Public Entities

Jacobson Markham has recognized strengths in the representation of government entities, school districts, water districts, and municipalities.

Our clients have included school districts, municipalities, political subdivisions, and city authorities.  We recognize the importance of local government and its vital role.  We provide the highest quality representation and comprehensive legal service to public entities in a wide scope of practice areas.  Our expertise has given us the opportunity to provide reliable, result-oriented and cost-effective professional service to local governments, municipalities and school districts throughout California.

  • Title VII/FEHA
  • Dangerous Condition
  • Playground Accidents
  • ADA
  • Contract Litigation
  • Inverse Condemnation

Representative Matters


Title VII/Religious Discrimination

Jacobson Markham obtained a defense verdict in Federal Court on behalf of a suburban Sacramento school district in a federal court trial in which a former employee alleged he had been discriminated against by his supervisors.  Richard Jacobson has defended dozens of other discrimination claims, with solid results such as summary judgment, outright dismissals, defense verdicts or nominal settlements.

Dangerous Condition

Richard Jacobson won summary judgment on behalf of a small foothill city in a case in which the plaintiff alleged she tripped and fell while using some public steps.  The result saved the small city from the possibility of a substantial verdict due to the serious nature of the injuries.  The firm has defended countless other dangerous condition cases on behalf of public entities with excellent results.

Playground Accidents

Jacobson Markham has successfully litigated dozens of playground accident cases on behalf of local school districts.  He has obtained defense verdicts, outright dismissals or nominal settlements in cases involving alleged inadequate supervision, defective playground equipment and inadequate cushioning ground cover.

Contract Litigation

Jacobson Markham successfully defended a local public entity embroiled in a contract dispute with one of its vendors.  Plaintiff in the case sought over $100,000 in contract damages.  After knocking out some of plaintiff’s claims in summary adjudication, the case settled before trial for $2,500, saving the client thousands in further defense costs.