YOUR LEMON LAW TEAM –
Car People Helping Car People © 2018 Law Offices of Jon Jacobs
With over 17 years of California Lemon Law experience, Jon has the background and experience to get you the best result. He sold cars at a major Bay Area dealership to pay his way through law school. After graduating he defended car dealers, but a few years later switched sides and began representing consumers in Lemon Law and dealer fraud matters, finally opening his own office in 2003. Since then he has resolved more than 1500 Lemon Law cases as a successful California Lemon Law attorney first serving the Sacramento metro area but now all of California. Jon is a true car guy, driving the same supercharged 2006 Mustang Saleen Convertible he’s had since new. And with manufacturers making cars ever more powerful, when it came time add a “chase car” to participate in manufacturers’ vehicle inspections he bought American again, this time going with an American Supercar – a 2016 Chevy Corvette Z06. Remember, American cars mean American jobs. With all the crazy stuff going on in the world lets make every effort to keep America strong.
California State University, San Jose (B.S. in Business Administration, 1994)
Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 1999)
KATHY JACOBS – Co-Founder and Office Manager (Bilingual – French)
Kathy brings over 13 years of experience as a paralegal and office manager. She grew up around the car business with her Dad who has owned a new car dealership in New England for over 30 years now, in a small town where reputation is key. With a background in both the car business and in running a law office she is a perfect fit for this lemon law office and to help you. Kathy knows where the dealer fits into the process and created the saying in our office “Don’t blame the dealer.” She brings compassion and understanding, and is here to help you and can work with you and your dealer to advance your case against the manufacturer.
RYAN GOMEZ – Lemon Law Attorney (Rocklin, CA – NorCal Office)
Ryan Gomez joined the firm in September 2015 after sitting for the July 2015 California bar exam. Prior to joining the firm, Ryan worked worked for Judge Manoukian in Santa Clara and wrote many opinions concerning the California Code of Civil Procedure. During law school, Ryan worked at the MSU Housing Law Clinic where he represented low-income families facing eviction and uninhabitable dwellings. He was successful in obtaining favorable settlements for clients, negotiating lease modifications, negotiating early
termination of tenancies without penalty, and helping tenants who are facing eviction to stay in their homes.
Ryan graduated magna cum laude from MSU College of Law in May 2015. In addition to being an associate editor on law review, he participated in many process improvement workshops aimed at delivering legal services in new, efficient, and innovative ways. He also learned to leverage data to improve decision making, and ensure that clients receive the best possible outcome. He looks forward to brining his unique skill set to the firm, and helping clients achieve their desired resolution.
B.A., Philosophy, cum laude, University of California, Riverside
J.D., magna cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law
Bar Admission(s) and Licensure:
RENE DUPART – Lemon Law Attorney (Temecula, CA. In our SoCal Office. Bilingual – French)
Rene J Dupart graduated from California Western School of Law in San Diego California with a Juris Doctor in 2012. He attended Chapman University in the City of Orange and graduated 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice, with a minor in Business and Sociology. Prior to attending law school, Rene was a successful operational manager for mid sized companies in the Inland Empire. He managed a work force of over thirty employees and was directly responsible for employment issues and compliance with state and federal regulation.
Rene J. Dupart was the lead litigation attorney for a well known real estate law firm in the city of Cerritos and headed Litigation department. He focused on real estate, business and mortgage litigation from inception through filing, including motions, hearings and discovery. Before taking over the firm’s litigation work, Rene provided trial support and litigation consulting for several other firms in Southern California.
Rene was born in France and came to the United States with his family at the age of 6. He served in the French Military, 5th Infantry Regiment, from 1995-1997, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Rene’s service took him all over the world, with stops in French Guina, where he served with combat units from the French Foreign Legion attached to the 3rd Legionnaire Infantry Regiment. After his service in the French military, Rene worked in the construction industry, specifically in the concrete and plumbing fields. Always fascinated by the law and by the financial and real estate markets, Rene pursued a career in operational management. He grew up in a family restaurant and catering business and appreciates entrepreneurs who work hard to make their businesses successful.
He enjoys, historical research, hiking, competitive target shooting, automotive restoration, and mountain and road biking. He is an active member in the Temecula business community and is active in his sons’ Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops. As an avid mountain biker, Rene is active with several riding clubs in the Southwest Riverside area.
- California State Bar
- South West Riverside Bar Association
- The Federalist Society
- Riverside County Bar Association
- State Bar of California
- United States District Court for the Central District of California
- United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California
- California Western School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2012
- Federalist Society (Treasurer); Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Beaumont Chapter, Environmental Law Society, La Raza Law Society
- Chapman University, Bachelor of Arts, Administration of Justice, 2007, Minor: Business and Sociology, Senior Thesis: Three Strikes Law: California Mandatory Sentencing Schemes
ELANA MIDDA – Lemon Law Attorney (Temecula, CA)
Elana brings to the firm over 13 years of experience as a civil litigator and trial attorney. She graduated from Southwestern University School of Law’s accelerated two-year program where she was chosen to participate in the Moot Court Honors program based upon her writing skills. After graduating she worked primarily for large insurance companies defending consumers and homeowners involved in home and auto accidents. Elana enjoys achieving the best results for her clients.
SANDY WONG – Office Operational Manager (Bilingual – Spanish)
We are happy and fortunate to have Sandy onboard. She chose to work with us instead of accepting a job offer to manage one of Sacramento’s oldest and largest firms. She previously managed a very large firm that had multiple offices. She was an integral part of that growth and is fantastic at coordinating people and technology systems. She enjoys finding efficient and effective solutions to challenges all to coordinate efforts to help people.
KAYLA GEOTTMAN – Paralegal & Lead Legal Secretary (Rocklin, CA)
Kayla has spent a total of more than three years with our office and brings State and Federal Court experience. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in the United States Attorney’s office. She knows every aspect of how a California lemon law case is handled from start to finish and has been involved in hundreds of successful case resolutions.
LISA TYLER – Paralegal (Temecula, CA)
Lisa joined our firm last year as a paralegal/legal secretary. She received her Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1994, and then in Paralegal Studies in 1997. For 10 years she has worked at various law firms in the San Diego area, with her main focus in civil litigation. In 2007, she took a leave of absence to stay home to care and raise her 3 young children. Once they were a little older, Lisa returned to the work force, and has been working in the legal field again for the past 4 years, giving her over 14 years experience in the legal field. She is dedicated to helping individuals who have been wronged and is very passionate about her profession. Lisa has been a resident of Temecula for the past 8 years and has lived in Southern California her entire life. She enjoys spending time with her family and raising her 3 children with her husband who are now 8, 10 and 13. She loves going to the beach in the summer and going to the mountains in the winter. She is also a notary public.
MIKE GERVASONI – Vehicle Specialist and New Case Intake Coordinator
Mike brings a wealth of automotive background and experience and is our in-house expert. He’s worked professionally at a national automotive service and repair shop, and he enjoys talking cars with our clients and helping them understand what is going on with their vehicles.
GUISELA PEREZ – (Bilingual – Spanish) Wrap-Up and Turn-In Coordinator
Guisela is a fluent Spanish speaker with Hispanic origins, who from a young age learned the value of hard work. She joins our firm eager to assist our clients with their lemon law cases, she enjoys helping others and uses her auto dealer and customer service experience to engage with clients. With three-plus years in management, she understands the importance of putting our clients first and is driven to go above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction. She uses her expertise in dealership procedures to her advantage when handling turn in coordinations. Along with being a full-time student at the University of Phoenix, she enjoys reading, hiking the outdoors and camping with friends and family.
SIERRA JACOBS – Legal Assistant / Clerk
Sierra grew up in a car-loving family and around a lemon law office. She brings extensive customer service experience and truly enjoys helping people. She’s also a full-time college student with honor roll grades.
SHAYNE DELABRUERE – (Bilingual – Spanish) New Case Intake Assistant, Social Media Coordinator.
Shayne is a Spanish speaking Graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Having also studied International Business at the University of Barcelona in Spain, he enjoys working with people from all different places and nationalities. In any work field, Shayne enjoys helping people and making the world a better place. He hopes to use his business background and people skills to help California citizens get out of unsafe vehicles and feel secure on the road. Being new to the state of California, he enjoys spending his free time exploring the outdoors at the beach and in the mountains.
SHAINA CATLEDGE – Receptionist –
Shaina is our office receptionist. Her extensive customer service experience gives her the ability to communicate with clients effectively, and tend to their specific needs. Shaina has superior verbal communication and customer service skills and is a great addition to our team.