Vanessa G. Jacobsen is a partner at Eimer Stahl LLP and co-chairs the firm’s Antitrust Group. She has experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation and arbitration matters, with a particular focus on antitrust litigation, class action defense and business disputes. Vanessa has substantial experience prosecuting and defending breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition and business tort cases, often involving product supply and licensing agreements.

Vanessa has been recognized by several prominent publications for her antitrust work, including Chambers USA, Leading Lawyers, and Best Lawyers. She also recently was named one of Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers by Crain’s Chicago Business. Vanessa has served as a member of Competition Law360’s Editorial Advisory Board and was appointed to serve on the Antitrust Subcommittee of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. She also is a member of the Antitrust and Litigation sections and the Business Torts Litigation and Class Action committees of the American Bar Association. Vanessa regularly speaks on the topics of antitrust law, contracts, and data and e-discovery issues.

Experience

Case Experience

  • Pro Music Rights, LLC v. Apple Inc., et al., U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, No. 3:20-cv-00309: Antitrust and unfair trade practices lawsuit related to performance rights of musical works.

  • In re: Interior Molded Doors Antitrust Litigation, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Nos. 3:18-cv-00718 and 00850: Direct and indirect purchaser class action antitrust lawsuits against manufacturers of interior molded doors.
  • Jones v. Micron Technology, Inc., et al.U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 4:18-cv-02518 (and related cases): Direct and indirect purchaser class action antitrust lawsuits against manufacturers of dynamic random access memory (DRAM).
  • Frost v. LG Corporation, et al., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 5:16-cv-05206: Class action antitrust lawsuit involving anti-poaching agreement allegations.
  • In re Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, MDL 2420: Direct and indirect class and direct action antitrust lawsuits against manufacturers of lithium ion battery cells and related products.
  • In re Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, MDL 2143: Direct and indirect class and direct action antitrust lawsuits against manufacturers of optical disk drives and related products.
  • In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, MDL 2002: Direct and indirect class and direct action antitrust and unfair competition lawsuits relating to the egg industry.
  • Kleen Products LLC, et al. v. International Paper Company, et al., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Case No. 1:10-cv-05711: Class action lawsuit against containerboard manufacturers.

Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

Chambers USA

  • Antitrust - Illinois
  • “Vanessa Jacobsen frequently acts in a range of complex antitrust lawsuits, often with an international dimension. She represents technology companies, food producers and manufacturers against claims of conspiracy, monopolization and price-fixing. Sources say: ‘She is very keen on detail and has a knack for managing complicated matters.’”

Best Lawyers

  • Litigation - Antitrust

Leading Lawyers

  • Antitrust Law
  • Commercial Litigation

Crain's

  • Chicago's Notable Women Lawyers 2018

Martindale-Hubbell®

  • AV® Preeminent™

News

News

Speaking Engagements

  • Preparing Witnesses for Deposition
    Seoul, South Korea, 10.04.2018
  • Effective Legal Writing and Recent Supreme Court Decisions
    Seoul, South Korea, 10.04.2018
  • U.S. Data Preservation Issues
    04.17.2018
  • Navigating Commercial Terms under US Law
    Seoul, South Korea, 09.26.2017
  • Information Sharing and Private Antitrust Class Actions
    Hsinchu and Taipei, Taiwan, September 21-22, 2017
  • Illinois, December 15, 2016
  • Antitrust Red Flags, Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, and Enforcing Arbitration Clauses
    05.11.2016
  • Developing Relationships Inside Your Firm or Organization
    ABA, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, webinar, 02.03.2016
  • Antitrust Update
    01.27.2016
  • Identifying and Mitigating Antitrust "Red Flags" in Business Transactions
    The Knowledge Group, webinar, 12.01.2015
  • Supreme Court Update
    Chicago, Illinois, 09.25.2015
  • Recent Developments in Discovery
    Seoul, South Korea, 07.10.2013
  • Class Action Supreme Court Update
    Seoul, South Korea, 07.10.2013
  • Commercial Issues Roundtable:  Commercial Contract Provisions
    01.13.2011
  • Electronic Discovery Update: Preservation and Process
    01.27.2010
  • Antitrust Update:  The New Administration and Recent Developments in the Law
    12.15.2009
  • Electronically Stored Information:  Discovery Under the Federal Rules
    01.10.2008

What Clients Say

What Clients Say

  • "Ms. Jacobsen is able to reduce complex issues to their essentials. She has exceptional abilities to draft lucid and persuasive pleadings and remains very calm under pressure. She is unfailingly courteous and a pleasure to deal with. She is a valuable resource for in-house corporate counsel."
  • "Vanessa is a fantastic litigator and a tremendous writer. She took the lead for us in "bet-the-company" litigation and delivered the results that we desperately needed."

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1997

  • with honors
  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor, DePaul Law Review

B.A., Valparaiso University, 1994

  • magna cum laude

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
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