James K. Jacobs

Clinical Instructor

Jim joined Harvard Law School in 2005 as a Clinical Instructor in the Clinical Enterprise Project (transactional law practice) at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, and continues as a Clinical Instructor and attorney supervisor to the Transactional Law Clinics at Harvard Law School.

Jim was previously the General Counsel of Alpha Industries, Inc., a Nasdaq-traded semiconductor manufacturer, before it became Skyworks Solutions. Before that, he was a senior legal advisor to billion-dollar public computer technology companies EMC Corporation (as Senior Attorney)and Data General Corporation (as Senior Attorney and Corporation Assistant Secretary), where he handled legal matters arising in general business and high technology, including contracting, real estate, corporate governance, securities regulations, and intellectual property concerns.

Before his work with these corporations, Jim practiced law at the Goulston and Storrs and WIlmerHale law firms in Boston, where he concentrated in real estate development and financing, zoning and environmental law, as well as general corporate practice.

Jim has also served on the Wellesley, Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Committee, as well as other boards, and has lectured and written for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (Chapter 1, Constitutional Limitations on the Zoning Power in The Massachusetts Zoning Manual, MCLE, 1985- 1995). He also worked as counsel and staff for the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium.

In college, Jim was Chief Engineer at WHRB-FM and active in college theater. In law school, Jim worked both with Harvard Voluntary Defenders and with the Greater Boston Legal Aid Society. Jim received his A.B. from Harvard College with a concentration in Applied Mathematics (Computer Sciences and Social Sciences Applications). He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Last modified: April 28, 2015

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