Jonathan Jacobs

Practice Areas: Mr. Jacobs is Of Counsel to the Firm. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense matters.

Mr. Jacobs is an experienced trial lawyer, who routinely appears in courts across the country on behalf of Fortune 500 clients, smaller companies, and individuals. Mr. Jacobs has handled a broad array of cases: trade-secret cases, real-estate disputes, intellectual property litigation, commercial fraud, breach-of-contract matters, and employment disputes.


Mr. Jacobs was selected as a “Rising Star” in the 2016 edition of Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in the category of Business Litigation, a distinction given to no more than 2.5% of attorneys in Washington, D.C. Mr. Jacobs received the same recognition in the 2015 edition of Super Lawyers.


Mr. Jacobs’ practice has a particular focus on issues affecting hospitality companies, having represented Marriott International, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Ryman Hospitality Properties/Gaylord Entertainment Company, DiamondRock Hospitality Co., and other hospitality companies in connection with dozens of litigation matters involving franchise litigation, employment disputes, contract breaches, and numerous other subject areas.


Mr. Jacobs has also handled criminal defense matters arising out of high-profile political corruption investigations and fraud. Over the years, Mr. Jacobs has conducted witness interviews and drafted reports for numerous internal investigations regarding fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues, and employee malfeasance.


Mr. Jacobs is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar.


Selected Litigation Matters:


  • Serving as lead Plaintiff’s counsel in a civil conspiracy and fraudulent transfer trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of a South Carolina real estate management company.

  • Successfully defending Marriott International, Inc. in multiple civil actions across the country against claims that Marriott was liable for the actions or inactions of its franchisees.

  • Together as co-counsel with the Federal Public Defender’s Office, defending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia an alleged ringleader of the hacktivist movement Anonymous against a felony charge that he orchestrated numerous anti-copyright cyber-attacks causing millions of dollars of damage to government agencies and major corporations. After extensive motions practice, the government offered a plea shortly before trial resulting in only a misdemeanor with no jail time.

  • Serving as lead defense counsel in a Virginia civil trial involving alleged theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, intentional interference with contracts, and copying and deleting data in violation of the Virginia Computer Crimes Act. After four days of trial, the court entered judgment for the defense on all counts for a complete defense victory.

  • Defending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia a technology company in a civil case brought by its competitor claiming defamation, intentional interference with contractual relations, and false advertising.

  • Together with Aegis partner Michael Ross, successfully defending Marriott International, Inc. in a series of asbestos cases filed in Madison County, Illinois and in other jurisdictions throughout the country.

  • Defending a hospitality company in connection with an investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General.

  • Successfully representing Marriott International, Inc. and its subsidiaries in several breach-of-contract actions in courts across the country related to group sales agreements.

  • Prevailing in a jury trial in Maryland state court on behalf of plaintiffs defrauded in a real estate transaction; jury award included full compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees.

  • Serving as lead trial counsel in a breach-of-contract action against the District of Columbia on behalf of a health maintenance organization that provided Medicaid insurance to D.C. residents.

  • Defending a publicly-traded technology company in a California lawsuit filed by its competitor claiming intentional interference with contractual relations and unfair business practices in connection with a major customer switching from the competitor.

  • Defending a hotel management company in a trial in Virginia state court against a claim brought by its former business partner and hotel owner alleging breach of the hotel management agreement in connection with its management of a Virginia hotel.

Background: Mr. Jacobs received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and his Juris Doctor with honors in 2007 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal and Executive Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal’s Annual Review of Criminal Procedure.


Mr. Jacobs is active in the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, having served for eight years on the Board of the District of Columbia Mid-Atlantic Chapter as chair of the pro bono committee. Mr. Jacobs is currently serving a two-year appointment as Chair of the Executive Board for the District of Columbia Mid-Atlantic Chapter, one of the largest JRCLS chapters with over 500 attorney members.


Before practicing law, Mr. Jacobs worked as a senior consultant for the strategy consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.


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