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Ginger E. Jacobs received her J.D. degree with cum laude honors from Harvard Law School in 1998 and her Bachelor of Arts degree with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Duke University in 1995. After law school, Ms. Jacobs moved to New York City and worked as a litigator at the New York firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and the international law firm of Covington & Burling. She gained valuable experience advocating on behalf of her individual and corporate clients in state and federal courts, as well as before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the New York State Commission on Lobbying. In 2001, Ms. Jacobs received a pro bono recognition award from Covington & Burling for her successful representation of a detained asylum seeker. Inspired by her asylum case, Ms. Jacobs decided to change her focus from commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense to immigration law. In 2002, she moved to San Diego, California, and practiced with a well-regarded sole practitioner for two years before co-founding the firm (formerly known as Guerrero Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP) with her former law partner and renowned immigration advocate, Andrea Guerrero, in 2004.

Ms. Jacobs practices in all areas of immigration law. She represents employers and employees in employment-based cases before USCIS, the Department of Labor, and the Department of State. Her robust employment-based practice includes particular expertise in representing entrepreneurs and start-up companies, non-profit organizations, restaurants, and companies in the technology sector. She especially enjoys helping start-up companies develop and grow to their full potential by aiding them in obtaining employment visas for critical foreign-born employees. She also represents professional athletes, film industry professionalsmusicians and other individuals of extraordinary ability.

Ms. Jacobs is perhaps best known for her work with vulnerable populations, including asylum-seekers,refugeesvictims of violent crimes, and survivors of domestic violence. She is a frequent speaker on these forms of relief – locally, regionally, and nationally. She has helped hundreds of individuals and families obtain immigration relief in the U.S. after they have survived horrific external circumstances. Ms. Jacobs has representedasylum seekers from all over the world, including the former Soviet Unionsub-Saharan AfricaCentral America, and the Middle East. She has litigated cutting-edge asylum claims based on gender-motivated violence and LGBT status, among many others. Ms. Jacobs is an expert in Violence Against Women Act cases and U visas and feels fortunate to have been of service to many individuals and families who have thrived after surviving domestic violence.

Ms. Jacobs is an experienced litigator who frequently represents clients in Immigration Court for any and all types of relief available to them. She has helped dozens of clients obtain grants of asylumwithholding of removalrelief under the Convention Against Torture, 212(c) reliefadjustment of statuscancellation of removal, and termination of removal proceedings. She maintains excellent relationships with her counterparts in government and is exceptionally skillful at negotiating positive solutions for clients with ICE prosecutors.

Like most immigration lawyers, Ms. Jacobs also practices family-based immigration. However, she particularly enjoys complex and cutting-edge cases, including cases requiring waivers, criminal analysis, and other challenging factors. Ms. Jacobs is a leading attorney for the San Diego LGBT community and handled dozens of post-DOMA adjustments of status and fiance visas based on same-sex marriages.

Further, Ms. Jacobs is an expert on the crossover between immigration and criminal law and frequently advises criminal attorneys with respect to the immigration consequences of a client’s conviction and/or plea deal.

Ms. Jacobs is admitted to the bar of the State of New York. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a former member of the Executive Committee of her local AILA chapter. In 2007, Ms. Jacobs received the prestigious President’s Commendation from the national AILA organization forOutstanding Achievement in Coalition Building in her Community. She helped the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce craft its policy on immigration reform. She is currently the Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Immigration Justice Project. She is pro bono counsel to Alliance San Diego and frequently contributes her technical expertise in immigration law to ASD’s conversations on immigration policy. She serves as an advisor on immigration law to the University of San Diego’s Appellate Law Clinic. In 2013, the San Diego Daily Transcript recognized Ms. Jacobs as a Top Attorney in immigration law.

Ms. Jacobs is fluent in Spanish. She frequently gives presentations and workshops in the community and forprofessional organizations on various topics in immigration and nationality law in both English and Spanish. She was a leader in the San Diego DREAMer Assistance Network, directly assisting hundreds of young immigrants in obtaining Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).


Languages spoken: Spanish

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  • Aziz Jamil Asmar

    Exceptional in every sense of the word, there is no attorney I trust more in handling complex immigration matters. She knows so much about so many areas within immigration that whenever I need advice, she is the first, and often only person I contact. The only thing that rivals Ginger's intelligence and comprehensive knowledge is her heart of gold: she cares for her clients like no one I know. I recommend her without reserve and consider fortunate those who choose her as their immigration attorney.


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  • Allan Scott Lolly

    Harvard says it all, if credentials count. Ginger is smart, humble, professional, and a complete pleasure.


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Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP

110 West C Street.
Suite. 1810
San Diego, CA, 92101


NYCurrently registered 199907/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Daniel Stracka Spirit of Justice AwardUnitarian Universalist Refugee and Immigrant Services and Education Inc.2016
Attorney of the Year for ImmigrationSan Diego Daily Transcript2015
Women Who Mean Business AwardeeSan Diego Business Journal2014
Law Firm of the YearAmerican Bar Association Immigration Justice Project2014
Attorney of the Year for ImmigrationSan Diego Daily Transcript2013
President's CommendationAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJacobs & Schlesinger LLP2004 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego Immigrant Rights ConsortiumChair2016 - Present
American Bar Association Immigration Justice ProjectBoard Member2008 - Present
San Diego Immigrant Rights ConsortiumMember/Legal Representative2007 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Enrique CervantesPositive. The client was paroled into the U.S. and granted prosecutorial discretion.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Riverside LawyerEthically and Effectively Represent a Non-U.S. Citizen in the Criminal Defense Court2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1998
Duke University School of LawPolitical Science, Spanish and Comparative Area StudiesA.B.1995