John D. Younesi
Mr. Younesi received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles, graduating summa cum laude. He then completed his J.D. degree in 1985 at Loyola School of Law, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class.
Mr. Younesi went to work first for the national law firm of Kindel & Anderson where he worked under and with such luminaries as John Anderson, after whom the UCLA business school is now named. He left Kindel & Anderson to establish the Employment Law department of the international firm of Rogers & Wells. During these early days of his legal career, Mr. Younesi had the opportunity to work with, among others, Casper Weinberger, William Rogers and William Casey. Trained as a labor and employment lawyer, Mr. Younesi represented management clients against several of the largest unions in the country, including the Teamsters, Carpenters, Meat Cutters, Long Shoremen, Laborers and Electrical Workers unions.
In 1989, Mr. Younesi started his own firm, with practices in Century City and West Los Angeles. He became partners with Jan Yoss in the law firm of Younesi & Yoss, LLP in 1997. In 2001, he established the Orange County office of the firm.
Mr. Younesi’s legal practice has been quite varied and involved representing parties in employment disputes, business torts, such as fraud and unlawful business practices, real estate and entertainment litigation. He also has a diverse transactional practice, representing entertainment clients from individual entertainers, to music distribution and recording companies, to film and production companies and direct marketing companies. In the last 10 years, Mr. Younesi added a consumer regulatory focus to his practice where he advises clients concerning regulatory violations and protection of consumer rights. He has worked with a large number of attorneys general in several states.
Mr. Younesi is also very active in the sports and entertainment industry as an entrepreneur. For greater than 15 years, he owned and operated the NBA’s LA Summer League, where every NBA team has participated, and he has worked with more than 800 of the past and present NBA players, scores of NBA coaching staff, management and owner personnel. Mr. Younesi has produced feature length movies with such notables as Academy Award winner Charles Durning and Emmy winner, Tony Sirico (The Sopranos).
Mr. Younesi’s other business ventures include owning and operating a custom clothing manufacturer which makes wardrobes for many of the entertainment and sports world’s most recognizable personalities, as well as a large number of other professionals. Mr. Younesi currently owns 3 pizza restaurants.
Mr. Younesi is also very civically minded and has been active in the DARE organization, working directly with its founder, Glenn Levant. DARE has helped 35 million children through its programs in which greater than 32 thousand police officers across the country participate. Mr. Younesi also served on the board of Goals for Life, a charitable foundation, which is the project of the NFL Retired Players Association and which helps low income inner city children through sports and mentoring.
Mr. Younesi brings this unique and varied business background to his work with JJS Law, LLP. His experience in business and law gives him a multi-dimensional perspective for representing consumers.
Jan A. Yoss
Ms. Yoss received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois – Urbana in 1986. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She then received her J.D. degree in 1989 from the University of California Los Angeles, where she was a member of the Communications Law Journal.
Ms. Yoss first went to work for the large regional law firm of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, where she honed her skills as a litigator. She principally represented financial institutions and lenders, although she quickly distinguished herself as a go to person for trials and difficult cases no one else wanted. This experience helped Ms. Yoss see lawsuit resolution from the creditor’s perspective, which gives her unique insight in representing debtors.
In 1994, Ms. Yoss left Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger for the national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw. She practiced in the areas of general business litigation and employment litigation, the firm’s most notable area of expertise.
In 1997, Ms. Yoss joined John Younesi in the firm of Younesi & Yoss. Mr. Younesi had already distinguished himself in his diverse entrepreneurial practice and as one-time adversaries, these two lawyers combined the best of their diverse skills. In the 20 years that Jan has been in her partnership with Mr. Younesi, she has developed a focus on consumer protection litigation, representing parties as plaintiffs and defendants. She has handled individual cases, as well as prosecuted and defended class actions dealing with false advertising and unfair business practices.
In late 2016, Ms. Yoss and Mr. Younesi formed JJS Law, LLP with Stuart Price, a law school classmate of Ms. Yoss’s. JJS utilizes Mr. Price’s experience with representing consumers, and Mr. Younesi and Ms. Yoss’s vast trial experience, to provide effective representation to consumers in the resolution of lawsuits with their creditors.
Ms. Yoss is very active in the community, both professionally and personally. She served as a Judge pro tem in the Los Angeles Superior Courts, taking assignments in the traffic and small claims courts. She worked as a mediator, assisting persons in resolving their disputes. She was the president of the Los Angeles County Bar Associations Barristers, the largest young lawyers group in the country with greater than 35,000 members at the time she was President. She served in every officer position of the Barristers which has distinguished itself for its pro bono legal services projects. She was elected to several terms as a trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association — the largest voluntary bar association in the country. Through her service for the Barristers she received several awards for the Public Service Programs she spearheaded. Ms. Yoss served as the Vice Chair of the County Bar’s Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee (4 election cycles). She participated on the Bar Association’s Committee to Prepare Judicial Profiles. She served as a member of the following Committees: Judicial Nominations Committee, rating judicial candidates for the Governor, Judicial Elections Evaluations Committee; Homeless Advocacy Committee; Barristers Legal Education Committee; Diversity in the Law Committee; and Member of the Board of the Lawyer Referral and Information Services Program.