Jake has a diverse practice representing public entities throughout California. Jake has extensive experience representing clients in employment litigation including discrimination, harassment, defamation and breach of contract, and wage claims. He frequently represents clients in administrative forums including arbitrations, discipline hearings, and before state and federal agencies such as the EEOC, U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, the DFEH, and the DLSE.
Jake regularly advises clients on day-to-day matters, including contract interpretation, board governance, internal complaints, developing and revising policies, addressing discipline and performance issues, and disability/sick leave issues. In addition, Jake is an experienced investigator who conducts investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and other employment-related claims. Jake frequently delivers trainings to clients and at regional and national events on topics such as unlawful harassment, investigation procedures, independent contractors, constitutional issues, and responding to records requests.
Jake started his legal career clerking for Judge Charles Erdmann at the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. Jake also has worked in the employment practices group of a national law firm representing a wide range of employers.
Jake graduated magna cum laude from the California Western School of Law in 2007 where he was editor-in-chief of the law review and the recipient of the Trustee’s Award. Prior to law school, Jake spent several years providing social services to homeless populations. Jake earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Chicago with majors in political science and theology, where he was awarded the Vice President’s Award for Student Leadership.
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