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Jacob began his career as a Special Assistant to a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, working alongside leaders in business and government.  He went on to earn his law degree from Seton Hall Law.  As a law student, he clerked for a prominent personal injury law firm, writing winning briefs for litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.

Jacob was appointed law clerk to the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, P.J.Cr. (Essex Vicinage) after law school.  Working for the Presiding Judge of New Jersey’s largest criminal division gave Jacob valuable case management experience in homicides and other high profile felonies. 

An aggressive advocate for his clients, Jacob has tried many cases to verdict with excellent results for his clients. In addition to a successful private practice, Jacob was nominated to serves as public defender for the City of Jersey City in 2014 and has served as court appointed counsel for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender (Hudson and Essex regions) and the Hudson County Surrogate's Court since 2011.  He was a featured contributor to New Jersey Lawyer Magazine's June 2012 issue on effective solo and small firm practice.  In 2013, he was appointed to the Criminal Practice Committee of the Hudson County Bar Association.

Jacob was proudly born and raised in the Garden State.  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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  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    200 cases
  2. Litigation: 25%
    75 cases



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Hudnut Law, LLC

35 Journal Square
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Jersey City, NJ, 07306


NYCurrently registered 201303/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Eagle Scout AwardNational Eagle Scouts Association2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerHudnut Law, LLC2011 - Present
Law Clerk to Presiding Judge Peter J. VazquezSuperior Court of New Jersey – Essex Vicinage2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Jersey State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Hudson County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
New York County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of New Jersey v. C.D.Defense Attorney Hudnut successfully argued for less than the contemplated plea: time served/straight probation.
State of New Jersey v. R.A.Third degree charge (3- to 5-year exposure) downgraded to Disorderly Person Offense of wandering (fines only).
K.H. v. L.G.Settled for 60% of Plaintiff/Landlord's Demand.
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Publication nameTitleDate
New Jersey Lawyer MagazineMy Solo Adventure: 10 Tips Learned the Hard Way2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seton Hall University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2010
Montclair State UniversityPoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Jersey Office of the Public DefenderGraves Act Waiver Pin Ball (CLE)2016
Rising Tide Capital, Inc.Entrepreneurs & Intellectual Property2012