Jake O'Neal


Los Angeles Office

Jake is a passionate litigator who draws from his backgrounds in Electrical Engineering and music to effectively represent his clients. 

Jake graduated first in his class with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and worked at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics where he helped design, build, and test circuits for NASA-contracted space missions. Thereafter, he shifted his focus to composing and producing music for TV and film. His music has been featured on networks such as MTV and Oxygen and on shows including Keeping Up With the Kardashians. In 2017, Jake started law school at the University of Southern California and graduated in 2020 in the top 10% of his class.

Jake has defended his clients' technology in high stakes litigations and enforced their patents and copyrights internationally. He also has an active pro bono practice focused on indigent criminal defense, stemming from his Orrick fellowship at the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California. There, he took principal responsibility for an array of indigent clients for whom he wrote and argued several motions, first-chaired evidentiary hearings, and negotiated pleas with the United States Attorney's Office. His victories included securing compassionate release for a client who was serving life in prison and early termination of supervised release for several clients. He also third-chaired a 10-day trial for a client charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

In his free time, he surfs, produces music under the artist name Drip Lines, and spends time with his wife and two dogs.