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Richard B. Jacobson

Criminal defense Attorney at Madison, WI

4.9   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1983
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    trials and appeals in Wisconsin and federal courts; felonies including sex crimes, other violent crimes, fraud, domestic abuse, and others.

    40 years, 600 cases

  2. Family
    Divorce, separation, adoptions, placement and custody

    40 years, 600 cases

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    All Bankruptcy chapters Representing debtors and creditors.

    40 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Chapter 13 bankruptcy

    40 years, 500 cases

  5. Divorce and separation
    We help people through these difficult times to seek outcomes which will not embitter their lives and which will be best for their children. This means we fight aggressively when we must, but we always seek agreement when we can.

    40 years, 500 cases

  6. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapter 11: adversary proceedings, trials and appeals, debtor and creditor representation.

    40 years, 120 cases

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.

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Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC
1930 Monroe St., Suite 326
Madison, WI, 53711

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Posted by Adrian | April 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Light at the end of the tunnel
RBJ & Associates are dependable, knowledgeable and thorough in their work. Richard puts you, the client, first and does so in a down to earth manner as if you’re having conversation with a friend. His years of experience serve his clients well and he “tells it like it is”. He looks out for you and does his very best to ensure a favorable, fair outcome. I highly recommend and would gladly elicit his services again.
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Posted by Chance | April 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
One of the Last Good Attourneys in Town
I had dealt with Mr. Jacobson a while back with my own legal endeavors and I couldn't ask for a better client to attorney relationship. Lawyers nowadays are always incredibly rude and almost never take the time to know the client they are dealing with. I can say for certain that Mr. Jacobson is a man that takes pride in his work, very kind and understanding of my situation and actually wanted to help me through what I was going through. I thank him greatly for his services and his great conversation!
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Posted by Brennette | October 19, 2014
Mr. Jacobson
Mr. Jacobson is a very compassionate and attentive attorney who work with his clients in starting over. My husand and I have had him as an attorney since 2010 and he is always there to help you. Thank you Mr. Jacobson, Brennette Harden Green and Oscar Green
Posted by Arthur | May 21, 2014
Sixteen years of Trust
Richard, Has been my lawyer for sixteen years on one criminal case. He has the broad knowledge in criminal law that I need as well as being responsive to my needs always keep me well inform on my legal status. He is extremely trustworthy and his word is his bond. I can't thank enough for many hours he spent on my case and his honesty in his advice to me as a client.
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Posted by Paul | August 7, 2012
A unique blend of skills you'll appreciate having on your side, highly recommended!
I highly recommend Richard Jacobson who served as my divorce attorney. He showed his commitment to my case by listening to my concerns and making my needs his priorities. His cogent methods during negotiations were effective and tactfully delivered. My extremely contested divorce was an arduous ordeal, yet throughout it I felt supported and very well represented. Ultimately the divorce process will end, but for children it is a lifetime event. Richard continually advised me of the pros and cons of pushing too hard or giving up too much throughout the divorce process. I think this critically important ability cannot be overstated. Richard has an amazing breadth and depth of knowledge across both the legal and practical side of family matters, and he communicates it more effectively than anyone I know. Richard earns my highest recommendations because he has the skills and abilities to win at both offense and defense on my behalf.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2012
Reliable, personable
Mr. Jacobson represented me with a minor case, but gave it the utmost attention and care. He provided very useful immediate advice at the time that he agreed to represent me, stayed on top of things as everything developed, and made sure I understood my options and choices. Perhaps most importantly, he made sure that I wouldn't let a minor inconvenience become a life-controlling issue, and provided a good mix of comfort and frankness. He took his time explaining the legal situation to me, listened to my concerns, and was available practically all of the time. I would highly recommend Mr. Jacobson, since he greatly cared about me as a client.
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Posted by Adam | August 3, 2012
Very helpful bankruptcy attorney
Richard helped me close my business by first filing a Chpt & and then Chpt 11 bankruptcy. He was very thorough and compassionate with advice and I went through a very hard time. I was able to avoid also filing a personal bankruptcy.
Posted by Karen | August 2, 2012
A comfortable and honest lawyer.
I was terrified about going to a lawyer but was very comfortable and pleased with Mr. Jacobson. He helped us and solved our situation. He always followed through on a timely basis. He was up front and no games about his fees. He also tells some very entertaining jokes. A pleasure to work with.
Posted by Arthur | August 2, 2012
I Can't Recommend Richard Jacobson Too Highly
Richard handled a bankruptcy case for me. He was everything one could ask for in a lawyer: knowledgeable, efficient, painstaking, patient--and moreover willing to travel a good distance to defend my case. I can't recommend him too highly.
Posted by John | August 1, 2012
Richard was our lawyer for a Chapter 7 filing
Richard was our lawyer for a Chapter 7 my wife and I had to file. He was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the law, very attentive to our needs and was patient and responsive to my many many questions. He kept us informed every step of the way, guiding us though the twists and turns of our case. Chapter 7 can a difficult and stressful experience, but Richard and his staff made it as painless as possible, for which we are especially grateful. I highly recommend Attorney Jacobson.
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Posted by Ben | April 16, 2014
Caring, professional, and efficient
Mr. Jacobson helped my case a great deal and kept me up-to-date on all developments. He gave sound advice, gave me a good and thorough understanding of the legal process, and most importantly, took my own emotional and personal life into account as he assisted me with my legal troubles. I would readily recommend him to anybody who needs legal assistance!
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC
  • 1984 - Present
  • Adjunct Lecturer
  • University Of Wisconsin Madison Law School
  • 2001 - 2008


  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of California
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 1971
  • Harvard University
  • M.A.
  • 1968

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Hou-Seye
  • State abandoned its appeal before the Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Matter of Sletteland
  • case confirmed; business continues


  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Office of Lawyer Regulation--Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • Member of District Board 9
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Western District Bar Association of Wisconsin
  • Treasurer
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Law and Humanities Institute
  • Board of Governors
  • 1979 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Order of the Coif
  • UW Law School
  • 1983
  • Law Review
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 1982
  • Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1966
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  • Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature
  • Forgiveness (Executive Clemency, Discharge of Debt and Forgiveness of Sin)Forgiveness of Sin
  • 1992
  • Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law
  • Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law: Bankruptcy Crimes
  • 1991
  • Construction Law, Matthew Bender
  • Bankruptcy and Construction Law
  • 1986
  • Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law
  • Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law: Fraudulent Transfers
  • 1985
  • Semeia
  • Satanic Semiotics and the Jurisprudence of Job
  • 1981
  • Wisconsin Academy Review
  • Fear and Loathing on Tenure Track
  • 1980
  • Glyph
  • Absence, Authority and the Text
  • 1978
  • Hartford Studies in Literature
  • Law, Ritual, Absence
  • 1977
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Speaking Engagements

  • Arizona Association for Justice, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Dividing Assets in Divorce
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Divorce (Recognition of Irregular Marriages)
  • 2007
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Impact of Bankruptcy on Dissolution of Marriage
  • 2006
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Divorce, Intermediate Level
  • 2005
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • What Other Professions Can Teach Us About Legal Ethics
  • 2003
  • Monthly luncheon
  • Bankruptcy Crimes
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Richard
General practice Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard has always been a lawyer I trust for second opinions on bankruptcy, family law and criminal defense. He is on my short list for referrals, especially for difficult bankruptcy cases."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He helps his clients get through tough situations."