Jenner & Block

Matthew L. Jacobs has been successfully litigating insurance coverage matters for more than 30 years, and he handles complex, multi-party insurance coverage matters in state and federal courts. He secured a groundbreaking victory in a significant pollution exclusion ruling relating to Chinese drywall, as noted by Law360 and Mealey’s Insurance. He obtained a ruling of first impression under Virginia law from a federal district court regarding the issue of exhaustion of underlying insurance limits, and has obtained tens of millions of dollars in defense costs, and indemnity, on behalf of clients who have been sued in large securities class actions. He also recovered $15.5 million for a client following a two-day mediation over a large contingent business interruption claim related to the October 2011 Thai floods. He has also served as a mediator in complex insurance disputes. While corporations seek Mr. Jacobs’ counsel on the availability of insurance coverage for a wide variety of claims, he also advises companies in the placement and renewal of various types of insurance coverage, including cyber insurance, directors and officers policies and property insurance.



Mr. Jacobs is co-chair of the No. 1 Insurance Policyholder Practice in the United States in 2013 as recognized by Chambers USA. According to Chambers USA commentators, Mr. Jacobs is “very responsive, easy to work with, professional and a pleasant person to deal with.”  He has been recognized by clients and peers in Chambers USA Client’s Guide for Insurance and the Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers. He was recognized as “Author of the Year – Insurance USA” by the Lexology Legal Writing Awards, and has repeatedly been recognized as a Washington, D.C. “Super Lawyer” and among Washington, D.C.’s “Best Lawyers.” He is regularly listed in The International Who’s Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers, most recently in the 2017 edition where he is identified among less than 20 policyholder lawyers in the District of Columbia. Since 2007, Mr. Jacobs has been AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated in Insurance Law, Martindale Hubbell’s highest recognition for ethical standards and legal ability. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Environmental Claims Journal, and has been a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC) since 2014.

Mr. Jacobs is a member of the firm’s Insurance Recovery and Counseling, Reinsurance, and International Arbitration Practices.  He is a member of the firm's Finance Committee. He has published and lectured widely on insurance coverage topics and has been quoted extensively on developments in insurance law in national publications, television and radio. Mr. Jacobs has been a guest lecturer in the “Insurance Law and Policy” class at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is the author or co-author of more than 75 papers and articles and has spoken at more than 100 insurance coverage conferences during his career. He also has co-chaired over a dozen conferences addressing various insurance topics over the past two decades. Mr. Jacobs also has appeared on the faculty of the ALI-ABA Environmental Litigation Course of Study, as well as the ALI-ABA Environmental and Toxic Tort Conference.