Jeannine C. Jacobson


  • Overview


    Jeannine Jacobson represents clients in insurance coverage and commercial litigation. She is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, representing clients in both federal and state courts. In addition, she achieves favorable results for her clients in alternative dispute resolution. Ms. Jacobson is a member of the firm’s Health and Benefits Litigation Group.

    Employee and Group Benefits Litigation

    A large portion of Ms. Jacobson’s career has been devoted to defending employers and insurers in the field of life, health, and disability litigation, under both ERISA and Florida state law. She is actively involved with the Defense Research Institute’s Life, Health, and Disability Committee.


    As a proponent of community work, Ms. Jacobson has volunteered with the Posse Foundation, an organization that identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may otherwise be overlooked by the traditional college selection process. She has served as a Florida election observer since 2004.

    Ms. Jacobson began her career serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Martha Warner of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal. While in law school, she was a founding member of the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy.

  • Experience
    • Experience


        Dispositive Rulings

      • Obtained summary judgment for insurer in ERISA action where claimant provided only attending physician’s post hoc certification of disability, which was unsupported by records contemporaneous with date of disability — 2005 WL 2428537 (M.D. Fla. 2005). *

      • Obtained summary judgment for insurer in ERISA action where home health care nurse was not disabled due to fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome from "any gainful occupation" based on her sedentary work capacity — aff’d, 195 Fed. Appx. 904 (11th Cir. 2006). *

      • Obtained summary judgment for insurer in ERISA action where medical and vocational reviews supported claimant's ability to perform own occupation as vice president of operations for construction company despite heart condition — aff’d, 170 Fed. Appx. 108 (11th Cir. 2006). *

      • Obtained judgment for marine engine manufacturer where court rejected boat purchaser’s
        claim of fraudulent inducement due to parties’ adversarial relationship at time of prior release and settlement agreement — 2010 WL 529323 (S.D. Fla. 2010). *

      • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of claim for breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in first party insurance dispute — 2011 WL 6132254 (M.D. Fla. 2011). *

      • Obtained summary judgment for insurer in accidental death case where felony exclusion precluded coverage due to insured committing multiple felonies at time of death — 2012 WL 5355640 (M.D. Fla. 2012). *

      • Obtained summary judgment for medical plan and its claims administrator upholding medical necessity determination as to level of care for eating disorder treatment and finding no conflict of interest due to self-funded nature of plan — 2016 WL 2735677 (S.D. Fla. 2016). *

      • Appeals

      • In case of first impression, obtained reversal of decision prohibiting health insurer from denying claim based on failure to timely pay where interest was only penalty afforded by statute requiring claims decision within 45 days — 773 So. 2d 75 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2000). *

      • Obtained affirmance of decision exempting loan proceeds requested by debtor under whole life insurance policy from garnishment due to statutory exemption for cash surrender value in "whatever form" — 785 So. 2d 636 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001). *

      • Obtained affirming summary judgment for business owner in premises liability lawsuit where alleged negligence was not proximate cause of customer’s injuries as a matter of law — 347 Fed. Appx. 526 (11th Cir. 2009).

      • Obtained vacatur of attorney's fees award in remand order under 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c) (11th Cir. 2009). *

      • Obtained affirmance of decision for insurer in accidental death case where medical examiner could not determine cause of death and insured failed to prove death was the result of an accident — 2013 WL 1249547 (N.D. Fla.), aff’d, 543 Fed. Appx. 977 (11th Cir. 2013). *

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      * Atty. Jacobson was counsel in these representative matters before joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Florida Bar Association

      Defense Research Institute
      Life, Health, and Disability Marketing Subcommittee
    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      The Posse Foundation
    • Publications


      "Case Study: Hogan v. Gray Gable," published in Law360 (4/28/2010)

    • Presentations


      "Suspicious Deaths & Suicide—Coverage, Claims, Investigation, and Litigation," at ABA TIPS Mid-Winter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits.  (1/11/2018 - 1/13/2018)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • January 16, 2018

        Jeannine Jacobson Presents at ABA TIPS Mid-Winter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits

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