My job is finding solutions to complex problems. In every case, I work zealously to help my clients navigate ambiguity and resolve disputes in their favor. I am proud to be working at Ciresi Conlin with a team of exceptional, highly experienced attorneys who share my dedication to the practice of law.

Experience

Jake is a partner at Ciresi Conlin, where his practice focuses on commercial litigation, complex civil litigation, and appeals. Jake represents individuals and local and national companies in a wide variety of sectors, from biotechnology to nonprofit organizations and from consumer goods to construction and heavy manufacturing. He litigates bet-the-company contract cases, trade secret disputes, and other intellectual property matters, and represents plaintiffs and defendants in class actions and other complex civil matters. He also briefs and argues appeals before all levels of appellate courts in Minnesota and around the country.

Jake maintains an active pro bono practice representing indigent individuals and community organizations, with an emphasis on protecting the environment and the rights of children and working families.

Before joining the firm, Jake was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable David R. Stras of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and a litigator at a large New York City law firm. Jake is a graduate of Yale Law School where he was a student director of the Advocacy for Children & Youth Clinic, a member of the Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic, and co-director of the Temporary Restraining Order Project. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics, magna cum laude, from Williams College.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Selected Case Results

Representing a Minnesota plaintiff before the Minnesota Supreme Court in case concerning the enforceability of indemnity clauses in consumer contracts.

Briefed and argued appeal on behalf of a putative class of consumers on a decision dismissing their claims brought under the Minnesota Private Attorney General Statute. In a major decision clarifying the scope of the Private Attorney General Statute, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ciresi Conlin’s clients, reversing the unanimous decision of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and restoring the action.

Defended leading Minnesota company against competitor’s claims of trade secret misappropriation; violations of Minnesota’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act (MDTPA); tortious interference with sales representatives’ non-compete, non-solicit, and confidentiality covenants; and tortious interference with competitor’s prospective business relations. Successfully obtained dismissal on a motion to dismiss of the MDTPA claim. The case resolved with a mediated settlement near the completion of document discovery.

Negotiated a settlement on behalf of a health insurer to a contractual dispute with a major health system concerning reimbursement rates.

Represented financial institution in lawsuit by a former shareholder alleging that the corporation engaged in fraudulent misrepresentation and violated Minnesota’s securities law. The case resolved on favorable terms before depositions commenced.

Represented an individual accused of violating a non-solicitation clause in an employment agreement, defeating his former employer’s motion for a preliminary injunction. The case subsequently resolved with a settlement.

Represented a design patent owner in an appeal of a decision denying contempt sanctions for breach of a settlement agreement and consent decree.

Represented a foreign manufacturing company in a high-stakes, complex commercial dispute with its joint venture partner, ending in the grant of summary judgment to the client on the central issue of liability.*

Successfully represented a major pharmaceutical company in an ANDA action involving challenges to patents covering a combination drug therapy and processes for its manufacture, leading to a favorable settlement.*

Represented an online content provider in data piracy claims arising from unauthorized access to its proprietary database, leading to a series of confidential settlements.*

Successfully defended a major pharmaceutical company against tying and monopolization claims, resulting in grant of a motion to dismiss.*

Defended a leading consumer goods company in a nationwide class action litigation involving allegations of anticompetitive pricing.*

*Case results were achieved while Jake was at a former firm.

Recognition

Named “Attorney of the Year,” Minnesota Lawyer (2023*)
*Attained a double distinction by receiving the award for two results in 2023

Named to “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America” for Commercial Litigation, Best Lawyers (2023, 2024)

Named a “Minnesota Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2023, 2024)

Named an “Up & Coming Attorney,” Minnesota Lawyer (2022)