Jake L. Sherrard

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Mr. Sherrard, partner, concentrates his practice in litigation matters. He began his career during the heightened period of construction defect litigation in 2002 and defended several nationally recognized general contractors in complex litigation matters, including several class actions.

In 2004 Mr. Sherrard joined Jennings, Strouss & Salmon where he broadened his practice to include a variety of commercial litigation matters with a heavy emphasis on litigation involving the power of eminent domain. During his tenure at Jennings, Mr. Sherrard represented the property owners in an eminent domain proceeding brought by the City of Tempe for purposes of economic redevelopment. The case was the subject of intense local scrutiny as it was the first attempt by a municipality in the State of Arizona to condemn property for the purposes of economic redevelopment after the Federal Supreme Court's ruling in Kelo v. City of New London, which itself was the subject of intense national scrutiny and debate. Mr. Sherrard represented the property owners throughout the course of the litigation securing a victory at the trial level and protecting same under the review of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Prior to joining Kutak Rock, Mr. Sherrard served as general counsel for PM Plumbing & Mechanical, Inc., a critical path, heavy commercial and industrial mechanical contractor specializing in the needs of Arizona's electronics, bio-medical, and power generation industries. During his tenure with PM Plumbing & Mechanical, Mr. Sherrard repurposed his litigation experience to develop a preventative and proactive legal business strategy to embrace a highly competitive and litigious construction industry. The strategy involved developing systems, which embraced Arizona's statutory authority governing construction activities, with a "hands on" approach to contract negotiation and administration, which ultimately yielded a perfect collections record on collectible debt with very little formal litigation process.


Dean Emeritus Michael Dessent and Jacob Sherrard, "Digital Handshakes in Cyberspace Under E-SIGN: 'There’s a New Sheriff in Town!'" University of Richmond Law Review, January 2002.


CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar March, 2006. Speaker regarding the "Tempe Marketplace" matter, which involved the first attempt by a municipality in Arizona to condemn real property for economic redevelopment in the wake of Kelo v. City of New London, 125 S. Ct. 2655 (2005).