Michael J. Jacobsma, Non-Contact Excessive Force By Police: Is That Really A Thing?, 52 U. Rich. L. Rev. Online 1 (2017).

Michael J. Jacobsma

Michael J. Jacobsma is a founding partner of the firm. Michael practiced law in Orange City for nine years with the firm of Klay, Veldhuizen, Bindner, De Jong, & Jacobsma prior to establishing Jacobsma, Clabaugh, & Goslinga, PLC.​

Michael concentrates on representing clients in all areas of litigation including commercial disputes, personal injury and criminal defense. Michael also practices in general areas of law including, but not limited to: real estate transactions, corporate representation, estate planning, wills, and trusts. He has argued many times before the Iowa Supreme Court and Iowa Court of Appeals. He believes that our court system works best to provide a just and fair result when his clients have a zealous advocate asserting their rights at a trial before a jury of their peers.  Michael’s trial experience gained him an invitation to become a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national, invitation only, organization dedicated to promoting and preserving our constitutional right to trial by jury.  Membership 

Northwestern Iowa Community College in Sheldon teaching business and communication law.  Michael has served on the Board of Trustees at Unity Christian High School and he also serves on the Sioux County Civil Service Commission as well as the Sioux County Elected Official Compensation Board.

Michael is married and has three children. Michael is very involved in church, school and community activities and enjoys running, biking, swimming, boating and spending time with family.

is only allowed upon nomination if an attorney has acted as lead counsel on the required number of jury trials. Michael is also a member of the Sioux County and Iowa State Bar Associations and the Iowa Association for Justice. 

Michael has lived in Sioux County for most of his life. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Northwestern College in Orange City in 1992. Michael continued his education at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska where he received his Juris Doctor in 1996. Michael served in the Iowa Army National Guard for seven years from 1987-1994 as a combat infantryman. Service to country and community is a very important part of Michael's life and philosophy.

While practicing as a full time attorney, Michael demonstrates his commitment to education by serving as an adjunct professor at Dordt College in Sioux Center where he currently teaches criminal law and has also taught constitutional law.  Michael has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern College in Orange City and 

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Supreme Court of Iowa, 1997

United States District Court of the Northern District of Iowa, 1997

United States District Court of the Southern District of Iowa, 1997

United States Supreme Court, 2002

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2006


State v. Hernandez-Lopez, 639 N.W.2d 226 (Iowa 2002)

Ringelberg v. EMC Insurance Group, Inc., 660 N.W.2d 27 (Iowa 2003)

Gacke v. Pork Xtra, LLC, ​684 N.W.2d 168 (Iowa 2004)

Harms v. City of Sibley, 702 N.W.2d 9 (Iowa 2005)

Zimmer v. Vander Waal, 780 N.W.2d 730 (Iowa 2010)

Vis v. American Family Assurance Co. of Columbus, 778 F.Supp.2d 971 (ND Iowa 2011) 

In re A.K., 825 N.W.2d 730 (Iowa 2013)

City of Sioux City v. Jacobsma, 825 N.W.2d 335 (Iowa 2015)

Wilson v. Lamp, 142 F.Supp.3d 793 (ND Iowa 2015)