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Josi Kennon Swonetz

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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. Josi 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.

Josi 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.

Josi'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.

Before joining Allen Matkins, she was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP.


  • J. Clifford B. Wallace Inns of Court
  • Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Southern District Representative
  • California Association of Black Lawyers, Board of Directors
  • San Diego Chamber of Commerce, Member (Small Business Roundtable Committee)


  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers' San Diego Rising Stars (2015 - 2017)
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Josi received her J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law. While in law school, she served as notes editor for the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, worked for the Post-Conviction Justice Project, was academic co-chair for the Black Law Student's Association, and was mentorship co-chair for the Women's Law Association. She also worked as a judicial extern for Judge Peter Busch and Judge Ronald Quidachay of the Superior Court of California. She received her B.A., cum laude, in theater arts and her B.S., cum laude, in political science from Santa Clara University.

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • All California State Courts
  • 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