Nicolle L. Jacoby
Partner | New York
Nicolle L. Jacoby

Nicolle L. Jacoby is the co-head of Dechert’s Labor and Employment practice. Her practice focuses on employment-related matters, including conducting internal investigations into allegations of employee misconduct and litigating high-stakes discrimination cases, contractual disputes with executives, defamation, and non-compete, non-solicit and trade secret cases in the courts as well as in mediation and arbitration. Ms. Jacoby regularly represents employers in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York City and State Human Rights Commissions and other regulatory agencies. She also counsels companies on managing whistleblower claims, high-risk terminations and severance arrangements; advises with respect to defamation claims; advises on compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination and other labor and employment laws; and drafts severance and employment agreements, and personnel policies and procedures.

Ms. Jacoby regularly counsels and defends financial institutions, including hedge funds, investment advisers and a wide range of public and private companies, in connection with disputes with current and former executives, and has managed a variety of employment-related disputes in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Ms. Jacoby leads investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and other employee misconduct and advises public and private companies on compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws. She represents clients in diverse fields including investment banking, financial services, media and entertainment, insurance, pharmaceuticals, and health care.

Ms. Jacoby was also recognized by Lawdragon's 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 editions as one of "The 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers" in America. 

  • Representation of a media company in multiple sexual harassment and gender discrimination lawsuits in New York state and federal courts.
  • Obtained dismissal on motion of defamation lawsuit brought by former television producer against celebrity in New York Supreme Court
  • Led multiple internal investigations of #Metoo allegations brought against asset managers and a variety of public and private companies.
  • Representation of large educational institution in investigating claims of abuse and misconduct. 
  • 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 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 Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York