Adolph D. “Jake” Jacobson (1931-2017)

In Memoriam

Jake was the original Jacobson in the firm, which he started in 1985.

Born in Austin, Jake enrolled at the University of Texas Austin, but finances forced him to quit and enlist in the U.S. Air Force as a private. He had the opportunity to join the Aviation Cadet Program and then attend Navigator Training and Pilot Training, making him one of the few entitled to wear three sets of Air Force Wings. His Air Force service included assignments in Pakistan, Vietnam (134 combat missions, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, five Air Medals, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal), and Venezuela.

Among his extraordinary accomplishments is that upon retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after a 25-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Jake completed his bachelor’s degree and studied law at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio. He was followed closely in his legal education by his son Dana, who began his studies there three years after his father graduated and had many of the same professors as his father.

After graduation, Jake embarked on a solo law practice out of his home before partnering with other attorneys. In his 36-year career, Jake gained a reputation as a thorough, well-prepared, highly ethical and creative litigator, probate attorney, and municipal lawyer. He spent the last 21 years of his career in practice with Dana at The Jacobson Law Firm, P.C. He retired in April of 2015 and died on October 23, 2017, leaving his wife Dr. Barbara Jacobson, son Dana, daughter Kathy Ogletree, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.