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Jia M. Cobb
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J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude

B.A., Northwestern University, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Michigan (inactive status)


Honorable Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Ms. Cobb practices in the area of civil rights litigation. Her practice interests include housing discrimination, employment discrimination, and police misconduct litigation.

Ms. Cobb is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried dozens of cases to verdict. At Relman, Dane & Colfax, she has represented individuals and organizations in numerous discrimination cases in federal courts and before administrative agencies. For example, in 2016, Ms. Cobb tried a race discrimination case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in which the jury found in her client’s favor and awarded $ 687,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. She also served as trial counsel to a group of African-American police officers in a federal court retaliation case, which resulted in a $ 425,000 jury verdict in her clients’ favor. Ms. Cobb was part of the litigation team that represented current and former students in a reverse redlining class action lawsuit against a for-profit college, which resulted in a $ 5 million settlement.

Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax, Ms. Cobb worked for many years as a trial attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), which is widely regarded as the premier public defender organization in the country. At PDS, Ms. Cobb represented indigent defendants charged with serious criminal offenses. In addition to being a trial attorney, Ms. Cobb was selected for a position as a juvenile section supervisor, where she supervised and trained incoming trial attorneys. Ms. Cobb was also selected for membership in PDS’s Forensic Practice Group, which focuses on complex cases involving forensic science and other expert witness testimony.

Ms. Cobb has conducted trainings on a variety of topics related to trial preparation and advocacy, including trainings on cross-examination techniques, examining expert witnesses, and fundamental trial skills. She has given presentations on trial advocacy for a number of groups such as the District of Columbia Criminal Justice Act Panel attorneys and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association. Ms. Cobb has also taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law and for Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop.

Ms. Cobb received her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Following her clerkship, Ms. Cobb was awarded Harvard Law School’s Heyman Fellowship, a post-graduate fellowship for federal government attorneys.