Jump to Navigation

Jonathan M. Turner

Email MeJonathan M. Turner

Los Angeles, California

Jonathan M. Turner is a founding partner at Epstein Turner Weiss, previously known as Epstein, Turner & Song. 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 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, the San Diego Port District Authority, and the City of Oceanside. He has served on the California State Bar Committee for the development of a state certification program for labor and employment law practitioners.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment discrimination defense
  • Sexual harassment defense
  • Wrongful termination defense
  • National Labor Relations Board election and unfair labor practice proceedings
  • Labor-management relations
  • Wage and hour matters
  • ERISA and employee benefits disputes
  • Unfair competition and trade secret litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, California
    • J.D. - 1981
  • California State University, Chico, California
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Major: Psychology, with honors

Published Works

  • “Wage and Hour Laws for On-Site Managers” Jonathan M. Turner, Daily Journal, Aug. 15, 2012
  • “Discovery in NLRA Section 10(j) Proceedings” Jonathan M. Turner and Jesse M. Koppin , 27 A.B.A. J. Lab. & Emp., L. 385 , 2012
  • “NLRA vs. Cal-WARN: Which law prevails during a labor dispute?”, Westlaw Journal Employment, Vol. 26, No. 7, 2011
  • “Personnel Impact” , Jonathan M. Turner and Lawrence J. Song, Los Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 24, No. 7, 2001
  • “Personnel Impact: Traps and Pitfalls in Employee Layoffs”, Jonathan M. Turner and Lawrence J. Song, Computer & Internet Lawyer, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2002


  • Discovery in NLRA 10(j) Hearings, American Bar Association - Fifth Annual Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, Seattle, Washington, November 4, 2011
  • Speaker, Council on Education in Management

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • 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