Betty Jane Jacobs is an attorney with wide experience, litigating commercial and civil cases in trial, appellate, and bankruptcy courts. These cases encompass a wide range of matters, including:

  • Landlord-tenant disputes on behalf of both landlords and tenants
  • “Yellowstone” litigation
  • Breach of lease claims
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Enforcement of successor liability, under theories of “piercing the corporate veil,” de facto merger, and fraudulent conveyance claims
  • Mechanic’s lien foreclosure litigation
  • Landlord’s rights in tenant’s bankruptcy proceedings
  • Non-competition and trade secrets
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Construction litigation
  • Real estate brokerage disputes
  • Rights of adjoining landowners.

Ms. Jacobs has prepared appellate briefs and successfully argued numerous appeals, both on behalf of her own clients and as “of counsel” to other attorneys, many of whom seek her advice on legal questions pertaining to landlord-tenant matters.  The decisions in cases in which she has successfully represented her clients are often cited by other courts and noted in commentaries that accompany statutes.  To read about some of the reported cases in which she has served as counsel, click here.  Her litigation accomplishments reflect the care and intelligence she brings to all of her matters, whether litigated or consultative.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Jacobs counsels her clients as to issues that arise in their businesses. Because her practice necessitates regular review of the latest court decisions, she routinely examines proposed contracts and agreements to make sure that they are statutorily compliant and reflective of the current state of the law.  That same attention to detail benefits the landlords and tenants she counsels concerning lease rights, obligations, and remedies.  Her litigation experience serves her well when she is negotiating and drafting non-competition agreements, license agreements for telecommunications providers seeking access to commercial buildings, and written leases for commercial premises. Equally important, she answers her client’s phone calls and emails as quickly as possible so that small problems do not become big ones.

Ms. Jacobs is an active member of her synagogue and has served on its committees. She is also a founder of a fund that raises money to bring artists to work with students at a local elementary school.

To read about some of Ms. Jacobs' reported cases, click here.

To contact Ms Jacobs, please call (212) 213-5577 x 202 or e mail her at