Jake was born in Provo, Utah and is the second of six children. Competitive and driven from a young age, Jake excelled on the playing field in football, baseball, and soccer, as well as in the classroom. After graduating high school, Jake set aside athletic and academic scholarship offers and chose to serve as an LDS missionary for two years in eastern Ukraine, where he taught himself to speak Russian.
After returning from Ukraine, Jake attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies. It was at BYU that Jake’s interest in the law began. While interning in Moscow, Russia for an international human rights organization and an NGO focused on government transparency and nuclear weapons nonproliferation, Jake saw first-hand how the law could hold the powerful accountable and help those with nowhere else to turn. Those experiences inspired Jake to pursue a legal career to help others.
Shortly after returning from Moscow, Jake enrolled in law school at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, Jake interned at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah for the Honorable Robert J. Shelby and was an online development editor for The American Criminal Law Review.
Jake began working as a law clerk for Arnold & Itkin during his second year of law school and was immediately impressed with the passion, integrity, and determination Arnold & Itkin had for helping those who had been injured by the careless actions of others. Jake was proud to continue working for Arnold & Itkin as an attorney upon being admitted to the Texas Bar in November 2018.
When he has free time, Jake enjoys road trips with his wife and daughter, reading Louis L’Amour, playing sports, and listening to his growing record collection. Jake and his family reside in Houston.
- Brigham Young University
- Georgetown University
- State Bar of Texas