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History

Jacobs & Barney LLC is a civil litigation and dispute resolution firm located in the heart of Easton, Maryland, with a practice that spans the Eastern Shore. Michael J. Jacobs and Melanie Jacobs Barney, a father and daughter team of lawyers, are experienced in providing high quality legal services at both the trial and appellate levels and in mediation and arbitration. The law firm has been in business for over 25 years, having been formed in 1994 when Mike left his longstanding partnership with Miles & Stockbridge in its Easton office to establish his own firm, where he was soon joined by his daughter, Melanie, in 1996.

 

 

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Attorneys

 
 
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Partner

Michael J. Jacobs

After 20 years of service as an officer and attorney in the United States Coast Guard, Mike entered private practice as a civil litigator in the Easton office of Miles & Stockbridge (Associate 1983-1986, Partner 1986-1994). On November 1, 1994, Mike struck out on his own, opening his own civil litigation firm in Easton. His daughter, Melanie Jacobs Barney, joined him the following spring. They became partners in the renamed firm of Jacobs & Barney in June 1996 and have practiced together since that time.

Mike is proud of the firm's high success rate and the quality of the legal services it provides. He values his many satisfied clients. "We help our clients negotiate the legal system effectively," said Mike.

"We've established some wonderful relationships with many fine people and businesses over the years. We have been privileged to be able to help them at a time that they really needed our help.”

 

Education

George Washington University
J.D., Cum Laude, 1971


U.S. Coast Guard Academy
B.S., 1963

Military

Commander, United States Coast Guard
1963-1983 (Ret.)

Awards

American Bar Association Constabar of the Year Award, 1993-1994; Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award, 2003, Talbot County Branch of the NAACP; David Hjortsberg Award, 2004, Solo and Small Firm Practice Section of the Maryland State Bar Association; Club Service Award, 2007-2008, Easton Rotary Club.

Reported Cases

Ochse v. Henry, 202 Md.App. 521, 33 A.2d 480 (2011); Ochse v. Henry, 216 Md.App. 439, 88 A.3d 773 (2014); Service Transport Inc. v. Hurricane Express Inc., 185 Md.App. 25, 968 A.2d 620 (2009); South Easton Neighborhood Association, Inc. v. Town of Easton, Maryland, 387 Md. 468, 876 A.2d 58 (2005); Miller v. Kirkpatrick, 377 Md. 335, 833 A.2d 536 (2003); Tanis v. Crocker, 110 Md.App. 559, 678 A.2d 88 (1996); John T. Handy Co., Inc. v. Carman, 102 Md.App. 188, 648 A.2d 1115 (1994); Van Schaik v. Van Schaik, 90 Md.App. 725, 603 A.2d 908 (1992).

Bar Admissions

  • 1971, Virginia

  • 1978, U.S. Supreme Court

  • 1979, Hawaii

  • 1983, DC & Maryland

 

 
 

 
 
 
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Partner

Melanie J. Barney

Melanie attended Skidmore College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. Melanie decided to follow in her father's footsteps and attend law school. She graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law, joined her father's firm in the spring of 1996, and has been practicing law as a partner with Mike since that time.

Melanie believes that preparation and dedication to the representation of the firm's clients' interests are the cornerstones of the practice.

"We evaluate and prepare a case carefully and try to help clients avoid a lawsuit if possible since that is not always the best resolution of a client's problems. But when all else fails, we are ready and able to try or to arbitrate a case. We know how to do that well to achieve a favorable result for our clients."

 

Education

University of Baltimore School of Law
J.D., Cum Laude, 1996

Skidmore College
B.A., Cum Laude, 1991

Reported Cases

Ochse v. Henry, 202 Md.App. 521, 33 A.2d 480 (2011); Ochse v. Henry, 216 Md.App. 439, 88 A.3d 773 (2014); Service Transport Inc. v. Hurricane Express Inc., 185 Md.App. 25, 968 A.2d 620 (2009); South Easton Neighborhood Association, Inc. v. Town of Easton, Maryland, 387 Md. 468, 876 A.2d 58 (2005); Miller v. Kirkpatrick, 377 Md. 335, 833 A.2d 536 (2003).

Activities & Affiliations

  • Maryland Association for Justice, Member since 1997

  • American Association for Justice, Member since 1997

  • Talbot County Bar Association, Member since 1997

  • Judicial Law Clerk, The Honorable Barbara Kerr Howe, 1994-5

Bar Admissions

  • 1996, Maryland

  • 2019, U. S. Supreme Court