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Richard B. Jacobson

About me

I have worked in large and small firms in large and small cities.  I learned to strive to work with clients to ease their stress and find options which can improve their lives.  My goals are to enhance people's autonomy and increase the happiness in the world.


I have lived in several countries and work in a number of languages.  This experience has also helped me understand the human side of the legal problems my clients encounter.


In representing businesses no less than individuals, I have tried to understand the whole context in which a legal problem has arisen, the people no less than the numbers, so that I can help develop outcomes which are personally satisfying to the clients, as well as complying with the laws and regulations.


I have taught at the University of Wisconsin intermittently over many years.  I think my experience in teaching students has taught me how to make clear explanations of rules and procedures which can be confusing and dismaying to my clients.


Languages spoken: English, Hebrew, Spanish, Turkish

Practice areas


  1. Family: 23%
    32 years, 300 cases
  2. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 20%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 17%
    30 years, 400 cases
  4. Divorce & Separation: 15%
    32 years, 500 cases
  5. Other: 25%
  6. More 



Hourly ($200-350/hour), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Drew J. de Vinney

    Mr. Jacobson is an extremely intelligent lawyer who has the unique capability of explaining complex legal issues in a way that makes them easy for his clients to understand. His attention to his clients' needs and his skills as a lawyer are unmatched.


    Drew de Vinney Personal Injury Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
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Contact info

Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC

Suite 301
131 W. Wilson St.
Madison, WI, 53703


WIGood Standing198303/02/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Order of the CoifUW Law School1983
Law ReviewUniversity of Wisconsin Law School1982
MemberPhi Beta Kappa1966
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct LecturerUniversity Of Wisconsin Madison Law School2001 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Office of Lawyer Regulation--Supreme Court of WisconsinMember of District Board 92003 - 2008
Western District Bar Association of WisconsinTreasurer1993 - 1995
State Bar of WisconsinMember1983 - Present
Law and Humanities InstituteBoard of Governors1979 - 1984
State Bar of Wisconsin, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter of Slettelandcase confirmed; business continues
State v. Hou-SeyeState abandoned its appeal before the Wisconsin Supreme Court
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cardozo Studies in Law and LiteratureForgiveness (Executive Clemency, Discharge of Debt and Forgiveness of Sin)Forgiveness of Sin1992
Annual Survey of Bankruptcy LawRecent Developments in Bankruptcy Law: Bankruptcy Crimes1991
Construction Law, Matthew BenderBankruptcy and Construction Law1986
Annual Survey of Bankruptcy LawRecent Developments in Bankruptcy Law: Fraudulent Transfers1985
SemeiaSatanic Semiotics and the Jurisprudence of Job1981
Wisconsin Academy ReviewFear and Loathing on Tenure Track1980
GlyphAbsence, Authority and the Text1978
Hartford Studies in LiteratureLaw, Ritual, Absence1977
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of CaliforniaLiterature and AnthropologyPhD - Doctorate1971
Harvard UniversityComparative LiteratureMA - Masters1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
State Bar of Wisconsin, Annual ConventionDivorce(Recognition of Irregular Marriages)2007
Conference on DivorceDivorce, Intermediate Level2005
Annual Conference on EthicsWhat Other Professions Can Teach Us About Legal Ethics2003
Monthly luncheonBankruptcy Crimes2000
Continuing Legal EducationImpact of Bankruptcy on Dissolution of MarriageN/A
Arizona Association for Justice, Continuing Legal Education CommitteeDividing Assets in DivorceN/A