Gregory Jacob is a partner in O’Melveny’s Washington, D.C. office. Gregory Jacob represents financial services companies including banks, investment managers, health care payors, and insurers, as well as other employers, in class action and other litigation concerning ERISA and other labor and employment matters. A former Solicitor of Labor, Gregory has extensive knowledge on a wide variety of labor and employment issues including ERISA, FLSA, OFCCP, and whistleblower law. He regularly litigates in federal courts throughout the country, defends clients against Department of Labor investigations, and provides counseling to plans and plan sponsors. He is an editor for the ERISA Litigation Reporter, and a frequent speaker and writer on hot topics in ERISA litigation.
Prior to rejoining O’Melveny in 2012, Gregory served in several high-profile positions in the federal government, including at the White House, Department of Justice, and Department of Labor. Most recently, he served as Solicitor of Labor, the third-ranking official in the Department of Labor, a position in which he broadly managed the department’s most important litigation under more than 180 federal labor and employment laws.
Gregory regularly advocates for children who are victims of physical or sexual abuse, providing pro bono services through the national nonprofit organization Child Justice. 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).
Gregory Jacob earned his B.A., cum laude, from Amherst College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago.