Jeff Pearlman received his bachelor's degree in English at Washington University, St. Louis, in 1993, magna cum laude. He received his JD in 1998, cum laude, from George Washington Law School. He then clerked for the Honorable Robert Yock of the Court of Federal Claims, and then worked as an associate at two law firms until 2003. Since 2003, Mr. Pearlman has practiced at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia where he has investigated and tried cases ranging from narcotics offenses to homicides. He currently works for the National Security section of the office. He became an adjunct faculty member in 2016.