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Jan Jorritsma

Associate

Overview

Jan Jorritsma maintains a broad complex commercial litigation practice with a particular focus on financial services, contract disputes, fraud, white collar criminal investigations, and mortgage-backed securities. Before joining Holwell Shuster & Goldberg, Jan served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Sandra Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Hon. Paul S. Diamond of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Jan also maintains an active pro bono practice where he most recently worked on an appeal in a matter involving the denial of asylum.

Prior to his two clerkships, Jan was an associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson. Jan also served as an intern with the International Commission of Jurists in Nairobi, Kenya where he researched legal mechanisms to advocate for judicial reform, including international treaty obligations and Kenyan constitutional provisions.

While at Columbia Law School, he served as development editor of the Columbia Law Review and was a member of the Vaša Prava Pro Bono Caravan, a program where students spend their spring break providing pro bono legal assistance with Vaša Prava, a nonprofit legal services organization in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the International Refugee Assistance Program. Jan was also a James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a recipient of the award for best brief in the final round of the Stone Honors Moot Court competition.

Jan is admitted to practice in California; his admission to the New York Bar is pending.

Noteworthy

  • Represented two electric utilities in proceedings before a state regulatory commission.
  • Successfully defended a major financial institution against a complaint alleging fraud and related claims.
  • Participated in a pro bono appeal from a denial of asylum.

Clerkships

  • Hon. Sandra Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2020 – 2021
  • Hon. Paul S. Diamond, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2019 – 2020

Education

Columbia Law School (J.D., 2018; Development Editor, Columbia Law Review; James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., cum laude, 2014)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • New York (Pending)
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