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February 12, 2008

San Francisco, CA – Hornblower Cruises & Events has appointed Richard C. Jacobs as Vice President and General Counsel for the organization. In this newly created position, Jacobs will provide legal advice to Hornblower ports in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, as well as National Park Service concessions Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises.

Jacobs has represented clients in both the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court. He has been named one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” by Law and Politics for the last three years.  His cases have included such issues as: toxics, land use regulation, the California Environmental Quality Act, general plan and zoning, Coastal Act regulation, initiative and referendum law, the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, water quality, and water rights, among other significant environmental issues.

Jacobs has practiced law for over 30 years, most recently as Head of Environmental and Land Use Law with the San Francisco-based firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin. Prior to that he was a Deputy Attorney General and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of California.

“We are pleased to have Rich join our crew at Hornblower. His expertise will help this company significantly as we continue to grow. His knowledge and past experience will serve to strengthen our relationships in the communities where we do business,” said Hornblower CEO Terry MacRae.

“Rich’s expertise will also further demonstrate Hornblower’s commitment to protecting the environment. His knowledge will lead to even more advancements within this company, and we hope our environmentally friendly practices will be adopted by both our guests and our partners in the community,” added MacRae.   

Jacobs has served as the Principal Attorney to the California Coastal Commission, has served on a number of task forces and committees for the State of California, has authored legal papers and has been an instructor and panelist for the Judicial Council’s Center for Judicial Education and Research.

He received an A.B. from the University of California at Riverside and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He resides in Piedmont with his family.


Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and dining cruise company in California for over 28 years. Hornblower has a total of 35 vessels in use in San Francisco, Berkeley, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey and San Diego. Subsidiary companies, Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises, both National Park Service concessioners, provide water transportation services to Alcatraz Island, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Immigration Museum.