ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE
PROFESSOR OF LAW
FIRST & ONLY DUAL CERTIFIED LEGAL SPECIALIST IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION & IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY LAW BY THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION
Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson is a highly respected and involved member of the legal community. She was appointed as a Workers’ Compensation Administrative Law Judge in September of 2020 and is assigned to the Van Nuys Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board District Office.
Prior to becoming a judge, she was an attorney and advocate focused on social justice issues related to all aspects of immigration and workers' compensation law. She is the first and only dual-certified legal specialist in Workers’ Compensation and Immigration Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
She began her legal career in 1997, after earning her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and her admission to The State Bar of California that same year. Judge Jacobson graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Northridge, California in 1994 with a B.S. in Political Science.
Judge Jacobson is also a Professor of Law at West Los Angeles College and an Adjunct Instructor at College of the Canyons. She is an in-demand nationally and internationally recognized distinguished speaker/lecturer on all topics related to immigration and workers' compensation law. She has shared her valuable insight and expertise as an international legal analyst for French television – France 5, Iranian Radio KIRN 670 AM, Japanese Weekly Magazine - Toyo Keizai Magazine, in Denmark on Ekstra Bladet, as well as Business Insurance and WCAuthority.com analyzing high-profile immigration and workers’ compensation cases, court decisions and legal issues.
She has served as an editor and contributing author of several legal publications for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, including Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law (2016–17 Ed.) and Immigration Practice Toolbox, Third and Fourth Editions. Judge Jacobson is a past President of the Iranian American Lawyers Association, former Commissioner of the California State Bar Workers’ Compensation Law Advisory Commission, and former member of the Board of Directors for the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA).
We really need to consider refugees as a class of people who need help in the U.S.