Gary L. Jacobsen, Partner

The primary focuses of Mr. Jacobsen’s practice are professional liability and environmental matters.  He is a frequent speaker at seminars involving design professionals, contractors and environmental issues.  He specializes in the representation of architects, engineers and contractors in construction litigation.  He has extensive experience defending serious personal injury cases involving wrongful death, brain damage, permanent disabilities and serious burns.  He has an extremely successful record in jury trials involving engineers/architects, environmental matters, personal injury, product liability, premises liability and construction defect claims.  Mr. Jacobsen has successfully argued appeals before the California Appellate Court.  Based upon his extensive trial record, he is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  Due to the strength of his reputation and practice, he has received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating. San Diego Magazine recently named Mr. Jacobsen one of the Top Lawyers in San Diego for Ethical Standards & Professional Excellence.


  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Pacific Union College, B.A., cum laude, 1978

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • Washington
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

Speaking Presentations and Publications

  • Review of Significant Cases Affecting Geotechnical Professionals, CalGeo Annual Conference, 2014
  • Business Ethics: 2014 and Beyond, Los Angeles, 2014; Orange County, 2014
  • Geotechnical Engineering Liability: What Field Representatives Need to Know, Orange County, 2014
  • CNA Architects and Engineers Seminars
  • California Geotechnical Engineers of California
  • National A.I.A. Conference – San Diego, Chicago, and Los Angeles
  • C.R. Vince Seminar
  • XL Environmental Seminar
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers Seminar
  • Zurich North America A & E Seminar
  • “Masters of the Trial” Seminar, Reality and Strategy of Trying Construction Defect Actions – Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
  • The Asian American Architects/Engineers Association
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU)

Professional Memberships

  • Member International Bar Association
  • Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (CELSOC)
  • California Geotechnical Engineering Association
  • Member of American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Work, Coachella Valley Indian tribe and indigent children

Practice Areas


600 W. Broadway, Suite 400
San Diego, CA  92101

16300 Bake Parkway
Irvine, CA  92618