Jhe Jon Corn Law Firm provides a broad spectrum of legal services in all aspects of land use law, development rights, entitlements, permits, and litigation. The firm has extensive experience serving developers and property owners throughout California. Our practice areas include all California Coastal Commission and local coastal program matters including oceanfront development and seawalls; disputes with federal agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state agencies including the California Coastal Commission, and regional and local agencies including the Port of San Diego; boundary disputes (including both land and water boundaries); easements; oceanfront property rights; the California Coastal Act and local coastal programs, including new and evolving regulations addressing climate change, sea level rise, and managed retreat; regulations pertaining to environmentally sensitive habitat areas (ESHA) and wetlands; zoning and entitlements; California’s unique Density Bonus Law; the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); the Permit Streamlining Act; vacation and short-term rentals; acquisition due diligence; local ordinance and Coastal Act compliance; and code violations.
Jon Corn is an astute attorney and businessman. Combining these talents, he determines a best course of action taking legal, legislative, political and monetary issues into account. Jon is a very likeable professional who you want on your team. I recommend him highly to anyone who needs a trial lawyer, or property advice, especially if yours is along the coast.
No one knows and understands the legal issues of oceanfront ownership better than Jon. And, if you're a developer, you'll be glad to know that Jon has tremendous expertise in the Density Bonus Law, and he knows how to work with the cities and the Coastal Commission to get your project approved.
As a coastal engineer who has been working along the San Diego coastline for more than 40 years, I can highly recommend Jon Corn without hesitation. Few lawyers I've met have his grasp of the relevant engineering issues, and he most of all he knows how to work with people and get the job done.
The Jon Corn Law Firm helps property owners deal with the Coastal Commission, the most powerful state agency in California and possibly the United States. As the Coastal Commission's powers and reach continue to creep forward through their policy of managed retreat, Jon Corn and his team help property owners obtain coastal development permits without unreasonable special conditions, defend Coastal Act appeals, fight Coastal Act violation cases, and take on the Coastal Commission in court when necessary.
Jon represented our family with zeal and intensity in our decades long battle with the California Coastal Commission. He beat the Coastal Commission in court and convinced the judge to award us all attorney's fees and costs. After the Coastal Commission appealed, Jon got PLF to join the fight, and it continues now at the California Supreme Court.
The Coastal Commission appealed the City's approval of my beach stairs. Against what seemed like steep odds, Jon overcame a strongly negative staff report and convinced the Commission to grant a permit for beach stairs.
Jon knows coastal issues better than any other lawyer in town.
JCL’s attorneys are highly experienced trial attorneys who handle high-stakes matters before state and federal trial courts, courts of appeal, and arbitration panels. They have successfully litigated many cases before judges, juries, and appellate panels in complex land use matters; writ petitions against the Coastal Commission, Port of San Diego, and other governmental agencies; business and contract disputes; intellectual property matters, construction cases; density bonus matters; CEQA claims; and insurance matters. JCL attorneys understand that litigation is an expensive, time consuming, and aggravating remedy of last resort. They will do everything they can to avoid going to court, but when there is no other choice you can count on them to be aggressive, persuasive, and thorough.
Jon Corn efficiently handled several complex cases for us and achieved excellent results.
Jon Corn is a fantastic litigator and really knows how to win over juries. I highly recommend him.
Jon is a coastal property rights champion. He has worked tirelessly for the oceanfront owners in Solana Beach and Encinitas for almost 20 years.
Illustrative Cases Taken to Verdict (Partial List)
Lynch v. Coastal Commission
National Distributor v. Major Vehicle Manufacturer
CalBeach Advocates v. City of Solana Beach
Oceanfront Property Purchaser v. Real Estate Broker
Beach & Bluff Conservancy v. City of Solana Beach (and Coastal Commission and Surfrider Foundation as Intervenors)
McKellar Development v. Nationally Known Insurance Company
Merlin v. Safari Motor Homes and American Isuzu Motors
Grewal v. Safari Motor Homes
Purchasing an oceanfront or bayfront property requires a thorough understanding of a complex array of laws, ambulatory boundary issues, and permitting history. In most cases, the information needed to make an informed purchase decision is well beyond the grasp of the typical purchaser (and most real estate agents and lawyers). No one knows the complex set of rules and regulations that apply to coastal properties better than JCL's legal professionals. When considering the purchase of a multi-million dollar property in the coastal zone, you cannot be too careful. And if you are selling, JCL's attorneys can also help you craft the extremely thorough and far-reaching disclosures required by law so you can avoid legal problems down the road.
Do not buy anything on the oceanfront without talking to Jon Corn first.
If you're interested in making an informed, head's up decision, hire Jon Corn to run your due diligence.
In California, especially in the coastal zone, obtaining approvals and permits from local governments and the Coastal Commission can be an incredibly daunting and frustrating experience. JCL's legal professionals are here to help. Jon Corn is also a real estate broker and developer who has processed numerous subdivision tentative maps, some under the Density Bonus Law, and has obtained approvals for and built many commercial and residential structures, large and small. Arie Spangler, who is the daughter of the former, long-time Encinitas City Planner Bill Weedman, grew up discussing development challenges around her Encinitas dinner table.
When the Coastal Commission police knock on your door do 2 things: do not invite them in and call Jon Corn.
Jon has great relationships and has figured out how to simultaneously 'fight City Hall' and 'work with City Hall' with amazing aplomb.
Living on the oceanfront is grand, but living under such a complex set of regulations and rules is not. Thank you Jon Corn for your help.
When the Coastal Commission came after us for a fine in excess of $1,000,000, we hired Jon and he negotiated a fair, common sense resolution.
JCL attorneys are experts in easements and property boundaries (including water boundaries), and Irrevocable Offers to Dedicate (IODs). JCL attorneys offer counsel and litigation services for clients in the analysis and preparation of easements, and in determining boundaries between adjacent private property owners and between private property owners and the government.
On Jon's first visit to our home, he visualized the solution that we needed to solve our problems with our neighbors, and he made it happen. It took 2 lawsuits, but we got a great result.
JCL's attorneys accept property- and business-related tort cases ranging from nuisance and trespass to malicious prosecution and defamation.
Jon has the drive, compassion and integrity required to bring justice for victims of real corporate malfeasance.