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Andrew M. Jacobs

Andrew M. Jacobs

Partner| Phoenix|Tucson


Andrew Jacobs' practice is concentrated in appellate litigation. He is also an experienced trial lawyer.

The head of the Firm’s appellate practice, Andrew has argued a dozen times before the Ninth Circuit (including en banc), many times in Arizona’s courts of appeals, four times before the Nevada Supreme Court, and three times in the Seventh Circuit. He is counsel of record in a case accepted for review by the United States Supreme Court, and is increasingly involved in petitions for certiorari and responses to them.

Andrew is concerned to actively serve the appellate courts. He was the chair of the Ninth Circuit's Lawyer Representatives in 2011-2012, served on the Ninth Circuit's Advisory Committee on Rules and Practice from 2008 through 2012, and served as the lawyer-coordinator for the Ninth Circuit's pro bono program from 2007 to the present in the Districts of Arizona and Nevada. Andrew has been appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to serve on its Judicial Performance Review Commission, its Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, and its Committee for Civil Justice Reform. He is also the lawyer-coordinator for the Arizona Court of Appeals’ pro bono program for Division Two.

As a trial lawyer, Andrew leads a wide variety of commercial litigation, class action, and civil rights representations. He has tried cases in Chicago, Phoenix, Tucson, and Bisbee, including four jury trials, several bench trials, several preliminary injunctions, and a number of arbitrations.

Andrew is also in his third year as Chair of the Arizona State Bar's Civil Procedure and Practice Committee, which helps write the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. As a leader in that group, and a working group leader in two Supreme Court commissions, Andrew has participated actively in the drafting of many rules of civil procedure, and for that reason regularly presents CLEs on these subjects with his friends and colleagues in Phoenix, Tucson, and around the state.

Andrew was honored by the State Bar as Member of the Year in 2016 (along with two other peers simultaneously honored), has been Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated since 2007, a Super Lawyer since 2012, is AV-rated and a Super Lawyer in Appellate Law, and has been recognized by other honorary groups.

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1992)
    • Research Assistant to Professors Laurence H. Tribe and Alan M. Dershowitz
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (B.A., History, cum laude, with highest distinction, 1989)
  • State Bar of Arizona
    • Civil Practice and Procedure Committee (2009-present)
      • Chair (2014-present)
    • Appellate Practice Section, Trial Practice Section
  • Commissions and Committees Constituted by the Arizona Supreme Court
    • Judicial Performance Review Commission (2009-2016)
    • Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, Working Group 1 Chair (2014-2016)
    • Committee on Civil Justice Reform, Working Group 1 Chair (2015-present)
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Pro Bono Program, Lawyer-Coordinator, Division Two (2014-present)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives, Chair (2011-2012)
    • Conference Executive Committee (2009-2012)
    • Ninth Circuit Advisory Committee on the Rules of Practice (2008-2012)
    • Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program, Lawyer Coordinator for the District of Arizona (2007-present)
    • Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Program, Lawyer Coordinator for the District of Nevada (2007-present)
  • Lawyer Representative to the District of Arizona (2006-2009)
    • District of Arizona, Chair (2008-2009) (including leading preparation for District Conference)
  • District of Arizona Pro Bono Program, Founder, Coordinator/Co-Coordinator (2007-2014)
  • American Bar Association
    • Commercial and Business Litigation Section, Class Action Subsection, Co‑Chair (2009‑2011)
    • Program Committee (2011-2013)
    • Litigation Section
    • Professional Responsibility Section
    • Tort & Insurance Practice Section
  • Tucson Defense Bar
  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (2018)
  • "The Lively Art, Arguments That Mattered, and Perspectives on Dissent," Moderator & Panelist, CLE By the Sea (July 12, 2017)
  • "Better, Faster, Cheaper: Case Management Reforms Coming to a Court Near You," Moderator & Panelist, CLE By the Sea (July 11, 2017)
  • "Meet the New Rules: The Resytled Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure," Panelist, CLE By the Sea (July 10, 2017)
  • "2 Arizona attorneys offer impressions of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch," Quoted, Arizona Republic (January 31, 2017) 
  • "A Time of Change: The 2017 ARCP Revisions, and Proposals for 2018," Chair and Presenter, Arizona State Bar Midyear Rules CLE (January 11, 2017)
  • "Important Changes to the Rules Governing Service, Filings, Motions, and Pleadings," Co-Author with the Hon. Douglas Metcalf, Arizona Attorney (December 2016)
  • "Are You Ready for the 2017 Arizona Rules Amendments," Presenter, Pima County Bar Association at The University of Arizona (December 9, 2016)
  • "A Call to Reform," Presenter, Arizona Judicial Council, Court Leadership Conference, Flagstaff, AZ (October 26, 2016)
  • "Innovations: Civil: Committee on Civil Justice Reform," Panelist, Arizona Judicial Conference, Tucson, AZ (June 22, 2016)
  • "Where We're Going, We Still Need Rules," Panelist, Arizona State Bar Convention (June 15, 2016)
  • "Catch the Wave: Sea Changes in the Federal and Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure," Chair and Presenter, Arizona State Bar Midyear Rules CLE (February 12, 2016)
  • "Civil Litigation Rules Update," Panelist, Arizona State Bar Convention (June 24, 2015)
  • "The Rules They Are A-Changin' (Again)," Chair and Presenter, Arizona State Bar Midyear Rules CLE (January 22, 2015)
  • "Appellate Practices Turn Profits, Perform Pro Bono Work and Recruit A Different Breed," Featured, Of Counsel Vol. 32 No. 4 (April 2013)
  • "Conversation with Justice Anthony Kennedy," Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (August 16, 2012)
  • "Bench-Bar Civil Session Concerning the Selective Enforcement of Rules and E-Discovery," Leader, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (August 18, 2011)
  • "Pro Se Program Administration," Panel Moderator/Panelist, Federal Judicial Center National Workshop for Pro Se Law Clerks, Chicago, Illinois (October 2010)
  • "The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 Turns Five: Some Birthday Thoughts," Presenter, ABA Commercial & Business Litigation Journal, Vol. II, No. 2 (Spring 2010)
  • "The AmLaw Pro Bono 100," Quoted, The American Lawyer (July 2009)
  • "The Supreme Court During the Bush Administration," Moderator, District of Arizona Conference (February 2009)
  • "Changes to the Federal Rules of Evidence Concerning Experts," Moderator, District of Arizona Conference (February 2008)
  • "Lawyers Gone Wild," Panel Moderator, Chief District Judges’ Conference (February 2008)
  • "Representing Pro Per Clients in Appointed Matters," Panelist, District of Arizona Judicial Conference (February 10, 2006)
  • "Insurance, An Active Approach," Quoted in G. Koprowski, Washington Post, at HO1 (August 24, 2002)
  • "How to Litigate Cases Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983," Panelist, Presented at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (August 1998)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice (2018)
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation (2012-2015), Appellate (2016-2018)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rated (2007-present)
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Center for Creative Photography, Board of Fellows (2006)
  • Trails End Improvement Association, Secretary (2005-2006)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson, Board Chair (2005); Board Member (2002-2005)
  • Trails End Improvement Association, President (2002-2003)
  • University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law (2006)
    • Legal Writing (Spring 2006)
    • Civil Rights (Fall 2006)
  • Jenner & Block, LLC, Partner (2000-2001), Associate (1992-1999)
  • Harvard College, Teaching Fellow, "What is Law" (Fall 1991)
  • Sidley & Austin, Summer Associate (1991)
  • Jenner & Block, Summer Associate (1990, 1991)
  • Arizona
  • Nevada
  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • Supreme Court of Nevada
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States District Court, District of Nevada
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court