Jon H. Tisdale

Retired Partner

Los Angeles – Downtown, CA
D 213.615.7077


  • J.D., University of Southern California Law School, 1980
  • B.A., California State Polytechnic University, cum laude, 1977

Jon Tisdale was a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Los Angeles office and is now retired from the firm. He practiced law in California for over 40 years with Gilbert Kelly, and with Freeman Mathis & Gary following the merger of the two firms in 2017. Mr. Tisdale was primarily engaged in the defense of multiple types of civil litigation, including products liability, professional negligence, premises liability, “bad faith” actions, sexual abuse, environmental torts, catastrophic injuries, the defense of private clubs, public golf courses and private golf clubs, healthcare professionals and provider networks. He  defended numerous architects and engineers in professional negligence actions. His clients include a wide array of industries, private companies and individuals, including product manufacturers, attorneys and law firms, engineers, accountants, business owners, restaurants and bars, private clubs and both domestic and international insurance carriers.

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Publications & Engagements
  • Obstacles to Settlement in High-Exposure and High-Profile Cases
  • The Smoke and Mirrors of Statutory Employment
  • Workers’ Compensation Lien Rights in Third Party Cases
  • Detection and Defense of Fraudulent Claims
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, Member, 1981 – Present
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Member, 2005 – Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member, 1981 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1981 – Present
Awards and Recognition
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating
  • 1998 Southern California Net Amateur Championship
  • 2000 Cravens Invitational Champion
  • 2011 San Gabriel CC Senior Club Champion
  • 2015 San Gabriel CC President’s Cup Champion
  • 1968 Eagle Scout
Classes/Seminars Taught
  • The Art of Voir Dire, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1992 – 2000