Jake Douglass focuses his practice on litigating complex personal injury, wrongful death and product liability cases on behalf of injured individuals and consumers. Since joining Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Mr. Douglass has litigated cases involving truck collisions, automobile collisions, public bus incidents, construction site injuries, and dangerous conditions of property. In these cases, Mr. Douglass has successfully helped his clients obtain millions of dollars in lawsuits against those responsible.
In April 2017, Mr. Douglass was member of the trial team that obtained a $160,500,000 jury verdict for a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a vicious beating by security personnel for a nightclub. In the same year and month, Mr. Douglass, attorney Pete Kaufman and founding partner Brian Panish obtained settlements totaling $6,020,647 for the parents of a man who was tragically killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in a Palm Springs hotel room in November 2013.
In 2016, Mr. Douglass and attorney Spencer Lucas obtained a $2,111,941 verdict in Vista, California for two plaintiffs who were involved in a minor property damage rear-end collision. The 65-year-old and 69-year-old plaintiffs both suffered whiplash injuries in the crash. After an eight-day trial, the jury awarded nearly double the defendant’s pretrial offer.
Mr. Douglass, Brian Panish and Spencer Lucas also obtained a $6,000,000 settlement in 2016 for Margaret Jerich, a 90-year-old woman who suffered serious injuries after being struck by a garbage truck in the City of Glendale as well as a $5,999,999 settlement for Manuel Ramirez who was seriously injured when he fell down an elevator shaft.
In January 2015, Mr. Douglass was a member of the trial team in Casillas v. Landstar Ranger, Inc., representing a young man who suffered a below-the-knee amputation after he was struck by a tractor trailer while standing on the sidewalk. After aggressive litigating and trial preparation, the trial resulted in a $34.5 million verdict. This verdict is believed to be the largest verdict for a below-the-knee amputation in California history.
In April and May 2014, alongside firm partner Brian Panish and attorney Spencer Lucas, Mr. Douglass was a member of the trial team in Francisco v. AC Transit, representing a young women who suffered severe spinal injuries while riding a bus and her daughter who witnessed the incident. At trial, the jury awarded the young woman and her daughter $15.3 million for their losses.
Prior to joining Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Mr. Douglass worked as a trial attorney litigating personal injury and wrongful death cases in Woodland Hills, California. There, he tried multiple cases and recovered millions of dollars for his clients through verdicts and settlements.
A member of the State Bar of California and recognized as a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers publication, Mr. Douglass completed his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Economics from University of California, Los Angeles, and his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. While in law school, Mr. Douglass honed his advocacy skills as a member of the nationally esteemed Byrne Trial Advocacy Team, whereby he was selected as one of only sixteen law students in the nation invited to compete in Baylor Law School’s “Top Gun” trial advocacy tournament. Mr. Douglass was also a national semi-finalist in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s “Tournament of Champions.”