Throughout his career, Jake has always represented individuals, never corporations or the State.
A native Texan, Jake moved around the country with his family before finally landing in the Tampa Bay area in 1996.
He attended the University of Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Arts and was witness to one of the greatest college sports programs in history.
The prospect of being able to stay in the Tampa Bay area led Jake to attend Stetson University College of Law. While studying law at Stetson, Jake joined the Nation’s Top-ranked Trial Team, where he received intensive training in trial practice and procedure from a variety of Judges, Professors, and Lawyers (including Lee Pearlman).
Jake also worked with the Stetson’s Student Bar association, worked as a teaching assistant for Trial Advocacy classes, and interned for Circuit Court Judge Amy Williams in Saint Petersburg.
After a year of handling plaintiff’s personal injury actions, Jake decided to devote himself to the practice of criminal defense. For four years he represented indigent citizens of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County as an Assistant Public Defender.
Through the experience of dozens of criminal defense trials and hundreds of written motions, Jake developed a penchant for standing up against the criminal justice machine. During his final year in public service, Jake spent most of his professional time focused on DUI defense, trying a dozen cases in that year alone.
Since joining Denmon Pearlman, Jake has continued to defend all sorts of cases including DUI and traffic cases, drug crimes, property crimes and crimes of violence with varying degrees of severity.
Jake is now a Divorce and Family Law attorney at Denmon Pearlman.
Jake lives in Pinellas County with his partner Brenna, and his two yellow labs Max and Kona.