David A. Jacobson passed away at home in Omaha on July 4 at age 70, surrounded by family. Services were held on July 8 at Temple Israel, 13111 Sterling Ridge Drive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Jacobson Speier and Jack Jacobson.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years Nancy; his four children: Justin, Ben (Natalie), Sara, and Rachel (Stephen Osberg); grandchildren: Zoii, Zane, and Cleo; brother Bob, and countless other relatives, friends, and colleagues.
David worked at Kutak Rock for 41 years and was chairman of Kutak Rock LLP from1996 to 2017. During his tenure as chair, the firm grew from 230 lawyers in nine cities to more than 500 lawyers in 18 cities. He also oversaw the restoration of the firm’s iconic Omaha office, the Omaha Building, established as “Omaha’s first skyscraper” in 1888. In no small part thanks to David’s legacy of championing diversity and inclusion, Kutak Rock earns a perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality index and is consistently recognized as a “Ceiling Smasher” for women, with the second highest percentage of women equity partners in the country for law firms over 300 lawyers. David was passionate about community service. He served on dozens of boards and committees, notably Partnership 4 Kids, the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, the African American Achievement Council, and the UNO College of Community Service and Public Affairs Dean’s Advisory Council. He was the co-founder and a member, along with his wife Nancy, of the Omaha Black/Jewish dialogue.
And, as the founding Chair of Film Streams’ board, David was instrumental in developing a nonprofit film center in Omaha. Thirteen years since the organization’s inception, it is now an established cultural institution, operating both its original venue, the Ruth Sokolof Theater, and the recently-restored 93-year old Dundee Theater. David was born and raised in Omaha, and received both his BA and JD from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was a proud Omaha Central High school graduate and was inducted into the Omaha Central Hall of Fame in 2014.
Memorials may be made to Film Streams, Partnership 4 Kids, or the Central High School Foundation.