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YOUR LEMON LAW TEAM

JON JACOBS – Lemon Law AttorneyMisc - transf 10-21-13 089

With over 15 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 a thousand Lemon Law cases as a successful Rocklin 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 muscle 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.
Education
California State University, San Jose (B.S. in Business Administration, 1994)
Santa Clara University School of Law (J.D., 1999)

 

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KATHY JACOBS – Co-Founder and Office Manager (Bilingual – French)

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Kathy brings 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


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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.

Education

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:

California

 

JILL HARRIS – Lemon Law Attorney

IMG_5203Jill has always had a passion for consumer law. For her, it gives meaning to the practice of law to fight for the under-represented consumer against “the big guy” who doesn’t fight fair.

For the past five years in her own firm, Jill represented consumers against banks, and car dealers. Her practice has involved pro bono representation for tenants against landlords for wrongful evictions and failing to provide a habitable living situation. Her motto for the consumer is “Don’t go in to battle alone.”

 

RENE DUPART – Lemon Law Attorney (Temecula, CA.  In our So-Cal Office.  Bilingual – French)

ReneRene 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.

Memberships

  • California State Bar
  • South West Riverside Bar Association
  • The Federalist Society
  • Riverside County Bar Association

Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California

Education

  • 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

 

SANDY WONG – Office Operational Manager (Bilingual – Spanish)

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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.

 

ENRIQUE DOMINGUEZ-CRUZ – J.D., Law Clerk (Bilingual – Spanish)

Enrique HeadshotEnrique Dominguez-Cruz is of modest beginnings, born and raised in Sacramento County by a Mexican immigrant family. Though means were often scarce, values were of high significance, and since birth the values of community and a solid work ethic were instilled in Enrique. Putting these values to work (literally), Enrique worked hard labor in the fields of central and northern California at the age of five in order to help the family make ends meet. Shortly thereafter, Enrique began his academic career, and enjoyed being of service to his fellow classmates and neighbors as a math and science tutor. This hard work and attention to his community continued throughout his teens and brought about distinction by earning Enrique many national scholarships, including a scholarship from the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Ronald McDonald House scholarship, the Horatio Alger scholarship, the California Governor’s Scholarship, and the Millennium Gates Scholarship, which is a full-ride academic scholarship to any university in the world.

Enrique decided to stay close to home and matriculated at the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied Sociology, Math, and pre-med courses. During his undergraduate career, Enrique happily served his fellow classmates as a Spanish, math, and science tutor. He also worked with an alcohol and drug reform policy non-profit organization, helping to craft a Berkeley city ordinance that was aimed at reducing drunk driving in the community of Berkeley. The ordinance eventually passed. This was Enrique’s first experience using the law as a tool for the betterment of the community.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Enrique decided to continue his trend of helping fellow students pursue higher education and worked as a Success Coach for a downtown San Francisco company which worked with universities across the country to help its students maximize their potential and achieve their dreams of earning a degree. Enrique climbed the company ladder, including working on the company Roundtable, a cross-departmental committee comprised of coaches, executives, and analysts to spearhead beta projects and brainstorm strategies to further company goals. Some of Enrique’s ideas eventually became implemented company wide.

After working with students to achieve their dreams of a higher education, Enrique continued his academic career at San Francisco Law School in pursuit of a Juris Doctor degree. Enrique supplemented his law study by implementing real world experience, working with law firms as an ambassador to the Latino community in California, helping the underserved communities connect with law firms who specialized in the community’s needs, many of whom spoke only Spanish. Enrique further served his community by working for a downtown San Francisco law firm as a Law Clerk and Hearing Representative, serving many clients who would otherwise have no voice, overlooked by most law firms because they did not fit their “target clientele”.

After earning his JD, Enrique joined The Law Office of Jon Jacobs because the firm matched his values ”“ putting forth a solid work ethic in service to the community, particularly those who are not the most powerful. Enrique enjoys working for the consumer, many of whom would otherwise be “outgunned” in a legal battle against the powerful corporate entities with an army of corporate attorneys and bottomless coffers. Enrique plans to soon serve the firm’s clients as a licensed attorney.

Outside of work, Enrique enjoys spending time with his family, including his fiance and their Yorkie, Molly.

MICHAEL GIMENA – Automotive Expert (Bilingual – French)

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Michael is our in-house automotive expert. He brings a world of real world experience having worked in many capacities in automotive diagnosis, repair, and service including working at a regional retail car dealership and being an Automotive Instructor. His experience is a great asset in evaluating cases.

Education and Background:
1998 Graduate Sequoia Institute of Automotive Technology
10 years ASE Master Re-Certified Technician
3 years Automotive Instructor (Electronics/electrical)
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Helicopter and airplane Pilot, divemaster

Started nov 2015 with the Law Offices of Jon Jacobs

EMMA PETERS – Assistant Office Manager

emmaEmma started with the firm in June 2016 when she relocated to the Sacramento area from Redding, California. She brings to our firm a background in accounting, she previously worked for a public accountant where she handled bookkeeping, client relations, and some management responsibilities. Emma brings a lot of team leading experience as she played basketball for 10+ years where she learned to work with and lead others to meet a common goal. Outside of the office Emma enjoys yoga after work, refereeing basketball, and wishing for a puppy.

 

RIMA YEGIAZARYAN – Legal Secretary (Bilingual – Armenian)

rimaRima began with the firm in June of 2016. Having a background in Law and Finance, she fits right in with our office. Rima began working at a large law firm specializing in insurance defense in Sacramento at the young age of 15 1/2 as a student assistant. She worked her way up from billing to calendaring all the way to legal secretary. After more than 4 years at the firm she switched careers and went into the field of finance while going to school. That finance and banking experience fits perfectly with our office since we deal with lenders on a daily basis.  

KAYLA GEOTTMAN – Legal Secretary

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Kayla has spent a total of more than two 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.

 

 

KARI WATSON – Receptionist

kariKari is our office receptionist.  She is currently attending school, with communications as her main focus.  Her extensive customer service experience gives her the ability to communicate with clients effectively, and tend to their specific needs.  Kari wants to ensure your voice is heard in the fight against the manufacturer.

 

 

 

ANNABELLE

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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!

TAZMAN

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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.