Jake is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice on the defense of professional liability, product liability and complex casualty suits. He represents physicians, nurses, hospitals, allied health workers, insurance agents, real estate professionals and others in malpractice litigation. He regularly defends manufacturers and lessors of construction and agricultural equipment in large-exposure product liability and construction accident claims. Jake handles complex casualty matters including a substantial practice dealing with claims of sexual assault or the alleged failure to prevent it. Jake also handles commercial and real estate litigation including suits involving fraud and alleged fraudulent billing, business torts, breach of warranty, breach of contract, partnership dissolution and securities matters. Jake’s experience spans the courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and all phases of litigation up to and through trial and appeal.
Understanding litigation from the client’s perspective, employing an aggressive, creative and pragmatic approach to the case and being responsive to client needs are the cornerstones of Jake’s practice. Some recent results include:
Defendant’s verdict for tractor manufacturer after a multi-week wrongful death jury trial in New Jersey. Plaintiff claimed the product was defective in its design by failing to incorporate a rollover protective structure. The defense was able to prove that the product was both safe and useful, that plaintiff’s proposed “alternative design” destroyed the machine’s utility and made the product more dangerous, and that the true cause of the accident was the misuse of the product and the actions of the owner of the tractor.
- Defendant’s verdict for a manufacturer of agricultural products after a three-week jury trial in Philadelphia. Plaintiff claimed the product was defective in its design and that this caused the accident. The defense was able to prove that the product was both safe and useful, that plaintiff’s proposed “alternative design” made the product more dangerous, and that the true cause of the accident was the misuse of plaintiff and the negligence of plaintiff’s employer;
- Defendant’s verdict for an equipment rental company after two-weeks of trial. Plaintiff claimed the rental company was negligent by failing to ascertain where scaffolding rented to plaintiff’s employer was going to be used and that this negligence led to the wrong scaffolding/equipment being rented which in turn caused plaintiff’s accident. The defense proved that the rental company met the standard of practice in the industry and was not negligent and that the accident was caused by plaintiff’s misuse; and
- Resolution of a securities fraud and breach of contract action filed by a former corporate director against the client company. The case resolved for a low five-figure sum. The demand was in excess of 3 million dollars.
Prior to joining GG&M Jake worked at a firm in central Pennsylvania where he had a varied practice. In this position he handled a significant criminal defense caseload trying multiple felony cases to verdict. He also handled a variety of civil matters on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants.
Jake is a zealous advocate for his clients and an ongoing student of the art of advocacy. To this end, in 2017, he graduated with honors from Temple University’s nationally ranked L.L.M. in trial advocacy program where he honed his trial and advocacy skills by working with top litigators from Philadelphia and around the country. Jake now serves as a guest judge and lecturer in the program.
Jake is committed to involvement in the legal community and in the community at large. He provides pro bono legal services through the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and has served as an intern on their board. He volunteers with the Committee of Seventy, is a member of the Temple American Inn of Court and is involved with the Philadelphia Bar Association. Jake authors articles on legal topics and has written for the Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly and other publications. Jake regularly speaks on legal topics of interest at ALFA and elsewhere. While practicing in Central Pennsylvania Mr. Lehman was co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division of the Lebanon County Bar Association.