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Greg Jacobs, Shareholder, Polsinelli, 36


Job: As a government contracts lawyer, I represent companies that do business with the government. That can involve helping them stay compliant with complicated regulations or enter into relationships with other companies. I also represent contractors in litigation, including contract disputes and bid protests.

Community involvement: I serve as General Counsel to the Board of Directors of Whitman-Walker Health, a community health center in DC.

Career highlights: The first bid protest I won as lead counsel was a big moment. I have represented major defense and high-tech contractors in litigation in recent years.

Why this career: I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since second grade and never seriously considered anything else.

Where you grew up: Rhode Island

Why DC: I’ve always been drawn to this area. I like the weather, the people and the politics. And for government contracts, there is no other place to be.

First job: Ice cream parlor.

Family: Married to Meridith for 9 years, with two daughters (6 and 3).

Free time: Chasing my kids around, cooking, running, and watching the Patriots.

10 years from now: Likely doing the same thing, with a larger role in firm management.

Favorite vacation spot: Anguilla

Bucket list: Traveling around Japan, and eating at all of top 20 pizza places in the US (only 12 more to go).

Daily habit: Starting the day with a good run and meditating at night.

Startling fact: Both of my front teeth were knocked out in sixth grade.