Jacob Schall Holberg

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Jacob Schall Holberg specialises in public-law issues and dispute resolution

For more than 15 years, Jacob Schall Holberg has specialised in public-law issues and has considerable experience as an advocate and with conducting legal proceedings, which is his primary area of expertise. Jacob is currently responsible for Bech-Bruun's public law dispute resolution area and the environmental and planning law areas for both the public and the private sectors.

Mainly in the public law areas, including the environmental and planning law fields, Jacob has conducted multiple legal proceedings before the District and High Courts as well as the Supreme Court, and he has worked with a wide array of regulatory aspects, including legal proceedings and consultancy on all aspects ranging from social, patient and industrial injury cases and cases on the liability in damages of public authorities for both judicial administration and administration in fact to compulsory acquisitions as well as cases on data protection, right of way, pipelines and cases in the utilities area, etc. Against this background, Jacob has accumulated considerable experience advising public clients ranging from State, regions and municipalities to public enterprises, and this has provided him with a solid foundation for handling complicated negotiations.

Jacob has a right of audience before the Danish Supreme Court, is admitted to the New York Bar and has been appointed acting judge at the High Court of Eastern Denmark. In addition to his extensive professional experience, Jacob has substantial teaching experience and has been a tutor and external lecturer of EU law at the University of Copenhagen, and he has lectured on, for instance, administration law and the liability in damages of public authorities. Jacob also holds an LLM degree from Columbia University in New York, USA.

The Team

Dispute Resolution

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Infrastructure
  • Public Law & Administration
  • Environment
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Legal 500 - Bech-Bruun

The environment, nature and planning team at Bech-Bruun houses ‘outstanding’ and ‘highly specialised’ lawyers, who regularly represent clients in high-profile environmental disputes. The team handles cases before every level of the Danish court system, including the Supreme Court. It has a strong public sector client focus, working on behalf of several government agencies as well as advising major corporates and project owners. Public and environmental law specialist Jacob Schall Holberg leads the team. (…).

Legal 500, Environment



  • Acted as High Court judge at the High Court of Eastern Denmark (October - December 2015)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Højesteretsskranken - Danish Association of Experienced Supreme Court Litigators
  • Member of the Danish Association for European Law
  • Member, Forum on Environmental Management, Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Member of the Danish Society for Environmental Law
  • Member, Danish Environmental Lawyers
  • Member of the Danish Association of Litigation Lawyers
  • Member, New York Bar Association


  • Advocacy, DJØF Publishing, 2019. Book
  • Restrictions on export of used EEE: A study on the legal possibilities to restrict exports of used electric and electronic equipment, Nordisk Ministerråd, 2016. 69 pages. Rapport
  • The Treaty of Lisbon - Towards an ever closer Union with a formal withdrawal procedure, The Columbia Journal of European Law, 2010. Article
  • Liability for services causing physical harm, Justitia, nr. 5 2004, 2004. Article
  • Newspaper column: Afgørelse om betaling forkloakering rummer stadig usikkerheder, Ejendomswatch, 2021. Article
  • Newspaper column: Byudvikling og boligområder spirer frem. Men hvem skal betale for kloakkerne?, Børsen, 2021. Article
  • Newspaper column: Højesteret giver klarhed for udviklere om udgiften til at anlægge kloakker, Ejendomswatch, 2021. Article

Education and language

  • Bech-Bruun Leadership Programme, INSEAD, France
  • Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, England
  • LLM, Columbia Law School, Columbia University, New York , USA
  • Litigation skills programme of the Danish Bar and Law Society
  • Right of audience, The Danish Supreme Court
  • Right of audience, The Danish High Court
  • Admission to practice law
  • Admitted to the New York Bar
  • Master of Laws
  • English