Gregory F. Jacob is the Solicitor of Labor, the third highest ranking official in the Department and its chief legal officer. The Solicitor oversees one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the Federal government. Approximately 425 of the nearly 600 employees on-board in the Office of the Solicitor are attorneys. It is the responsibility of the Solicitor to enforce the laws under the Department's jurisdiction through litigation and to provide a full range of legal services to the Secretary of Labor and the numerous agencies and bureaus that comprise the Department of Labor.
The President nominated Mr. Jacob to be Solicitor of Labor on September 4, 2007. His nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 19, 2007. Prior to serving as Solicitor of Labor, Mr. Jacob served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Labor beginning in September 2007. He also previously served as Deputy Solicitor of Labor from February 2005 to August 2006.
Mr. Jacob served as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, specializing in immigration and justice issues, from August 2006 to September 2007. From September 2001 to February 2004, he served as an Attorney Advisor in the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel, where he was awarded the Exceptional Civilian Service Award by the Department of Defense for his work on issues relating to the War on Terror. Throughout his time in public service, Mr. Jacob has performed pro bono work in State courts seeking to secure protection for physically and sexually abused children, and was recognized for his efforts with the Friend of Children Award in November 2005.
Prior to joining the government, Mr. Jacob was in private practice in Washington, D.C., where he concentrated in class action and appellate litigation. He graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 1996 with a B.A. in History and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1999, where he served on the University of Chicago Law Review. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Jacob clerked for the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.