About Chad

Chad Jacobs, Partner, joined BEH in 2011 and became a partner in January of 2014. He has spent over 14 years 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 provided legal advice to public officials at all levels of local government and has represented clients in both the court room and in administrative law hearings.  Chad works on a full range of municipal law issues for his clients including government ethics, public meetings, public records, elections, charters, tort liability, risk management, municipal finance and urban renewal. Chad has worked with clients to negotiate complex transactions including public/private partnerships and has drafted numerous charter provisions, ballot measures, ordinances and regulations.  As an instructor for the Oregon Local Leadership Institute, he provided training seminars to cities and counties as well as to various government organizations and is a frequent speaker at statewide conferences.  In addition to his work with BEH, Chad serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark law school, where he teaches local government law with his BEH colleague, Chris Crean.

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.

Chad Jacobs

Representative Cases

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 (Inactive)

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