Jacob Lee focuses his practice on law enforcement and corrections defense, including the defense of civil claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Bivens. He works with attorneys throughout our firm to counsel and defend law enforcement agencies, corrections departments, government agencies, and other public and private entities in Arizona and across the nation.

Jacob has successfully defended law enforcement and corrections officers against claims of excessive force, unlawful practice or policy, unlawful search or seizure, false arrest, unreasonable detention, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, failure to protect, failure to provide medical care, retaliation, wrongful death, assault and battery, negligence, gross negligence, and negligent hiring, training, and supervision.

Jacob began his career in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he practiced primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and insurance defense. There, Jacob protected his clients against an array of claims, including tort liability, premises liability, wrongful death, commercial disputes, and professional malpractice.

Presentations and Publications:

  • Presenter, Firm Client Seminar, “Depositions: Setting Yourself Up To Win at Summary Judgment or Trial,” 2016

Representative Experience:

Law Enforcement Claims

  • Smith v. City of Chandler, et al., CV 12-02391-PHX-FJM (D. Ariz. April 28, 2017) – Obtained defense verdict and judgment as a matter of law in case involving a suicidal subject high on drugs and armed with a large kitchen knife claiming excessive force and negligence.
  • Fuciarelli v. Good, et al., CV-14-01708-PHX-GMS (D. Ariz. Mar. 31, 2017) – Obtained defense verdict in case involving a landlord claiming unreasonable search and seizure, excessive force, and negligence during a commercial lockout in which the landlord refused to release the personal property of a third party.

Inmate Claims

  • Barela-Valdez v. Corrections Corporation of America, D-202-CV-2015-08460 (N.M. 2nd Jud. Dist. Ct. Mar. 14, 2018) – Obtained summary judgment in wrongful death/inmate suicide case involving allegations of failure to provide adequate mental health care and prevent drug use.
  • Tunoa v. Perez, 12-CV-02359-ROS-BSB (D. Ariz. May 31, 2016) – Obtained defense verdict in case involving segregation inmate claiming excessive force and assault/battery during calculated cell extraction.

Community Involvement:

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Youth Leader (ages 14-15), 2012-present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Varsity Scout Assistant Coach, 2013-present

Personal:

Jacob is a native of southern Arizona, born in Tucson and raised in Phoenix and Thatcher. He is fluent in written and spoken Spanish. Jacob enjoys hiking, camping, and going to the movies.