Fred B. Jacob
Professorial Lecturer in Law
Fred Jacob is the Solicitor of the National Labor Relations Board. As Solicitor, Mr. Jacob serves as the chief legal adviser and consultant to the entire Board on all questions of law regarding the Board’s general operations and on major questions of law and policy concerning the adjudication of NLRB cases in the Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Solicitor also acts as the Board’s legal representative and liaison to the General Counsel and other offices of the Board. From 1997 to 2014, Mr. Jacob worked as an attorney, supervisor, and Deputy Assistant General Counsel in the NLRB’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Branch. Before joining management, he served as Grievance Chair of the NLRB Professional Association, the union representing Washington, DC-based NLRB attorneys.
Prior to his appointment as the NLRB's Solicitor, Mr. Jacob spent four years as Solicitor of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. In that role, he represented the FLRA before all federal courts, advised FLRA components on legal issues arising under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, and served as the FLRA’s in-house counsel. Mr. Jacob also clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and worked in private practice.
Mr. Jacob has previously taught labor and employment law courses at Georgetown University Law Center and the College of William and Mary School of Law.