Member Spotlight: Allen Matkins

About Ms. Swonetz:

Josi Kennon Swonetz is a senior counsel in the San Diego office of Allen Matkins. Her practice focuses on labor and employment law and commercial litigation.  Ms. Swonetz represents employers in state and federal court, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies on a broad range of employment matters, including discrimination and harassment based on gender, race, age, and disability, wrongful termination, retaliation, and wage and hour claims.  Ms. Swonetz regularly advises employers on various labor and employment issues, including advice regarding the FMLA, the CFRA, Title VII, the ADA, and the FLSA. She also assists clients in responding to complaints filed with the EEOC and DFEH.  Ms. Swonetz’s litigation experience includes all aspects of civil litigation, including motion practice, depositions, court hearings, trial preparation, arbitration preparation, mediation, and discovery. She has successfully argued demurrers, motions to dismiss, and ex parte motions.

Ms. Swonetz is a member of the J. Clifford B. Wallace Inns of Court, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, and is the Southern District Representative of the California Association of Black Lawyers.  She has been named one of San Diego’s Rising Star in the Super Lawyers Magazine from 2015-2017.

Josi Kennon Swonetz
Senior Counsel
San Diego
(619) 235-1560
(619) 233-1158 (fax)


About Allen Matkins:

Allen Matkins, founded in 1977, is a full-service real estate and business law firm with approximately 200 attorneys in four major metropolitan areas of California, including San Diego, as well as Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco. Allen Matkins represents many successful San Diego companies and is often involved in the region’s most high-profile real estate development projects. The firm’s attorneys have played key roles in the growth of San Diego’s business and legal communities and have established leadership positions at organizations with the most impact on the region’s social and economic development, such as the San Diego County Bar Association, the Building Industry Association (BIA) of San Diego, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) San Diego-Tijuana District Council, University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, the City of San Diego’s Historical Resources Board, and San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System, among others. The firm’s areas of legal services include real estate, construction, land use, environmental and natural resources; corporate and securities, real estate and commercial finance, bankruptcy, restructurings and creditors’ rights, joint ventures and tax; labor, employment and OSHA; and trials, litigation, risk management and alternative dispute resolution in all of these areas. For more information about Allen Matkins please visit