How Jake Helps Clients
Jake defends and advises employers in a wide range of labor and employment matters before both state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies, including defending claims arising under Title VII, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, the American with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and Section 1981 and Section 1983.
Jake also counsels companies on day-to-day employment issues, including hiring and discharging, wage and hour compliance, family and medical leave laws, drug and alcohol testing, and other workplace matters.
Jake began his career at a large litigation firm specializing in insurance defense, where he successfully defended product manufacturers, healthcare entities and transport companies in both state and federal court. Jake’s strong general litigation background enables him to offer trusted, practical advice while standing ready to handle litigation if necessary.
Just prior to joining Buchanan, Jake worked for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania as legal counsel at the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. The internal role provided a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of Pennsylvania’s state courts. Jake assisted in the implementation of new statutes and rules of court in the statewide judicial computer systems used by Magisterial District Judges, Common Pleas Judges and Appellate Judges every day. He also served as a liaison on several statewide court rule committees, including those for the minor, criminal, juvenile and orphan’s courts wherein he had the opportunity to work on proposed amendments the statewide rules of court. Jake also taught as a guest speaker for the Minor Judiciary Education Board and educated judges on emerging issues in Pennsylvania and Federal law.
What Clients Can Expect
Jake is a hardworking advocate for his clients who always tries to understand matters from both sides in order to give realistic, honest and straightforward advice. Putting himself in the other side’s shoes also helps him anticipate what may happen next.
Jake is no stranger to hard work. Throughout law school, he worked at a law firm during the day, gaining practical experience to build on his education. At the same time, he earned a Merit Scholarship and The President’s Award, given to his school’s top underclassman. He also served as a senior staff member on Widener Law Review.
Outside the Office
When not working, Jake prefers to be outdoors. He enjoys gardening, hiking and fishing. He lives in Linglestown with his wife and their chocolate lab, Buddy.
- Successfully defended number of clients in front of EEOC or PHRC and obtained dismissals
- Defended employment discrimination litigation at agency and court level for employers, including claims of wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and discrimination for race, age and disability
Flagler College, B.A., 2008, summa cum laude, Communication
Widener University School of Law, J.D., 2011, cum laude
American Inn of Court
Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area, board member
Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, coach