Michael E. Jacobs
Michael E. Jacobs is a member of the firm and is licensed in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana and in federal courts. Michael is ranked as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating process, was the President of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) in 2015 and was its Ohio Chapter President in 2014.
He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Design Architecture Art and Planning and obtained a Bachelors of Architecture before attending law school. His architectural experience before law school included working for small and large firms and the formation of a non-profit foundation which built parks in Cincinnati. These experiences influenced his legal education. While at law school, he was a research assistant to a professor who taught land use. This background has led to Michael representing clients in land use matters including negotiations and litigation on takings by eminent domain and inverse condemnation, representing land owners with regard to flooding from upstream development, and sitting on the Strategic Planning Committee and the Board of Zoning Appeals for Deerfield Township in Warren County, Ohio where he resides.
As a result of his architectural education and training, Michael has been sought out to represent architects and engineers sued for alleged errors and omissions and for contract review. He also regularly represents owners, contractors and subcontractors in construction defect litigation and arbitrations. Michael has represented architectural firms in the American Institute of Architects' Large Firm Roundtable to small one and two architect firms. He has represented clients in litigation involving projects ranging from residences to large condominium and apartment complexes and from small renovations of historic buildings to large institutional projects costing over $75,000,000. His service to the architectural profession includes eight years as a board member of AIA Cincinnati and speaking at seminars for the the design and construction industries for AIA Cincinnati, a local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, LORMAN, and HalfMoon, LLC, providers of continuing education classes for professionals.
He assists insurance companies in investigations of suspected fraudulent claims, organized fraud rings and with regard to coverage issues. His insurance industry clients include very large nationwide insurance companies to very small regional and one-state companies. He has been involved in multiple comprehensive investigations of organized fraud rings involving medical providers which resulted in reductions in claims made and reductions in payments per claim saving his clients over one million dollars on fraudulent claims. He regularly coordinated his investigations with governmental agencies regarding groups or individuals suspected of committing fraud. Michael also assists insurance company clients in obtaining examinations under oath and pre-suit discovery in fire and medical provider fraud investigations. He acts as counsel for insureds in many types of defense litigation, provides coverage opinions, handles subrogation related to arson and fraudulent claims, and conducts reviews of policy language and of business practices. He has been counsel in agent litigation and provides advice on contracts with service providers and/or vendors. His defense litigation encompasses both personal and commercial lines and his practice regularly includes representation of insureds in matters of automobile and premises liability, product liability, construction claims, professional and medical malpractice, and civil rights defense. Michael is a contributing author of Inside the Minds: Defending Against Insurance Fraud Claims, by Aspatore. Michael regularly speaks at seminars for the insurance industry about insurance fraud. He has been a speaker for the state chapters of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU), for the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII) at its national seminar and for various NSPII state chapters and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).
He is a member of NSPII, an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects, and a member of the Butler County Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Indiana State Bar Association.
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