Jacob N. Heller

Senior Counsel


Jake Heller is a senior counsel with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s Transactions Practice and Energy Industry Team. Jake has serviced complex merger and acquisition matters involving clients form various industries, including energy, healthcare, telecommunications and cybersecurity. He has represented both buy-side and sell-side clients in asset and stock purchase transactions.

Jake was a summer associate in Foley’s Washington D.C. office in 2014.

Prior to his legal career, Jake served for more than six years in various roles at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including advisor to the undersecretary for the National Protection Programs Directorate, and advisor to the chief of staff of the Office of the Deputy Secretary. During his tenure at DHS, Jake was a member of the United States negotiation team for the United States – European Union Passenger Name Record Agreement, one of the largest big data agreements in history. He also served on the staff of the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Task Force on CyberSkills. Jake was the Obama for America regional field director for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District during the 2008 Presidential campaign and an assistant on the Obama Presidential transition team before he joined DHS.

Representative Transactional Experience

  • Represented a major oil company in $10.5 billion share purchase with BHP Billiton pursuant to which the oil company agreed to acquire substantially all of BHP Billiton's onshore US oil and gas properties
  • Represented multiple banks in renewable energy project finance transactions
  • Represented a renewable power company in a credit agreement financing
  • Represented Brighter, Inc. in its sale to Cigna Health Insurance
  • Represented a growth equity investor in its $700 million cash acquisition of a U.S. health care company
  • Represented a growth equity investor in a $50 million asset purchase
  • Represented a U.S. public company in an $18 million asset purchase
  • Represented a U.S. public company in an auction bid stock purchase attempt to acquire
  • Represents a telecommunications company in an ongoing sell-side stock sale agreement
  • Represents a cybersecurity technology company in an ongoing sell-side stock sale agreement
  • Represents an emerging energy technology company in an ongoing sell-side stock purchase transaction
  • Represents a U.S. public healthcare company in a sell-side asset purchase transaction


Jake earned his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 2015), where he was a member of the European Law Moot Court Team. He also received the 2014 Civil Trial Advocacy Award in the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Middlebury College (B.A., 2004).


Jake is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.