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Jacob Madison Small

About me

Jacob relates to his clients because he knows the importance of a job. Jacob grew up in a poor family, and as a child he personally experienced how unemployment and underemployment can lead to homelessness. This is why he finds real meaning in advocating for individuals facing trouble at work.

Jacob was Born in Richmond, Virginia. Before starting J. Madison PLC, he worked at the White House, where he was a member of the Vice President's legal team. He worked to help the President and Vice President identify and address some of the nation's most important legal issues, including those effecting minorities and women in the workplace. Jacob also worked for the Department of Justice and the Commonwealth’s Attorney in Loudoun County, Virginia where he prosecuted criminal cases.

Jacob is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law and of Arkansas State University. He has a strong interest in information technology and the ability of evolving technology to improve the legal services available to clients. While at Mason Law, he published the article, “Storing Documents in the Cloud: Toward an Evidentiary Privilege Protecting Papers and Effects Stored on the Internet,” in the George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal. He calls himself “a pure digital native.” Because of Jacob’s research into privacy and cloud computing, the popular technology website interviewed him and included his comments in an article about the attorney-client privilege in the modern age.

Not strictly a legal nerd, Jacob also has a love of sports. Jacob was a competitive women’s gymnastics coach for seven years before turning to a career in the law, and he has a bachelor of science degree in sport management. He has coached here in Virginia and at competitions around the country, including at the USAG JO National Championships. Jacob still loves coaching, and he sometimes fills in as a substitute coach at an area gym.

Jacob and his wife Jenny are parents to two beautiful girls and are expecting their third daughter. Between raising two (soon three) girls and helping his clients, Jacob sometime finds time to relax and enjoy science fiction, legal thrillers, and waiting for the Washington Redskins to be good again. Who knows, maybe this is the year!


Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Termination: 60%
    2 years, 30 cases
  2. Employment & Labor: 20%
    2 years, 30 cases
  3. Discrimination: 20%
    2 years, 20 cases



Contingent (33-50%)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Krista Lyn Goelz

    Jacob Small is an exceptional advocate who works tirelessly for his clients. He has a passion for justice and is meticulous in his research, writing and preparation. It is an honor to know him, and he contributes significantly to the legal community.


    Krista Goelz Education Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jack Bradley Jarrett III

    I worked with Jacob during his time at The Spiggle Law Firm. Jacob is a passionate and dedicated attorney, with an uncommon ability to persuasively communicate with both the employer's counsel and the court. Jacob uses his skill to fight for fair resolutions for his clients.


    Jack Jarrett Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

J. Madison PLC

1750 Tysons Blvd
Suite 1500
McLean, VA, 22102


VAAuthorized to practice law201209/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalJ. Madison PLC2014 - Present
AttorneyThe Spiggle Law Firm2013 - 2014
Intern to Counsel to the Vice PresidentThe White House, Office Of The Vice President2012 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Fairfax Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re ZuckoffCourt granted petition
Race Discrimination Wrongful Termination SettlementSettlement of Claims for a lump sum in excess of six months of pay.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Virginia Employment Law AnswersWhen do Virginia Employers Have to Give Employees Breaks?2015
Virginia Employment Law AnswersWhat is Employment Discrimination?2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Mason University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Arkansas State University, JonesboroSports Management/BusinessBS - Bachelor of Science2006