Jake Vollebregt is a public law, land use, and real estate attorney with experience as a judge advocate, prosecutor, litigator, and outside general counsel. His clients have included developers, joint powers authorities, municipalities, property owners, religious institutions, special districts, tenants, and water agencies.
Real Estate, Municipal and Public Law, Litigation, and Government Affairs
Jake Vollebregt's public law and land use experience includes alcohol licensing, conditional use permits, development agreements, easements and dedications, fees, public-private partnerships, and subdivisions. Jake has also advised on due diligence and application processing for land use approvals, including general and specific plan amendments and zoning changes. Jake has worked closely with environmental counsel to ensure compliance with CEQA and NEPA. His real estate experience includes ground leases and tenancies, purchase & sale agreements, public-private partnerships, community associations, and CC&Rs.
Experienced Public Lawyer with In-House and Executive Experience
As an attorney at Best Best & Krieger LLP, Jake Vollebregt served as deputy city attorney, deputy agency counsel, and special counsel for several cities, special districts, joint powers authorities, and other government entities in California. As deputy general counsel for cities and water districts, Jake has assisted clients with competitive bidding and solicitation procedures, public finance, public works, purchasing contracts, and service agreements. He also has experience in elections law, ethics and fair political practices, lobbying reporting and compliance, and transparency and open meetings laws.
Jake previously served in the executive management of Moulton Niguel Water District as Director of Regional & Legal Affairs. In this capacity, he created and oversaw several programs, including federal, state, and regional government affairs, as well as contracts and procurement. As a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, Jake served as trial counsel, legal assistance attorney, and fiscal law and contracting counsel. He has deployed to Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific region.
Jake received his law degree with a certificate in taxation from the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. He externed for the Tax Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles and for the Hon. William M. Monroe, Superior Court of California. He graduated with a B.A. from Gonzaga University.
Personal Background and Community Involvement
Jake Vollebregt was born and raised in Orange County, California. He and his wife Jessica have three children and live in Aliso Viejo. Jake is a member of the Public Law, Environmental Law, and Litigation sections of the California Lawyers Association. He currently serves as a board member and officer of the Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce. He recently concluded his service as a board member and officer of the South Orange County Economic Coalition. Jake is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Office & Commercial Local Product Council for the Orange County/Inland Empire District. He also serves on the Legislative Affairs Committee for NAIOP SoCal.
Supreme Court of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Tax Court