Michael E. Jacobs

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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 and is the current President of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII).

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.

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 anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Jack C. McGowan

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Jack C. McGowan is a member of the firm, licensed to practice in Ohio and in federal courts. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati which included co-op experience at the General Electric large jet engine facility in 1970. He attended the National Law Center at the George Washington University in Washington, DC where he graduated in 1974 cum laude with a Juris Doctor. While in law school he also served as a patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 1970 to 1974. He returned to Ohio and began practice with Baden, Jones, Scheper & Crehan, a general practice firm concentrating in insurance defense practice where he prepared and tried cases throughout southwestern Ohio for a number of insurance companies while serving the legal needs of his private clients, both individuals and corporations. Beginning in 1986 he succeeded Thomas Baden as attorney for the Hamilton City School District and currently serves as the Board’s representative to hear all cases involving appeals of student discipline to the Board. In 1992, Jim Scheper and he founded the firm of Scheper & McGowan in Hamilton, Ohio, and in 1997, upon Mr. Scheper’s intended retirement, he founded Jack C. McGowan & Associates which became McGowan & Jacobs, LLC in 2003.

He has resided in West Chester Township in Butler County, Ohio since 1954 and is the father of four children whose athletic teams he has at various times coached, sponsored and advised.

He began regularly defending medical malpractice cases in 1992 and legal malpractice cases five years afterward. His trial expertise has been recognized by his admittance to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2007. He has received the highest ranking (AV®) from Martindale-Hubbell for more than ten years. Since the beginning of his practice he has regularly defended county boards of commissioners, school boards, sheriffs and other county office holders in a wide variety of cases.

He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Butler County Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, Defense Research Institute and Ohio Association of Civil Defense Trial Attorneys.

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