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Donald P. Jacobs

Short Hills
Phone: 973-315-4413
Fax: 973-379-7734
djacobs@buddlarner.com
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Donald P. Jacobs has more than 30 years’ experience in appellate practice, including preparing appellate briefs and arguing cases in state and federal court.  Don has argued many times before the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  In the New Jersey Super Lawyers publication, Don has been listed many times (from 2005-2009, 2011-2016, and in 2018) in the “Appellate” practice area.
Don wrote the petition for certification and argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Gnall v. Gnall, 224 N.J. 414 (2015), a leading case on alimony under New Jersey law.  He also wrote the appellate briefs and argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Yousef v. General Dynamics Corp., 205 N.J. 543 (2011), a case involving injuries sustained by New Jersey residents in South Africa while traveling on business.  In the Third Circuit, Don briefed and argued Control Screening LLC v. TECAPRO, 687 F.3d 163 (3d Cir. 2012), where the court held that a contract dispute between a New Jersey company and a Vietnamese company must be arbitrated in New Jersey, and Garrison v. Porch, 376 Fed.Appx. 274 (3d Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S.Ct. 820 (2010), where the court reversed the entry of summary judgment in a §1983 excessive-force case. Don was on the brief before the United States Supreme Court in Beck v. Prupis, 529 U.S. 494 (2000), a case defining the contours of conspiracy claims under the federal RICO statute. 

Don is a former adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School, where he taught "Effective Legal Writing."  

§1983 Law
Don represents parties in actions filed under 42 U.S.C. §1983. He has prepared and defended motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment in such matters, and has also briefed and argued §1983 matters in the appellate courts of New Jersey and in the Third Circuit.

Internet and Marketing Law
Don has extensive experience representing clients in various types of marketing.  He has written terms and conditions for client websites, reviewed Internet promotions in light of applicable law, addressed regulatory issues with governmental authorities, written sweepstakes and contest rules, and addressed privacy, trademark, copyright, customer service and other issues.  Don represented sweepsclub.com -- one of the earliest sweepstakes-related websites -- for years, starting with before the site was launched.  Don presently represents an international company engaged in the sale of colored diamonds.

Software Licensing
Don has been involved with lawsuits against software licensing/software as services vendors and has been involved with reviewing and analyzing software licenses and software as services agreements. 

General Litigation
Don has handled litigation involving RICO, trademarks, discrimination, contracts, personal injury, and other issues.  He is experienced in writing briefs at all stages of litigation and has been retained by other law firms to prepare motions and briefs on an of counsel basis.

Bio

Donald P. Jacobs has more than 30 years’ experience in appellate practice, including preparing appellate briefs and arguing cases in state and federal court.  Don has argued many times before the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  In the New Jersey Super Lawyers publication, Don has been listed many times (from 2005-2009, 2011-2016, and in 2018) in the “Appellate” practice area.
Don wrote the petition for certification and argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Gnall v. Gnall, 224 N.J. 414 (2015), a leading case on alimony under New Jersey law.  He also wrote the appellate briefs and argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in Yousef v. General Dynamics Corp., 205 N.J. 543 (2011), a case involving injuries sustained by New Jersey residents in South Africa while traveling on business.  In the Third Circuit, Don briefed and argued Control Screening LLC v. TECAPRO, 687 F.3d 163 (3d Cir. 2012), where the court held that a contract dispute between a New Jersey company and a Vietnamese company must be arbitrated in New Jersey, and Garrison v. Porch, 376 Fed.Appx. 274 (3d Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S.Ct. 820 (2010), where the court reversed the entry of summary judgment in a §1983 excessive-force case. Don was on the brief before the United States Supreme Court in Beck v. Prupis, 529 U.S. 494 (2000), a case defining the contours of conspiracy claims under the federal RICO statute. 

Don is a former adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School, where he taught "Effective Legal Writing."  

§1983 Law
Don represents parties in actions filed under 42 U.S.C. §1983. He has prepared and defended motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment in such matters, and has also briefed and argued §1983 matters in the appellate courts of New Jersey and in the Third Circuit.

Internet and Marketing Law
Don has extensive experience representing clients in various types of marketing.  He has written terms and conditions for client websites, reviewed Internet promotions in light of applicable law, addressed regulatory issues with governmental authorities, written sweepstakes and contest rules, and addressed privacy, trademark, copyright, customer service and other issues.  Don represented sweepsclub.com -- one of the earliest sweepstakes-related websites -- for years, starting with before the site was launched.  Don presently represents an international company engaged in the sale of colored diamonds.

Software Licensing
Don has been involved with lawsuits against software licensing/software as services vendors and has been involved with reviewing and analyzing software licenses and software as services agreements. 

General Litigation
Don has handled litigation involving RICO, trademarks, discrimination, contracts, personal injury, and other issues.  He is experienced in writing briefs at all stages of litigation and has been retained by other law firms to prepare motions and briefs on an of counsel basis.

Donald P. Jacobs
Of Counsel

Short Hills
Phone: 973-315-4413
Fax: 973-379-7734
djacobs@buddlarner.com
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Education
  • Cornell University (B.S., 1973)
  • Rutgers University School of Law (J.D., 1981)
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey, 1981
  • New York, 1988
  • Pennsylvania, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1982
Professional Profile
  • Member: New Jersey State Bar Association; The Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey; Appellate Practice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association; Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit; Direct Marketing Club of New York
  • Former Mediator, Community Dispute Resolution Project
  • Managing Editor, Rutgers Law Journal, 1980-81
  • Former Senior Editor, Labor Relations Guide
  • Certificate of Merit, American Bar Association, Gavel Awards program
  • Author, “Appellate Division Enters Judgment for Contractor on Homeowner’s CFA Claim for Poor Workmanship,” Construction Law Section, New Jersey State Bar Association, (Summer 2010)
Honors/Awards
  • Selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers