Ken Jacobsen

Practice Professor of Law

Professor Jacobsen teaches Advanced Civil Procedure II in the Integrated Trial Advocacy Program, Sports Law, Litigation Basics, a Seminar on Complex Civil Litigation, and a course on Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation. After several years as an Adjunct Professor, Mr. Jacobsen joined the faculty as a full-time Practice Professor of Law in 2011.

Mr. Jacobsen is a cum laude graduate of the Villanova University School of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of the Villanova Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  For 30 years, he was in private practice, concentrating in complex business and commercial litigation, including class actions on behalf of investors, consumers and victims of environmental disasters. Mr. Jacobsen’s full background can be found on his website at

A prolific author of articles and commentary, Professor Jacobsen is a frequent lecturer and seminar participant on topics involving sports law, trial practice and procedure and complex commercial litigation. in 2016 and 2015, he was a Visiting Professor and Lecturer at the Taiwan University College of Law, where he delivered keynote speeches in International Sports Law and taught classes on the subject. He also addressed committees of Taiwan’s National Congress (the Legislative Yuan) on the regulation of professional sports and on matters involving civil rights and liberties. In 2013, he co-chaired the ALI Program on Class Actions and Aggregate Litigation, which drew a national faculty of esteemed judges, academics, and practitioners from across the country.

He is a regular faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in its regional trial practice programs, and was a featured panelist for CLE International at its annual conference in Chicago in June 2010 on consumer class actions. Professor Jacobsen’s other presentations include the October 2003 Bar Association Annual Retreat in Las Vegas on “Litigation in State and Federal Courts;” the May 2001 Mealey’s “Emerging Drug Conference – Litigation Issues” in New Orleans; the March 1998 Villanova Law School Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium on “Sports Franchise Relocation”; the May 1996 ALI-ABA Course Seminar in Washington, D.C. on the “Trial of a Securities Case;” the February 1993 Practicing Law Institute Program in New York on “False Advertising and Commercial Speech—Private Consumer Actions and Remedies;” and the April 1991 American Bar Association, Committee on Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations, program in Williamsburg, Virginia on “Troubled Partnerships—Some Litigation Issues.”

Mr. Jacobsen is also a businessman who co-owns successful businesses in the sports and entertainment industries. Among Mr. Jacobsen’s businesses is his ownership interest in the Wilmington Blue Rocks Professional Baseball Club, a single “A” affiliate of the Kansas City Royals who play in a 6,500 seat multi-purpose stadium adjacent to Interstate 95 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Through his law office and sports marketing company Sports Concepts, Inc., Mr. Jacobsen provides legal advisory and consulting services to professional athletes on promotions, product endorsements, appearances and other marketing activities. Among Mr. Jacobsen’s clients are former Phillies All Star outfielder Shane Victorino; former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick; NBA basketball legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving and other present and former notable professional athletes.

Mr. Jacobsen is active in many civic and athletic organizations in his local community.


J.D. (cum laude), Villanova University School of Law

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