Carl I. Jacobson

Carl I. Jacobson  - Walk Cook Lakey PLC

Carl Jacobson is the managing partner of Walk, Cook & Lakey. He has a wealth of legal experience in diverse settings, including private practice, serving as in-house general counsel, and beginning with his service in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a prosecutor. These experiences have prepared Mr. Jacobson to provide a distinctive and valuable perspective to the clients we represent. His practice is committed to finding solutions for his clients and ensuring that their interests always remain paramount.

Mr. Jacobson has tried numerous cases in state and federal courts and his practice areas include medical malpractice litigation, general civil litigation, employment relations and employment-related litigation, and franchise consultation and litigation. Additionally, Mr. Jacobson is Tennessee Rule 31 Mediator who has successfully mediated numerous tort and employment law cases since 2014.

From 2004-2019, Mr. Jacobson served as General Counsel for Lennys Grill & Subs, a large quick service restaurant franchising business. From 1999 until 2004, he was General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources for Gate Gourmet, the world’s second largest airline catering business. In addition to being responsible for the company’s legal matters, Mr. Jacobson was also responsible for Gate Gourmet's labor relations with both the Teamsters and the Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees (HERE) unions. From 1997 until 1999, he was a litigation partner in Ford & Harrison, PLLC, a nationwide employment law firm. From 1988 until 1997, Mr. Jacobson was a civil litigation partner in Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. From 1984 until 1988, he was a prosecutor in the US Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, serving in Bad Kreuznach, Germany and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Mr. Jacobson was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1983. During his many years of private practice, Mr. Jacobson’s clients have included: DuPont, Schering-Plough, Aetna, Dobbs International, Mid-America Apartment Communities, Overnight Transportation, State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, Regions Bank, and Michael’s Craft Stores.

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