Mr. Jacobs concentrates his practice on complex civil rights cases, specializing in the areas of Wrongful Arrest, Excessive force, and Constitutional law. Mr. Jacobs vigorously and aggressively protects individuals and the public from civil rights violations, including cases involving false arrest, police brutality and prisoners’ rights.
Mr. Jacobs spent 8 years as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, Special Federal Litigation Division, where he specialized in defending the City of New York, New York City Police Officers, and New York City Correction Officers against lawsuits filed by individuals pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated. These claims included, but were not limited to, false arrest, malicious prosecution, excessive force, and denial of medical treatment. Mr. Jacobs’ unique background of having represented citizens, as well as police officers and correction officers, has provided Mr. Jacobs with the necessary perspective and understanding that only comes from litigating cases from both sides.
Mr. Jacobs received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. Thereafter, Mr. Jacobs attended Hofstra University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude. While attending Hofstra, Mr. Jacobs was a Dean’s Scholar and upon graduating, he was awarded the Procedural Law Course Award. Mr. Jacobs is a member of the New York State bar and is admitted to practice in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is also an active member of the New York State Bar Association and New York County Lawyers’ Association. Mr. Jacobs has also taught courses on the topic of civil rights litigation and has been a volunteer mentor to high school students at Legal Outreach, a non-profit organization.