Gary L. Jacobsen Esq.

Gary Jacobsen is a partner at W&D Law. 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 Preeminent Peer Review Rating. San Diego Magazine named Mr. Jacobsen one of the Top Lawyers in San Diego for Ethical Standards & Professional Excellence, every year since 2013. Mr. Jacobsen’s practice includes a variety of project types: hospitals, health care facilities, hotels, highways, freeways/toll roads, power plants, schools, colleges, high-rise and single-family residential and commercial properties, including possibly the most complex litigation matter in California history, the Millennium Tower Litigation .

Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude
University of San Diego School of Law
Juris Doctor

State Bar of California
State Bar of Washington
United States District Court, Central District of California
United States District Court, Southern District of California
American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
California Geotechnical Engineering Association
Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California (CELSOC)
International Bar Association

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)

2006-2021: Koenig Jacobsen LLP
1986-2005: Morris, Polich & Purdy LLP (Partner since 1992)