A former law clerk to the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Jayme Jonat joined HSG as an associate in 2015. She has a broad-based commercial litigation practice, representing companies in a wide range of securities, antitrust, and regulatory matters. Jayme has significant class action experience, having represented prominent financial institutions against antitrust and securities fraud claims. She has also assisted clients with conducting large-scale internal investigations as well as responding to regulatory inquiries.
What has been the most valuable takeaway from your clerkship?
Within my first few weeks of joining HSG, I was brought in to help a client obtain an ex parte discovery order from the federal district court. Having clerked for a judge in the E.D.N.Y., I had significant insight into the court’s procedures and preferences, so I was able to guide everyone through the process and successfully obtain the order we were seeking. HSG afforded me the opportunity early on to put my clerking knowledge and skills to the test, and they have proved to be invaluable in my career as a litigator.
What’s the most interesting case you’ve worked on over the course of your career?
I’m currently working on a pro bono matter where HSG represents female pilots and flight attendants who have been discriminated against by their employer—Frontier Airlines—because the airline failed to provide accommodations related to pregnancy and breastfeeding. It’s been an incredible experience because we can actually make an impact on the way the industry operates, and the clients are amazing, inspiring women.
When you’re not practicing law, what’s your favorite pastime?
Going to the beach and hanging out with my puppy (sometimes at the same time).
What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I can play five instruments and was even in my high school’s marching band. If I ever stop practicing law, I can always fall back on playing oboe in a rock band.