“A mile of highway,” the saying goes, “takes you one mile. But a mile of runway takes you anywhere.” Schauermann Thayer Jacobs & Staples takes advantage of this fact to better serve our personal injury clients.
Partner Jeff Jacobs has been a licensed pilot since 1967. Before law school he worked as a flight instructor and charter pilot. He holds a commercial pilot certificate with single- and multi-engine and instrument ratings. In almost four thousand hours of flying he has flown many types of airplanes, from two-seat trainers to a Douglas DC-3.
Today Jeff uses his Cessna Skyhawk to get to client meetings, court appearances and depositions all over the Northwest, more quickly and more efficiently than would be possible by car or commercial airline. Trips on behalf of STJ&S clients have taken Jeff and his airplane at speeds up to 150 mph to such places as Port Angeles, Seattle, Bellingham, Ilwaco, Hoquiam, Yakima and Goldendale in Washington; Redmond, Hood River, Astoria, Newport and Grants Pass in Oregon; and as far as Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo in California. While only 376 airports in the U.S. have any scheduled airline service, airplanes like the Skyhawk have convenient, on-demand access to some 5,000 landing sites across the country.
The airplane also gives the firm a tactical edge in gathering evidence. Not long ago Jeff took an aerial accident-scene photograph, which proved instrumental in the successful settlement of that case.
Jeff's Skyhawk is based at Vancouver's historic Pearson Field, close to the STJ&S office. For years he has participated in efforts to maintain and preserve the airfield and its economic benefit to the community. Jeff has served on the City of Vancouver Aviation Advisory Committee, which oversees operation of the airport, including a term as Chair of the Committee.
When vacation time rolls around, Jeff can usually be found in a simple yellow Cub, exploring canyons of the Idaho backcountry or “airplane camping” at some remote grass airstrip.