Professional Biography

Rachel L. Jacobs Associate

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OVERVIEW

Rachel Jacobs is an associate in the firm's Political Law practice. She advises clients on campaign finance, lobbying laws, government ethics, conflicts of interest and pay-to-play issues at the federal, state and local levels. Rachel counsels a wide array of clients, including federal officeholders and candidates, corporations, political parties, trade associations, political action committees (PACs) and other organizations in the political sphere.

A significant portion of her practice includes representing clients before the Federal Election Commission (FEC) as well as state campaign finance regulators. She drafts formal complaints, responds to complaints, drafts advisory opinion requests and helps clients conform their political activity to the federal and state regulatory landscape. Rachel also works to help corporations and trade associations structure their political activity to comply with federal and state campaign finance laws.

Rachel advises organizations and individuals on compliance with all levels of government lobbying registration and reporting as well as House and Senate ethics rules on gifts, entertainment and travel for federal employees.

In her pro bono work, Rachel has led a successful trial team in securing a civil protection order for a client, which entailed drafting numerous motions and briefs and arguing in an emergency appeal before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Related Employment

  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, D.C., Summer Associate, 2012; Political Law Associate, 2013 – 2015
  • Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section, Washington, D.C., Legal Intern, 2012
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Washington, D.C., Women’s Senate Network Director and Deputy Finance Director - Mid-Atlantic Region, 2009 – 2010
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Washington, D.C., Finance Assistant - Mid-Atlantic Region, 2008 - 2009

EXPERIENCE

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

RELATED INFORMATION

Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia

  • Maryland

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D.,
    magna cum laude
    , 2013,
    Notes Editor, The George Washington Law Review
  • Tulane University Law School, B.A., Political Science and Communication,
    summa cum laude
    , 2008,
    Phi Beta Kappa