Roger Jacobs is a recognized and experienced mediator, arbitrator and problem solver. He has handled hundreds of mediations and arbitrations including employment terminations and discipline, commercial and contract claims, securities law, intellectual property, and a wide range of other problems.
Roger Jacobs is an honors graduate of Cornell University. He earned his Juris Doctor from New York University, School of Law at which he received the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal. He also earned his LL.M. in Labor Law from NYU, and was the Elias Lieberman Fellow in Labor Law.
Roger Jacobs taught Collective Bargaining at Fordham Law School for twelve years and held the rank of Professor. He also taught at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and at the extension branch of Cornell University’s Industrial and Labor Relations School in New York City.
He is a recognized authority in labor and employment law and has authored several treatises in the field including The Employee Handbook Kit and Labor and Employment in New Jersey. He is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of the Labor Law Journal, Alternatives by CPR and the Employee Relations Law Journal.
Roger Jacobs has served as chairman on tri-partite arbitration panels, solo arbitrator and frequently chairs FINRA arbitration panels. Also, as a young lawyer he first chaired hundreds of cases in arbitrations.
Mr. Jacobs is currently Vice Chairman of the International Arbitration committee of the ABA International Law section. He has handled a wide range of disputes including contract interpretation, employee termination and discipline, classification and overtime claims; restrictive covenants and non-compete provisions; securities including suitability, investment risk and churning; intellectual property, trade secrets, unfair competition; partnership dissolutions; claims of discrimination and wrongful termination.
He has mediated disputes for the state and federal courts and for major ADR providers in the United States. He has also been selected to judge and mediate at the competition of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris on multiple dates and has been certified by the International Mediation Institute.
Mr. Jacobs has always been active in social and communal concerns in addition to his professional life. He served for six terms as the chairman of the NJ Educational Facilities Authority—the primary funding source for higher education construction in New Jersey. His tenure spanned four different governors and more than a decade on the Board. His knowledge and familiarity with higher education issues is significant. He interfaced with the universities’ presidents and cabinet members of the various Governors. During his service, he visited more than 23 institutions of higher education and continues to contribute to the field.
Previously, Mr. Jacobs chaired the Community Relations Committee of the MetroWest Jewish Federation. CRC is the social and political voice of the organized Jewish community. Roger worked with the leaders of diverse groups and with elected officials. In recognition of his service, the county of Essex awarded him its Heritage Award. The Essex Bar Association also recognized his long service as counsel to the NJ Zoological Society with its pro bono award.
Mr. Jacobs is currently the chairman of the NJTV Advisory Board. In addition, he previously served as a Commissioner of the Public Broadcast Authority of NJ.
To read more about Roger’s background, you may review his resume here.