Our lawyers have extensive experience in a range of legal areas. We can offer you professional advice and effective representation to help you in many areas of the law. Please see our list of practice areas below and request a consultation with us today!

Meet the Team!


Principal Attorney

Jon Webster

Jon guides the firm’s staff and manages major cases and matters for the firm on behalf of individual and business clients.  He has tried numerous cases to verdict and has appeared before the California Court of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.  He has tried complex civil litigation matters, including class action and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) cases.

Jon previously represented the California Pawnbrokers Association (CAPA) in both civil matters and in crafting legislation concerning California pawn and secondhand dealer law.  He litigated and prevailed on behalf of former Los Angeles Police Department officers in the seminal training reimbursement case entitled, In re Acknowledgment Cases, (2015) 239 Cal.App.4th 1498.

When not working with staff or clients, Jon enjoys hanging out with his two German Shepherd Dogs, Ranger and Lilith.


Law School: John F. Kennedy University SOL
Undergraduate Degree: California State University Sacramento


Admittance: 12/07/1988

Senior Litigation Counsel

David Lavine

David began his career in the highly-selective Honors Program and as an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Department of Justice, where he prosecuted immigration and narcotics crime, real estate and other financial fraud, and computer crime violations, among other cases.  Since then, he has brought civil cases and defended clients in the federal and state courts and in administrative proceedings. Along the way, he has lectured on criminal justice topics at training programs domestically and abroad, has taught litigation and trial lawyering skills at several law schools, and has served as a judge pro tem in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Superior Courts.

David is equipped to handle all aspects of your civil case and places the greatest value on client satisfaction – that each client is heard, and informs the overall legal strategy and the decisions taken in a case through its completion.  David understands that a successful trial result or settlement of a legal dispute may vindicate a client’s principled position — and, just as often, may propel. restore, or re-set a client on a path toward business success or individual well-being.

David lives in San Francisco with his wife and twin children.  In his free time, he enjoys swimming, travel and classic rock.


Law School: UC Berkeley School of Law
Undergraduate Degree: UC Berkeley


Admittance: 1993

Senior Litigation Attorney

Marta R. Vanegas

Marta’s main areas of practice are labor and employment law, business law, civil rights law, and general civil litigation. She is a zealous and compassionate advocate for her clients, unafraid to go the extra mile for a successful resolution of their situations. Marta approaches each case with a keen sense of justice and with her immense knowledge of California’s exacting labor and employment statutes.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, Marta calls California home for the past two decades. Prior to Jon Webster Law Group, Marta served as Deputy Legislative Counsel in Sacramento, California, drafting legislative proposals and providing counsel to legislators on labor, employment, and business law issues. She also builds on her experience of eight years as a Patent Paralegal at two large San Francisco law firms’ intellectual property practices.

When not in the office, Marta serves as a Director on the Governing Board of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA). Marta is a Past President of the Board of the CCCBA’s Employment Law Section and serves as President of the Business Law Section. Marta is also an Editor of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. Marta volunteers on the Parent-Faculty Club of Clayton Valley Charter High School as Parliamentarian and Auditor and serves as a Judge at the UC Davis School of Law Annual Intraschool Negotiations Competition. An avid reader and occasional yogi, Marta keeps herself (somewhat) fit through dancing, gardening, and never-ending home renovations.


Law School:

  • UC Davis School of Law (J.D. 2011)
  • ELTE University of Budapest, Hungary (J.D. summa cum laude 1998
  • Central European University (LL.M. degree in International Business Law)


Admittance: December 2011

Associate Attorney

Dustin Burton

Dustin is an Associate Attorney at Jon Webster Law Group. Dustin was previously our firm’s Office Manager and Law Clerk. He graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Western Hemispheric Studies. Dustin then went on to study at University of California, Davis. School of Law and was admitted into the bar in November of 2019.

Dustin primarily works on cases involving labor and employment and estate planning. He has experience in assisting clients with wage and hour claims, conservatorships and entity formation.

He is also a certified Notary Public. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his Wife and his Shih Tzu, Barnaby.


Law School: UC Davis School of Law
Undergraduate Degree: University Of California, Davis


Admittance: 11/19/2019


Ray Sims

Ray graduated from California State University East Bay in 2016.  He holds a certificate in paralegal studies.  Prior to working as our Paralegal, Ray worked as a paralegal in a criminal defense and civil rights law firm.

Ray is also our resident IT professional as he has worked several years as a corporate computer and network consultant, holding a CompTIA A+ certification. Ray is also a certified Notary Public.


Rudy Alatorre

Rudy joined our firm in 2021 as our newest Paraglegal. Rudy previously interned for our office as a Junior Paralegal while obtaining his Paralegal Certificate from California State University East Bay. Rudy received his undergraduate education from San Francisco State in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Rudy is also a certified Notary Public.

In his free time, Rudy enjoys working out, hiking, and trying new restaurants.


Charles Chu

About Our Firm

Our firm practices Labor & Employment, Real Property, Estate Planning, Construction Disputes and Business Law.

We practice wage and hour law where employees are denied either regular or overtime wages, suffered missed meal or rest periods (breaks) or have been required to sign or are being sued for breaking “training reimbursement agreements”​ required by employers. We can assist in the review, creation and/or negotiation of severance agreements.

If you operate a small business in California, we defend your enterprise against unsubstantiated wage claims, craft customized employee handbooks, Injury and Illness Prevention Plans (IIPPs), conduct workplace investigations, and draft business buy-sell agreements. We represent landlords in commercial and residential transactions and can assist in lease review and/or modification.

For the past fifteen years, we have served as counsel for the California Pawnbrokers Association and we represent over one hundred pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers and title lenders in California in a variety of regulatory and civil matters and business transactions.


Jon Webster law Group has access to offices in locations across California, making it easy for our clients to see us at a location that suits them. Please click on one of the links below to learn more about each of our locations.


  •   If I could give 10 stars I would! Jon and his team are some of the most professional and caring individuals my family and I have come across. My father and I walked into our consult with Jon with tears in our eyes and full of confusion. As a small business owner, a lawsuit can be your worst nightmare. Jon showed so much compassion, patience and understanding for our case. He did an outstanding job with the representation and we will forever be grateful for his honest and hard work.

    If you're in need of an knowledgable, efficient and dedicated attorney - Jon Webster is definitely the one!

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      I want to extend my deepest gratitude and thanks to Jon Webster and his entire team at Jon Webster law group for representing and successfully resolving my employment law issue.

    Jon Webster: Your knowledge and leadership were the calm in the storm. Thank you for making me feel like any question or concern I had was important. Thank you for taking the time in advance to do your due diligence to ensure my case was a journey we both wanted to endeavor on.
    Thank you for allowing me ownership in my decisions and not telling me what I wanted to do. Thank you for recognizing moments of unease for me during this process and reassuring me my emotions were valid throughout the process. Thank you for getting me JUSTICE and VALIDATION!
    I also want to give credit to John and acknowledge his ability as a leader by forming a supportive and knowledgeable team around him. Everyone at Jon Webster Law made me and my concerns feel important.

    Jamal Jackson: Thank you for being my champion during this process. Whenever I needed clarity on an issue, you took the time to sit down with me and make sure I understood the problem and the facts, which empowered me to make the most informed decisions for myself and my circumstances. Thank you for being my voice during all of the proceedings and ensuring that my complaints were heard and validated!
    Thank you for the copious amount of research you constantly did to be prepared. I never felt for a moment that you weren't on top of things. Thank you for being a shoulder and an ear in this process. When I had moments of doubt, you picked me up and validated the many emotions my case stirred up. Most importantly, you helped explain to me just how common some of my feelings were. That may not be a big deal to some, but to me, during our time together, it was a Godsend and an anchor to reality I didn't even realize I needed. Thank you!
    I look forward to hearing more great things about your career and to proudly telling the world, "That's my Lawyer!"

    Dustin Burton: Thank you for always making yourself a resource during my case, even though you were busy managing your own caseload. You made sure that you would be there for me if I needed anything and couldn't get ahold of John or Jamal. I also appreciate that given my case was not your first priority, you still knew the pulse of mine just in case I needed you. Thank you. I appreciate your kindness whenever I entered the office and for making me feel supported throughout my case! John is fortunate to have you.

    Ray Sims: Thank you for your professionalism and courtesy with me the many times I called the office and for your always prompt, and thorough responses. Thank you for always ensuring I was taken care of when I visited the office.

    I appreciated that you took your time with me during my initial intake call. I never felt rushed. Even though I know I was distraught and speaking a million words a second during that time. Ray LISTENED. And when he was unsure of something, I mumbled; he politely asked follow-up questions. Thank you for setting the stage and explaining how the process would work after our intake call. Knowing what to expect in the early stages was incredibly helpful for my anxiety and nerves during this time.
    Thank you for always telling me when you would get back to me and doing it.

    Hallie Makrakis: Thank you for being a part of my team. The amount of knowledge you had about my professional background and the details of my case at all times was impressive. I also want to commend you for the incredible amount of research you put into my case. Knowing that every member of my team was so well versed and prepared provided me with an astonishing amount of swagger and confidence! Knowing that I could come to you for ANY concern or questions that I had at any time was a valuable resource for me.

    Thank you for explaining the process throughout my case and speaking to me in English, not lawyer-speak. Your ability to take a very complex topic and break it down to its core points so that I understood it is nothing short of impressive. Thank you for empowering me by educating me on the process in a language I could understand.

    Your future and career are bright, and I am proud to say Hallie was a part of my team that brought me justice.

    To the person reading this, wondering if the Jon Webster Law group is for them. I assure you this is the team and people you want fighting for you. Jon and his team are honest and upfront. They do their due diligence. They did not make wild promises. Instead, they educate you on the process. And by doing so, they empower YOU to make the right choices for you, the most important person!

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      Jon replied to my online request nearly instantly. We were low on time and from Friday afternoon when I first made contact until Sunday evening he remained in regular communication and a constant ally. He provided honest feedback and would only accept a retainer fee if certain feasibility standards could be secured. As a real estate broker, I especially value the priority of client success over profit. We are forever grateful for Jon's expertise, ethics and professional direction. The staff diversity is a bonus!

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  •   Within a day of sending a consultation request, I got a call and chatted with the team. They offered amazing advice and resources. I appreciated the candor and the quick turnaround time. Definitely worth contacting them of you have any issues they can potentially help resolve.

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      I needed a quick answer for my case to make a decision within a day. I reached out Jon Webster Law Group and described my case. I received a satisfactory answer within a few hours which helped me with my decision. Really appreciate the help!

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      We met with Mr. Webster as we needed help with recovering wages. He accommodated two in person meetings to listen to our concerns and provide valuable feedback. We appreciate Mr. Webster's time and input!

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  •   I'd give ten stars if i could. I reached out to Jon Webster law group when i was at my lowest. Jon Webster and his assistants are amazing. From our first conversation they are very understanding and helpful. Jon has went over and beyond for me. He is very smart and on top of everything. Thank you for everything Mr. Webster.

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      Jon Webster is informative and cares about his clients. It was easy to set up an appointment with his really nice staff. During the appointment he took time and was able to answer all of my questions. He is very professional and was able to help me. I highly recommend him and will be returning for any future questions I have. I am super happy to have an amazing local lawyer!

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      This review is for Dustin Burton. My family and I recently went through the unbearable loss of our mother. Emotionally, I was a wreck. I couldn't think straight, let alone think about all the paperwork and processes associated with ensuring her estate was taken care of. Dustin went above and beyond for us to ensure we were provided compassionate, competent, and professional legal services. He picked up and spoke to us on the phone and answered our questions. When he didn't know the answer, he researched the issue and followed up. He made several personal visits when paperwork needed to be signed and completed.  The services he provided included: legal research, will drafting, notary services, estate declarations, dispute resolution, and lodging documents with the court. Notably, Dustin provided these services during a worldwide pandemic. My family and I are incredibly grateful to have had Dustin help guide us through the most traumatic period of our lives. He is an incredible asset to this firm and a wonderful advocate for his clients.

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  •   I called Mr. Webster and he was so helpful. He was fully attentive to our needs, validated our issues, and gave us many solutions. We felt reassured with his extensive knowledge of the law and sound advice which prevented us from making a mistake. Any other lawyer wouldn't have offered me this help. I know because I talked to 10 other lawyers before I got a hold of him.
    We are very thankful for his time and effort.
    We definitely highly recommend him!

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      This law firm helped my dad greatly through an age discrimination case. Would highly recommend.

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      I would give them even 10 stars! Jon is very smart and straight to the point. I won one case with his help! I absolutely recommend him!!!

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Jon Webster Law Group, APC is licensed to practice in California, Arizona, Hawaii and the District of Columbia.