John P. Jacobs has spent nearly forty years exclusively
practicing appellate law in the courts of the state and federal system.
Very few other lawyers in Michigan have the length of his specialized experience,
dedicated exclusively to civil appellate work. And even fewer have the depth of his A to Z,
Antitrust-to-Zoning, experience which comes with briefing, arguing, or supervising
the 1000 civil cases he is estimated to have handled on appeal.
Whether it is his authoring Petitions for Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States,
or his making appearances in a thousand or so lower courts for the direct arguments as to Post Trial Motions,
or his acting in the dozens of “Second Chair” litigation support cases to assist Trial Counsel, designed to
preserve legal error, or his personally handling appeals by the hundreds since 1970, Mr. Jacobs is frequently
the "go to" attorney first called after a large, adverse verdict has blown up.
He is deemed by many as the Lawyer of Last Resort. Scores of municipalities, insurers, corporations,
doctors, hospitals, companies and commercial businesses, when faced with enormous, multi-million dollar verdicts
that must be attempted to be overturned, want an aggressive, take-no-prisoners approach if they are to survive.
This is why the business community turns to Mr. Jacobs.
John P. Jacobs has been honored repeatedly by groups whose very function it is to know who the very
best appellate lawyers really are. Mr. Jacobs has been a Life Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers since 1993,
among the very first to be selected from Michigan. He has also been a biographee of the Best Lawyers in America for years.
Crane's "dbusiness Magazine" has also profiled him for its selection of Best Lawyers in Detroit for every single year that
collection has run.
In addition, he has been lauded in Super Lawyers’ Magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers who practice law in this state.
He was also honored in 2004 for the Excellence in Defense (Lawyer of The Year) Award by the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Group,
the only appellate specialist ever so recognized by these Trial Lawyers. He was also the 2004 Lawyer of the Year selected
by Michigan Lawyers Weekly Newspaper for a $38 Million Reversal of a Medical Malpractice verdict.
Named by the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Monsignor Mallory (Catholic Lawyer of the Year) Awardee for his ethics,
Mr. Jacobs was further recognized by the Robert E. Dice Lawyer of the Year citation for his medical malpractice work on
appeal for overturning a number of multi-million dollar verdicts.
When a major American Company was tagged with a multi-billion dollar exposure in a major health care regulatory matter,
the award was vacated by the Michigan Appellate Courts. The staggering liability was completely wiped out, when John Jacobs
was Lead Counsel.
Does he lose cases as well as win them? Of course, since he and his team take on the most difficult cases in the State,
no result can ever be guaranteed, and some cases will be lost no matter what efforts are undertaken.
But prospective clients should rest assured that, if selected, John Jacobs and his team will devote the
utmost of his and their time, energy, and talents, for the client which desperately needs the best result
achievable within ethical and record constraints.