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Neal A. Jacobs

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Jacobs Law Group, PC
130 N 18th St, Suite 1200
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-569-9701
Fax: 215-569-9788
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2007, 2010 - 2022
Licensed in Pennsylvania Since: 1984
Practice Areas: Business Litigation (50%), Estate & Trust Litigation (30%), Business/Corporate (20%)
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Attorney Profile

Neal A. Jacobs is an exceptional business and litigation attorney who understands how to employ his ample knowledge of business and his legal skills to get wins for his clients.  After fifteen years with big law firms, Mr. Jacobs left to found the Jacobs Law Group in 1999.  Mr. Jacobs has a litany of accomplishments in advising and representing clients on complex corporate, business, and litigation matters. He devotes particular attention to privately held companies and their shareholder and member relations. 

In recent years, Mr. Jacobs has been asked to represent clients in generational wealth disputes involving Estates, Trusts and Beneficiaries with assets of over 100 million of dollars.

Jacobs built his reputation in the area of business divorce; family businesses, private businesses and co-owners who can’t get along. Jacobs has been frequently called on to solve deadlocks between ownership groups and to craft business-oriented solutions to joint ownership matters.

Jacobs has advised and/or worked with all sizes of clients, from small business all the way up to international clients and companies from around the world.

A frequent lecturer on business litigation topics, Jacobs has successfully litigated, arbitrated, and/or negotiated shareholder claims; buyout claims; derivative actions; freeze-outs and squeeze-outs, earn-out cases; contract claims; computer fraud cases; restrictive covenant cases; Ponzi schemes; common law fraud cases; and commercial fraud cases on all levels.

Jacobs has repeatedly won multiple multimillion-dollar awards and settlements for his clients and has represented clients in claims from under $1 million to in excess of $100 million.

Mr. Jacobs is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

In addition to his professional life as a lawyer, Mr Jacobs led a group of private equity investors in backing a technology company.  Recently the technology company had a successful liquidity event and exited from that investment.  

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in economics from Rutgers University - New Brunswick, Mr. Jacobs went on to attend Rutgers School of Law - Camden and was awarded his Juris Doctor with honors in 1984. Prior to founding Jacobs Law Group, PC, in 1999, he was an attorney at a well-known national law firm. Admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mr. Jacobs has been admitted pro hac vice in many other states.

Mr. Jacobs is an active participant in several professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Active in the business community as well, he has served as a Director of the Board of Directors of the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center and the Small Business Board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Jacobs has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

*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 ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Business Litigation
  • 30%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Business/Corporate
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Will Contests, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations

Selections

16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2007, 2010 - 2022

About Neal A. Jacobs

First Admitted: 1984, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.jacobslawpc.com/jacobs.htm

Honors/Awards

  • Super Lawyer in Commercial Litigation, Philadelphia Magazine
  • One of the 100 People to Watch, Philadelphia Business Magazine
  • AV Rating, Martindale & Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • New Jersey
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Member
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Member

Educational Background

  • Rutgers University, B.S. in Economics, 1980

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Partner, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011
  • Co-author, Taking Sides in a Business Divorce -- Avoid Becoming a Casualty of Clients-At-War, Pennsylvania CPA Journal, 2001
  • Member Relations, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011
  • Guest Lecturer, "Business Formation, Business Owner Relations and Business Owner Divorce", Rutgers Camden School of Law, 2000
  • Course Planner, From Mom and Pop to Joint Venture Partners and Venture Capital Backed Businesses, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2008
  • Guest Lecturer, "Representing Your Clients In Business Divorces", Philadelphia Bar Association Small Business Committee, 2000
  • Chairperson, From Mom and Pop to Joint Venture Partners and Venture Capital Backed Businesses, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2008
  • What Are Your Rights In A Business Divorce Between Business Partners?, The American Bar Association Business Law Today, 1998
  • Growing Your Business Without Worry; While Protecting Your Wealth and Your Future. The Legal Relationships Between Co-Owners In the Context Of A Growing Business, The Tensions That Arise and The Business Divorce Scenario Resulting, Conshohocken Marriot West, 1998
  • Presenter, From Mom and Pop to Joint Venture Partners and Venture Capital Backed Businesses, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2008
  • What Are Your Rights In A Business Divorce Between Business Partners, The Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 1998
  • Business Divorce- Shareholder, From Mom and Pop to Joint Venture Partners and Venture Capital Backed Businesses, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2008
  • Trade Names and Dental Advertising; What Can You Do , What Should You Avoid, Lehigh Valley Dental Society, 1998
  • Partner, From Mom and Pop to Joint Venture Partners and Venture Capital Backed Businesses, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2008
  • The Meaning of Lee vs. Weismann; What rights do you have to your religious beliefs under the United States Constitution, 1992
  • Member Relations, From Mom and Pop to Joint Venture Partners and Venture Capital Backed Businesses, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2008
  • Lender Liability, Delaware Valley Credit Management Association, 1991
  • Author,Protecting Your Legacy,The Family Name and the Sale of the Business,Family Business Magazine, 2007-2008
  • What To Do When Things Go Wrong In A Lending Relationship, Given to the Delaware Valley Credit Management Association, 1990
  • Lecturer, Shareholders rights and enforceability of written contracts, Roxborough Memorial Hospital , 2006
  • This course dealt with the legal and business framework in litigating disputes over the achievement of earnouts arising from M & A deals and other liquidity events.  course deal with elements of earnout clauses, the metrics typically used, the standard of care applicable and the legal claims typically asserted. , Copurse Planner and Lead Presenter, Earn-Out Disputes in Mergers and Acquisitions, National Business Institute, 2014
  • Course Planner, Business Divorce, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2006
  • M&A agreements from useful transaction structures, to due dilience, to consideration, to letters of intent both binding and non-binding, to ADR clauses, indemnification provisions, arbitration and earnout clauses; key employment issues, Material Adverse Change clauses, antitrust issues, deal protective provisions and sample agreements. , Presenter, M & A From Start to Finish, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Chairperson, Business Divorce, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2006
  • Who is Liable for M&A Representations and Warranties? Determining Which Representations and Warranties are Likely to Cause the Greatest Liability Materiality Qualifiers and Material Adverse Event Clauses Quantitative Limitations on Representations and Warranties Knowledge Qualifiers Exclusion of Certain Representations and Warranties Survival of Representations and Warranties, Course Planner and Lead Presenter , M&A Agreement Representations and Warranties: Limiting Liability, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Lecturer, Business Divorce, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2006
  • Legal issues in business divorce cases covering everything from default provisions, to terms in written shareholder agreements to litigation of claims including shareholder oppression, breach of fiduciary duty, fraude and misrepresentation, securities issues, tax issues and buyout issues, inclouding valuation issues. , Course Planner and Lead Presenter , Tales From The Shareholder Wars, Pennsylvania Bar Institute , 2015
  • Course Planner, "Getting Out of Contracts Legally" Is it worth the paper it's printed on, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education seminar, 2005
  • Chairperson, "Getting Out of Contracts Legally" Is it worth the paper it's printed on, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education seminar, 2005
  • Lecturer, "Seven Deadly Sins of Shareholder/Succession Agreements", Pennsylvania AICPA (sponsored by Corporate Financial Services), 2005
  • Course Planner, Business Divorce "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", Corporate Issues, Disputes and Dispute Resolution and Litigation Issues, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2004
  • Chairperson, Business Divorce "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", Corporate Issues, Disputes and Dispute Resolution and Litigation Issues, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2004
  • Lecturer, Business Divorce "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", Corporate Issues, Disputes and Dispute Resolution and Litigation Issues, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2004
  • Lecturer, Advanced Judgment Enforcement, Work-Outs and Lender Liability Issues, 2004
  • Chairperson, The Evolution of the Consultant to CEO, "What You Need To Know Before You Take The Job", Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group, Union League, 2003
  • Presenter, The Evolution of the Consultant to CEO, "What You Need To Know Before You Take The Job", Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group, Union League, 2003
  • Lecturer, 'The Legal Implications of Your Security Plan in a Post 9-11 World' - Eastern Technology Council and Inflow Seminar Averting Disaster: Protecting Your Mission Critical Data, 2003
  • Lecturer, 'Physician Heal Thyself, Avoiding Practice Breakups: How Healthy Is Your Legal Agreement?', Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 2003
  • Lecturer, "The Impact of Business Divorce on Credit Extension and Credit Collection", Cummins Power Systems Corporation National Credit Managers
  • Lecturer, "Partnership , Shareholder and Business Relationships"
  • Course Planner, Business Divorce "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do", Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2001
  • Chairperson, Business Divorce "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2001
  • Course Planner, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011
  • Lecturer, Business Divorce "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do", Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, 2001
  • Chairperson, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011
  • Lecturer, Business Divorce, Feasterville Rotary Club, 2001
  • Presenter, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2011
  • Choose Your Weapon Wisely: Beware the LBO's Double Edged Blade If Insolvency Looms, Philadelphia Bar Association, Business Law Report, 2001
  • Business Divorce- Shareholder, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture and Seminar Series, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Lecture, 2011
  • Author and Lecturer, Are Lenders Out of the Woods? Lender Liability in the New Millennium, Lorman Education Services, 2001

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Resolved Trust and Estate disputes with Family Settlement Agreement.  Trust assets in excess of $50 MM. , 2020
  • Litigated and settled force out of shareholder.  Value $3.0 MM to $5.0 MM, 2020
  • Litigated and settled shareholder oppression case.  Value $1.5 MM +/-, 2020

Transactions

  • Completed corporate work on monetization of investment.  Deal size $12 MM to $13 MM. , 2020
  • Represented group of minority shareholders in sale of larger company.  $50 MM + Deal , 2020
  • Represented minority shareholder in selling his shares to other shareholders in Company.  Deal size $4 MM to $5 MM.  , 2020
  • Represented Maritime LNG and Hydrogen transportation company in fund raise for equity investment. , 2021
  • Represented LNG maritime company in deal with larger maritime company for equity investment of up to $70 MM., 2019
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Office Location for Neal A. Jacobs

130 N 18th St
Suite 1200
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-569-9701

Fax: 215-569-9788

Last Updated: 11/4/2021

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