Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, Roosevelt Jean has tried numerous jury trials to verdict in New Jersey’s Courts. He is an experienced federal and state court litigator who represents individuals, municipalities, counties, authorities, and school boards in claims arising out of the federal Civil Rights Act (CRA), 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the American with Disabilities Act and New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Statute, Law Against Discrimination (LAD), Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), Civil Rights Act (NJCRA), Tort Claims Act (Title 59), and other complex civil litigation.
Roosevelt’s experience in local government, public entity and municipal law includes providing both legal counsel and litigation services to mayors, council members, governing bodies and municipal and county agencies. He has distinguished himself by obtaining numerous successful jury verdicts and obtaining Summary Judgment victories on behalf of his clients. He obtained a defense-directed verdict after the plaintiff’s medical expert conceded during cross-examination at trial that he was unqualified; he also obtained a defense-directed verdict after plaintiff’s medical expert conceded during cross-examination that he was incapable of opining on the cause of injury. In a matter in which a plaintiff claimed that a municipality and its Mayor seized his residential property in violation of his equal protection and substantive due process rights, Roosevelt obtained summary judgment in the Essex County Superior Court.
Recognized as an attorney of integrity, Roosevelt was appointed to the District IIA Ethics Committee from 2010 to 2014 by the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Committee assists the New Jersey Supreme Court by investigating allegations of unethical attorney conduct.
As a result of his practice and accomplishments, in 2014 the New Jersey Law Journal named Roosevelt to their “New Leaders of the Bar” list. The list formerly known as “40 Under 40”, cited Roosevelt’s “tenacity and competence” in representing his clients. This honor followed Roosevelt’s 2010, 2011, and 2013 designation by New Jersey Monthly Magazine as one of the New Jersey Super Lawyers® - “Rising Stars” in the field of general litigation. Rising Stars are nominated by the magazine’s Super Lawyers®, the top five percent of attorneys in the state.
Roosevelt graduated Syracuse University College of Law where he excelled in the Moot Court Trial Advocacy programs, becoming a finalist in National Trial Competitions hosted by the American Bar Association (ABA), National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA).