Before joining Douglas Law Firm, Jacob was a partner in the North Florida Lawyers firm. While a partner, he handled a variety of case types. He continued to heavily practice in the area of criminal law where he handled cases from first-degree murder to Driving Under the Influence (DUI). He also practiced civil law. He has handled small-claim cases, homeowner association disputes, guardianship matters, and much more.
He started as an Assistant State Attorney where he worked for nearly twelve years. He served all across the State in a variety of circuits and in front of a variety of judges. Having tried over 50 jury trials and conducting countless motion hearings, he has handled almost any issue that could present itself in criminal litigation. Jacob also has an extensive background in white collar crime organized crime, and complex narcotics investigations. He participated in investigating and prosecuting such cases while serving in the Duval County State Attorney’s Office Special Prosecution Unit for over three years.
Currently Jacob also serves as an Assistant Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the Air Force reserves. He quickly obtained the rank of Captain and completes his annual trainings and duty at his base at Robins Warner Air Force Base. As a reservist, Jacob had to complete the challenging Officer Training School (OTS) and Judge Advocate General Staff Officer Courses (JASOC). As an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Jacob has gained an extensive knowledge of Trust and Estates. Jacob has helped many service members in this field of law. In 2021, he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Before beginning his career as an Assistant State Attorney, Jacob attended law school at the Stetson University College of Law. While a Stetson, Jacob completed a two-year clerkship with a local private attorney where he worked on all facets of different civil and criminal law cases. Jacob was also able to benefit from Stetson’s nationally renowned Trial advocacy program and had one of the highest rated mock trials among his peers in his Trial Advocacy course. Jacob also partook in the school’s certified legal internship program, where he became a de facto prosecutor with the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office. He helped try a DUI case even before becoming an attorney and also argued motions to suppress. Upon graduation, he received the Pro Bono award for his community service.
As an undergraduate, Jacob attended the University of Florida in his hometown of Gainesville. Jacob obtained a B.S. in Journalism. While in college, Jacob was the editor of the Independent Florida Alligator’s entertainment section, a staff writer for the Gator Times, and interned for the Gainesville Sun. After the internship at the Gainesville Sun, Jacob’s editor allowed him to stay on as a freelance writer where he wrote several feature articles.
Jacob currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his six-year-old daughter. Currently his interests include working out, community growth, and trying to keep up with his daughter’s constantly changing fascinations.