Jacob A. Gelegan

Practice Areas

Agricultural Law
Business Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
Contract Law
Environmental and Zoning
General and Civil
Real Estate
Public Entity


Fresno, CA


(559) 268-0117



(559) 237-7995

Jake is a well-seasoned civil litigator based in the Fresno office of Borton Petrini, LLP.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management (BSBM) from the University of Phoenix in 2009, after completing the bulk of his undergraduate coursework at California State University, Fresno.   Jake attended San Joaquin College of Law, obtaining his Juris Doctorate (JD) Degree.  Jake was admitted to the California State Bar in 2015.

Jake has over 17 years of experience from the “ground – up” in the legal field; handling cases dealing with motor vehicle accidents, professional liability, premises liability, products liability, toxic tort, environmental law, CERCLA/Superfund actions, construction defect, business disputes, real estate disputes, agricultural law, contract law, trucking and transportation law, and fire cause and origin disputes, among other areas of the law.

Jake has been representing various individuals and business entities in both the public and private sector throughout Central California during his legal career; defending cases through Trial in both state and federal courts.  He has experience in a broad range of cases, including general liability, wrongful death, dangerous conditions, automobile and trucking accidents, and governmental tort liability.  He is also familiar with cases stemming from viral and bacterial outbreaks, fire loss, flood damage, and crop loss.  In addition to his broad range of skill in civil litigation, Jake has accumulated several years of practical experience in the handling of construction defect matters; including work on behalf of developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and court-appointed Special Masters.

Jake prides himself in staying in tune with the latest developments of his profession as a California lawyer through memberships in several legal and professional organizations.  Among these are the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the Fresno County Bar Association, and the San Joaquin College of Law Alumni Association.

In addition to all state courts throughout California, Jake has also been admitted to practice before the United States District Courts of the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.

Jake is the proud father of four beautiful children with whom he loves to enjoy spending his time.  Jake also loves traveling and getting outdoors to exercise and take in nature’s beauty.  He is also an avid sports fan and a history buff.

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University of Phoenix, B.A., 2009
San Joaquin College of Law, JD


State Bar of California, 2015


"New Life Breathed Into Hit-and-Run Bill” – California State Assembly Bill 582 (“Gavin’s Law”) – CLM Magazine (April 2019