OuR Founding Fathers
Edmund D. Campbell
A founding partner of the Firm's current structure Ed Campbell was one of Washington's most admired and respected attorneys. He was well known at the local bar having served as President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and D.C. Chairman of the Fellows for the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Ed, along with his wife Elizabeth Pfohl Campbell, played an active part in the 1950’s civil rights battle when Virginia engaged in massive resistance to the Supreme Court’s ruling that public schools must be desegregated. In 1958, Ed persuaded federal courts to declare Virginia's massive resistance laws unconstitutional. He is quoted famously as saying, "I could not live with myself if I did not stand up publicly for what I knew was right."
Throughout his illustrious career, he was involved in numerous cases that reached the Supreme Court. One case of note was a lawsuit contending that two densely populated Virginia counties were not sufficiently represented in the Virginia legislature, compared to other rural areas. The Court decision in the early 1962 affirmed what became known as the “one man, one vote” or “one person, one vote” rule.
Ed died on December 7, 1995. Upon his passing the Washington Post wrote “In life as in court, “Ed Campbell fought injustice with a passion, insisting that freedom be accorded to citizens without regard to color or belief.” The Edmund and Elizabeth Campbell Elementary School in Arlington, VA was named in he and his wife’s honor.
Thomas Searing Jackson
Thomas S. Jackson, known as TSJ, withdrew his name from consideration for a U.S. District Court judgeship to become a founding member of Jackson & Campbell, P.C.
During his exceptional career he served as President of the Bar Association of the District of
Columbia, which named him its Lawyer of the Year; he was a Member of the ABA House of Delegates, a Fellow, Regent and National Secretary of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of both the
American Bar Foundation and the American Judicature Society.
Notably, TSJ was a founder of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), in which he served as its first Secretary and Treasurer and as a member of its Board of Trustees. His work for NITA has become the gold standard for advocacy teaching in the country. He established NITA as a legal entity by drafting its Certificate of Incorporation and first By-laws, obtained its charitable 501(c) (3) status, served as one of its incorporators and as its resident agent for the first decade of its existence.
The two Jackson sons attended school in Montgomery Country and TSJ went on to serve on the Montgomery County Board of Education in the late 1940’s, eventually becoming its President. He was lead counsel for District of Columbia and its superintendent Carl Hansen in his appeal of the Hobson v. Hansen case, which abolished the “track” system in the DC Public School system. He was profoundly involved in the American Land Title Association serving as its General Counsel for a number of years.
TSJ passed away in 1989 and is remembered as an avid tinkerer, yachtsman, and trial strategy pioneer by those who knew him.