Virginia Employment Law, Discrimination, & Wrongful Termination Attorney


J. Madison PLC is a Virginia law firm that represents employees who have been wrongfully terminated, discriminated or retaliated against, or illegally pushed out of their jobs. We help people who have been discriminated against because of their race, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or age. Some of our clients were terminated or retaliated against for taking protected medical leave or for serving in the military. Still more of our clients were forced out of employment after they reported or objected to illegal conduct.

When those clients come  to us for help, they are rarely able to pay the tens of thousands of dollars up-front that Washington D.C. area lawyers often require. And that is why J. Madison PLC represents most clients on a contingency fee basis. In almost all cases, if you become a client of the firm, you will not pay us any attorneys' fees unless we resolve the case in your favor.

If you are suffering through harassment, a hostile work environment, retaliation, or a wrongful termination, use the links at the top of this page to learn about and inquire about representation or just ask us a question about Virginia employment law. 

Attorney Jacob M. Small

1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1500, McLean, Virginia 22102,, P 703.910.5062, F 703.910.5107

1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1500, McLean, Virginia 22102,, P 703.910.5062, F 703.910.5107


Focused on You - J. Madison PLC is a small, solo practice, and we are selective in the clients and cases we accept. Virginia attorney Jacob M. Small is the owner and sole attorney at J. Madison PLC, and he works hard to find the best possible resolutions for his clients' cases.

Results-Oriented - Attorney Small has helped hundreds of clients, in trial and appellate courts, in private negotiations, and in mediations. He has helped those clients recover millions of dollars of lost wages and other damages. Take a look at some of the great things that Attorney Small's prior clients have had to say about J. Madison PLC's services. As a client of J. Madison PLC, Mr. Small's focus will be on achieving for you the best possible case resolution. Whether that means helping you get back to work after an illegal firing or a substantial monetary recovery, J. Madison PLC will work hard to help you put this unpleasant chapter behind you.

A Focus on Employee Rights in Virginia - After working with Vice President Joe Biden's legal team at the White House, the United States Department of Justice, the Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, and Virginia civil trial lawyers, Jacob Small turned his focus on employment cases in Virginia. Attorney Small now practices almost exclusively in Virginia employment cases, representing employees. Feel confident taking your case to an attorney who focuses on Virginia employment cases.

Contingent Fee Agreements - After losing your job, you are probably worrying about how to pay the bills on time and keep your family warm and fed. For victims of wrongful termination, a ten- or twenty-thousand dollar retainer payment is often impossible. And when clients who have lost their jobs take into account the very real risk, in every case, that they will never see a recovery, paying an attorney by the hour can be more risk than they can bear. That's why we don't charge our clients any fees in wrongful termination cases unless we successfully help them achieve a monetary recovery or reinstatement. And in most cases we take, the law allows us to seek attorneys' fees from the employer.


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 age of cloud computing.

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 three girls and helping his clients, Jacob sometimes 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!

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