Jerald A. Jacobs - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
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Jerald A. Jacobs

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 202-663-8011

Jerald A Jacobs is a Washington attorney and head of the Nonprofit Organizations practice of the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP law firm.  That practice annually provides legal counseling and advocacy for over 150 national trade associations, professional societies, cause organizations, and charities.  He is also head of the 75-attorney Public Practices and Public Policy Sections of the firm.  His practice includes antitrust and trade regulation, health law, litigation, nonprofit corporate governance and transactions, federal income tax exemption, and federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Jacobs is General Counsel for the American Society of Association Executives, the 22,000-member national professional society of nonprofit organization staff executives.  He founded ASAE’s 4,000-member Legal Section, and for the past ten years he has been the keynote speaker at its Legal Symposium.  He has received ASAE’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor presented to associate members of the Society.

Mr. Jacobs book credits include Association Law Handbook, 4th ed. (2007) and its biennial supplement Association Law Update (2009); Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (2004; with Jefferson C. Glassie); Associations and the Law (2002); Federal Lobbying Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (1993); and Legal Risk Management for Associations (1995; with David W. Ogden).

Mr. Jacobs has advised the governments of the European Union and the Peoples Republic of China on nonprofit/nongovernmental organization issues.

Mr. Jacobs holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.  He has served as an adjunct professor in the area of nonprofit organization law at The George Washington University.  He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, before several federal district and circuit courts, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Georgetown UniversityBA 1967Georgetown University Law CenterJ.D. 1970

Case History

Merger of America''s Community Bankers into American Bankers Association — Managed on behalf of American Bankers Association, the largest financial services association in the U.S., the merger into ABA of the third-largest such association, America''s Community Bankers.
Merger of Greater Washington Society of Association Executives into American Society of Association Executives — Managed as General Counsel of ASAE, the largest association of nonprofit organizations in the U.S., the merger of the second-largest such association into ASAE.
Roll-Up of Fifty State Chapters into American Diabetes Association — Managed on behalf of the American Diabetes Association the merger into ADA of its formerly-independent fifty state chapters to create a more unifed and focused national charity to seek a cure for diabetes.
Wal-Mart et al. v. Visa and Mastercard — First-chaired on behalf of the National Retail Federation a Sherman Act lawsuit against the two major credit card companies over tying of merchants'' use of debit cards to their use of credit cards.  Achieved $3 billion settlement, the largest in antitrust litigatoin history, and long-term consent order relief for merchants in the U.S.
American Booksellers Association v. Random House et al. — First-chaired a series of antitrust cases on behalf of independent bookstores against major trade book publishing houses to achieve treatment for independents equivalent to that provided to large bookstore chains.  Realized $27M in settlement payments for industry assoication and long-term consent order relief for indpendent bookstores. 

Client Comments

"Our association has used Jerry Jacobs for outside legal counsel for over 20 years in a variety of areas. He is our trusted advisor on corporate governance, international conferences, tax, benefit plans, antitrust, insurance and important regulatory issues. He is extremely competent and possesses the integrity we look for in outside counsel."

-Kevin Belford
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
American Gas Association

Office Location

1200 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Practice Areas

Non-Profit / Charities Law

Other Information

Gender: Male