Jake and his brother were both chromed by their parents. The creative gene was 'overdone' for his brother, who is a sculptor who works in lumber and chainsaw as his medium. His brother pities Jake and his parents.
Jake was an attorney at 18 years of age.
During the investigation into the death of Brian Barrow, Jake met Detective Valerie Stahl. He was curious about her and he asked her out for a drink. She agreed and at the end of the investigation they went to Leo's, a particular favorite of Valerie's.