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Although a Sonoma County native, Jason rooted himself in Sacramento in 2002 to attend law school at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Prior to law school he graduated with honors and awards from University of California, Santa Barbara. While in Santa Barbara his interest in the law manifested following volunteer work for California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. – a non-profit program that provides free legal service to California’s rural poor. He now has a diverse practice focusing on areas such as business law, commercial litigation, construction, employment, entertainment and intellectual property.


Since 2005, Jason has formed and/or reorganized hundreds of businesses, processed dozens of trademarks and obtained numerous favorable results – whether plaintiff or defense – given he has helped clients recover nearly $40,000,000 and avert millions more.  In 2012 Jason received the "40 Under 40 Award" by Sacramento Business Journal and in 2013 - 2016 was selected as a "Northern California Rising Star" by Superlawyers Magazine. 


Jason seeks to provide his firm’s clients candid, responsive and thorough advice and prides himself on tireless preparation, fearlessness and work ethic. He is an avid sports fan, loving husband and father and remains actively involved in the community wherein he frequently volunteers for various organizations and previously served as the President of the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. 


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    11 years
  2. Business: 40%
    11 years



Hourly ($200-295/hour), contingent (30-40%), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Paul D. Ticen

    Jason achieves results for his clients by an efficient and effective approach to practicing law. As lawyers we're hired to resolve problems for clients. Jason recognizes this, and does a great job for his clients.


    Paul Ticen Litigation Attorney
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Contact info

Smith, McDowell & Powell, A Law Corp.
100 Howe Avenue, Suite 208 South
Sacramento, CA, 95825

Smith, McDowell & Powell, A Law Corporation

100 Howe Avenue, Suite 208 South
Sacramento, CA, 95825



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Top Attorneys in SacramentoSacramento Magazine2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Top Attorneys in SacramentoSacramento Magazine2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
40 Under 40 AwardSacramento Business Journal2012
Jenkins Stark AwardUC - Santa Barbara2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing ShareholderSmith, McDowell & Powell, A Law Corporation2012 - Present
Senior AssociateRadoslovich | Krogh2004 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sacramento Regional Builders ExchangeMember2011 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2010 - Present
SCOREVolunteer Attorney2010 - Present
East Sacramento Chamber of CommercePresident2011 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gold Mining DisputeMulti-Million Award
Film Distribution Dispute$1.08 Million Award
Financial Abuse of an ElderMulti-Million Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Not ApplicableNone2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of California - Santa BarbaraEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SeminarChange Orders from A to Z2013
Guest SpeakerState of East Sacramento Business Climate2013
SeminarYour Legal Partner2011