Jake Stout joined Bordas & Bordas in 2017 because of the firm’s proven and zealous commitment to fighting for working and middle-class families. The first and only lawyer in his family, Jake hails from the humble farming community of Moorestown, Pennsylvania, where he grew up on his family’s Christmas tree farm. Aspiring to protect families similar to his own, Jake has dedicated his practice to representing property owners in coal, oil, and natural gas litigation, insurance bad faith litigation, and other general plaintiffs’ civil litigation.
Jake has practiced from all three vantages of civil litigation: defense, plaintiffs, and on the bench. Prior to joining the firm, Jake served stints as a summer associate at a prominent corporate defense firm, associate attorney at a plaintiffs’ personal injury firm, and as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Phillip D. Gaujot in the Circuit Court of Monongalia County, West Virginia. These experiences have endowed him with a strong, practical understanding of all aspects of civil litigation in West Virginia. In addition to these positions, Jake has also worked with a wide array of legal entities including West Virginia Senior Legal Aid, solo practitioners representing property owners, and the Pennsylvania State Legislature.
In 2014, Jake received his J.D. from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he graduated in the top 15% of his class while serving as a student attorney in WVU’s Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, a Dean’s Fellow in WVU’s academic excellence program, and as administrative/research assistant to Professor Gregory Bowman. While in law school, Jake earned the Chesapeake Energy Corporation scholarship for his extensive study in the areas of coal, oil, gas, and real property law, as well as the Ronald E. Wolf Jr. Industrial Safety Scholarship for study in the areas of industrial safety law, employment law, and workers’ rights. Additionally, Jake received awards for excellence in the study of civil procedure and administrative law.
In 2011, Jake received a B.A. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University, where he received academic honors while interning for Pennsylvania State Representative Scott Conklin and serving as campaign manager for several political candidates. Most notably, Jake served as Deputy Campaign Manager on Representative Conklin’s successful primary campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. Throughout his undergraduate education, Jake additionally attended Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, where he competed as an NCAA Athlete for both schools’ wrestling programs.
Jake currently resides in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he is active in the community as a member of the Monongalia County Bar Association and serves as a Commissioner on the Monongalia County Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission. In his spare time, Jake enjoys playing guitar, cheering on the Mountaineers, and exploring our country’s state and national parks.