Jake Stewart focuses his practice on representing and defending municipalities and employers, both public and private, in a variety of litigation-based claims in both Federal Courts and State Courts throughout North Carolina.  He works closely with his clients to come up with a defense strategy to protect their interests and obtain the best outcome in the most efficient way possible.


In his representation of municipalities, Jake has defended numerous claims alleging violations of Constitutional rights such as the Fourth Amendment, Eighth Amendment, and Fourteenth Amendment.  Representing municipalities has provided him the opportunity to defend a variety of claims such as wrongful death, negligence, defamation, wrongful termination, premises liability, trespass, and state tort law claims.  Jake enjoys working with Councils, Boards, Managers, Sheriffs, and City, Town, and County attorneys to defend claims in litigation as well as provide legal advice to assist in meeting their needs.  Each municipality has different interests and concerns based upon the circumstances of the claim, and Jake understands the importance of recognizing and considering those interests and concerns throughout the defense of the claim.


Jake takes the same client-first approach when representing employers.  He has defended wrongful termination and discrimination claims based upon alleged Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and REDA violations before the EEOC and NCDOL.  He works closely with the employers to ensure their goals and needs are met either through settlement or defense of the claim.  Jake also has experience handling claims alleging violations of FLSA and the NC Wage and Hour Act in both Federal and State Court.  In addition to his employment law practice, Jake has handled hundreds of workers’ compensation claims before the Industrial Commission.  Having handled both workers’ compensation claims and employment litigation claims, Jake can consider and take into account how one matter may have an effect on another.


Jake grew up in New Jersey and still enjoys watching all his favorite New York sports teams, even when they are terrible.  He has now made Charlotte his home with his wife, Olivia.

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