Jay Rapaport

Tel. (415) 676-2355


Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2011

University of Michigan, B.A, 2006


Hon. Jerome Farris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2011–2012

Bar Admissions


U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central District of California

Jay Rapaport

Jay Rapaport maintains a diverse practice that includes labor and employment, intellectual property, and complex commercial matters. Mr. Rapaport has represented Fortune 500 companies and public agencies in state and federal courts across the country. His past cases include defeating at summary judgment a multi-million-dollar health benefits claim against a California water district, winning affirmance of an anti-SLAPP order striking claims against hospital peer review officers, and defending the State of California in a multi-billion-dollar dispute related to a proposed sale of public properties.

Mr. Rapaport also has an active pro bono practice, with a strong focus on immigration matters. He has successfully represented two petitioners in immigration appeals in the Ninth Circuit. In both cases, the government agreed to remand on favorable terms rather than oppose the opening briefs.  He currently represents a class of plaintiffs challenging President Trump’s executive order barring admission of citizens from predominantly Muslim countries and suspending entry of refugees from all countries.

Cases of Note

Al-Mowafak et al. v. Trump et al.: In partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union, Keker, Van Nest & Peters filed a class action lawsuit challenging President Donald J. Trump's executive order restricting immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries and suspending entry of refugees from all countries. In March 2017, we sought a preliminary injunction enjoining the order's enforcement. The suit alleges that the order is an unconstitutional attempt to discriminate against Muslims, and that the government's actions violate Article I of the Constitution, the First Amendment, the equal-protection and due process rights granted under the Fifth Amendment and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

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