Individual and Small Business Defense

Colin H. Jewell, Esq.



Colin H. Jewell, Esq.

Colin H. Jewell attended Department of Defense high schools in London, England, and Okinawa, Japan.  He received his B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1980 and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1985.


Mr. Jewell began his legal career as a medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury lawyer in San Francisco, practicing on the plaintiff side with Bostwick & Tehin (1986-1989) and as a defense attorney with Glynn & Harvey (1989-1993).  He defended an officer of Technical Equities Corporation in state and federal securities fraud litigation and successfully represented Point Tiburon condominium owners and commercial tenants in construction defect litigation.  He had his own litigation practice in Hayward (1993-2000), where he also was of counsel to Spile & Siegal, an Encino insurance defense firm specializing in defense of real estate agents and brokers (1997-2000).


Mr. Jewell joined the law firm of Cholakian & Associates in 2002, where he specializes in complex litigation, high exposure personal injury cases, defense of property owners, employment discrimination, construction defect, subrogation, insurance coverage, and defense of San Francisco Bay Area Public Housing Authorities.  He was a Senior Associate Attorney in the general litigation group of Walsworth, Franklin, Bevins & McCall’s San Francisco office (2006-2010), before returning in 2010 to Cholakian & Associates, where he is Senior Counsel.


Mr. Jewell is an experienced trial attorney and excellent writer and has briefed and argued a number of published appellate decisions, including Demps v. San Francisco Housing Authority (2007) 149 Cal.App.4th 564; Martinez v. Scott Specialty Gases, Inc. (2000) 83 Cal.App.4th 1236; Hejmadi v. Amfac, Inc. (1988) 202 Cal.App.3d 525; and Elrod v. Oregon Cummins Diesel, Inc. (1987) 195 Cal.App.3d 692.  He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and Central District of California.