After graduating from Manhattan College in 2009, Jacob began his career as a Special Education Advocate & Paralegal. For over seven years he worked for a reputable Manhattan-based law firm that advocates for students with special needs. As an Advocate, Jacob would often attend Committee on Special Education (“CSE”) meetings alongside parents, providing them with assistance in the development of their children’s Individual Education Programs (“IEP”) and/or 504 Plans. When disputes arose with local school districts, Jacob assisted attorneys in all phases of the administrative due process procedures provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA"). This often involved impartial hearings and appeals to the State Review Officer.
In 2015, Jacob returned to his hometown of Troy, New York. He earned his J.D. at Albany Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2018. In law school, Jacob was active in the interscholastic moot court program. He competed on the ABA Negotiations Team and ABA Client Counseling Team. He was an Editor on the Albany Government Law Review and held several notable internships including the New York State Education Department's Office of State Review, Albany Law School's Community Development Clinic, and Prisoners' Legal Services of Albany.
After law school, Jacob served as Counsel to the School Administrators' Association of New York State ("SAANYS"), working as a public-sector, labor-side Labor & Employment attorney. In that capacity he represented public school & BOCES administrators and civil service employees in a wide range of employment related matters. Jacob is experienced in contract negotiations & collective bargaining, disciplinary matters, grievances, appeals to the Commissioner of Education, matters involving the Public Employment Relations Board (“PERB”), Article 78 proceedings, and a wide range of other human resource and employment-related matters.
Jacob is an avid snowboarder and enjoys spending his free time in the mountains. He also enjoys yoga, traveling with his wife, and playing with his two cats, Wynn and Lena.
Jacob is passionate about the law and believes in providing strong representation for his clients.
Albany Law School, Juris Doctorate, Class of 2018
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude
- ABA Client Counseling Team
- ABA Negotiations Team
- Article Editor, Albany Government Law Review
Manhattan College, B.A. of English, Class of 2009
New York State, Attorney Registration Number: 5687405
New York State Bar Association ("NYSBA")
Albany County Bar Association
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Capital Region Chamber of Commerce