Jacob A. Becker
Jacob A. Becker

Jacob A. Becker

Phone: 214-740-3112Fax: 214-740-2812
Jacob represents clients in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation matters, including medical malpractice, employment law, premises liability, and professional liability defense.

Prior to joining Burford & Ryburn, Jacob served as Assistant University Counsel to Southern Methodist University. Drawing from his knowledge and experience as Assistant University Counsel, Jacob provides counseling and legal services uniquely tailored to higher education clients. This includes counseling on issues such as Title IX compliance, federal regulatory compliance, campus political activity, student activity release/waivers, the Clery Act, campus police matters, FERPA, hazing, student conduct and discipline, faculty and staff employment, ADA compliance, animals on campus, university policy development and revision, Constitutional issues, and Texas Public Information Act compliance. Jacob's passion for higher education has extended to the classroom, where he has assisted in teaching a graduate level course entitled "Legal Issues in Higher Education" at Southern Methodist University.

Additionally, as a member of the Association of Title IX Administrators ("ATIXA"), Jacob provides independent Title IX and civil rights investigations for higher education clients. His primary focus in conducting an investigation is to collect the facts in a manner that is sensitive to the delicate circumstances giving rise to each investigation.

Professional Memberships and Involvement

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • The Association of Title IX Administrators ("ATIXA")
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys ("NACUA") 

Education and Professional Background

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University, cum laude, 2016
    • SMU Criminal Justice Clinic
      • Student Attorney, fall 2015
      • Clinic Chief, spring 2016
    • Faculty Research Fellow
  • B.A. Political Science, University of Texas at Arlington, summa cum laude, 2013
    • Congressman Bill Archer Fellow
    • Washington Center Fellow
    • Phi Kappa Phi       
  • Judicial Intern to The Honorable Terry R. Means, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Intern to the National Labor Relations Board, Region 16
  • Assistant University Counsel, Southern Methodist University

Honors and Awards

  • Dean's List
  • Public Service Honor Roll

Civic and Community Involvement

  • Dallas Public Library, GED Instructor
  • DAYL Equal Access to Justice Committee

Bar Admissions

  •  Texas Supreme Court

Phone: 214-740-3100
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