the Orange County Industrial Research Association, and the Goldman Sachs Legal Clinic for Small Businesses. Mr Turner also speaks regularly on workplace issues at training conferences and seminars for several of his property management clients. Mr. Turner has served on an exploratory committee for the California State Bar  to determine the feasibility of establishing a state certification program for labor and employment law practitioners.

Professional, Business and civic Affiliations

  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • John Langston Bar Association, Member
  • California Minority Counsel Program, Member
  • National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), Member





  • California
  • U.S. District Court
  •    Central District of California
  •    Eastern District of California
  •    Northern District of California
  •    Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeal
  •    Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


University of California Davis School of Law, J.D., 1981

California State University, B.A., 1978

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