Jaba Tsitsuashvili is an attorney at the Institute for Justice. He litigates against federal, state, and local governments in the areas of civil forfeiture, fines and fees, and economic liberty.
Before joining IJ in 2019, Jaba worked at a large law firm, where he developed a pro bono practice in federal and administrative courts. He focused on immigrants’ due process and First Amendment rights and prisoners’ religious liberty and disability rights. For his work on behalf of detained migrants, Jaba was a recipient of the ACLU of Southern California’s 2019 Access to Justice Award.
Jaba graduated from the New York University School of Law in 2015 and cum laude from the University of California at San Diego in 2010. While at NYU Law, he interned for Judge John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; the United States Department of Justice Civil Division for the Southern District of New York; and the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was also the Senior Notes Editor for the NYU Journal of Law and Liberty and taught constitutional and criminal law to high school students through the High School Law Institute.
Jaba is a member of the California and DC bars.