Jake Ragan is a litigation associate at Glaser Weil whose practice focuses on providing high-quality, practical legal advice and aggressive representation to businesses and individuals involved in complex commercial litigation, real estate and construction disputes.
Jake endeavors to fully understand client priorities, opportunities and risks, and to anticipate the legal issues from all angles. His ability to adapt arguments for novel factual circumstances benefits clients’ interests.
Jake’s experience includes:
- General commercial litigation and contract disputes
- Real estate disputes
- Construction litigation
- Public and private works disputes
Prior to joining Glaser Weil, Jake practiced law at a recognized construction law firm in San Diego. There, he worked closely with senior executives, project managers, surety representatives and in-house counsel to successfully meet clients’ litigation objectives and efficiently resolve disputes. His clients included general contractors of large-scale public and private works projects, specialty trade contractors, suppliers, sureties, and an interesting mix of small businesses. Jake also gained practical litigation experience, including drafting pleadings; drafting and arguing motions; handling discovery matters, including written discovery and depositions; drafting briefs (e.g., for mediation, arbitration and trial); and general trial preparation.
Jake earned his J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law, where he received magna cum laude honors and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, he served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Terry O’Rourke of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division One. He was a two-time recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award® in Legal Writing and Research I and California Civil Procedure. He also participated in USD Law’s Alumni Moot Court Competition, where he finished second overall and was awarded runner-up for the best brief, and USD Law’s McLennon Moot Court Competition, where he was awarded first-place oralist and runner-up for the best brief. He earned his B.S. in business administration from California State University, Monterey Bay, where he received magna cum laude honors.
Jake’s notable experience includes his representation of:
- A subcontractor in successfully opposing a construction lender’s motion for judgment on the pleadings relating to the client’s bonded stop notice cause of action, resulting in a settlement with the lender and property owner on terms favorable to the client.*
- A project owner in resolving an unlicensed contractor’s claims for additional payment, resulting in a complete walk-away without litigation.*
- Numerous payment bond claimants against sureties, resulting in recovery of the clients’ full principal damages plus attorney’s fees, costs and interest.*
- A prime contractor in successfully resolving a lower-tier supplier’s claim for much less than demanded after discovery revealed the supplier failed to comply with statutory prerequisites to enforcing its payment bond and stop notice claims.*
- A prime contractor in successfully resolving extra work and delay claims against a project owner after the owner initially denied the contractor’s claims entirely.*
- A prime contractor in defending and resolving a subcontractor’s claim for additional payment after the project owner descoped a majority of the subcontractor’s original scope of work.*
*Denotes prior firm experience.
Leadership and Community
Member, San Diego County Bar Association
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, magna cum laude, 2020
California State University, Monterey Bay, B.S., business administration, magna cum laude, 2016