The Law Office of Melinda Jacobs
Melinda Jacobs has devoted her career to the field of special education and disability law, working in government, private publishing, and the representation of public school agencies as a private practitioner. After receiving her law degree from the University of Alabama in 1984, Ms. Jacobs returned to Tennessee and accepted a position as an attorney in the Office of Special Education Programs for the Tennessee Department of Education.
In 1989, Melinda joined LRP Publications as Associate Publisher for Education and Disability Publications. She returned to Tennessee in 1996, and joined a small special education law firm representing public school districts throughout the State.
On March 1, 1999, Ms. Jacobs opened The Law Office of Melinda Jacobs, exclusively representing school districts in matters pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and related state and federal laws.
Since 1999, Ms. Jacobs has successfully represented school districts at all levels of practice, including administrative due process hearings, the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Tennessee and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In addition to her law practice, Melinda consults with school district staff and school board attorneys in several states on special education legal issues.