On June 4, 2015, Judge Mike Jacobs began serving on the State Court of DeKalb County. From January 2005 to May 2015, Mike served in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the DeKalb communities of Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Toco Hills.
Mike developed a reputation as a consensus-builder. He authored or sponsored several measures to enhance the quality of life for DeKalb residents, including the following which became law in 2015:
- House Bill 213, a permanent repeal of the “50-50” spending restriction that once constrained MARTA’s financial flexibility;
- House Bill 215, enabling a SPLOST referendum to address DeKalb’s growing backlog of transportation infrastructure projects; and
- House Bill 300, creating the DeKalb State Court Traffic Division.
While in the House, Mike served four years as Chairman of MARTOC, the joint House and Senate committee charged with overseeing MARTA’s management, budget, and finances. He also served four years as Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and seven years as chairman of one of the two subcommittees of the House Judiciary Committee.
Mike served two years on the Georgia Code Revision Commission, which oversees the publishing of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated. He also served one year representing Georgia on the Uniform Law Commission.
In 2005, the Atlanta Business Chronicle selected Mike as one of Metro Atlanta’s “40 Under 40” Up and Comers.
In 2010, Mike received the Allen Thornell Political Advancement Award from Georgia Equality for authoring and passing a tougher law against school bullying.
In 2012, Mike served on the Special Joint Committee on Criminal Justice Reform, which vetted major reforms that place greater emphasis on rehabilitating non-violent offenders to lead productive lives.
In 2014, Interim CEO Lee May appointed Mike to the DeKalb Operations Task Force (OTF). The OTF recommended county government reforms that the General Assembly enacted to help our county function better.
In late 2015, after joining the bench, Mike served on the task force that reviewed Georgia’s garnishment laws and recommended sweeping changes after the United States District Court’s decision in Strickland v. Alexander. The task force’s proposal was introduced as Senate Bill 255.
Mike is a member of the Leadership DeKalb Class of 2016.
Mike was a solo practitioner for four years, focusing his practice on bankruptcy and civil litigation. Before starting his solo law practice, Mike was an associate at Alston & Bird, then at Krevolin & Horst, and finally at Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover.
Mike received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. While at UGA Law, he served as Executive Articles Editor of the Georgia Law Review. Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Mike’s wife, Evan, is a speech-language pathologist in the DeKalb County School System. Mike and Evan have three children: Jonah, age 10, Eli, age 8, and Samantha, age 6.