Nicolle L. Jacoby


Nicolle L. Jacoby


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3820 | +1 212 698 3599

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Nicolle L. Jacoby’s practice focuses on a broad range of matters including employment and labor disputes, internal investigations of companies and complex commercial litigation and arbitration.

In the employment area, Ms. Jacoby conducts internal investigations of sexual harassment and other discrimination claims and represents clients in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York City and State Human Rights Commissions, and other regulatory agencies.  She litigates high-stakes employment discrimination, contractual disputes with executives, and non-compete cases in federal and state courts, as well as handling such claims in mediation and arbitration.  Ms. Jacoby regularly counsels  clients on managing whistleblower claims, high risk terminations and severance arrangements. She also advises on compliance with state and federal anti-discrimination laws and drafts severance and employment agreements, as well as personnel policies and procedures for use by public and private companies.

Ms. Jacoby has successfully counseled and defended many financial institutions, including hedge funds, investment advisers and a variety of public companies, in connection with disputes with current and former executives, and has managed diverse litigation matters and government investigations.  Ms. Jacoby has represented clients in fields including investment banking, financial services, media and entertainment, insurance, pharmaceuticals, health care and the dairy industry. Representative financial institutions include AIG, Bank of New York, BAWAG, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and INVESCO Senior Secured Management, Inc.

  • Representation of a media company in multiple sexual harassment and gender discrimination lawsuits in New York state and federal courts.
  • Led internal investigations of #Metoo allegations brought against asset managers and a variety of public and private companies.
  • Obtained dismissal on motion of federal court complaint brought by former television personality against a media company and executives alleging cyberstalking, surveillance and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  • Successfully defended global law firm against allegations of disability discrimination resulting in favorable resolution.
  • Obtained dismissal on motion of defamation lawsuit brought by former television producer against celebrity in New York Supreme Court;
  • Obtained dismissal on motion on the grounds of lack of personal jurisdiction and forum non conveniens of complaint alleging fraud brought by former Chief Executive Officer of Austrian bank against Bank’s former counsel and executives, in New York Supreme Court;
  • Successfully defended SEC registered investment adviser in AAA arbitration brought by former marketing representative alleging right to commissions; all affirmative claims rejected by Panel following hearing.
  • Successfully litigated a non-compete case for a large financial services provider seeking to restrain a former fund manager from breaching an employment agreement.
  • Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of a Title VII gender discrimination case brought against large pharmaceutical company in federal district court in Maryland.
  • Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of a Title VII national origin discrimination case brought against a medical device manufacturer in federal district court in New Jersey.
  • Brown University, B.A., 1989, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1992, Articles editor of the Comparative Labor Law Journal
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Speaking Engagements
  • Key Issues in Litigation Management: Practical Advice From When the Complaint Hits Your Desk Through Settlement or Trial — Presented by ACC GNY with sponsorship by Dechert LLP, New York, NY (September 26, 2013)

Speaker, "Practical Advice From When the Complaint Hits Your Desk Through Settlement or Trial" program provided a survey of important factors to keep in mind for the generalist in-house lawyer, with a focus on key issues in litigation management.

  • Designing and Implementing an Effective Compliance Program: Evaluating and Managing Risk Across Corporate Entities — ACC America - Association of Corporate Counsel -Greater New York Chapter, New York, NY (October 17, 2012)

Speaker, "Evaluating and Managing Risk Across Corporate Entities" panelists discussed practical ways to implement effective compliance mechanisms, including the role of the chief compliance officer, how to properly assess and manage risk, training, implementation of appropriate whistleblowing channels and how to deal effectively with whistleblowers. Also highlighted was relevant compliance regulations, including U.S. federal and comparable non-U.S. standards.