YOUR LEMON LAW TEAM
Car People Helping Car People © 2018 Law Offices of Jon Jacobs
JON JACOBS – Lemon Law Attorney
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.
TERRY BAKER – Lemon Law Attorney
Our firm is thrilled to Join Forces, and Welcome one of the Experts in the field of Lemon Law, attorney Terry Baker to the team! Terry Baker is one of the most successful Lemon Law Trial Attorneys in the State. He brings 20 years of Lemon Law Litigation and Trial Experience to the Team. Mr. Baker has practiced consumer law exclusively since his admission to practice law in 1998. He primarily practices in the areas of lemon law and auto dealership fraud litigation. Mr. Baker has extensive trial experience and has obtained verdicts in favor of consumers against BMW, Chrysler and numerous car dealerships. He also specializes in Lemon RV litigation and has successfully represented many motorhome owners in this complex area of the lemon law.
Mr. Baker received his undergraduate degree from Manchester College in Indiana (B.A., 1993) and received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio (J.D., 1998).
He is licensed to practice in Ohio and California. Mr. Baker is a referral attorney for the National Center for Auto Safety and member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.
J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, 1998
B.A., Manchester College, Indiana, 1993
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
RENE DUPART – Lemon Law Attorney
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, where he prepared
business documents, including contracts, bylaws, and employment agreements,
conducted legal research, performed client intake, drafted pleadings and motions and
appeared in court on behalf of clients.
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 3 rd
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
understands his small business clients and the challenges they face. Rene believes that
clients need to feel that you have their back, even if you have to give them bad news.
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
• 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
JOHN FEELY – Lemon Law Attorney
John C. Feely graduated from California Western School of Law in San Diego California with a Juris Doctor in 2013. He attended Chapman University in the City of Orange and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Prior to attending law school, he worked with professional athletes in the fitness industry while living in Manhattan New York.
John began his career in law with the Legal Aid Society of Los Angeles on behalf of low income individuals in sub-standard housing conditions gaining immediate trial experience. After being recognized as a fierce litigator at trial, he opened a private practice where he served a wide variety of clients in both State and Federal court successfully litigating dozens of cases prevailing in both bench and jury trials. In 2016 he was published by the California Courts of Appeal for his work in complex trust and estate litigation dealing with real property. His analysis was further analyzed by UCLA law and discussed at detail in the Continuing Education of the Bar law library and is referenced in the Mathew Bender Practice Guide for California Trust Litigation.
John is very active in charity and was elected President of the Christian Legal Society in law school. He is a competitive weightlifter and an avid scuba diver that has participated in many ocean cleanups.
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, 2013
Chapman University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2008
SANDY WONG – Office Operational Manager (Bilingual – Spanish)
We are happy and fortunate to have Sandy on board. 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.
GABY TORRES – Paralegal
Gaby completed her Business Law Paralegal Studies Certificate in 2017 at Chaffey College. She is also a few months away from completing her Bachelors in Criminal Justice at CBU.
Prior to joining the Law Offices of Jon Jacobs, Gaby worked in the Public sector from 2011-2019, for the last 6 years she worked for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, where she was exposed to a variety of cases and gained valuable experience working with the public. Gaby also has a background experience in Translating, and Interpreting in Spanish for the county of Riverside’s various offices.
2018-2020 California Baptist University – Criminal Justice
2015- 2017 Paralegal Certificate – Chaffey College
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.
LINA NAHHAS – Marketing Director \ Senior Intake Evaluator
Lina Nahhas graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Arabic. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Jon Jacobs, Lina began her career 11 years ago in Marketing for Real Estate Law Firms, and Evaluating Potential Clients for attorneys. Lina also has a background experience in Translating, and Interpreting in Arabic for law firms, and other institutions. My passion is to help people and get things done. I Won’t stop until our clients are taken care of.
University of California, Los Angeles, Bachelors, Near Eastern Languages, Arabic.
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.
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.
Anna’s the first minnie aussie to hang out in the office. Her pretty blue eyes melt stress and her spunk keeps us on our toes!
Taz is a rescue dog, we saved in early 2013. He’s a minnie aussie who is now best buddies with and inseparable from AnnaBelle. Taz is a bit of a spaz but so full of love.