Chad Jacobs, Partner, joined the BEH partnership in January of 2014. He has over a decade of experience representing local governments in all aspects of municipal law. He began his career with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office where he rose to the position of Senior Deputy City Attorney and was head of the office’s Ethics and Elections Team. Upon arriving in Oregon, Chad continued his service to local governments as the General Counsel for the League of Oregon Cities, where he represented the interests of all of Oregon’s 242 incorporated cities.
Throughout his career, Chad has drafted numerous charter provisions, ballot measures, ordinances and regulations, and has provided legal advice to public officials at all levels of local government. Further, he has represented clients in both the court room and in administrative law hearings. As an instructor for the Oregon Local Leadership Institute, he provided training seminars to cities and counties as well as to various government organizations.
In his spare time, Chad spends as much time as possible outdoors enjoying Oregon’s open spaces. He enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Cori, and their two children, Izzy and Beckett along with their dog, Albie. When not outdoors or spending time with his family, Chad can often be found cheering for sports teams from his native state of Ohio including the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers as well as the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Marion County Fire District #1 v. City of Keizer (Marion County Circuit Court). Successfully represented the fire district in a challenge to city ordinance withdrawing territory from the district.
Cummings and Oakes v. City of West Linn (Clackamas County Circuit Court). Successfully defended the City against an alleged violation of the state’s open meeting laws.
Davina v. Elsner (Washington County Circuit Court). Successfully defended City against a challenge to an initiative ballot title and summary.
Center for Voting and Democracy v. City and County of San Francisco, (San Francisco Superior Court). Successfully defended City and its elections director in a challenge to City’s implementation of Instant Runoff Voting electoral system.
University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D., 2000
American University, B.A., 1994
Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar, 2008
California State Bar, 2000
Professional Activities & Honors
Oregon City Attorneys Association,Member 2009-present, Coordinator, Secretary/Treasurer, 2012-present
Oregon State Bar, Government Law Section,Member 2008-present, Executive Committee, 2013-present
Oregon State Bar, Bar/Press/Broadcasters Council, 2011-present
League of Oregon Cities, Legal Advocacy Committee, 2011-present
Multnomah County Bar Association, Member 2012-present