Jeff is a founding principal in the Jacobson Law Firm where his general practice includes employment law, business and commercial litigation, criminal defense and probate, guardianships and conservatorships. Previously, Jeff was an associate at a large law firm and also spent six years as a prosecutor, initially with the Pima County Attorney’s office and the latter three years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tucson where he prosecuted several high-profile criminal cases. Jeff is also Associate General Counsel of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, representing 26,000 members in 65 federal law enforcement agencies across the United States. In 2005, he was honored as Prosecutor of the Year by FLEOA’s Southern Arizona Chapter and also received the Outstanding Prosecutor award from the U.S. Border Patrol, Tucson Sector, DISRUPT unit.
Jeff is also the co-founder of the Wills for Heroes Foundation. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization provides support and services to eligible first responders and their families. The Wills for Heroes program began in response to the September 2001 terrorist attacks as a way to give back to the first responder community. Since then, Wills for Heroes programs in twenty-five states have provided more than 15,000 estate planning documents for first responders. The concept has grown rapidly and experienced tremendous success, with people in a dozen additional states requesting assistance with starting a Wills for Heroes program in their community. The Wills for Heroes Foundation oversees the nationwide expansion of these wills programs and connects volunteer attorneys with local first responders.
The State Bar of Arizona voted Jeff the 2006 Member of the Year for his leadership of Arizona’s Wills for Heroes program, and in 2007 Jeff was honored by the Phoenix Fire Department and the United Phoenix Firefighter’s Association for contributing over 100 pro bono hours to Arizona first responders.
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Jeff received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in 1992, his Masters of Public Administration from Arizona State University in 1994, and his law degree cum laude from Whittier Law School in 1998. In addition to serving on several community boards and foundations, Jeff was appointed in 2010 by President Obama to serve as a Local Board Member of the United States Selective Service System.
Hourly ($175-250/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (15%)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Service Award||United Phoenix Firefighter's Association & City of Phoenix Fire Department||2008|
|40 Under 40||Inside Tucson Business||2008|
|Member of the Year||State Bar of Arizona||2007|
|Up & Comer||Inside Tucson Business Magazine||2006|
|Volunteer Award||100 Club of Arizona||2006|
|Principal||Jacobson Law Firm||2009 - Present|
|Associate||Waterfall, Economidis, Caldwell, Hanshaw & Villamana, P.C.||2005 - 2008|
|Assistant United States Attorney||United States Attorney's Office||2002 - 2005|
|Deputy County Attorney||Pima County Attorney's Office||1999 - 2002|
|Associate||Hillsinger & Costanzo||1998 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Selective Service System||Local Board Member||2010 - 2011|
|Pima Council on Aging Foundation||Board Member||2009 - 2011|
|State Bar of Arizona||Appointments Committee Member||2006 - 2008|
|State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors||President, Young Lawyers Division||2005 - 2006|
|Pima County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division||President||2002 - 2003|
|American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||District 23 Representative||2002 - 2004|
|American Bar Association, Law Student Division||Chair||1997 - 1998|
|Immigration Law, United States Department of Justice, Office of Legal Education||Alien Smuggling chapter||2005|
|Whittier Law Review||Trying to Fit a Square Peg into a Round Hole: The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and Human Rights Violations||1998|
|Whittier College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Northern Arizona University||N/A||Other - Bachelors||1992|
|State Bar Convention||Wills for Heroes||2010|