Our People‎ > ‎

Joe Jacobson - Career

Joe’s primary focus is on civil appeals and business disputes, but he also performs transactional work relating to business contracts and the purchase and sale of commercial real estate and privately-held businesses.

Joe spent 20 years as one of the founding shareholders of Green Jacobson, P.C., a prominent St. Louis litigation boutique law firm. At the beginning of his career, Joe spent a year and a half with a large St. Louis-based law firm, then three years in private practice in Washington, D.C., handling complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense, and four years as an associate at a mid-sized St. Louis law firm.

Joe has tried to a verdict or judgment over 65 cases, and has settled many more. These cases have involved a whole range of business disputes, including partnership and fiduciary claims, contractual disputes, real estate develop-ment disputes, and cases involving fraud, RICO, or other business misconduct. Joe represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and has represented such diverse clients as automobile dealers, real estate developers, Indian tribes, furniture retailers, gaming companies, energy companies, construction contractors, and individuals who have been defrauded, crashed, blown up and burned, sexually harassed, discriminated against, deprived of commissions, misdiagnosed, mistreated, and falsely charged with dishonest conduct.

Joe's most significant recent trial victory was in Heifetz v. Apex Clayton, Inc., presently on appeal before the Missouri Court of Appeals. Joe represented a group of limited partners in a real estate investment against the general partner. The jury awarded Joe's clients $2.8 million as the value of their partnership interests, and an additional $2.8 million as punitive damages for breach of fiduciary duty.

Two of Joe's more significant appellate victories are 66, Inc. v. Crestwood Commons Redevelopment Corp., 998 S.W.2d 32 (Mo. 1999), which reestablished an antique cause of action for landowners subjected to abandoned condemnations and strengthened the ability of plaintiffs to reach through underfunded entities to their owners for compensation, and In re BankAmerica Corp Securities Litigation, 263 F.3d 795 (8th Cir. 2001), which established a new exception to the federal Anti-Injunction Act in the context of securities class actions under the PSLRA.

A sample of other appellate decisions in which Joe was the sole or lead appellate counsel include: Zoltek Corp. vs. United States vs. Lockheed Martin, Corp., 672 F.3d 1309 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (sovereign immunity in patent context); Green Edge Enterprises, LLC v. Rubber Mulch Etc., LLC620 F.3d 1287 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (patent infringement and validity); Deal v. Consumer Programs, Inc., 470 F.3d 1225 (8th
Cir. 2006) (employment); Dunne v. Libbra, 448 F.3d 1024 (8th Cir. 2006) (sale of business and fraud); O'Brien & Gere Technical Services v. Fru-Con/Fluor Daniel Joint Venture, 380 F.3d 447 (8th Cir. 2004) (construction); In re BankAmerica Corporation Securities Litigation, 350 F.3d 747 (8th Cir. 2004) (securities class action); Estate of Davis v. Delo, 115 F.3d 1388 (8th Cir. 1997) (Section 1983 prisoner's claim); Thomure v. Phillips Furniture Co., 30 F.3d 1020 (8th Cir. 1995) (age discrimination); Carpenter v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 250 S.W.3d 697 (Mo. 2008) (consumer class action); Eisel v. Midwest Bankcentre, 230 S.W.3d 335 (Mo. 2007) (consumer class action)Daoukas v. City of St. Louis, 228 S.W.3d 30 (Mo. App. E.D. 2007) (workplace injury); Klokkenga v. Carolan, 200 S.W.3d 144 (Mo. App. W.D. 2006) (surface water drainage); Loomis v. Loomis, 158 S.W.3d 787 (Mo. App. E.D. 2005) (divorce); National Heritage Life Ins. Co. v. Frame, 41 S.W.3d 544 (Mo. App. E.D. 2001) (challenge to personal guarantee); and Steward v. Goetz, 945 S.W.2d 520 (Mo. App. E.D. 1997) (partnership dispute arising out of the sale of a business).

Joe has served as General Counsel to the Housing Authority of St. Louis County since 1998. In this capacity, he handles the Authority’s litigation, provides legal counsel to the Board of Commissioners and the executive staff, and is involved in the preparation, negotiation, or review of contracts, bond issues, real estate transactions, and employee benefit plans.

Joe was nominated for a seat on the Missouri Supreme Court by the state's Appellate Judicial Commission in September 2011.

Joe is a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. He is a member of the Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri, and American Bar Association. He has served as chairman of the appellate practice committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and has been an active member of both BAMSL's bench and bar and the Missouri Bar's fee dispute committees.

Joe is licensed to practice law in the States of Missouri and Illinois and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, and the District of Columbia.

When not practicing law, Joe enjoys painting, drawing, photography, walking, bicycling, traveling to foreign lands, and spending time with his two grown children.