Jacob began his career as a Special Assistant to a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, working alongside regional leaders in business and government. While earning his law degree from Seton Hall Law, he clerked for a prominent personal injury law firm and wrote winning briefs for litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Jacob was thereafter appointed law clerk to the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, P.J.Cr. (Essex Vicinage), the Presiding Judge of New Jersey’s largest criminal division, which gave Jacob valuable case management experience in homicides and other high profile felonies.
An aggressive advocate for his clients, Jacob has represented over 400 persons accused of crimes and has successfully tried many cases to verdict in front of juries with excellent results for his clients. His victories include the acquittal of a client who accepted three kilograms of cocaine by U.S. mail under police surveillance. He was the first attorney in Hudson County to convince a court to sentence a client to probation despite a statutory presumption of prison after a conviction for second degree weapon possession. He saw the case through to the Appellate Division, which upheld the ruling.
In addition to a successful private practice, Jacob serves as court appointed counsel for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender (Hudson and Essex regions) and a public defender for the City of Jersey City. He was a featured contributor to the New Jersey Lawyer MagazineJune 2012 issue on successful solo and small firm practice. He is active in the Hudson County Bar Association, having been appointed to its Criminal Practice Committee in 2013 and selected to serve as a Trustee in 2016.
Jacob was proudly born and raised in the Garden State. He has worked on a variety of local and statewide political campaigns for over a decade. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Politics from Montclair State University, where he was twice elected Student Body President. He credits his parents for teaching him the compassion and conviction that inspires him every day to protect and empower his clients.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Eagle Scout Award||National Eagle Scouts Association||2001|
|Owner||Hudnut Law, LLC||2011 - Present|
|Law Clerk to Presiding Judge Peter J. Vazquez||Superior Court of New Jersey – Essex Vicinage||2010 - 2011|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New Jersey State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Hudson County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|New York County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|State v. A.J.||misdemeanor/fines only|
|State v. L.W.||Special probation|
|State v. F.L.||misdemeanor/fines only/conditional dismissal|
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|New Jersey Lawyer Magazine||My Solo Adventure: 10 Tips Learned the Hard Way||2012|
|Seton Hall University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|Montclair State University||Politics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|