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Jacob M. Karr



Jake Karr brings significant experience in administrative, constitutional, and technology law to his broad-based commercial litigation practice. He has drafted merits and amicus briefs in cases before numerous federal and state courts of appeals, including the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Prior to joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Jake served as a legal fellow at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, where he was involved in high-profile constitutional litigation relating to the freedom of information, government censorship, and online free expression. In law school, as a member of the NYU Technology Law and Policy Clinic, he represented prominent Internet platforms as amici in a case before the California Supreme Court and helped a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist successfully sue for records from the largest sheriff’s department in the country. He also interned for the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and Human Rights Watch’s International Justice Program. 

Jake speaks fluent Spanish; he studied abroad in Cuba and worked in the Dominican Republic before law school.

News and Writings


  • Federalism, Foreign Affairs, and State Courts: The 1842 Caroline Act and the Permanent Debate over the Status of International Law, 50 N.M. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020)
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  • New York University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2018; Robert McKay Scholar; Articles Editor, New York University Law Review; Morton Geller Award; Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize)
  • Brown University (A.B., 2013)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
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