- Practice Areas: Constitutional Law
- Firm: Jacobs & Hazan, LLP
- Web Site: http://www.jacobshazan.com/
Stuart E. Jacobs is a partner at the law firm of Jacobs & Hazan, LLP located in New York City. He concentrates his practice on complex civil rights cases, as well as criminal defense. Mr. Jacobs represents individuals whose constitutional rights were violated by the government and its employees. Mr. Jacobs vigorously and aggressively protects individuals and the public from civil rights violations, including cases involving false arrest, police brutality and prisoners’ rights.
Mr. Jacobs began his legal career at a boutique Manhattan law firm, where he was an associate in the firm’s criminal defense and civil litigation practice. During Mr. Jacobs’ tenure at that law firm, he vigorously defended the rights of individuals accused of committing crimes ranging from drug possession to attempted murder in both State and Federal Court. Mr. Jacobs was intimately involved in the defense of these individuals, from the initial arraignment up to and including trial.
Mr. Jacobs continued his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, Special Federal Litigation Division, where he specialized in defending the City of New York, New York City Police Officers, and New York City Correction Officers against lawsuits filed by individuals pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated. These claims included, but were not limited to, false arrest, malicious prosecution, excessive force, and denial of medical treatment. In this capacity, Mr. Jacobs successfully defended hundreds of civil rights cases on behalf of the City of New York, including several high profile cases. In one such case, Michael Mineo v. City of New York et al., Mr. Jacobs successfully obtained a defense verdict for one of the police officers that had been accused of participating in the alleged sodomy of Mr. Mineo. Mr. Jacobs’ unique background of having represented citizens, as well as police officers and correction officers, has provided Mr. Jacobs with the necessary perspective and understanding that only comes from litigating cases from both sides.
Mr. Jacobs received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. Thereafter, Mr. Jacobs attended Hofstra University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude. While attending Hofstra, Mr. Jacobs was a Dean’s Scholar and upon graduating, he was awarded the Procedural Law Course Award. Mr. Jacobs is a member of the New York State bar and is admitted to practice in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is also an active member of the New York State Bar Association and New York County Lawyers’ Association. Mr. Jacobs has also taught courses on the topic of civil rights litigation and has been a volunteer mentor to high school students at Legal Outreach, a non-profit organization.