Robert F. Jacobs

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Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Santa Fe Springs, CA

Robert F. Jacobs & Associates, PLC
 | 12631 Imperial Highway, Suite A-113
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: 562-462-1424
Fax: 562-462-1380
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer (80%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    Robert F. Jacobs is an immigration and criminal law attorney, and the founder of Robert F. Jacobs & Associates, PLC (formerly Jacobs & Vega, PLC).  He primarily handles immigration law matters for immigrants with criminal convictions specializing in deportation defense (detained and non-detained), complex naturalization/citizenship cases, crime victim visas (U visas), all levels of appeals, and family based visas.  He represents clients from Los Angeles and Orange Counties and throughout the United States. He has conducted nearly 1,000 bench trials while representing clients in 16 courthouses in seven different states.  His Appellate work has resulted in five published decisions and nine Oral Arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  With over 22 years of legal experience, he has received the honorable distinction of a Certified Specialist in Immigration law since 2007 by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization (under 3% of immigration attorneys have received this honor).

    Additionally, since 1998, Robert Jacobs has been defending the rights of those accused or convicted of a crime.  Beyond traditional criminal defense, he conducts post-conviction relief motions (Motions to Vacate, etc.) and appeals in the California Superior Court.  He has conducted oral arguments in five different criminal appellate courts.  He also specializes as an expert consultant on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.  Private criminal defense counsel hires Robert Jacobs to advise their clients of the immigration consequences of a plea bargain offer and collaborate to seek an "immigration-safe" alternate plea if necessary.  Robert Jacobs has won Criminal Motions to Vacate Convictions in ten different Counties throughout California including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Orange, Riverside, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Kern, & Merced.

    Mr. Jacobs is a member of the Executive Committee of the Immigration Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Southeast District Bar Association, the Mexican American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has been a moderator or speaker at over 13 Continuing Legal Education seminars teaching other lawyers about the practice of criminal and immigration law.  He was named by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and a Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer. The American Society of Legal Advocates has also named him as one of California’s Top 100 Immigration Attorneys.  Finally, he has been named a Super Lawyer from 2015-2020 and a Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2011.

    In 1994, at the University of Wisconsin (La Crosse), Robert Jacobs was awarded Bachelor of Science degrees in both Economics and Political Science with a Pre-Law emphasis.  He graduated with Highest Honors as he completed his term as the Student Association (government) President.

    After college, Robert Jacobs attended Marquette University Law School on the Dean's Scholarship.  During law school he worked part-time at private law firms while being selected as a Member of the Marquette Law Review and named to the Dean’s List.  He also participated in Moot Court and logged enough pro bono hours to be honored at graduation as a member of the Pro Bono Society.

    Mr. Jacobs is admitted to practice in many state and federal courts. These include the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern and Central Districts of California, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the States of California and Wisconsin.  Finally, he still donates time to community service as a long time member and former President of the Kiwanis Club, and is a Boston Marathon qualifier and registrant.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 80%Immigration: Consumer
    • 20%Criminal Defense
    Focus Areas

    Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

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    Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2011

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    About Robert Jacobs

    Admitted: 1997, California

    Professional Webpage: https://www.RFJimmigration.com/About/Robert-F-Jacobs.shtml

    Honors/Awards:

    • Award, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters – Southern California, Immigration Lawyer, 2015-2020, 2020
    • Attorney of the Year, Southeast District Bar Association, 2019, Attorney of the Year, Southeast District Bar Association, 2019, 2019
    • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2016
    • The American Society of Legal Advocates – Top 100 Immigration Lawyers in California, The American Society of Legal Advocates – Top 100 Immigration Lawyers in California, 2016
    • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters – Southern California, Immigration Lawyer, 2015-2020, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters – Southern California, Immigration Lawyer, 2015-2020, 2015
    • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers - Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
    • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2011, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2011, 2011
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Publicly Held Corporations, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Publicly Held Corporations, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1997

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Specialist in Immigration and Naturalization Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2007

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member since 1997, 1997
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Convention Attendee for 18 straight years, Liaison to the Immigration Courts Committee (EOIR), CLE Speaker, 1999
    • Mexican American Bar Association, Executive Board, Member, 2001-present, 2001
    • Southeast District Bar Association, 2002-present, Executive Board, Member, 2019 Attorney of the Year, 2002
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Executive Committee, Immigration Law Section, since 2006, 2006
    • Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1997 - present, 1997
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1997, 1997
    • California Supreme Court, 1998, 1998
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2001, 2001
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2002, 2002
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2003, 2003
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2003, 2003
    • United States Supreme Court, 2015, 2015

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Pro Bono work through the law practice and in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association and the Southeast District Bar Association., 2000
    • Kiwanis International - Downey, CA, Noon Chapter.  2003-present., 2003

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Chair, Moderator and Speaker, Chair, Moderator and Speaker, "Crimes and Immigration: Hot topics and the value of collaboration between criminal defense and immigration attorneys.", 2019
    • Moderator & Speaker, "Crimes & Immigration: New Strategies in an Increasingly Challenging Climate", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2018
    • Lecturer, "Immigration Law in a Turbulent Political World: Walls or Bridges?", Southeast District Bar Association, 2016
    • Speaker, "Practicing Before the Los Angeles/Adelanto Immigration Courts: Procedures, Tactics, and Tips", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2016
    • Moderator & Speaker, "Crimes & Immigration Seminar: New Strategies for Removal Defense", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2013
    • Speaker, "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals", American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2012
    • Speaker, "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Criminal Ineligibility", Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2012
    • Moderator and Speaker, "Crimes and Immigration: Strategies to Defend Convicted Clients Despite Increasing Obstacles", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2011
    • Lecturer, Lunch With the Experts, "Bonds: Give me freedom (or at least get me bonded out)", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2011
    • Speaker, "Immigration 911: Post-Conviction Relief (PCR)", Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2010
    • Moderator & Speaker, Crimes & Immigration Seminar", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2010
    • Speaker, "Crimes and Immigration: Preventing Removal and Preserving Relief, Pre & Post-Conviction", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2008
    • Speaker, "Removal Hearing Advocacy Program, Master Calendar & Hearing on the Merits", Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2008

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • In Re Martinez-Recinas, 23 I&N Dec. 175 (Int. Dec. 3456) (BIA 2001), 2001
    • Jimenez-Angeles v. Ashcroft, 291 F.3d 594 (9th Cir. 2002), 2002
    • Valencia-Fragoso v. INS, 321 F.3d 1204 (9th Cir. 2003), 2003
    • Severiano-Vasquez v. Holder, 590 F.3d 1053 (9th Cir. 2010), 2010
    • Cruz-Betansos v. Barr, 928 F.3d 1133 (9th Cir. 2019)., 2019

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Marquette Law Review, Member, 1996
    • Marquette Law Pro Bono Society, 1997
    • American Jurisprudence Award - Publicly Held Corporations, 1997
    • Rada Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Wisconsin (La Crosse), 2011
    • Speaker at Graduation Ceremony, University of Wisconsin (La Crosse), 2011

    Educational Background:

    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, B.S., Major: Economics, Major: Political Science, Major: Pre-Law, Honors: Highest Honors, Honors: Student Government President, Hoeschler Award for Top Graduate from the College of Business, 1994
    • Marquette University Law School, J.D., Dean's Scholarship, Marquette Law Review, Moot Court, Pro Bono Society, PAD, 1997

    Industry Groups

    • American Immigration Lawyers Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Mexican American Bar Association
    • Southeast District Bar Association
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    12631 Imperial Highway
    Suite A-113
    Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

    Phone: 562-462-1424

    Fax: 562-462-1380

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