Jacob has broad experience representing clients in all manner of cases, and now focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation, real estate disputes, and appeals. He has a particular interest in easement, right-of-way, and eminent domain cases.
Jacob A. Vanzin joined Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, P.C. in August 2022 after spending almost a decade in private practice as an attorney in Franklin, TN, the same town where he grew up. While in Franklin, Jacob litigated cases both large and small, where the amounts in dispute ranged from a few thousand dollars to over forty million dollars. He also was the principal author of the winning brief for two major appeals: Stange v. Roberts, M2019-01060-COA-R3-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Apr. 9, 2020) and Walker v. Walker, M2018-01140-COA-R9-CV (Tenn. Ct. App. Jan. 31, 2020). Similarly, Jacob has represented criminal defendants facing charges ranging from public intoxication to first-degree murder.
Jacob Vanzin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with his B.A. in History and Political Science, then went on to obtain his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, Jacob was a National Quarterfinalist and 10th Place National Best Advocate in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. After law school, Jacob clerked for the Honorable Patricia L. Cohen of the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Jacob has shown a passion for justice and equity in the legal system, by advocating for mental health rights and representing indigent clients in criminal matters. He has been recognized several times by the Tennessee Supreme Court pro bono recognition program Attorneys for Justice for providing a minimum of 50 hours of legal services per year to persons of limited means without a fee or at a substantially reduced fee.
Jacob is married to Lindsey Vanzin, a project manager for a Nashville commercial general contractor, and the couple have three children. He enjoys hiking, and swimming, and is an avid traveler – having visited twenty-seven countries and forty-six states.