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   3John P. JacobsDetroit(313) 965-1900jpj@jacobsdiemer.comjpj@jacobsdiemer.comJacobs and Diemer PCwww.jacobsdiemer.comwww.jacobsdiemer.comjacobsjohn.jpgCivil Appellate LawCivil Appellate WorkMedical MalpracticeProducts LiabiliityBusiness TortsGeneral Civil Litigation
John P. Jacobsjpj@jacobsdiemer.com
Jacobs and Diemer PChttp://www.jacobsdiemer.com
500 Griswold St Ste 2825
Guardian Bldg
Detroit MI 48226
Ph.(313) 965-1900 Fx.(313) 965-1919
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Civil Appellate Law    Civil Appellate Work
    Medical Malpractice
    Products Liabiliity
    Business Torts
    General Civil Litigation
Advisory Board Member
County:  Wayne
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Jacobs has spent nearly 40 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, which is dedicated exclusively to civil appellate work. And even fewer have the depth of his Antitrust-to-Zoning, experience which comes with briefing, arguing, or supervising the roughly 1,000 civil cases he has handled on appeal.

Whether it is authoring petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court or making appearances in a thousand or so lower courts for the direct arguments in post-trial motions or acting in the dozens of second chair litigation support cases to assist trial counsel or personally handling appeals by the hundreds since 1970, Mr. Jacobs is frequently the "go to" attorney once 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 overturned - want an aggressive, take-no-prisoners approach if they are to survive. This is why the business community turns to Mr. Jacobs.

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. As lead counsel, Mr. Jacobs wiped out the staggering liability. 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. DBusiness Magazine has also profiled him for its selection of Best Lawyers in Detroit for every single year the listing has run.

He has been lauded in Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers who practice law in Michigan. 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 recognized. 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.



Law School:  University of Detroit School of Law, J.D.

Law School Honors/Involvement:  
Magna cum laude
Ranked first in class


Undergraduate School:  University of Detroit, B.A., 1967

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude

Employment History:  Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, 1970-1971

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (President, 1996; Vice President, 1995; Secretary, 1994; Treasurer, 1993; Board of Directors, 1989-Present;Political Action Committee; Chairperson, 1995-Present; Chairperson, Amicus Curiae Committee 1986-1988)
Catholic Lawyers Society of the Archdiocese of Detroit (President, 1994-1995; Various Officerships and Board of Directors, 1988-Present)
Defense Research Institute (DRI State Representative, 1997-1998; Appellate Steering Committee)
Member, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel (FICC)
Vice-Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee, International Association of Defense Counsel
Federal Bar Association
Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation, 1990-Present
Member, Supreme Court of the United States Historical Society
Retained Appellate Counsel, State Bar of Michigan
Oakland County Bar Association
Member, Board of Editors, Michigan Lawyers Weekly
Detroit Bar Association
Arab-American Bar Association
Irish-American Bar Association
American Bar Association
Appellate Subcommittee, ABA Section on Litigation
Appellate Subcommittee, ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section
"Blue Ribbon" Committee on Improving Defense Counsel-Insurer Relations, State Bar of Michigan
State Bar Standing Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics
Nominated by the State Bar of Michigan to the Michigan Supreme Court as Candidate for State Law Bar Examiner, 1994
Elected to the Executive Committee, Michigan Appellate Bench-Bar Conference Committee, three terms, 1994-2001 (Treasurer, 1994-Present)
Appointed Member, Supreme Court Committee Work Study Group on Delay Reduction, 2003-2004 appointed by the Michigan Court of Appeals As Special Appellate Facilitator in numerous cases
Appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to Special Committee on Criminal Appellate Fees, 1990
Ethics Opinion Committee, State Bar of Michigan
Investigator, Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, 1975-1984
Attorney Discipline Board Hearing Member, 1984-1987; 1994-Present
Representative to the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, 1980-1982;1990-1991; 1993 1996

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Best Lawyer in Detroit, DBusiness Magazine, 2006-2007
Detroit News 100 Best [overall] Lawyers in Michigan, Super Lawyers, 2006-2007
Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Personal Injury and Commercial Litigation Law, 1999
Lawyer of the Year and Honoree, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2004
Lawyer of the Year and Honoree, Excellence in Defense Award, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, Inc., 2004
Lawyer of the Year and Honoree, Archdiocese of Detroit, Catholic Lawyers Society, Monsignor Malloy Award, 2001
Life Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Fellow, Reginald Heber Smith Civil Rights Program, 1971-1972
Exceptional Performance Citation, Defense Research Institute, State Regional Chair, 1997
Lawyer of the Year and Honoree, Robert Dice Medical Michigan Physicians' Malpractice Defense Attorney Award, 1987
Member, Standard Jury Instruction Subcommittee On Employment Law
Who's Who in America, 1992-Present
Who's Who in American Law, 1993-Present
Who's Who in the World, 1996-Present
"The Michigan Lawyer" Profile, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 1997


Community Involvement:  
Wayne State University National Moot Court Team Advisor, 1990-1991


Published Legal Writing:  
Author, "Fasten Your Seatbelt: Despite Ullery, the Five Percent Cap on Comparative Negligence is Unconstitutional" MDTC/ADTC Briefs, Spring 1993

"Compounding the Problem: Kirchgessner and the Reduction to Present Cash Value", Michigan Defense Quarterly, Spring 1995

"Arguing the Unpreserved Issue on Appeal: An Anthology of Michigan and Sixth Circuit Cases Reversing Unfavorable Verdicts Based Upon an Appellate Argument Not Advanced Below", Michigan Defense Quarterly, Summer 1995


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