Although a partner at the law firm of Jacobs & Hazan, LLP located in New York City, Mr. Jacobs often works together with Schmeikin Associates, PC on all phases of litigation in both criminal and civil rights cases. He concentrates his practice in complex civil rights cases, as well as criminal defense. Mr. Jacobs represents individuals whose constitutional rights were violated by the government and its employees. He vigorously and aggressively protects individuals and the public from civil rights violations, including cases involving false arrest, police brutality and prisoners’ rights.
Mr. Jacobs began his legal career at a boutique Manhattan law firm, where he was an associate in the firm's criminal defense and civil litigation practice. During his tenure at that law firm, he vigorously defended the rights of individuals accused of committing crimes ranging from drug possession to attempted murder in both State and Federal Court. He was intimately invoked in the defense of these individuals, from the initial arraignment up to and including trial.
Mr. Jacobs continued his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, Special Federal Litigation Division, where he was focused on 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, 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 successfully defended the City of New York in several high profile and complicated cases.
Mr. Jacobs now vigorously and aggressively protects the rights of individuals and the pubic at large from the violation of their rights, including police brutality and prisoner abuse cases. His 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 comes only 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.