Jacob M. Polakoff
Jacob M. Polakoff is a Senior Associate at Berger Montague Since joining the Firm in 2006, he has concentrated his practice on the prosecution of class actions and other complex litigation, including the representation of plaintiffs in consumer protection, securities, and commercial cases.
Mr. Polakoff currently represents homeowners throughout the country in various product liability actions concerning defective construction products, including roofing, siding, and plumbing. He served on the team of co-lead counsel in George v. Uponor, Inc., et al., a class action about Uponor’s high zinc yellow brass PEX plumbing fittings ($21 million settlement).
He represented the shareholders of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange in Ginsburg v. Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc., et al., in the Delaware Court of Chancery, which settled for in excess of $99 million in addition to significant corporate governance provisions. Mr. Polakoff’s experience also includes representing entrepreneurs and small businesses in actions against Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Polakoff was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Star in 2010 and 2013-2018, an honor conferred upon only the top 2.5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania who are 40 or younger.
Mr. Polakoff is a 2006 graduate of the joint J.D./M.B.A. program at the University of Miami, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Certificate of Achievement in Legal Research & Writing, was awarded a Graduate Assistantship and was honored with the Award for Academic Excellence in Graduate Studies.
He holds a 2002 B.S.B.A. from Boston University’s School of Management, where he concentrated in finance.
Mr. Polakoff is the Judge of Election for Philadelphia’s 30th Ward, 1st Division. He was also a member of the planning committee and the sponsorship sub-committee for the Justice for All 5K from its inception. The event benefited Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, which provides free legal services, in civil matters, to low-income Philadelphians.
Business and Community Leadership
- Member of the Planning Committee for the Justice for All 5K, benefiting Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, 2010-2014.
- Judge of Election for Philadelphia’s 30th Ward, 1st Division.
Prominent Judgments and Settlements
- Ginsburg v. Philadelphia Stock Exchange ($99 million settlement)