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Specialty Areas:

Matrimonial law

Business law

Entertainment law

Norman I. Jacobs


Norman Jacobs is widely respected for his expertise in matrimonial law, business law matters and entertainment law, and has extensive experience as a special master, mediator, and arbitrator in complex civil and probate litigation.  He has been actively engaged in the trial of civil cases since entering the practice of law in 1965, and has been a partner at Esdaile, Barrett & Esdaile since 1972.  With the exception of the Land Court, Norman has argued and tried cases in every department of the Trial Court and in both levels of our Appellate Court system. 

Professional Accomplishments

Norman has a breadth of experience in representing high net-worth individuals, including people in the field of entertainment, professional sports, music, in multiple professional capacities, entrepreneurs in charge of private equity funds, hedge funds, money management, real estate developers and manufacturers.

Norman has, on multiple occasions, argued important cases in both the Appeals Court and Supreme Judicial Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Two of the most prominent cases have dealt with valuation of assets in excess of $1 billion. 

Norman has been appointed, on multiple occasions, by judges as guardian ad litem, as a special master or as an arbitrator.  He is frequently engaged to assist other lawyers in conciliation, case evaluation, as a discovery master and, on multiple occasions, as an arbitrator to determine a myriad of issues presented in divorce cases, including issues such as alimony, child support, business and asset valuation, the treatment of inherited and gifted property in divorce and applying the Equitable Division Statute of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Professional Affiliations And Civic Associations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Fellow
    • Board of Managers, former
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Fellow
    • Member, Massachusetts State Committee

Norman has served, by appointment of the justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, to the Political Advisory Committee and, by appointment, on the Judicial Nominating Commission to the Supreme Judicial Court. 

Norman is a frequent lecturer in Boston area law school, particularly Suffolk and Boston College.  He lectures widely at MCLE and other Continuing Education groups in the areas of evidence, trial practice and family law.

Professional Recognition

Norman has been recognized amongst Best Lawyers of America for more than 25 years. 

Norman has been voted in Super Lawyers polls one of the top 100 lawyers in all of New England, across all areas of discipline. He has, on more than one occasion, been ranked in the Super Lawyers rankings amongst the top 10 lawyers in the Commonwealth, regardless of discipline and one year was ranked No. 1 in the Commonwealth across all areas of discipline in voting by his peers.

Norman is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale Hubbell.

Contact Info:

Phone: 617-482-0333


Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1964


Boston College Law School, LL.B., 1964, with honors

Brandeis University, BA cum laude, 1961, with honors in Politics

Past Employment:

Jacobs, Jacobs & Jacobs, associate, 1973

Honorable G. Joseph Tauro, law clerk, 1965