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    Jerald A. Jacobs

    Jerald A. Jacobs

    T: +1.202.663.8011 F: +1.202.663.8007

    Jerry Jacobs leads Pillsbury’s Nonprofit Organizations practice, which provides legal counseling and advocacy for national trade associations, professional societies, cause organizations, credentialing agencies, and charities. His practice includes a wide range of areas to the extent that they affect nonprofit organizations: antitrust and trade regulation, health law, litigation, corporate governance, transactions, federal income tax exemption, and federal legislative and regulatory issues. His experience is international in scope and he has advised the governments of the EU and the Peoples’ Republic of China on nongovernmental organization issues.

    Mr. Jacobs is General Counsel to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the 24,000-member national "association of associations." He has also written or edited a dozen books on nonprofit organization law, including the standard text Association Law Handbook, now in its 5th edition.

    Honors & Awards
    • Best Lawyers in America, Non-Profit / Charities Law (2009-2017)
    • Outstanding Nonprofit Attorney, American Bar Association

    District of Columbia Bar Association, American Bar Association


    Various Federal District and Circuit Courts, U.S. Supreme Court

    Published Books

    Legal Duties for Directors: An Association Board Member’s Guide to Avoiding Risk While Advancing the Mission, published by ASAE, 2014; available at

    Association Law Handbook: A Practical Guide for Associations, Societies, and Charities (Author), Fifth Edition published by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, 2012; available at; earlier editions published by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.

    Guide to Nonprofit Corporate Governance in the Wake of Sarbanes-Oxley (Contributor), published by the American Bar Association Section of Business Law, 2005.

    Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook (with six other Pillsbury Co-Authors), Third Edition published by ASAE, 2016.

    Associations & the Law (Editor and Contributor), published by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, 2003.

    Nonprofit Governance and Management (Contributor), published by the American Bar Association and American Society of Corporate Secretaries, 2002.

    Planning Your Career in Association Management (Contributor), published by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, 2002.

    The Evils of Excess in the Nonprofit World (Contributor), published by the American Bar Association Section of Business Law, 1999.

    Taking the Lead; a How-To Report on Six Key Issues Facing Today’s CEO (Contributor), published by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, 1999.

    Legal Risk Management for Associations (Co-Author with David W. Ogden), published by the American Psychological Association, 1995.

    Conducting International Meetings (Contributor), published by Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, 1993.

    Federal Lobbying Handbook (Editor and Contributor), Second Edition published by ASAE and The Center for Association Leadership, 1992; the First Edition was published in 1989 by the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.

    Current Principles and Practices in Association Self-Regulation (Author of Introduction), published by ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, 1992.

    A Bibliography of Association Management Literature (Contributor), published by Washington Association Research Foundation, 1990.

    District of Columbia
    J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
    A.B., Georgetown University

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