Throughout his professional and educational and legal career, Jakob has always gravitated toward opportunities that place him in a position where he is able to use what he’s learned to help those during times of need.
While studying at the University of Texas, Jakob worked for a state senator, primarily responsible for communicating with constituents in need of assistance and explaining proposed legislation. He devoted a large amount of his free time during his undergraduate studies as a member of his university chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and also participated in “alternative spring break”, re-building homes in a hurricane affected community in Florida.
During law school at The Ohio State University, Jakob focused academically on the transactional side of the field, specifically real estate and business transactions, but continued to devote the majority of his out of classroom time to more philanthropic pursuits. He worked for a mediation organization that offered affordable assistance to individuals attempting to resolve personal or business disputes; as a legal intern for the Ohio public defenders’ office, and as a tutor in the law and leadership organization, offering free ACT prep courses to a group of inner city Columbus high school students.
After law school, Jakob moved back to Texas where he took a temporary position at a criminal defense firm after attaining his law license, while he continued to search for a job utilizing his academic experience in transactional work. There, he gained courtroom experience, and worked with a large number of clients who required court appointed attorneys, helping them to gain understanding of and navigate the difficult process of a pending criminal prosecution.
Jakob then obtained a job working in the oil and gas field in Eastern Ohio. For three years, he worked to analyze leases and land and mineral ownership records. While he enjoyed the job, he found himself missing the fulfillment gained from dealing personally with clients in need of counsel and working through difficult legal challenges.
Upon relocating to Denver, in order to be closer his wife’s family, he decided to seek a position that would offer him more opportunity for client interaction. He feels extremely privileged to have the opportunity to begin his career in the personal injury field, working with, and learning from the knowledgeable attorneys at Franklin D. Azar and Associates.
When he’s not in the office, Jakob enjoys training for and running in half marathons, and exploring his new home state with his wife and their three dogs.