People: Marc R. Jacobs, Senior Counsel

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Marc R. Jacobs

Senior Counsel

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5626
Fax: (312) 460-7626
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Since 1985, Marc Jacobs has represented employers throughout the United States regarding the full range of labor and employment related issues. His legal practice is premised on the ideas that an organization’s employees are its most important asset and good employee relations is good for business and good for the “bottom line.”

Marc regularly helps employers insulate themselves against liability and claims by counseling them through employment-related problems and situations; analyzing employers' practices and procedures; negotiating and preparing employment, restrictive covenant, confidential information and severance agreements; writing employment policies and manuals; and conducting interactive supervisor training programs for clients.  Marc represents client in numerous industries, including aviation, hospitality, parking services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, and professional services.

He also has successfully represented employers in employment and labor disputes before state and federal courts (at both the trial and appellate levels), arbitrators, mediators, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and similar agencies throughout the United States.

Among his significant accomplishments, Marc has:
 

  • won a jury trial on behalf of a client in case where an in-house accountant alleged national origin discrimination and various SOX-related claims 
  • successfully defended a client in a whistleblower case alleging that the client terminated an employee because he filed complaints with the Federal Aviation Administration
  • negotiated a mid-term modification of a collective bargaining agreement relating to a multi-employer pension plan, which paved the way for the sale of the client’s business
  • defeated a union’s challenge to outsourcing and privatizing certain operations by a Chicago suburb
  • obtained a state court injunction to stop picket live violence and misconduct


In addition, Marc successfully has tried cases before juries, judges, administrative law judges and arbitrators and obtained summary judgment in discrimination and employment-related matters.  He also is a skilled negotiator who has resolved numerous disputes at the table in collective bargaining and through one-on-one negotiations and alternative dispute resolution.

Marc is rated “AV” (the highest rating possible) by the Martindale-Lexis/Nexis peer review system, is an “Illinois Super Lawyer,” and is listed in the Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers.   He is a sought after speaker and has spoken for organizations including the American Bar Association, National Academy of Arbitrators, National Public Employers Labor Relations Association, Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, and Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute for Law and the Workplace. Marc is the author of several articles on legal topics and was a Chapter Editor of the 2011 Supplement to the ABA/BNA treatise, How To Take A Case Before The NLRB.  Marc also serves as Chair of Seyfarth’s Chicago Pro Bono Committee.

Since 1985, Marc Jacobs has represented employers throughout the United States regarding the full range of labor and employment related issues. His legal practice is premised on the ideas that an organization’s employees are its most important asset and good employee relations is good for business and good for the “bottom line.”

Marc regularly helps employers insulate themselves against liability and claims by counseling them through employment-related problems and situations; analyzing employers' practices and procedures; negotiating and preparing employment, restrictive covenant, confidential information and severance agreements; writing employment policies and manuals; and conducting interactive supervisor training programs for clients.  Marc represents client in numerous industries, including aviation, hospitality, parking services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, and professional services.

He also has successfully represented employers in employment and labor disputes before state and federal courts (at both the trial and appellate levels), arbitrators, mediators, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and similar agencies throughout the United States.

Among his significant accomplishments, Marc has:
 

  • won a jury trial on behalf of a client in case where an in-house accountant alleged national origin discrimination and various SOX-related claims 
  • successfully defended a client in a whistleblower case alleging that the client terminated an employee because he filed complaints with the Federal Aviation Administration
  • negotiated a mid-term modification of a collective bargaining agreement relating to a multi-employer pension plan, which paved the way for the sale of the client’s business
  • defeated a union’s challenge to outsourcing and privatizing certain operations by a Chicago suburb
  • obtained a state court injunction to stop picket live violence and misconduct


In addition, Marc successfully has tried cases before juries, judges, administrative law judges and arbitrators and obtained summary judgment in discrimination and employment-related matters.  He also is a skilled negotiator who has resolved numerous disputes at the table in collective bargaining and through one-on-one negotiations and alternative dispute resolution.

Marc is rated “AV” (the highest rating possible) by the Martindale-Lexis/Nexis peer review system, is an “Illinois Super Lawyer,” and is listed in the Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers.   He is a sought after speaker and has spoken for organizations including the American Bar Association, National Academy of Arbitrators, National Public Employers Labor Relations Association, Human Resources Management Association of Chicago, and Chicago-Kent College of Law Institute for Law and the Workplace. Marc is the author of several articles on legal topics and was a Chapter Editor of the 2011 Supplement to the ABA/BNA treatise, How To Take A Case Before The NLRB.  Marc also serves as Chair of Seyfarth’s Chicago Pro Bono Committee.

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law (1985)
    cum laude
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1982)
    Reed College

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois (including Trial Bar), Central  District of Illinois, Southern District of Illinois, Northern District of Florida, Northern District of Indiana, Western District of Michigan, and Western District of Wisconsin.

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Jewish Vocational Service of Chicago (Vice President, 2011 to present; Board of Directors, 2001 to present)
  • Temple Sholom of Chicago (President, 2009 to 2011)

The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no certificate, award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.