Howard Jacobs is lawyer in the Los Angeles suburb of Westlake Village, California. Mr. Jacobs has been identified by various newspapers as one of the leading sports lawyers in the United States, and was profiled by USA Today in a feature article titled “Athletes accused of cheating find perfect advocate.”
His law practice focuses on the representation of athletes in all types of disputes, with a particular focus on the defense of athletes charged with doping offenses. He has represented over 120 professional and Olympic sport athletes, including numerous world record holders and Olympic gold medalists.
Mr. Jacobs has represented professional athletes, Olympic athletes and amateur athletes in disputes involving doping, endorsements, unauthorized use of name and likeness, salary issues, team selection issues, and other matters. He is at the forefront of many cutting edge legal issues that affect athletes, winning cases that have set precedents that have benefited the athlete community. Because of this, Mr. Jacobs is a sought after expert on sports law issues. He is regularly quoted in major newspapers and sports magazines and appears on national and international television and radio shows.
Mr. Jacobs graduated from Florida State University in 1987 and William and Mary Law School in 1990. He ran cross country and track & field for Florida State University and competed as a professional triathlete during law school.