Paul W. Jacobs II


804.697.4110 (p)
804.697.6110 (f)

Professional Affiliations

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Bar Association

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Community Involvement

VCU Parkinson's Disease Campaign Steering Committee

ClearPoint Financial Services, Inc. (A nonprofit credit counseling service)
• Former Board Member

Housing Opportunities Made Equal Committee
• Former Member, Board of Trustees

Congregation Beth Ahabah
• Former Member, Board of Managers

Paul W. Jacobs II has extensive experience in representing both private and public clients, including local government bodies, on a variety of issues before state and federal courts and regulatory bodies.  Representation of private clients includes commercial disputes and federal and state securities laws. 

Representative Matters

  • Defense of companies against business conspiracy, trade secret and interference with contract claims.
  • Representation of private clients in commercial disputes, security law and intellectual property rights matters.
  • Representation of local governments in matters including voting rights and redistricting, water rights, contractual disputes, zoning, public procurement, constitutional claims and airport-related disputes.

Select Publications

  • Campus Martius: The Field of Mars in the Life of Ancient Rome, Cambridge University Press (2014)
  • Coauthor, "Racial Polarization in Vote Dilution Cases Under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act: The Impact of Thornburg v. Gingles," 3 Journal of Law and Politics 295 (1986)

Select Presentations

  • Mr. Jacobs has lectured at conferences and programs on voting rights and water rights matters.

Practice Areas

Trials/Appeals/Alternative Dispute Resolution
Intellectual Property Litigation
Municipal Governance 


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1977

University of Aberdeen, Scotland, postgraduate research

Harvard University, B.A., with honors, 1973


• Virginia
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
• U.S. Supreme Court


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