Paul Jacobsen is a licensed attorney and is a qualified neutral under Minnesota Rule 114 for civil mediations, civil arbitrations and family law mediations. He is also on the construction and commercial arbitration and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association. The International Mediation Institute, an international organization based in the Netherlands, added him as a certified mediator based on his qualifications. He has acted as a mediator or arbitrator in over 1300 cases venued in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
From 1984 to 1995, Paul was a partner at Briggs & Morgan, a 150 lawyer general practice law firm located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. At Briggs & Morgan, he was a member of several different practice groups, including Construction Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation. He has handled a wide range of legal disputes, including those involving building failures, heavy highway claims, professional design malpractice, real estate disputes, aircraft purchasing, equine law, personal injury, environmental claims under CERCLA and MERLA, insurance coverage, mechanics liens, and many other substantive areas of the law. Paul has also handled appellate cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Paul is a magna cum laude graduate of both the University of Minnesota Law School and of St. Olaf College, and is a member of Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa and has studied abroad in Norway. He has been an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, teaching both Legal Writing and Government Contracts, and has given ADR presentations to lawyers and students in the United States and Ireland. He has published articles in the construction and real estate areas and is the author of the book Net Law: How Lawyers Use the Internet (O’Reilly 1997).
As a litigator, he has participated in mediations and arbitrations since the beginning of his legal practice. Since 1995, he has been providing arbitration and mediation services, both to the American Arbitration Association and directly to attorneys in the upper Midwest. He has completed all training required by Minnesota Court Rule 114 to be a qualified neutral conducting civil mediations, arbitrations, med-arbs, early neutral evaluation, mini-trials and the various other procedures approved by Rule 114, along with family law mediations. Through 2021, Paul has mediated over 1400 cases, with the vast majority resulting in settlements.
As part of his work doing divorce mediations, Paul thought there must be a better way to divide personal property in a divorce. He would regularly see parties spend hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars arguing over their household property. To assist parties dividing their property in contentious divorces, he created CleanSplit, which is the first of its kind website to help divorcing parties divide their property in a divorce with an online tool.
Paul is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association, and the Aitkin/Crow Wing County Bar Association.