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Jonah Toleno keeps a small plaque at her desk with the following quote by Mark Twain: “Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today.”

Toleno, a partner with downtown San Diego law firm Shustak Frost & Partners, P.C., focuses her practice on financial and securities law, business litigation and employment disputes. In her world, twists and turns pervade her cases, and the Twain quote is a reminder to stay on her toes.

Among Toleno’s clientele are investor claimants in customer fraud claims against broker-dealers before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly the NASD), employee plaintiffs and claimants in employment disputes, and businesses entities requiring litigation consult and representation. Licensed in California and Arizona with years of legal experience, Toleno knows litigation can be stressful for her clients, so she approaches her representation with compassion, preparation, and firmness.

“It’s important to me that all our clients know that no matter how small or large their case, we believe in their cause, and our firm and I will take a stand for them,” Toleno said. “I think the best ways for me to show this to clients are to do everything I can to be prepare for anticipated (and unanticipated) developments in each case, make myself available to clients whenever they need to reach me, and stay on top of changes in applicable law.”

Toleno is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in legal studies and a minor in music. She obtained her law degree from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where she served as president of various student organizations and as an editor on the Hastings Women’s Law Journal.

Toleno joined Shustak Frost & Partners in late 2006, when the landscape of the financial services industry was on the cusp of massive change. When the market collapsed in 2008, she and the firm navigated their clients through the ripple effects of unprecedented events such as Lehman Brothers Holdings’ bankruptcy filing, the ensuing stock market crashes, and the mergers and acquisitions of storied banking institutions. The firm has been able to weather the financial storms by doing as much due diligence as possible when taking on new cases, while maintaining its hands-on approach to representing clients.

It’s not just large-scale financial industry changes that Toleno takes on. As a wife and mother of two young children, she constantly balances her time between her family, her clients, firm development, and community involvement. In addition to tending to clients and managing litigation teams, Toleno regularly volunteers at her children’s elementary school and in their local sports leagues, attends local business and community events, and mentors associates and law students.

“What’s great about my field is there’s always something new to learn. The plaque at my desk reminds me that anything is possible,” she said.

“While lawyers can’t anticipate everything that happens in litigation, we can learn from whatever comes our way and add it to our ever-increasing arsenal of preparation. It’s not always easy, but I try to take that approach in life, in general.”

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