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Jay W. Jacobs has been a member of the California bar for more than 35 years. A civil litigator, he specialized in maritime law. Before law school, he was a sailor and an officer in the merchant marine, sailing on cargo ships, ore-carriers and tankers on voyages bound for Europe, Africa, India, the Far East, South America, the Persian Gulf and Japan. He now lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest.
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The Widow Wave reads like a novel and immediately draws the reader's full interest and attention. The story should be made into a movie!
Jay is a very effective instructor to the lay person at explaining his thoughts and strategy through the various legal proceedings, from pre-trial motions and discovery until the verdict. He is just as effective at describing the dramatic and often emotional (sometimes humorous) highs and lows as the trial progresses. He also has the ability to "paint an image" of each of the various witnesses, the lawyers for the plaintiff and other trial participants - their personalities and quirks. You feel that you get to know all of these characters as well as Jay does as this true story progresses. I sincerely look forward to Jay's next book.
I’m sure you’ve been swamped with e-mails regarding your book. I teach the USPS’s “America’s Boating Course” for the Tybee Light Sail and Power Squadron (Savannah, GA). I’m sure you are aware, ABC is the safe boating course primer offered by the USPS to the general public and is the stepping stone to more advanced boating classes.
Having read your book – almost non-stop (you’re a fantastic writer and story teller as well as a talented litigator) – I’ve incorporated the coincidence wave formation/phenomenon into the “adverse weather” portion of the class along with recommendations that the student’s purchase and read you compelling book. I tried unsuccessfully to “Google search” coincidence waves, even tried your witnesses name thinking that he might have written a paper on the subject – no luck but I got lots of additional “wave formation information” which I’ve added to my memory stores and safe boating library.
Thanks for the nautical education and thanks for driving home the seldom thought of responsibilities that we as boat owners/operators have to our passengers as we casually depart for a day of fun on the water.
David C. Sapp, P/C, AP-IN, Certified Instructor
Tybee Light Sail and Power Squadron