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William S. Jacobson

William S. Jacobson


William S. Jacobson

Partner Contact Info:

Phone: (216) 694-5235
Email: wjacobson@nphm.com

Case Manager Contact Information:

Denise Nyegran
Phone: (216) 694-5241
Email: dnyegran@nphm.com

Registered Nurse Paralegal Contact Information:

Victoria Leath, RN, BSN
Phone: (216) 694-5207
Email: vleath@nphm.com

Areas of Practice

William S. Jacobson


With more than 37 years of experience as a trial attorney, William (Bill) S. Jacobson has a reputation for providing compassionate representation to the families of birth injury victims.

Bill Jacobson devotes his legal practice at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy to helping the victims of catastrophic injuries with an emphasis on birth trauma and medical malpractice claims.

Bill is a member of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group, a national organization of attorneys devoted to representing families of children who suffered brain injury around the time of birth. He has published an article in the Journal of The Birth Trauma Litigation Group regarding the cross-examination of defense experts in birth injury cases.

He has written on a variety of topics in the area of medical malpractice, including deposition technique and adult, obstetrical, and pediatric malpractice claims. He has also lectured to attorneys on both local and state levels in the area of medical malpractice, with particular interest in obstetrical claims.

In 2013, he lectured the medical malpractice section at the annual meeting of the Ohio Association of Justice on the calculation of economic loss in catastrophic injury cases. He also lectured at the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys on the specifics of a case he successfully argued on behalf of a birth-injured baby. The favorable verdict in the case included one of the largest restitutions granted in the region in several years.

Since 2006, Bill has been selected each year for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers®. Attorneys are chosen for inclusion by their peers and the independent research of Law & Politics Media and represent the top five percent of lawyers in their state.

Bill was included in the 2015 Best Lawyers list as one of the top 13 Cleveland lawyers in the medical malpractice (Plaintiff’s) section.

Bill also served as co-chair for the annual Risk Management Seminar of one of the state’s largest hospitals. The seminar was attended by hundreds of physicians who share the common goal of eliminating medical errors.

Online Profiles:


  • “I appreciated the commitment Mr. Jacobson invested in my case. I was moved by the amount of research, compilation, interviewing and maintenance of deadlines and contact Mr. Jacobson, and his staff, had to perform. I never had a moment of doubt that my case was being handled with the great diligence. I hope I never need the services of Mr. Jacobson and his staff again, yet I am confident if it does come to pass, I would receive the same stellar treatment from Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy.”

    Former Client



Experience Matters - William Jacobson

Experience Matters – William Jacobson


Video: Experience Matters – William Jacobson


Bar Admissions:

  • Ohio, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit,1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1984
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999


  • Washington & Jefferson College, B.A., 1979
  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, J.D., 1983

Professional Associations and Memberships:

More About William S. Jacobson:

Teaching Experience

  • Pediatric Malpractice
  • Obstetrical Claims
    • Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers, “Birth Injury Litigation and Verdicts”
    • Ohio Association for Justice, “Medical Malpractice Damages Through Lay and Expert Witnesses”

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers® – Top 13 Cleveland Lawyers in the Med Mal Section (2015)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® Inclusion (2006-Present)
  • U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice Law, Cleveland, 2015
  • Best Lawyers® Inclusion (2008-Present)
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys Honors (2017)
  • AV Preeminent Rating
Lecture Series


  • OAJ: Damages, Medical Malpractice Seminar, Columbus, OH (2014)


  • OAJ Winter Convention – Speaker – Cross Examination of the Defense Expert (November 2016)
Articles & Blogs


  • NP Blog: The Risks of a Tonsillectomy (March 2015)
  • NP Blog: Determining the Cause of Brain Injury from Brain Imaging – Part 1 (March 2015)
  • NP Blog: Determining the Cause of Brain Injury from Brain Imaging – Part 2 (March 2015)
Verdicts & Settlements
  • A child suffered a permanent birth injury due to the nursing staff’s untimely response to call the resuscitation experts. The child is now 3 years old, tube fed, and will require lifelong care. Jury verdict for $8,500,000.
  • A baby born with mild brain retardation and cerebral palsy because healthcare providers failed to recognize the signs and symptoms of a uterine abruption, which delayed C-section delivery. Case settled for $4,000,000.
  • A woman delivered her first child and developed postpartum uterine infection within 12 hours of delivery, and her signs and symptoms went unrecognized and untreated for 14 hours. She went into shock and passed. Case settled for $4,000,000.
  • Prenatal testing in a gestationally diabetic mother showed stress in the fetal heart monitor, indicating that a C-section should have been performed for delivery. This operation was delayed, and as a result the child was born in a severe state of birth depression and now suffers permanent cognitive impairment. Case settled for $3,500,000.
  • Plaintiff suffered from a drinking problem most of his life and tried to quit on his own; he began to undergo delirium tremens as a result, and his family admitted him to the local community hospital. The client suffered hallucinations and was treated with Haldol, an anti-psychotic drug, excessively, which ultimately left him with a severe neurological condition like Parkinson’s Disease. Case settled for $2,650,000.
  • A 46-year-old woman died due to emergency room staff’s negligence to inform the patient of possible lung cancer and only giving her discharge instructions for mild pneumonia. Jury verdict for $2,287,000.

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