Ralph L. Jacobson

Top rated personal injury attorney in San Jose, California

GJEL Accident Attorneys
Ralph L. Jacobson
GJEL Accident Attorneys

Practice Areas: Personal injury; view more

Licensed in California since: 1970

Education: Stanford Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

GJEL Accident Attorneys

1625 The Alameda
Suite 511
San Jose, CA 95126 Visit website


Ralph L. Jacobson is a founder and of counsel partner at GJEL Accident Attorneys, a highly regarded personal injury law firm with a 40-year and more than $600 million track record of success on behalf of injured plaintiffs in Northern California. Ralph received his law degree from Stanford University in 1969. As an attorney, Ralph's practice has focused on personal injury and employment litigation for more than three decades.

Ralph is a respected speaker on personal injury law and court procedures who has also authored or co-authored articles and books for numerous publications, including the CEB Civil Litigation Reporter and the California Continuing Education of the Bar. Ralph's professional affiliations include the California Trial Lawyers Association and the State Bar of California. He also volunteers his skills and expertise, pro bono, to the Alameda Voluntary Legal Services Program and serves as a settlement commissioner for Alameda and Contra Costa counties. In addition to being selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers listings for multiple years, Ralph holds an AV Preeminent* rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

We have offices throughout northern California including San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Sacramento just to name a few. 

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 100% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1970, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.gjel.com/ralph-jacobson

Educational Background:
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., magna cum laude
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Statute of Limitations Issues in Underinsured Motorist Cases, CEB Civil Litigation Reporter
  • Litigation in the Fast Lane (Contributing Author), CEB
  • Co-Author, California Government Tort Liability Practice, California Continuing Education of the Bar
  • Joint and Several Liability After Prop. 51, Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers, 1991
  • Uninsured Motorists Cases: Notice of Action, CEB Civil Litigation Reporter
  • Uninsured Motorist, Notice of Action – an Update, CEB Civil Litigation Reporter
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Settlement Commissioner, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
  • Alameda Voluntary Legal Services Program
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Alameda County Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1970
  • State Bar of California
  • State of California, 1970
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Industry Groups:
  • ACBA

Office location for Ralph L. Jacobson

1625 The Alameda
Suite 511
San Jose, CA 95126

Phone: 925-293-8902


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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