Overview

Jake represents individuals and corporate entities – from successful small companies to Fortune 100 corporations – in high-stakes, complex litigation. He manages all aspects of litigation and consistently obtains favorable outcomes, from early dismissals and resolutions to verdicts, for clients in business litigation disputes involving breach of contract and fiduciary duties, restrictive covenants, business dissolutions, partnerships and joint ventures, derivative corporate claims, note defaults and workouts, and intellectual property. He also successfully defends fuel gas companies and pharmaceutical, medical device, and automotive manufacturers in high-exposure product liability cases.

Jake has significant experience representing emerging companies and serves as outside counsel for many startup and mid-sized companies. Having considerable experience representing capitally- sensitive companies, he carefully balances providing sufficient legal protection with ensuring adequate resources are available to push a company’s product to market. This balance is parlayed with Jake’s litigation background to provide a unique, dispute-avoidance focus. 

Jake’s government services practice involves the representation of municipalities, state agencies, and community boards in federal and state courts. He also represents individuals and corporate entities (both nonprofit and for-profit) before government administrative agencies and licensing boards.

Jake is a 2018 Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Star honoree, a recognition given to only 2.5% of Georgia lawyers. The ALM Daily Report named him one of 20 Georgia attorneys in its On the Rise Class of 2018, attorneys expected to go far in their fields. James Magazine recognized Jake as one of Georgia’s Most Influential Politically-Connected Attorneys. And Jake has a 10.0 out of 10.0 Avvo Rating.

Other Professional Capacities. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Jake to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (formerly the State Ethics Commission), a quasi-judicial body overseeing the ethical and reporting compliance of candidates for state and local elected office. Three consecutive Georgia State Bar presidents have appointed Jake to bar committees, including the Georgia Civil Indigent Services Task Force, the Georgia Bar Journal Editorial Board, and the Professionalism Committee. Jake also serves on the Young Leaders Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.

Jake is the current president of the Atlanta Young Republicans, the largest YR organization in the country, and from 2015 to 2017, he was chairman of the YLD Litigation Committee, the Georgia bar’s largest YLD committee. Jake has received multiple awards for his work in these roles, including GYR’s 2018 Man of the Year, the YLD’s 2017 Award of Achievement, and the YLD’s 2017 Winter Star of the Quarter.

Jake is a graduate of the 2018 LEAD Atlanta Class, a graduate of the 2017 Leadership Buckhead Class, a graduate of the 2014 YLD Leadership Academy, and he has been inducted into both the Lumpkin Inn of Court and the Lamar Inn of Court as a barrister.

Jake frequently writes and speaks on legal and political issues, and he has appeared on many radio and television broadcasts, including NPR, PBS, CBS46, ABC’s Channel 2, and Fox 5.

Jake attended the University of Georgia, graduating with summa cum laude honors and earning a perfect 4.0 GPA seven out of his eight semesters. Thereafter, he attended the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating with cum laude honors.

Publications
Presentations
  • "Government Relations Panel", Moderator, 2018 NAPABA Southeast Regional Conference, April 13, 2018
  • "Federal vs. State Litigation", Litigation: Soup to Nuts Seminar Hosted by ICLE, March 14, 2018
  • "Business Litigation", Chair and Organize CLE Hosted by ICLE, March 20, 2018
  • “Devil is in the Details – Knowing Your Local Rules Makes a Difference (Trial Practice)”, Atlanta Bar Association’s The Developing Lawyers Series: Toolkit Essentials for Success, Part I, February 27, 2018
  • "Latino Lawyers in Civic Leadership," panel discussion, Georgia Latino Law Foundation, February 20, 2018
  • "Changing Business Trends in the Practice of Law," live television & radio broadcast on Pro Business Channel, August 3, 2017
  • "Tips for Malpractice Claim Avoidance & Ethical Compliance," Virtual CLE Presentation for Vietnamese American Bar Association, June 20, 2017
  • “The Atlanta John Marshall Law Journal’s 2017 Dean Robert J. D’Agostino Symposium – Business Law in the 21st Century,” participated as panelist on section titled “Adaption to Company Trends”, March 28, 2017
  • “GAPABA Annual Mock Trial Workshop,” participated as panelist, March 18, 2017
  • “Challenges For Younger Lawyers,” Georgia Public Television Broadcast – Ethics & Professionalism Update, aired live on March 3, 2017
  • “Closer Look: A Nation Engaged,” participated as panelist on live national NPR radio broadcast, Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, January 17, 2017
  • “Law School Exam Workshop Panel,” KABA’s Annual Law Exam Workshop, November 19, 2016
  • “Public Service: A Higher Calling – Navigating the Political & Judicial Appointment Process,” GAPABA’s 4th Annual Public Service & Judiciary Committee Event, November 15, 2016
  • “Millennials and 2016 Presidential Election,” PBS NewsHour, National Broadcast, October 6, 2016
  • “Analysis of 2016 Vice Presidential Debate,” NPR’s “Closer Look,” Radio Broadcast, October 5, 2016
  • “Ethics Panel: Unauthorized Practice of Law, Conflicts, and Who is the Client,” National Election Law Seminar, Denver, Colorado, August 13, 2016
  • Chaired CLE titled “Litigation: From Soup to Nuts,” Hosted by the YLD Litigation Committee, April 26, 2016
  • “Tips for Effective Oral Arguments,” GAPABA Oral Argument Panel & Workshop, March 19, 2016
  • “Variations in Practicing in Georgia and Federal Courts,” Georgia Public Television Broadcast, aired live on March 11, 2016 and rebroadcast on March 18, 2016
  • “Ten Tips for Avoiding a Malpractice Claim,” Georgia Public Television Broadcast, aired live on March 4, 2016 and rebroadcast on March 10, 2016 
  • “State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Panel,” Emory University School of Law, February 25, 2016
  • “Spring Litigation Panel,” University of Georgia School of Law Business Law Society, February 24, 2016
  • “Analysis of South Carolina Presidential Debate,” CBS46 News Television Broadcast, January 14, 2016
  • “Millennials and Voting," NPR's “Closer Look,” Radio Broadcast, January 6, 2016 
  • “Legislative Update,” Douglas County Bar Association, November 13, 2015
  • “The Intangibles of Success,” Law School Outreach Talk to Recent Mercer & John Marshall law graduates, May 19, 2015
  • “Duty to Prosecute Affirmative Claims of Insured,” ABA Midwinter Meeting, Phoenix, February 21-22, 2015
Distinctions
  • Recognized in the ALM Daily Report's 2018 "On the Rise" Class for attorneys expected to go far in their field.
  • Recipient of 2018 Man of the Year Award from the General Young Republicans
  • Recognized in the James Magazine list of Georgia's Most Influential Politically-Connected Attorneys, 2018
  • Selected as a Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, 2018
  • Member of 2018 LEAD Atlanta Class
  • Recipient of Award of Achievement from Young Lawyer's Division of the State Bar of Georgia (2016-2017)
  • Graduate of 2017 Leadership Buckhead Class
  • 2017 Winter Star of the Quarter for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Lumpkin Inn of Court, Barrister (2016-2018)
  • Lamar Inn of Court, Barrister (2015–2016)
  • Outstanding Young Leadership Award, YLD Litigation Committee (2015)
  • Avvo Rating: 10.0 out of 10.0
  • YLD Leadership Academy Graduate (2014)
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Atlanta Council of Young Lawyers
  • Cobb County Chamber of Commerce
  • Defense Research Institute

Community Activities

  • Atlanta Growth Partners, Co-Founder
  • Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, Commission Member
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, Young Leaders Council Member
  • Atlanta Service Juris, Steering Committee Member
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Light the Night Executive Committee Member (2015-2016)
  • Atlanta Council of Young Lawyers Board of Directors, Member (2016-2017)
  • Atlanta Young Republicans, President (2017-Present), Executive Vice President (2016-2017), Vice President of Political Affairs (2015-2016), Secretary (2014-2015)
  • Georgia Young Republicans, General Counsel (2015-2016)
  • Magistrate’s Retirement Fund of Georgia, Board Member (2014-2016)
  • Republican National Lawyers Association, Director of Law School Relations (Georgia Chapter)
  • State Bar of Georgia:
    • YLD Litigation Committee, Chairman (2015-2016), (2016-2017)
    • Georgia Bar Journal Editorial Board, Member (2015-2017)
    • Professionalism Committee, Board Member (2016-2018)
    • YLD Board of Directors, Member (2016-2017)
    • YLD Representative for the Northern District of Georgia (2014-2016, 2016-2018)
    • YLD Litigation Committee War Stories Subcommittee, Chairman (2014-2015)
    • Georgia Indigent Representation Task Force, Member (2014-2016)
    • YLD Leadership Academy, Graduate (2014)
    • YLD Law School Fellows Committee, Member (2014-2015)
  • 2016 Presidential Ballot Access Initiative, Co-Chair (2015-2016)
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