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Gregory F. Jacob

Winston & Strawn LLP
Partner
Washington, DC, USA


Gregory Jacob is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office whose practice focuses on labor and employment law. Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, Mr. Jacob served in several high-profile positions in the federal government, including at the White House, Department of Justice, and Department of Labor.

Most recently, Mr. Jacob served as Solicitor of Labor, the third-ranking official in the Department of Labor. In this position, Mr. Jacob oversaw more than 600 employees, including 425 attorneys, and broadly managed the department’s most important litigation under more than 180 federal labor and employment laws.

Through his government experience, Mr. Jacob has acquired extensive knowledge on labor and employment issues, including FLSA, ERISA, FMLA, OFCCP, OSHA, and whistleblower law. He has filed numerous amicus and other appellate briefs on such matters in courts throughout the United States, including in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before joining the Department of Labor, Mr. Jacob served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Labor; as Deputy Solicitor of Labor; as an Attorney Advisor in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel; and as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, with responsibility for formulating policy on immigration, justice, disability, tort reform, and other legal issues.

Activities
Mr. Jacob regularly advocates for children who are victims of physical or sexual abuse, providing pro bono services through the national nonprofit organization Justice for Children. He received the Friend of Children Award in 2005, and has won groundbreaking appeals increasing protections for abused children in both Maryland (Fox v. Wills, 2006) and Hawaii (Doe v. Doe, 2009).

Mr. Jacob also serves as a senior editor for the independent law journal The Green Bag.

Education
Mr. Jacob received a B.A., cum laude, in History and in Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought from Amherst College. He received his J.D., with honors, from The University of Chicago Law School in 1999, where he was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review.

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