Jacob C. Smith

  • Senior Attorney

Location :

  • Sacramento, CA

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Areas Of Practice

  • Trust and Estate Litigation

When facing disputes over trusts and estates, clients turn to Jake Smith for his steady hand and creative solutions to ambiguous situations.

Jake applies his knowledge and experience as a Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate law to shepherd clients through the valleys and peaks of trust and estate administration and related litigation. His practice focuses on helping clients achieve the right result tailored to their situation, be it through estate planning or litigation. 

Prior to becoming an attorney, Jake honed his conflict resolution skills over years of experience as a human intelligence collector for United States Army special operations forces.

While in law school, Jake participated in the Pacific McGeorge Elder Law Clinic, where he obtained elder abuse restraining orders on behalf of vulnerable elderly clients. Jake also participated in the Legislative and Public Policy Clinic where he co-wrote and advocated for legislation to improve peace officer training on recognizing the signs of financial elder abuse; AB 2623 (Pan) became law in 2014.

Jake enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and Goldendoodle pup named “Chewy.” When he is not hiking in the foothills, you can find Jake cheering on his son at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitions.

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Sacramento Estate Planning Council, 2022-present
  • Rotary Club of Roseville, 2017-present; Charitable Giving Committee member, 2019-present; Charitable Giving Committee Chair, 2022
  • California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section, 2015-present
  • Guest Faculty, Elder Law and Social Policy, McGeorge School of Law, 2014-2020
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Probate & Estate Planning Section
  • Placer County Bar Association, 2017-present
  • Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, 2014

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California


  • J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2014
  • A.A., With Honors, Spanish, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, 2009
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California at Davis, 2003

Honors & Awards

  • California Board of Legal Specialization, Certified Legal Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, 2020-present
  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star, Estate and Trust Litigation, 2023
  • Externship, Honorable Anthony W. Ishii, United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 2014
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Moot Court Honors Board, 2012-2014; Executive Committee Member, 2013-2014
  • ABA San Francisco Appellate Advocacy Competition, Best Brief, 2014
  • Order of Barristers, 2014
  • Roger J. Traynor Honor Society, 2014
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Business Associations, 2014
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Drafting Laws and Regulations, 2014
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Military Law Society, 2011-2014; Vice President, 2013-2014
  • United States Army, Bronze Star Medal, 2007 and 2008
Rated By | Super Lawyers | Craig L. Judson | SuperLawyers.com
Rated By | Super Lawyers | Rising Stars | Scott J. Judson | SuperLawyers.com
Rated By | Super Lawyers | J. Kevin Moore | SuperLawyers.com
Rated By | Super Lawyers | J. Virginia Peiser | SuperLawyers.com
Rated By Super Lawyers Rising Stars Leila Tabrizi, SuperLawyers.com
CCC | BA | Contra Costa County Bar Association | Est. | 1934
Sacramento County Bar Association | Est.1918
Rated By Super Lawyers | Rising Stars | Jacob C. Smith | SuperLawyers.com
PFAC | Professional Fiduciary Association Of California
Top Lawyers 2019 | Sacramento
Top Lawyers 2021 | Sacramento | Magazine
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