N. I. Jacobs & Associates

Team

Neil I. Jacobs
 

Neil has been representing startups, SMEs, family-owned businesses and smaller public companies for over 30 years. His focus is on corporate structuring, finance, operation and governance issues, strategic alliances and joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Crain's New York Business and major business newspapers in Norway (Finansavisen) and Israel (Calcalist) among others, and has appeared on Israeli national radio and local television in New York.

 

Neil works in current developments in e-commerce law, privacy, content protection and related matters at the meeting point of law and technology. His securities law background, having participated in numerous private placements, PIPEs and public offerings, gives entrepreneurs a one-stop-shop for their legal needs from startup through capital raise to exit.  He has long been active in cross-border transactions, and has done deals in some 25 countries on 5 continents. 

 

Neil has also served as adjunct professor of both entrepreneurship and international business at the University of Bridgeport, was managing editor for five years of a Luxembourg-based e-zine on developments in Internet, data privacy and intellectual property law, has had numerous media and academic panel appearances, sat on the board of and is affiliated with several business incubators and accelerators, and donates a significant part of his business time to NGOs and social enterprises with particular emphasis on economic empowerment,  access to justice and market-based bottom of the pyramid solutions in developing countries. Neil also trained in negotiation at Harvard's Project on Negotiation. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew and French.

 

  * BA, Binghamton University 1980 (summa cum laude)

  * JD, Brooklyn Law School 1983

  * MBA, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brazil), 2008

  * Postgrad Certificate, University of Law (UK), International Legal Practice

 

Certifications:

  * Mergers and Acquisitions Adviser - AM&AA

  * Negotiation - Harvard Law School Project on Negotiation

  * Global Business Leader - International Executive Resources Group

  * Innovation - International Association of Innovation Professionals

 

Member:

  * Online Media Legal Network (Harvard-Berkman Klein Center)

  * Advocates for International Development (Lawyer Partner)

  * Lean Startup Machine (Mentor)

  * International Bar Association (Mentor, International Practice Mentorship Program)

  * Center for International Legal Studies (Member - College of Fellows)

 

Admitted: New York, Connecticut

AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell 

 

Email: neil@nijlaw.com

 

 

Joseph J. Haspel
Affiliate

Joe Haspel has extensive experience as a broad-based corporate and insolvency litigator.  Joe has litigated cases in federal and state court in a number of jurisdictions and on a broad range of issues including land use, commercial disputes, religious freedom issues and family business disputes. Joe’s real world, common sense approach to dispute resolution contributes to client satisfaction and reduction in cost. 
 
  * BS, University of Denver, 1980
  * JD, Brooklyn Law School, 1983

 

Admitted: New York, New Jersey, Florida

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

 

Email: joe@nijlaw.com

William M. Funk
Affiliate

William M. Funk is a tax attorney with extensive experience in tax planning and dispute work. His practice focuses on individuals, businesses, funds and non-profit organizations.

Prior to starting his law practice, he practiced tax law for ten years with firms in New York. He has successfully represented clients before federal and state tax authorities and in business negotiations. 


Mr. Funk is a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. He has also served on the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on State and Local Taxation (2005), Committee on Taxation of Business Entities (2000-2005), and International Trade Committee (1999-2002) (Project Leader, WTO Dispute on U.S. Tax Treatment of “Foreign Sales Corporations”)
 
He has also been published in leading tax publications on issues ranging from taxation of real estate developments to international tax policy. 

  * LLM, New York University School of Law, 2004

  * JD, Vanderbilt University School of Law; Associate Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1999
  * AB, University of Chicago, Honors, 1993

Admitted: New York, US Tax Court

Email: william@nijlaw.com

Harold Steinbach
Of Counsel

Harold Steinbach has extensive sophisticated business law experience in New York and New Jersey.  Harold has been involved in the purchase and sale of businesses in a wide variety of industries, venture capital and private equity investments (across industry lines), business and fund formation and capital development, contract drafting and negotiation, business succession planning, preparation of buy/sell agreements and in the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of commercial real estate.  He has published several articles and lectured at various bar associations on business law related matters. 

  * Bronx HS of Science, 1974
  * BA, Binghamton University, 1978 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  * JD, New York University, 1981

Member: 
  * New York State Bar Association (Business Law and Trusts & Estates sections) 
  * New Jersey Bar Association            (Business Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law sections)

Admitted: New York and New Jersey

AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Email:  harold@nijlaw.com

Lilian Assaf Mattei
Affiliate

Lilian joins us from our Brazilian affiliate Dalle Lucca Henneberg Advogados in São Paulo where she spent 6 years dealing with tax law, civil law, corporate law and agreements. Her practice has been focused on corporate and tax issues in a wide-range of industries, including the financial, technology, beauty, metal, construction, and telecommunications industries. Native Portuguese speaker, fluent in English.

 

  * JD, UNIFIEO University (São Paulo, Brazil),  2000

  * Additional coursework: Yale University (US Constitution), New York University (US Law and Methodologies), University of Virginia (Business Strategy)

 

Member of the São Paulo Bar Association in Brazil. NOT ADMITTED IN UNITED STATES

 

Email: lilian@nijlaw.com