George Jacobs

The Hon. George Jacobs, (Ret.), JD


Judge Jacobs was an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 1989 to 2003. He previously served as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts from 1981 to 1989 and as an Associate Justice of the Bristol County Probate and Family Court from 1975 to 1981. Judge Jacobs joined TMG after his retirement from the bench in 2003.

Prior to these judicial appointments, Judge Jacobs was engaged in private practice in New Bedford from 1958 to 1975. In addition, he was City Solicitor of New Bedford from 1964 to 1970 and an Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts, from 1970 to 1974.

Throughout his career both on and off the bench, Judge Jacobs has developed expertise across a broad spectrum of legal practice areas. Particular areas of specialty include family law, municipal law, commercial litigation and the law of medical malpractice.

Judge Jacobs also has substantial teaching experience as a visiting lecturer and adjunct professor at several area law schools and universities. He has taught extensively about Mass. Practice generally as well as business and labor law and the law of medical malpractice. He is currently a professor at the UMass School of Law and is co-author with fellow TMG neutral Ken Laurence of Professional Malpractice, Volume 51 in the Massachusetts Practice Series. Prior writings include co-authoring of articles entitled “Will Contests” and “Sale of Personal Property”, both published in the Massachusetts Probate Manual (1981).

Judge Jacobs’ civic involvement includes membership in numerous non-profit and community organizations including several New Bedford area and Jewish community groups.

Judge Jacobs graduated from Harvard College in 1955 and from Harvard Law School in 1958.