Gregory F. Jacob
Gregory Jacob is a partner in O'Melveny's Washington, DC office and a member of the Financial Services and Labor and Employment Practices. His practice focuses on employee benefits litigation and counseling, and he represents a variety of financial services companies, including banks, health care payors, and insurers. Prior to rejoining O'Melveny, 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 ERISA, FLSA, 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 US Supreme Court.
Mr. Jacob has also served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Labor; as Deputy Solicitor of Labor; as 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.
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 the Shine the Light on Children’s Rights Award in 2009, and has won groundbreaking appeals increasing protections for abused children in Maryland (Fox v. Wills, 2006) and Hawaii (Doe v. Doe, 2009).