Jonathan R. Kay



  • 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

Fellowships, Leaderships & Recognition

  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • New York

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.

Prior to clerking and during law school, Jonathan worked for the Domestic Policy Advisors on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. At Hillary for America, Jonathan 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. Jonathan’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. Jonathan also assisted the vetting and compliance teams on several areas related to campaign finance.

Jonathan maintains an active pro bono practice. He has worked on several successful LGBT immigration asylum petitions and appeals, including a recent victory representing a man fleeing persecution from West Africa. Jonathan has also volunteered estate planning services at local AIDS clinics and has advised nonprofits and advocacy organizations on corporate structuring and compliance issues.

Jonathan 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. Jonathan 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, Jonathan 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.

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Published on: June 15, 2020

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