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Richard B. Jacobs

Richard B. Jacobs
Partner

(410) 821-8718
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richard@lawhj.com

“A well-considered, private settlement of the family law dispute is the goal of Hooper & Jacobs LLC,” says Richard Jacobs. “We approach our cases with this objective in mind. However, when serious, thoughtful negotiations fail and mediation is unsuccessful, then we provide our clients with thorough trial preparation and focused advocacy before the judge.”

Mr. Jacobs was selected The Best Lawyers in America’s 2018 Baltimore Lawyer of the Year: Mediation. In 2013 Best Lawyers named him the Baltimore Family Law “Lawyer of the Year.” A single lawyer in each practice area in the community is honored as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year”. A nationally recognized and peer-reviewed publication Best Lawyers has recognized and listed Mr. Jacobs both as a family law attorney and as a mediator since 2005. Chosen to Maryland Super Lawyers since 2007 when that recognition was established in Maryland, he was named in 2011 to the magazine’s Top 50 Lawyers list – which includes all areas of practice. Jacobs was again named to the list of Top 100 Lawyers for 2015, an honor since 2012. A fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Mr. Jacobs was named Fellow of the Year in 2015.

Articles authored by Richard B. Jacobs which were published In professional journals

  1. “Ex Parte Proceedings in Family Law,” Maryland Bar Journal, Vol. XXIII/No. 1 (March 1990)
  2. “Child Support Guidelines and Modifications 1990,” published in text for the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. (Copyright October 1990)
  3. “Until Death, Remarriage, or Rehabilitation Do Us Part, ” Maryland Bar Journal, Vol. XXV/No.6 (November/December 1992)
  4. “Child Support Guidelines – Advocacy Within Their Context,” Maryland Institute For Continuing Professional Education For Lawyers, Inc. (Co-Author) (Copyright March 1995)
  5. “In The Interest Of Property”, Maryland Bar Journal, Vol. XXVIII/No. 2 (March/April 1995)
  6. “Marital Settlement Agreements” in text for the Maryland Institute For Continuing Professional Education For Lawyers, Inc. (Co-Author) (Copyright May 1995)
  7. “Marital Settlement Agreements” in text for the Maryland Institute For Continuing Professional Education For Lawyers, Inc., Second Edition (Co-Author) (Copyright 1999.)
  8. “Resources For Economically Dependent Spouses”, Maryland Bar Journal, Vol. XXXV/Number 3 (May 2002)
  9.  “Marital Settlement Agreements” in text for the Maryland Institute For Continuing Professional Education For Lawyers, Inc. (Co-Author) (Copyright June 2003)
  10. “ Maryland Divorce And Separation Law, “ Eighth Edition (Contributing Author) (Copyright June 2003)
  11. “Marital Settlement Agreements” in text for the Maryland Institute For Continuing Professional Education For Lawyers, Inc. (Co-Author) (Copyright June 2009)
Listing of some of the Seminars and Continuing Legal Education Programs in which Richard Jacobs has participated:
 
1.January 19, 1989 – Lecturer, “Custody Mediation and Ex Parte Proceedings” at the mid-year meeting of the Maryland State Bar Association, sponsored by the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association
 
2.January 19, 1989 – Co-Moderator, “Divorce Litigation:  A View from the Bench,” regarding how to handle domestic matters before Judges in the various Maryland Circuits
 
3.February 22, 1989 – Lecturer, implementation of mandatory mediation in custody disputes, sponsored by the Bar Association of Baltimore City
 
4.May 5, 1989 – Participant, “Alternatives in Handling of Domestic Cases; Emergencies, Mediation, and Settlements,” for Maryland Judicial Conference, an annual meeting for Judges of the State of Maryland
 
5.May 16, 1989 – Lecturer, “The Child Support Guidelines,” sponsored by the Bar Association of Baltimore City, Maryland
 
6.January 1990 – Co-Chair and Moderator, “Pension Valuations in the Context of a Divorce,” presented in Washington, D.C. for the mid-year meeting of the Maryland State Bar Association
 
7.March 14, 1990 – Lecturer, “The Nuts and Bolts of Handling a Divorce Case” for the Milton Talking Lecture Series, sponsored by the Bar Association of Baltimore City
 
8.March 28, 1990 – Chair and Lecturer, “The Guidelines Revisited One Year Later,” sponsored by the Bar Association of Baltimore City
 
9.June 7, 1990 – Chair and Co-Moderator, “Business Valuation in the Context of a Divorce” held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Maryland State Bar Association in Ocean City, Maryland
 
10.Fall 1990 – Lecturer, “Child Support Guidelines and Modification of Divorce Decrees” throughout the State of Maryland for the Maryland Institute of Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. (MICPEL)
 
11.February 28 – March 1,1991 – Lecturer, Family Law Institute  “Hot Tips” program, presented by MICPEL
 
12.September 1991 – Lecturer, “New Master’s Rules,” presented by MICPEL
 
13.December 1991 – Lecturer, “A View From The Masters” program with judicial masters, on how to present a domestic case for MICPEL
 
14.February 1992 – Co-Chair and Lecturer, annual Family Law Institute “Hot Tips” program, presented by MICPEL
 
15.June 1992 – Co-Chair and Speaker, “Attorney’s Fees In Domestic Cases,” presented by the Family and Juvenile Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association at the Maryland State Bar Convention
 
16.July 1992 – Lecturer, “A View From The Masters” program, presented by MICPEL
 
17.November 12, 1992 – The Association Of Family and Conciliation Courts, North East Regional Conference, Speaker on “Seeing The Forest Through The Trees – Reducing Costs In Divorce Cases”
 
18.February 25, 1993 – Hot Tops in Family Law, “Hot Tips for Taking Depositions in Divorce Cases”
 
19.March 25, 1993 and April 1, 1993 – Faculty, “Marital Property Workshop,” presented by MICPEL
 
20.June 21-22, 1993 – Speaker on child support, “Fundamentals of Family Law,” presented by MICPEL
 
21.November 19, 1993 and December 3, 1993 – Chair and Faculty Member, “Marital Property Workshop,” presented by MICPEL
 
22.April 16, 1994 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, “Anatomy Of A Custody Case”
 
23.November 18, 1994 – Program Chair and Faculty Member – “Advocacy Within The Context Of The Child Support Guidelines”
 
24.January 24, 1995 – Chair and Lecturer –”Judicial Perspectives As Viewed By Attorneys,” Judicial Institute
 
25.February 24, 1995 – Hot Tips In Family Law “Use and Preparation Of A Trial Notebook,” presented by MICPEL (Co-Chair of Program Segments and Lecturer)
 
26.  May 19, 1995 and June 1, 1995 – Lecturer, “Marital Settlement Agreements,” presented by MICPEL
 
27.May 30, 1995 – Chair and Lecturer, “Judicial Perspectives As Viewed By Attorneys,” Judicial Institute
 
28.August 25, 1995 and October 1995 – Program Chair and Faculty Member, “Advocacy Within The Context Of The Child Support Guidelines”
 
29.November, 1995 – Lecturer, “Calming Custody Chaos,” presented by MICPEL
 
30.January 1996 – Lecturer,  “Lawyers and Domestic Cases,” Judicial Institute
 
31.February, 1996 – Lecturer – Hot Tips In Family Law “Use of Pre-Nuptial Agreements,” presented by MICPEL
 
32.December, 1996 – Lecturer and Co-Chair, “Alimony” Program, presented by MICPEL
 
33.January 1997 – Lecturer, “Parenting Seminar” – “A Lawyers Role in Divorce,” Divorce Education Program, The Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
 
34.February 27-28, 1997 – Lecturer, “Equitable vs. Equal- Distribution under the Marital Property Act,” Hot Tips in Family Law, presented by MICPEL
 
35.May 27, 1997 – Lecturer,  “Lawyers and Domestic Cases – A Dialogue,” Judicial Institute
 
36.June 6, 1997 – Lecturer, “Lawyer to Lawyer ” Professionalism Course, Maryland State Bar Association
 
37.January 30, 1998 – Lecturer and Chair, “Evidence in Domestic Cases,” presented by MICPEL
 
38.February 26-27, 1998 – Lecturer and Co-Chair, Family Law Institute Hot Tips, “Business Evaluation,” presented by MICPEL
 
39.May 6, 1998 – Lecturer and Co-Chair, “Marital Settlement Agreements”, presented by MICPEL
 
40.May 29, 1998 – Lecturer and Chair, “Lawyer to Lawyer,” Professionalism Course, presented by MICPEL
 
41.July 15, 1998 – Lecturer, “Evidence in Domestic Cases” Program,” presented by MICPEL
 
42. October 1998 – Lecturer on Family Law issues, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Symposium
 
43.  February 1999 – Lecturer and Co-Chair, “Hot Tips in Family Law”
 
44.  April 29, 1999 – Lecturer to the Virginia Bar Association, “Top Lawyers Trying Tough Cases,” “Examination of an Expert Witness, Context of a Custody Case,” Advanced Family Law Seminar
 
45.  October 1999 – Chair and Lecturer, “Examination of Expert Witnesses,” Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Symposium
 
46.  January 19, 2000 – Lecturer,  “Evidence in a Domestic Case,” Baltimore County Bar Association CLE Program
 
47.  February 24 and 25, 2000 – Lecturer and Co-Chair “Hot Tips in Family Law – Making an Effective Opening and Closing Argument,” presented by MICPEL
 
48.February, 2000 – Lecturer, “Evidence in Domestic Cases,” Judicial Institute
 
49.May 18, 2000 – Lecturer,  “Case Update,” Family Law Forum, Baltimore County Bar Association
 
50.June 2000 – Lecturer, Institute for Training Family Law Associates, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL.
 
51.June 2002 – Lecturer, Institute for Training Family Law Associates, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago IL.
 
52.  June 2003 – Lecturer, Institute for Training Family Law Associates, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, Il.
 
53.October 2003 – Lecturer, “Discovering Hidden Assets”, Prince Georges County Bar Association Symposium
 
54.June 2004 – Lecturer, Institute for Training Family Law Associates, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL.
 
55.      October 2004 – Lecturer, “Marital Property Workshop,” presented by MICPEL
 
56.May 2005 – Lecturer, Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee, “Case Law Update”
 
57.June 2005 – Lecturer, Institute for Training Family Law Associates, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL.
 
58.May 2006 – Lecturer, Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee  “Case Law Update”
 
59.June 2006 – Chair and Lecturer, Institute for Training Family Law Associates, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL.
 
60. June 2006- Lecturer, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, “Lawyers with Clients in Mediation: Problem Solvers or the Problem,” Tampa Bay, Florida
 
61.April 2007-Lecturer, “Tax Issues in Divorce,” Baltimore County Bar Association
 
62.       June 2007 – Chair and Lecturer, Institute for Training Family Law Associates, The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Chicago, IL.
 
63.April 2008- Lecturer- “Tax Issues,” Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
 
64. May 2008- Lecturer, Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee  “Case Law Update”
 
65.February 2009 – Lecturer, “Proving an Owner’s Income from an ‘S’ Corporation,” Baltimore County Bar Association
 
66.May 2009 – Lecturer, “Case Law Update,” Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee.
 
67.June 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 – Co-Chair and Lecturer, Institute for Family Law Associates, AAML, Chicago
 
68.September 2009 – Lecturer, “Preparing for Expert Testimony in a Custody Case,” Circuit Court for Harford County Family Services Division
 
69.        March 2010 -Lecturer, “Tax Issues in Divorce,” Baltimore County Bar Association.
 
70.May 2010, 2011 — Lecturer, “Case Law Update,” Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
 
71.October, 2011 — Lecturer, Ethics in Family Law, “Your Reputation and Your Opponents’ Reputation
 
72.March 2012 — Lecturer,  “Business Valuation” ,  “Working with the Expert” Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
 
73.May 2012 —  Lecturer, “Case Law Update,” Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
 
74.       June 2012, 2013 — Lecturer, “Apps for Family Law Attorneys” and “Working with Experts” AAML Institute for Family Law Associates
 
75.November 2012 – CoChair and Lecturer, “Working with Psychologist as Expert Witnesses in Custody Matters,” Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Symposium
 
76.        May 2013 — Lecturer, Case Law Update, Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
 
77.        October 2013 — Lecturer, “Marital Settlement Agreements,” Maryland State Bar Asso., AAML Maryland Chapter, UB Law School
 
78.  May 2014 —  Lecturer, “Case Law Update,” Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
 
79.June 2014, 15 — Lecturer, “Trial Preparation Issues: Expert Witness,” AAML Institute for Family Law Associates, Chicago.
 
80.        May 2015 —  Lecturer, “Case Law Update,” Baltimore County Bar Association, Family Law Committee
 
81.June 2016 —  Lecturer, “Apps for Family Law Practice,” AAML Institute for Family Law Associates, Chicago.
Professional Affiliations:
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • President of Maryland chapter, AAML, 2005-2007
  • Former Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Past Chair,  Family Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Family Law Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City
 
Articles/Lectures:
  • Co-Author, Marital Settlement Agreements, textbook of  MICPEL, since 1995
  • Adjunct Professor, Family law, the University of Baltimore, 1998-2005
  • Co-Director, Institute for Family Law Associates, AAML,  Chicago, 2006-present, faculty member since 2002
  • Frequent lecturer for the Maryland State Bar Association and county bar associations
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Maryland Domestic Law Report
 
Education:
  • BA, University of Baltimore, 1970
  • JD, University of Baltimore School of Law, 1973
  • Mediation certification, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers
  • Arbitration certification, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Harvard Negotiation Program, AAML sponsored special training, Cambridge
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice Training, Dept. of Fam. Administration, Admin. Office of the Courts – Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland Bar Association and the Collaborative Practice Training Institute

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