Elected Member

The Hon. Andrew M. Jacobs

Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
University of Illinois
Harvard Law School

Andrew Jacobs is a partner at Snell & Wilmer, where he has been Chair of the appellate practice since 2010.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and has argued over fifty civil appeals.  Andrew was twice nominated to the Governor as a candidate for the Arizona Supreme Court, has been appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to four different commissions or committees, has been a principal drafter of many of the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, and is the co-author of a chapter in the Arizona Appellate Handbook. Andrew’s appellate experience includes being counsel of record in two cases accepted for review by the United States Supreme Court, arguing twenty times to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, including en banc, and arguing eight times to the Nevada Supreme Court. Andrew has also argued to the Arizona Supreme Court, both divisions of the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Utah Court of Appeals, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Washington Court of Appeals.

Andrew is concerned to actively serve the courts. He was a leader in Arizona's recent Batson reform, which resulted in the elimination of peremptory challenges in Arizona's courts.  He was the chair of the Ninth Circuit's Lawyer Representatives in 2011-2012, served on the Ninth Circuit's Advisory Committee on Rules and Practice from 2008 through 2012, and has served as the lawyer-coordinator for the Ninth Circuit's pro bono program from 2007 to the present in the Districts of Arizona and Nevada.  After working with Chief Judge John Roll to found the District of Arizona's pro bono program in 2007, Andrew served as a coordinator of that program, placing 70 pro bono cases. Andrew has likewise been the lawyer-coordinator for the Arizona Court of Appeals’ pro bono program for Division Two since that program’s inception in 2014. Through these different service roles, Andrew has placed over 230 pro bono cases with volunteer counsel.

Andrew was honored by the Arizona State Bar as Member of the Year in 2016 (along with two other peers simultaneously honored), has been Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated since 2007, a SuperLawyer since 2012, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for Appellate Law and also Commercial Litigation. Andrew has also tried a number of matters to juries, and others to the bench.

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Areas of Expertise
Federal Practice & Procedure (Federal Courts)
Appellate Litigation (Litigation)