Precious S. Jacobs is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. Ms. Jacobs primarily represents clients in Class Action, Complex Commercial and Bankruptcy Litigation matters. Ms. Jacobs also counsels clients on a variety of legal issues related to data privacy.
Ms. Jacobs has significant experience in a variety of forums, including in state and federal courts across the country in cases involving complex contractual disputes in a variety of industries, including energy, education, retail, construction services, and financial services. Ms. Jacobs has assisted in obtaining significant victories for clients and has served as an integral member of key litigation teams that have been able to successfully defend or settle several complex matters over the years, including successfully defending against multi-million dollar class actions filed in state and federal courts in Illinois. She also counsels clients on a number of data privacy related issues, specifically in the use of physical security measures to protect highly confidential and proprietary information. In addition to her diverse litigation and counseling experience, Ms. Jacobs maintains an active pro bono practice. She has assisted her pro bono clients with respect to defending against first-degree murder charges and overturning a void regulation utilized by the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services.
A rising leader in the legal and Chicago community, Ms. Jacobs was selected as a 2018 fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program. She has also recieved the Chicago Scholars' 35 Under 35 Award, the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Division’s Humanitarian Award, the NYU Academic Achievement Program's Alumni Trailblazer Award and the Family Defense Center’s Major Litigation Award. Ms. Jacobs was also recognized by Crain's as one of Chicago's Notable Women Lawyers. Prior to joining Jenner and Block, Ms. Jacobs completed a PILI Fellowship at the Chancery Advice Desk for pro se litigants through the Greater Chicago Legal Clinic.
Ms. Jacobs received her JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she also received two Rickert Awards for Excellence in Advocacy and Service.
Ms. Jacobs serves as a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and as the Co-Chair of the firm’s African American Affinity Group. She is also a member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc.