Selected by Chambers USA every year since 2005, The Best Lawyers in America for 2019 and 2020, and by Super Lawyers since 2008 as one of the top Entertainment Lawyers in NYC, Jacobson built his unique practice by focusing on his two passions: music and film.
In the music area, he represented the estates of George & Ira Gershwin, Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington and important songwriters such as Jimmy Webb, Shakira, James Brown and Holland-Dozier-Holland. He represented the digital jukebox industry in its negotiations for performing rights, as well as the Cheer and Spirit industry regarding its use of music. He handles sophisticated music publishing and recording transactions, as well as negotiations to license the use of music by non-traditional music users.
Jacobson also handles all legal aspects of filmed entertainment for a variety of films. He worked on “Conviction” with Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, “Texasville,” with Jeff Bridges and Cybil Shepard and “All’s Fair” with George Segal and Sally Kellerman, “Back in The Day,” with Alec Baldwin and Anabella Sciorria,” Born to Lead: The Sal Aneuse Story,” “Inversion,” and others. He is or has served as Executive Producer for “Nitrous!,” “Leaves of the Tree” and “Hostage.”
He is the Founding Chairman of the NYS Bar Association Section on Entertainment Arts & Sports Law, testified before Congress and WIPO regarding the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and was Adjunct Professor of Entertainment Law at Fordham University Law School, CUNY Law School and The New School. He speaks regularly at bar association and other events about issues related to his practice. He has received many awards relating to his abilities as an attorney. He is licensed to practice law in New York, California, and Florida.