Jacob D. Charles

Executive Director, Center for Firearms Law


Jake joined the Center for Firearms Law as Executive Director after practicing in the appellate group at McGuireWoods LLP, where he briefed cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits as well as in numerous state intermediate and high courts.  Jake previously clerked for Judge Allyson K. Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Colleen McMahon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before his clerkships, Jake practiced in the Washington, D.C., office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he represented clients in government and congressional investigations.

While a law student at Duke, Jake served as Notes Editor for the Duke Law Journal and took part in the joint degree program, earning a master's degree in political science with an emphasis in normative political theory and political philosophy.  Jake also holds master's degrees in theology and philosophy from Biola University and a bachelor's degree in criminology and psychology from the University of California, Irvine.