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Jerilyn Jacobs


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Ms. Jacobs is a partner with Crivello, Nichols & Hall with more than 20 years of experience as a litigator and advisor. Her primary areas of practice include employment law, civil rights, school law and ERISA defense.

Ms. Jacobs’s employment law practice encompasses:

  1. representing private and public employers in federal and state court against claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, First Amendment and other retaliation, and wage and hour violations;
  2. defending private companies, municipalities, and counties before the Equal Rights Division and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  3. advising employers on FMLA, wage and hour, discipline, and employment best practices, along with drafting, revising, and updating employee handbooks and policies; and
  4. conducting internal investigations and providing on-site employee training and seminars.

Ms. Jacobs defends municipalities and individual police officers in Section 1983 actions in federal court and municipalities in state court actions. She also defends employers and insurers in ERISA-related litigation in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and the District of Minnesota (admitted pro hac vice).

Ms. Jacobs has also represented school districts in litigation and provides advice on issues relating to students, operations, and employment, including issues on teacher non-renewals, open records requests, and social media. She presides over expulsion and teacher non-renewal hearings.

Practice Areas

Civil Rights Litigation
Employment Law
Municipal Law and School Law

Bar Admissions

State of Wisconsin
State of California
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court - Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court - Central District of California
U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California


Cornell Law School, J.D.
University of Southern California, B.A. in English and Journalism, minor in Political Science

Professional Organizations

Defense Research Institute
Eau Claire County Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin

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