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Jacobs & Barney, LLC

May 16, 2016 04:43PM ● By Cate Reynolds
*Special Advertising Section*


Jacobs & Barney, LLC, is a small family law firm located in the heart of Easton, that practices throughout the Eastern Shore. The father and daughter team of lawyers is highly experienced in providing quality legal services involving disputes, civil trials, appeals, arbitration, and mediation.

The focus of the practice is the pursuit of civil claims and lawsuits in a wide variety of areas. Those include personal injury claims, disputes involving property boundaries, ownership and zoning, estates and trusts, construction, business and commercial interests, employment disputes, trade secrets, injunctions, declaratory judgments and many other matters. While small in size, the firm handles effectively, with a high degree of success, many complex matters.

Both Melanie and Mike are proud of their high success rate and the quality of their legal services. They get to know their clients in order to represent them effectively. They value the resulting friendships.

“We help our clients negotiate the legal system effectively,” Mike comments. “We’ve established some wonderful relationships with many fine people and businesses through the years. We have been privileged to be able to help many in their time of need to reach a successful resolution of disputes that are often very upsetting.”

Melanie explains that preparation and dedication to the representation of their clients’ interests — including keeping the clients informed about their cases — are cornerstones of their practice. “We evaluate and prepare a case carefully. We try to help clients avoid a lawsuit if possible. But when all else fails, we are ready and able to try, arbitrate, or mediate a case. We do that well in order to achieve the best result for our clients. We ensure that our clients are fully informed throughout the process so that they can makethe necessary decisions.”

The law firm was formed in 1994 when Mike left his long-standing partnership with Miles & Stockbridge in Easton, to establish his own firm. A short time later, Melanie joined Mike in the practice. Prior to joining Miles & Stockbridge in 1983, Mike had served on active duty for many years as an officer, lawyer and judge with the rank of commander in the United States Coast Guard.

Mike and Melanie’s dedication to their clients is well-known in the community. Through the years, the two have worked to serve their clients, the community and the legal profession through their work with various civic and professional associations. For example, in 2003, Mike received the Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award from the Talbot County branch of the NAACP. He received the club service award from the Easton Rotary Club for 2007–2008; and, in 2004, the David Hjortsberg Award from the Solo & Small Firm Section of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Mike and Melanie recognize and respect the fact that clients who turn to them for assistance have serious personal and business concerns at stake. They dedicate their efforts to helping their clients find their way to the best possible resolution of their problems.

Michael J. Jacobs & Melanie Jacobs Barney
Jacobs & Barney LLC 
Talbot Landing No. 8, 295 Bay Street
Easton, MD | 410-820-7600 |