Ann S. Jacobs is the founder of Jacobs Injury Law. Her practice includes automobile accidents, nursing home abuse and neglect cases, financial abuse/fraud, as well as medical malpractice cases.
She is a 1992 Cum Laude graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was a member and coach of the Intellectual Property Moot Court Team. She completed her undergraduate at University of Wisconsin with distinction, winning the Leon Epstein Award for Outstanding Student in American Government.
Ms. Jacobs began her legal career as a public defender, litigating dozens of jury trials over nearly a decade, from juvenile cases to homicides. She honed her trial skills during that period, and championed cases for her clients. During that time, she was one of the original authors of the Wisconsin Juvenile Law Handbook, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin, writing the original chapter on the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act.
In 2001, Ms. Jacobs left the public defenders office and began her career as a trial attorney in private practice, advocating for the rights of the injured. Since then she has represented hundreds of clients in a wide variety of cases, winning outstanding results for them, including at trial.
In recognition of her outstanding work on behalf of her clients, she has been honored as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in the state of Wisconsin in 2011 and 2012, as well as one of the top 25 Women Lawyers in the state of Wisconsin by Superlawyers for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 as seen in Milwaukee Magazine. She was also honored as a “Wisconsin Woman in the Law” by the Wisconsin Law Journal in 2010. M Magazine of Milwaukee also named her a “Leading Lawyer” in 2011 and 2012 in both Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice.
In addition to her strong practice, Ms. Jacobs is one of the authors of the Law of Damages book published by the State Bar of Wisconsin, co-writing the chapter on pain and suffering. She is also a frequent lecturer to attorneys across the state on many topics, including subrogation, ethics, election law, nursing home neglect, and has presented on those topics many times.
She has also been active in the Wisconsin Association for Justice, (Wisconsin's Trial Lawyer Association), and was recently elected vice president. She has also served as program committee co-chair and remains a current board member. She is a founding member of the organization's Women's caucus, which began in 2007.
She was elected in 2012 to the Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors. Additionally, she has served as chair of the MIlwaukee Bar's Lawyer Referral Information Service (LRIS) Committee since 2006. In recognition of her long-standing expertise in the area, the American Bar Association appointed her to their National LRIS committee, which oversees the certification of Lawyer Referral Services across the United States.
Ms. Jacobs speaks Spanish well, and represents many non-English speaking clients in a wide variety of cases. She is a member of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association. She is a life-long resident of Milwaukee, residing on the east side with her husband and three children.
Bar Admissions: _State Bar of Wisconsin _Wisconsin Eastern District _Wisconsin Western District _Federal Court of Claims (Vaccine Injury)
Presentations & Writings: _Panelist, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 50th Anniversary Symposium, “Crafting The Ideal Election Administration System” Washington DC, 2013 _Article on the impact of the Shelby Decision in Wisconsin, Author, “Voting Rights & Wisconsin”, 2013 _Panelist at the Blogger's Convention as a part of the Democratic National Convention on the topic of Voter Suppression., Panelist, 2012 _Author, “Consultation Fees: A Lawyer's and LRIS's friend!”, Dialogue Magazine, American Bar Association, 2012 _Speaker on how to identify cases where a person has suffered neglect or abuse, as opposed to the normal progression of illness or old age. (Presented twice), “Issue Spotting in Nursing Home Neglect Cases: Bad Care vs. Bad Outcomes”, CLE credits for attorneys awarded, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2012 _Speaker, Top Ten Causes of Client Complaints: How to Keep Your LRIS Referrals – And You – Happy, Milwaukee Bar Association, CLE credits for attorneys awarded, 2012 _Speaker on using the iPad in court to enhance trial presentation. “Technology in the Palm of Your Hand: Take Your iPad to Court”, CLE credits for attorneys awarded, 2012 _A review of the TrialPad software for courtroom presentation., Author, “TrialPad: Helping the Jury See Your Case”, The Verdict, 2012 _Discussion of changes made to Wisconsin's Civil Justice Laws., Author, “A Year Long Attack On Civil Justice”, 2012 _Discussion of the changes to Wisconsin Attorneys Fees laws and why they matter., Author, “Why Attorneys Fees Matter”, 2012 _Discussion of changes to Wisconsin's Highway Liability Bill, Author, “Wisconsin Hazardous Highways Immunity Bill: What's The Purpose?”, 2012 _Article summarizing the history of Wisconsin's recall law., Author, “Recall in Wisconsin: A Historical Perspective”, The Messenger Magazine, Milwaukee Bar Association, 2012 _Gave overview of new trial presentation technology., Speaker, “Going To Court With An iPad: TrialPad App Makes Trial Presentation a Cinch”, CLE credits for attorneys awarded, Wisconsin Association For Justice, 2012 _Provided comprehensive update on changes to Wisconsin Auto Insurance Laws., Speaker, “Goodbye Truth in Auto, We Hardly Knew Ye: The 2011 Changes to Auto Insurance”, CLE credits for attorneys awarded, Wisconsin Association For Justice, 2011 _Speaker on Subrogation & Medicare Liens, Speaker, “Hot Topics in Subrogation & Medicare Liens”, CLE credits for attorneys awarded, State Bar Of Wisconsin, 2011 _Lectured on new changes to Wisconsin's Auto Insurance Laws recently passed by the legislature., Speaker, 2011 Tort & Auto Law Changes: The new laws and when you need to care about them, CLE credits for attorneys awarded, Milwaukee Bar Association, 2011 _Recent changes in Medicare reimbursement law and the confusion of two very distinct concepts – Reporting Requirements and Medicare Set-Asides., Speaker, MMSEA's and Reporting Requirements: When do I Have To Worry?, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2010 _Spoke to paralegal section about what is expected of paralegals who accompany their attorneys to trial., Speaker, I'm Going To Court: The Do's and Don't's for Paralegals at Trial, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2010 _Spoke on the Plaintiff's Lawyer's obligations with regard to Medicare subrogation and reimbursement., Speaker, “Coping with Medicare – From the Plaintiff's Lawyer's Perspective”, CLE credits for attorneys awarded, State Bar Of Wisconsin, 2010 _Speaker, 2009 National Conference of the American Bar Association Lawyer Referral Information Service Committee, Baltimore, Maryland, “Developing Affinity With Your Panel: Building Partnerships” _Spoke at the 2nd annual Protect Wisconsin Vote Education Summit regarding Election Fraud., Speaker, Election Fraud, One Wisconsin Now, 2009 _Lectured as to the ethical implications of subrogation laws. CLE credits and ethics credits awarded., Lecturer, “The Ethics of Subrogation”, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2008 _Updated attorneys on the changes in subrogation law. CLE credits for attorneys awarded., Lecturer, “Subrogation Update”, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2008 _Trained over 100 volunteer attorneys in election observation law for the non-partisan Election Protection group. CLE credits for attorneys awarded., Training Coordinator, Attorney Training, Election Protection of Wisconsin, 2008, 2010, 2012 _Lecture regarding attorney obligations as to subrogation. CLE credits for attorneys awarded., Lecturer, “Subrogation: Maximizing Your Client's Recovery And Minimizing Your Headaches”, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2007 _Spoke regarding qui tam (false claims) actions. CLE credits for attorneys awarded., Speaker, “In the Cross Hairs: How To Manage Matters With Civil And Criminal Implications”, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, 2006 _Lecture regarding subrogation obligations for attorneys. CLE credits for attorneys awarded., Lecturer, “Subrogation, Reimbursement and Liens: Who You Have to Pay, Who You Don't Have To Pay, and How To Tell The Difference”, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2006 _Lecture regarding letters of protection in light of the Riegleman case. CLE credits for attorneys awarded., Lecturer, “Riegleman v. Krieg: The Do's and Don'ts of Letters of Protection in Wisconsin”, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2005 _Spoke at the Wisconsin State Bar Annual Conference on the topic of Medicare reimbursement obligations from the Plaintiff's lawyer's perspective., Speaker, Coping with Medicare From the Plaintiff's Lawyer's Perspective, State Bar Of Wisconsin
Professional Associations and Memberships _Milwaukee Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2013-present _Milwaukee Bar Association, Chair, LRIS Committee, 2010 – Present, Co-Chair, LRIS Committee, 2007 – 2010, Member & LRIS Committee Member, 2001 – Present _Wisconsin Association for Justice, Treasurer 2011, Secretary 2012, Vice President 2013 _Wisconsin Association for Justice, Board of Directors, 2008 – Present _Wisconsin Association for Justice, Program Co-Chair, 2008 – 2010 _Wisconsin Association for Justice, Women's Caucus – Founding Member _Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2001 – Present _Milwaukee Bar Association, Member, 2001-Present _Milwaukee Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Information Service, Committee Member, 2006 – Present _Association for Women Lawyers, Member _Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, Member _Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund, Board Member, 2002 – Present, Chair of Dinner Committee _National Legal Aid and Defender Association, Host Committee Member, 2002 _American Association for Justice, Member _State Bar of Wisconsin, Member _American Bar Association, Lawyer Referral and Information Standing Committee, 2009 – 2012
Pro Bono Activities _Election Protection of Wisconsin 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2012: Training Coordinator. 2004-present: Member of Legal Team and co-author, “Presidential Election, 2004 Review” (1/6/05) and “2006 Election Review” (2/13/07)., 2008 Election Review, 2010 Election Review, 2012 Election Review _Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund Board Member since 2002. Dinner Committee Chair, 2007-2013 _Law Day Telethon Volunteer, Fox 6 Milwaukee, 2006 – 2011 _Presiding Judge – American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2012
Co-Author, Chapter 5, “Pain and Suffering,” Law of Damages, State Bar of Wisconsin. 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Author, Unpublished manuscript, cited as a reference in More Than Victims: Battered Women, The Syndrome Society, and the Law, Donald A. Downs, University of Chicago Press., 1996
Author, Chapter 19, “Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act,” Wisconsin Juvenile Law Handbook, State Bar of Wisconsin., 1996