Jonathan J. Mott

Jonathan J. Mott

Partner

Practice Areas

Mr. Mott offers incisive, experienced analysis of legal problems and regularly works with clients in bringing economical and effective solutions to the enforcement of their rights. His practice areas include litigation and special education law.

Legal Experience

Mr. Mott has practiced in the area of education law since 1987, representing school and community college districts with emphasis in litigation, including construction contract and defect cases, special education appeals in federal court, employee and retirement benefits, eminent domain, insurance coverage, developer fees, and school facilities mitigation.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California

United States District Court, Central District of California

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Affiliations and Activities

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association

Member, Orange County Bar Association

Education

Juris Doctor, University of Washington School of Law, 1980

Bachelor of Science, Yale University, 1977

Selected Reported Decisions

Park v. Anaheim Union High School District
(9th Cir. 2006) 464 F.3d 1025 
Hearing officer and District Court decision denying all requested services for special education student upheld on appeal.

Los Angeles Unified School District v. City of Los Angeles
(1997) 58 Cal.App.4th 1019, 68 Cal.Rptr.2d 467 Amicus Curiae for Education Legal Alliance – EIR held insufficient because it failed to consider cumulative impact of noise and air pollution on schools.

Choice-in-Education League v. Los Angeles Unified School District
(1993) 17 Cal.App.4th 415, 21 Cal.Rptr.2d 303 
Amicus Curiae for Education Legal Alliance – Preliminary injunction against school district re: broadcasts of televised board meeting opposing ballot initiative reversed on appeal.

Canyon North Company v. Conejo Valley Unified School District
(1993) 19 Cal.App.4th 243, 23 Cal.Rptr.2d 495
Judgment for school district in developer’s suit to recover school facilities fees levied on projects affirmed on appeal.

William S. Hart Union High School District v. Regional Planning Commission of Los Angeles County
(1991) 226 Cal.App.3d 1612, 277 Cal.Rptr. 645
Amcius Curiae for Sulphur Springs Unified School District – Appellate court held that school facilities fee legislation did not preempt local decisions on zoning changes where inadequate school facilities could be a reason to deny a requested zone change.