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- B.A., Middlebury College, 2011
- magna cum laude
- J.D., Columbia Law School, 2016
- Hon. Deborah A. Batts, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
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- Rising Star, Super Lawyers
- Pathfinder, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
- James Kent Scholar, Columbia Law School
- Articles Editor, Columbia Law Review
- Regional Finalist and Head Coach, European Law Moot Court Competition
- Winner, Anti-Defamation League National Brief Writing Competition
- Research Assistant, Antitrust Professor Anu Bradford
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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Jonathan Kay is an associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP. He joined the firm after clerking for the Honorable Deborah A. Batts of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
At Kaplan Hecker, Jon represents a diverse array of clients in the tech, start-up, telecommunications, and financial sectors. In addition to his civil matters, Jon maintains an active white-collar practice, advising individuals and entities as they navigate investigations before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory agencies. He also is actively involved in the firm’s Time’s Up work, fighting for victims of employment discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault. In 2021, Jon was recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, and was named a “Pathfinder” by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Jon is currently a key associate in the groundbreaking Charlottesville lawsuit, brought on behalf of eight plaintiffs against twenty-four white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and affiliated hate groups. Filed in federal court in Virginia, the lawsuit alleges that the organizers of the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally conspired to commit racial- and religious-motivated violence.
Prior to clerking and during law school, Jon worked for the Domestic Policy Advisors on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. At Hillary for America, Jon developed and executed policy initiatives on a wide range of domestic issues, with a particular focus on economic and trade policy and L.G.B.T. rights. Jon’s ideas helped form the basis for Secretary Clinton’s positions on currency manipulation and access to affordable healthcare for L.G.B.T. individuals. He also assisted the vetting and compliance teams on several areas related to campaign finance.
Jon holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was a James Kent Scholar (highest honors) and Articles Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He was also a Regional Finalist and Head Coach in the European Law Moot Court Competition and was awarded the “Best Brief” in the Anti-Defamation League’s national brief-writing competition. While in law school, Jon interned for the Honorable Robert D. Sack of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as the Equal Education Law Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.