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Richard “Jake” Jacobsmeyer Joins MS&A to Enhance Workers’ Comp Practice

Richard Jacobsmeyer

Michael Sullivan & Associates LLP (MS&A) announced today that Richard “Jake” Jacobsmeyer has joined the firm in its Workers’ Compensation Practice. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Jacobsmeyer was a partner at Shaw, Jacobsmeyer, Crain & Claffey.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jake to the firm,” said Megan Sullivan, Senior Partner at MS&A. “Jake's presence at MS&A significantly enhances the level of service we provide to our clients, as he is a brilliant attorney and educator. We are lucky to add his extensive experience to bolster the capabilities to our firm.”

Mr. Jacobsmeyer is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law and brings more than 40 years of experience in workers’ compensation law. During his almost 20-year career as an applicant's attorney, he served on the Board of Governors of the California Applicant’s Attorneys Association in various capacities including Education Chair, Amicus Co-Chair and President of the Northern California Chapter of CAAA.  He has represented employers, insurance carriers and third-party administrators for the past 25-plus years at all areas involving workers’ compensation before the W.C.A.B., but also appellate work, audit representation and claims consulting. 

Mr. Jacobsmeyer's extensive knowledge and proven expertise will significantly augment MS&A's ability to navigate complex cases and achieve favorable outcomes for clients. His deep understanding of the intricacies of workers' compensation law, coupled with his strategic approach to litigation and claims management, will provide MS&A's clients with unparalleled legal representation and support. His addition to the team underscores MS&A's commitment to attracting top-tier legal talent to deliver exceptional service and results. In addition, Mr. Jacobsmeyer will be participating in the multiple educational programs offered through Michael Sullivan & Associates, LLP, including webinars and training programs.

Mr. Jacobsmeyer has been Co-Editor in Chief of the California Workers’ Compensation Handbook since 2010 and serves on the Lexis Board of Editorial Consultants. He also serves as Amicus Counsel for the Workers’ Compensation Institute and has been a presenter in the Institute’s annual Case Law Seminar for the past 26 years. He has been a frequent presenter for multiple organizations on workers’ compensation topics and issues, including the California Applicant’s Attorneys Association, the Division of Workers’ Compensation, the California Orthopedic Association, the Conference of Workers’ Compensation Judges, and the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery, to name but a few. Mr. Jacobsmeyer has won awards for his work in workers’ compensation, including Comp Laude National Defense Attorney of the Year in 2018 and WorkComp Executive Magazine’s Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation in 2010.

About Michael Sullivan & Associates LLP

Michael Sullivan & Associates LLP is a leading law firm specializing in the defense of California workers' compensation claims. Renowned for its expertise and innovative approach, the firm is the author of the acclaimed legal treatise, Sullivan on Comp. Since its founding in 1996, Michael Sullivan & Associates LLP has grown to ten strategically located offices across major business centers in California. The firm is committed to providing exceptional legal services and thought leadership in the field of workers’ compensation law. For more information, visit