Jacobs obtains eighth criminal defense win in the Seventh Circuit

On November 1, 2016, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals vacated a district court’s sentence due to the absence of a jury finding on a necessary fact, remanding the case for resentencing.  Michelle Jacobs and Vanessa Eisenmann represented the defendant on appeal, and Jacobs presented oral argument in May. 

This is Jacobs’s eighth criminal defense victory in the Seventh Circuit since the firm opened in 2013.

Related coverage: Opinion

Practice areas: Appellate, Criminal Defense.

Jacobs, Eisenmann secure appellate victory for white-collar criminal defendant

On August 17, 2016, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals vacated a district court decision that required a criminal defendant who sought a new trial based on newly discovered evidence under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 33 to bring his claims in a separate, habeas action under 28 U.S.C. sec. 2255.  The defendant had been convicted for violating the Clean Air Act but claimed that newly discovered evidence would probably result in an acquittal if the case was retried.

Michelle Jacobs and Vanessa Eisenmann represented the defendant on appeal, and Eisenmann presented oral argument in May.  In its opinion, the Seventh Circuit agreed that the district court should have respected the defendant’s choice between available means of relief and allowed him to proceed under Rule 33.   

Related coverage: Opinion, “7th Circ. Clarifies Post-Judgment New Trial Bid Standard,” Law360, August 18, 2016.

Practice areas: Appellate, Criminal Defense, White Collar Defense.

Biskupic plans national security conference at Marquette Law School

Steven Biskupic was a member of the planning group for a conference entitled “National Security, Individual Liberty, and You” at Marquette University Law School, which examined national security and individual liberty in a post-9/11 world.  Biskupic presented a historical perspective and moderated a panel discussion of the local uses of national security tools, featuring Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn and U.S. District Judge Pamela Pepper.  Other speakers included former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and U.S. Representative F. James Sensenbrenner.

Related coverage:  Marquette University Law School; CBS58 News

Jacobs presents criminal breakout session at EDWBA Annual Meeting

Michelle Jacobs was a member of the three-attorney panel that presented the Criminal Breakout Session at the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association’s Annual Meeting at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.  The panel discussed hot topics in criminal law, including Johnson retroactivity, the entrapment defense, grand jury procedure, the Apple cell phone case, and other issues in an interactive Jeopardy! format.  

Practice areas:  Criminal Defense, White Collar Defense.

Biskupic & Jacobs, S.C., obtains summary judgment for clients in shareholder litigation

In a dispute between shareholders of a Wisconsin corporation, Biskupic & Jacobs, S.C., secured summary judgment for its defendant clients in Door County Circuit Court.  The victory preserved the clients’ ownership interests in the corporation, and paved the way for a comprehensive settlement agreement between the parties.

Practice areas:  Business/Commercial Disputes and Litigation.

Biskupic, Jacobs selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers©

Steven Biskupic and Michelle Jacobs were recently selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense – White Collar, respectively. 

According to its website, Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.  Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review.

Related coverage: Best Lawyers
Practice areas: Business/Commercial Disputes and Litigation, Criminal Defense, White Collar.

Biskupic & Jacobs, S.C., secures return of over $1 million for client in federal government forfeiture action

Amid the current, controversial legal environment surrounding the government’s seizure of assets in federal forfeiture proceedings, Biskupic & Jacobs, S.C., obtained for its client more than $1 million in assets that had been claimed by the government.  The firm prevailed by demonstrating that the funds were not tied to unlawful conduct, but rather were lawfully possessed by two Milwaukee-area business owners.

Practice areas:  Government and Regulatory Affairs, Investigations, and Litigation.