Jon M.Ichinaga, Esq., Chief Counsel

Jon M. Ichinaga, Esq.
Jon M. Ichinaga is the Chief Counsel, the prosecutorial arm of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.Immediately prior to becoming Chief Counsel, Jon Ichinaga was Special Projects Counsel | Mediator in the Mediation Division, where he successfully settled many DFEH employment and housing complaints. In addition, he has skillfully designed and taught clinical courses on civil rights practice at the DFEH-UCI School of Law Civil Rights Clinic, exposing law students to three core functions of DFEH—investigation, litigation, and mediation. He has further mentored the Department’s first class of Civil Rights Graduate Fellows in Los Angeles and Irvine, coaching them on class action practice in the Department’s Unruh Act case against the Law School Admission Council.Prior to the DFEH, Mr. Ichinaga had a stellar 20-year career at the California Department of Justice, winning six Attorney General’s Awards for excellence in supervision and litigation of high profile cases. He was Supervising Deputy Attorney General over the Corporate Fraud Section and the Securities and Underground Economy Unit, where he supervised highly publicized complex securities fraud litigation regarding labor law provisions, including civil and criminal investigations under the Unfair Competition Law and the Penal Code. Mr. Ichinaga was Deputy Attorney General IV in the Antitrust Law Section, where he investigated and litigated violations of the Cartwright Act. Notably, during his years in the Civil Rights Enforcement Section, Mr. Ichinaga not only represented the DFEH and FEHC, but also investigated and litigated violations of civil rights laws, including sensitive investigation of civil rights violations by the Riverside Police Department, disability access violations by municipalities, low and moderate income housing violations, and the constitutional rights of students in school disciplinary proceedings. In the Tobacco Litigation Section, Mr. Ichinaga supervised attorneys and paralegals handling People of the State of California v. Philip Morris, a case that resulted in the largest civil settlement against the tobacco industry in the State of California. In the Government Law Section, Mr. Ichinaga litigated construction, public finance, and real property issues involving the State Allocation Board, State Controller, Department of General Services, and the Public Employee Retirement System. In the Health, Education & Welfare Section, Mr. Ichinaga engaged in civil litigation relating to education, health, and welfare services, including statewide initiatives such as immigration status, bilingual education, and use of race and gender classifications with respect to various state programs and services. In addition, Mr. Ichinaga was also in private practice in the litigation department of McKenna & Fitting, a national law firm that represented financial institutions, focusing on law and motion and appellate work with substantive issues relating to employment discrimination, real property, construction, real property financing, and compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Mr. Ichinaga further served as a judicial extern with the Honorable Robert M. Takasugi, U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Mr. Ichinaga’s published decisions include: California ex rel. Brown v. Villalobos, 453 B.R. 404, 2011 WL 2632635 (D. Nev. July 1, 2011); People ex. rel. Duchard v. O’Neal, 179 Cal.App.4th 1494 (2009); People v. Edward D. Jones & Co., 154 Cal.App.4th 627 (2007); People v. Capital Research and Management Co. v. Brown, 147 Cal.App.4th 58 (2007); and League of United Latin American Citizens v. Wilson, 997 F.Supp.1244 (C.D. Cal. 1997).

Mr. Ichinaga received his B.A. cum laude from California State University at Long Beach, his M.S.W. from UCLA, and his J.D. with honors from Southwestern Law School.