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Jacob Featured in Washington Post Magazine for Pro Bono WorkMay 11, 2017
O’Melveny partner Gregory Jacob is quoted extensively in a May 11, 2017, Washington Post Magazine article about a pro bono custody case he has been handling since 2012. The article, “A Divorced Dad, Estranged Kids, and a Controversial Plan to Bring them Together,” examines the trend of “reunification” programs, a costly and greatly debated approach to high-conflict divorce cases.
“DC lawyer Gregory Jacob, a partner at international law firm O’Melveny & Myers, has litigated a few pro-bono custody cases a year for nearly two decades,” the Post reported. “Until Jacob took the Jeu children’s case in 2012, however, he was unaware of family reunification programs.”
Jacob told the publication: “The programs are basically shams. It was clear to me what they were doing was reaping massive fees by selling a custody change.”
Based in DC, 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. He also 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).