Nicholas J. Jacques, an associate in the Human Rights practice, represents individuals who have been victims of torture, human trafficking, forced labor, and other violations of international law in litigation against multinational corporations, foreign governments, and other powerful wrongdoers.
During his time as an associate at Cohen Milstein, Nick has litigated several cases to a successful resolution for his clients, including as part of a team that represented the family of “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina in litigation against high-ranking Rwandan officials over Rusesabagina’s wrongful detention. American Lawyer recognized Nick as a runner-up litigator of the week for his success in that matter. Nick was also part of the team that negotiated a settlement with ExxonMobil on the eve of trial over 11 Indonesian citizens’ allegations that they or their family members were abused by soldiers contracted to guard Exxon’s operations in Aceh.
Before becoming an associate at Cohen Milstein, Nick was a Law Fellow at the firm where he worked across practices and was involved in litigating individual and class action cases at the district and appellate levels.
Immediately before his Fellowship, Nick was a law clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, as well as a law clerk to the Honorable Nancy Moritz for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
At Northeastern University, Nick received several academic awards, including the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar Award. While at Cornell Law School, he received numerous academic awards, including The Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights and the Arthur S. Chatman Labor Law Prize. He was an articles editor at Cornell Law Review, executive bench editor for the Moot Court Board, and chapter president of the National Lawyers Guild.
- District of Columbia
- Cornell Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2017
- Northeastern University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2014
- Law Fellow, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC (2019 – 2020)
- Law Clerk, Hon. Carolyn Dineen King, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (2018 -2019)
- Law Clerk, Hon. Nancy Moritz, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit (2017 – 2018)