Attorney Jacobs has litigated numerous business-related matters (as legal counsel for the plaintiff and defendant) in civil lawsuits before the Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session. He has served as legal counsel in at least six (6) class action cases involving violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act, violations of law involving fees charged for medical record requests, and consumer claims for deceptive business practices. He also has experience litigating claims against a business-client’s international competitor for violations of the federal Lanham Act including false and/or misleading product advertising, trademark infringement and defamation. This case involved discovery and depositions in 3 countries, 4 states and 2 continents. He successfully arbitrated claims for fraud and breach of contract, among others, on behalf of an investor against a franchise corporation and its founders/investment promoters. He recovered the client’s investment plus attorneys’ fees, costs and interest on behalf of the investor-client. And in a recent case involving a business-client’s claims against a joint venturer for trademark infringement and breach of a non-disclosure / non-compete / non-solicitation agreement, Attorney Jacobs succeeded in obtaining a temporary restraining order against the defendant prohibiting use of the client’s trademarks, logo / graphic and copyrighted materials and, later, a six-figure judgment.
Other: Travis was a Member of the Committee for Public Counsel Services’ Criminal Appeals and Post-Convictions Panel for nearly 6 years. As a CPCS Panelist, Travis represented indigent defendants on appellate matters and drafted numerous appellate briefs and Requests for Further Appellate Review for submission to the Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court. He has appeared for oral arguments on numerous cases before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court including one that was a case of first impression and one that received national attention.
Some notable CPCS Appeals include Commonwealth v. Miller, 78 Mass.App.Ct. 860 (2011), where a motorist was stopped because a rear-view camera obscured the phrase “Spirit of America” on his license plate. The defendant was arrested for OUI. On appeal, the Court held that the trooper had based his stop on a mistake of law, namely, the entirely erroneous belief that a stripe on the defendant’s license plate violated 540 Code Mass. Regs. § 2.23(3). Travis also recently argued for the Defendant before the Supreme Judicial Court in Commonwealth v Heather Duncan, an appeal that received national recognition for its impact on Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure and animal rights in Massachusetts. Travis filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court seeking review of the SJC’s decision in Duncan, but the case has since resolved.
Awards & Recognition: Travis has been selected by SuperLawyers to the Massachusetts Rising Stars for the last 6 consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) in recognition of his Business Litigation skills. He has been a three (3) term Executive Board Member of Starting Out Solo, a non-profit organization that assists and provides intellectual capital resources to attorneys that start a solo law practice directly out of law school. In 2017, he was also appointed as a Member of the Northern Essex Community College Alumni Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Business Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and member of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
Education: Travis holds an M.Sc. in Development Economics and a Certificate in International Law from the London School of Economics, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and a B.A. in International Studies from Bentley University where he graduated summa cum laude and is an alumni member of the Falcon Society. He also holds an A.A. in Paralegal Studies from Northern Essex Community College. He has completed intern positions at The U.S. Mission to the European Union, Weir Law in Central Hong Kong, China, and the office of Senator Mark C. Montigny at the Massachusetts State House.