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Mr. Joseph Scott Jacobson

Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman LLP


J. Scott Jacobson

Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman, LLP

100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1800

Atlanta, Georgia 30339-5960

(770) 956-9600 (ext. 206)



June, 2023



            Mr. Jacobson is a partner and founding member of the law firm of Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman, LLP.  He is a trial lawyer, and his practice primarily involves civil business disputes. 


            Mr. Jacobson was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1955.  He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, with a bachelor of arts degree in 1977.  He then attended law school at the University of California at Berkeley, where he obtained a J.D. law degree in 1980.  He was admitted to the Bar of Georgia in 1980 and practiced with the law firm of Alston & Bird (formerly known as Alston, Miller & Gaines) until January, 1984, when he and seven other lawyers founded Holt Ney Zatcoff & Wasserman.


            Mr. Jacobson and his firm represent individuals, corporations, partnerships, companies and other organizations in a wide variety of commercial matters.  Mr. Jacobson has handled litigation matters in most of the magistrate, state and superior courts in the Atlanta metropolitan area, and in the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts in Georgia, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.  He has handled appeals in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, and the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal of the United States, and is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.  He also has handled a wide variety of arbitrated cases and cases resolved through other dispute resolution methods, including special master proceedings.  Mr. Jacobson has served as a special master in several condemnation cases. 


            Mr. Jacobson is a member of the Georgia and Atlanta Bar Associations.  He is a founding member and served as Chair (2005-2006) of the Eminent Domain Section of the Georgia Bar Association and served as Chair (2002-2003) of the Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.  As a younger lawyer, he served as Chair (1982-1985) of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Younger Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Georgia.  He was a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia from 1982 through 1984, serving as outside counsel for the Georgia Department of Transportation in condemnation matters.  He was a contributing author of the Georgia Appellate Practice Handbook (1985), and served as an editor of The Atlanta Lawyer (1985-1991).  He has served on the faculty or as Chair of fourteen continuing legal education panels and delivered papers and presentations on topics in condemnation, bankruptcy, land use and real estate law and litigation to organizations and groups in the southeastern United States.  Mr. Jacobson was named a 2018 Lawyer of the Year in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law by Best Lawyers In America®, and he received the same recognition in 2023. 





Scott Jacobson’s Practice Areas


(listed alphabetically)



            Administrative and Regulatory Proceedings


            Appeals (state and federal courts)


            Bankruptcy litigation (commercial)


            Cell tower litigation


            Condemnation/Eminent Domain (governmental takings of property)


            Corporation and company governance and ownership disputes


            Dispute Resolution (e.g., arbitration and mediation)


            Employment contract negotiations and disputes


            Environmental disputes


            Inverse condemnation


            Landlord/Tenant (commercial)


            Lease negotiations and disputes (commercial)


            Loan collection and disputes (commercial)


            Partnership negotiations and disputes


            Property Tax appeals


            Real Estate disputes


            Realtor commission disputes


            Zoning and other land use disputes (e.g., permits)



Scott Jacobson's Reported Cases




Ansley Walk Condominium Assoc. v. Atlanta Dev. Authority

362 Ga. App. 191, 867 S.E.2d 600 (2021)


Atlanta Dev. Authority d/b/a Invest Atlanta v. Ansley Walk Condominium Assoc.,

350 Ga. App. 584, 829 S.E.2d 858 (2019)


Hampton Island, LLC v. Asset Holding Company 5, LLC, 320 Ga. App. 880, 740 S.E.2d 859 (2013)


John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods, Inc. v. Worley, 290 Ga. 234, 719 S.E.2d 430 (2011)


City of Stockbridge v. Meeks, 283 Ga. App. 343, 641 S.E.2d 584 (2007)


jOjA Partners, LLC v. Abrams Properties, Inc., 262 Ga. App. 209, 585 S.E.2d 168, cert. denied, 262 Ga. App. 906 (2003)


Interfinancial Properties, Inc. v. Mary T. Cristal Trust, 254 Ga. App. 406, 562 S.E.2d 757, cert. denied, 254 Ga. App. 908 (2002)


Perimeter Realty v. GAPI, Inc., 243 Ga. App. 584, 533 S.E.2d 136, cert. denied, 243 Ga. App. 905 (2000)


Department of Transportation v. Wallace Enterprises, Inc., 234 Ga. App. 1, 505 S.E.2d 549, cert. denied, 234 Ga. App. 903 (1998)



Safety Kleen Corporation v. Smith, 203 Ga. App. 514, 417 S.E.2d 171, cert. denied, 203 Ga. App. 907 (1992)


Logan Paving Co. v. Peoples Bank & Trust, 196 Ga. App. 42, 395 S.E.2d 287 (1990)


Department of Transportation v. Katz, 169 Ga. App. 310, 312 S.E.2d 635 (1983)


Cotton States Mutual Ins. Co. v. Citizens and Southern National Bank, 168 Ga. App. 83, 308 S.E.2d 199 (1983)


Sawyer v. Citizens and Southern National Bank, 164 Ga. App. 177, 296 S.E.2d 134 (1982)


Perimeter Mall, Inc. v. Retail Sense, Inc., 162 Ga. App. 465, 291 S.E.2d 392 (1982)


Georgia Power Co. v. Busbin, 249 Ga. 180, 289 S.E.2d 514 (1982)


Baugh v. Citizens and Southern National Bank, 248 Ga. 180, 281 S.E.2d 531 (1981)



J. Scott Jacobson’s Reported Cases

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In re Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, 2016 Westlaw 8861714 (N.D.Ga Nov. 10, 2016)


SAS-Moran Lake, Inc. v. Roswell Holdings Mortgage, LLC, 2012 Westlaw 4511339

(Bankr. N.D.Ga. 2012)


SprintCom, Inc. v. City of Cumming, Georgia, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18523 (N.D.Ga. September 21, 1998)


Kuruyo Trading, Ltd. v. Georgia Fabric Co., 17 F.3d 1439 (11th Cir. 1994)


Integon Life Ins. Co. v. Browning, 989 F.2d 1143 (11th Cir. 1993)


Club Associates v. Consolidated Capital Realty Investors (In re Club Associates), 951 F.2d 1223 (11th Cir. 1992)


Home Ins. Co. v. Thomas Industries, 896 F.2d 1352 (11th Cir. 1990)


In Re Club Associates, 107 Bankr. 794 (Bankr. N.D.Ga. 1989)


In Re Club Associates, 107 Bankr. 385 (Bankr. N.D.Ga. 1989)























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Product Type
On Demand

Eminent Domain

CLE Hours: 6 including 6 General, 0 Ethics, 1 Professionalism, 3 Trial Practice

Original Program Date:
Jun 16, 2023
$225.00 - Base Price

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