William E. “Billy” Jacobs

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William E. Jacobs

(202) 888-1666 wjacobs@wmclaw.com Download vCard

Education:

  • J.D., Georgetown University (2013)
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins University (2010)
  • B.A., The George Washington University (2007)

Bar Memberships

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Billy Jacobs represents clients in complex civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation.  His practice focuses on cases involving fraud (including the False Claims Act), business disputes, and commercial disputes with insurance companies.  His representative matters include:

  • Recovering an impressionist masterpiece stolen from a holocaust victim by Hitler’s art dealer in Toren v. Federal Republic of Germany, 1:14-cv-359 (D.D.C.).
  • Representing federal whistleblowers in United States ex rel. Beauchamp v. Academi Training Center, Inc., No. 1:11-cv-371 (E.D. Va.), which involved Academi’s (formerly Blackwater) alleged fraudulent submission of fabricated weapon qualification scores, and bills for unqualified personnel, to the U.S. Department of State.  Billy’s representation included helping to obtain a reversal in the Fourth Circuit of the trial court’s order dismissing the case, and discovery, motions practice, and oral argument before the trial court.  The case settled after the court ruled in favor of Billy’s clients and refused to grant Academi summary judgment.
  • Representing federal whistleblowers in United States ex rel. Rigsby v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., No. 06-433 (S.D. Miss.), which involves State Farm’s fraudulent mischaracterization of Hurricane Katrina wind damage as flood damage, causing federal flood insurance policies to pay for losses that State Farm should have compensated.
  • Representing a widow and an insurance trust in a successful effort to unwind viaticated insurance policies under Pennsylvania’s Viatical Settlements Act.

Billy is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a Senior Editor on The Tax Lawyer.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Jacobs served as a volunteer law clerk for the Honorable James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  Before law school, he was a political fundraiser.