Jacob L. Eaton

Jacob L. Eaton

Bakersfield, California
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Jacob L. Eaton is a partner in the firm’s Bankruptcy Corporate Transactions Departments. His practice is focused on business transactions and business counseling and representing debtors in Chapter 7, 11 and 12 cases, and he also has extensive experience in representing debtors in out-of-court restructurings and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

Jacob has represented large dairies and other farmers in Chapter 11 and Chapter 12 reorganization cases as well as business transactions including purchase and sales, and entity formation. His knowledge regarding agricultural practices and credit facilities allows him to understand the industries in which his clients operate. He has also represented developers and debtors that own and operate income-producing properties such as commercial buildings, apartment complexes, and mini-storage facilities. He has assisted his clients in successfully restructuring over $300 million of debt since 2008.

Areas of Practice

  • Bankruptcy
  • Debtor and Creditor Rights

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist Bankruptcy Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2013


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    • Juris Doctor - 2006
    • Honors: Alexander W. Doniphan Student Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Founding Member and President, 2005-2006
    • Law Journal: Kentucky College of Law, Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, 2004 - 2006
  • Brigham Young University
    • Bachelor of Art - 2003

Published Works

  • "Act could help homeowners," Kern Business Journal, March 2009
  • Jacob Eaton, Note, The Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act, The Wildlife Extinction Bill”?, 20 J. Nat. Resources & Envtl. L. 259, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated by Martindale Hubbell Distinguished Rating, 2012-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 2006 - Present
  • Judicial Advisory Committee, for U.S. District for Eastern of CA, Member at Large, 2014 - Present
  • Judicial Advisory Committee, for U.S. District for Eastern of CA, Chairperson, 2016 - 2017
  • Kern County Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • Kern County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section, 2011 - Present
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association, 2006 - Present
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, 2010 - Present
  • Central California Bankruptcy Institute Committee, Chairman
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Chair Elect, 2015 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Southern Sierra Council
  • Boy Scouts of America, Southern Sierra Council, National Scout Jamboree Committee Member, 2008 - 2010
  • Boy Scouts of America, Southern Sierra Council, Assistant Scout Master for Troop, 2012 - 2016
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association, Board Member, 2011 - 2014
  • Central California Bankruptcy Association, President, 2013 - 2014
  • Central California Bankruptcy Institute, Committee Chairman, 2013 - Present
  • Central California Bankruptcy Institute, Chair, 2016 - Present

Professional Experience

  • Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP., 2005-Present
  • Legislative Research and General Counsel for the Utah State Legislature, Intern, 2003 - Present
  • Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky General Assembly, Judiciary Committee, Graduate Fellow, 2004 - 2005