Jon Cain started his career as city planner in the San Diego area. Planning work in coastal cities led to an interest in land use law, and family ties brought him to law school in Seattle. After internships including criminal prosecution for the City of Bellingham and ordinance drafting for the Town of Hunts Point, Jon was hired as a deputy prosecuting attorney for San Juan County in 2006. Initially, Jon focused on helping the County achieve compliance with the Growth Management act while also handling land use cases and leading child support enforcement for the office. Jon was chosen as chief civil deputy in Spring 2011.
Jon handles a variety of litigation ranging from construction arbitration to elections and from mental health proceedings to eminent domain to timber trespass. Current work includes contract review, real estate transactions, and advising County departments including public works, health and community services, parks and fair, and the land bank. Jon also handles truancy matters with the county’s school districts. He describes this as his most meaningful work because of the opportunity to help students overcome substantial barriers, engage in school and the community, and prepare for the future. Jon has raised his own children in local public schools from kindergarten to high school.When he’s not at work, Jon can be found coaching youth sports, enjoying the beach, training the next generation of lawyers at the Friday Harbor High School mock trials, or playing squash. Jon is currently the only lawyer in the office who plays ukulele.
Amy Vira, Deputy Prosecutor (Civil & Land Use)
Amy Vira joined the San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office in 2011. Prior to coming to San Juan Island, Amy lived in Wenatchee, Washington, where she practiced in the area of housing, land use and municipal law. Amy received a B.A. from Western Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Gwen joined the San Juan County Prosecutor's Office in 2010. She also works part-time for the Skagit County Prosecutor's Office in Mount Vernon. She has 20 years of civil legal experience with an emphasis in family law. Gwen has worked as a senior deputy prosecutor for the Skagit County Prosecutor's Office for 12 years. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Spokane office under Christine Gregoire for 8 years.
Gwen graduated from the University of Washington School of Law and has an undergraduate degree from Whitworth College, Spokane. She has practiced law in 16 different counties and three tribal courts.
Carolyn joined the San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office in 2015. She grew up in Bremerton, Washington and received her undergraduate degree in sociology and Spanish from Washington State University. She received her J.D. from University of Washington, where she volunteered with the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project and taught high school mock trial through the Street Law Clinic. She loves to travel and experience new places, and she recently adopted a cat from the Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society. Her hobbies include reading, performing theatre, watching Netflix, and convincing her friends to watch whatever she’s watching on Netflix.