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Jay Rapaport

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For Jay Rapaport, good advocacy means laser-like focus on his client’s goals and the key issues on which a case turns. Whether representing a Fortune 500 company or an individual, what matters most is knowing what the client wants to achieve and finding the shortest route to success. To meet his clients’ needs, Mr. Rapaport draws on a wealth of experience across practice areas: appellate, commercial, intellectual property, and class action defense, in particular. This diverse practice gives him a broad perspective uniquely suited to breaking down complex ideas for lay audiences.

Mr. Rapaport is particularly passionate about written advocacy. Although he relishes a good courtroom fight, Mr. Rapaport recognizes the critical importance of writing in controlling the narrative and framing the issues advantageously. As a result, he has enjoyed repeated success with both dispositive motions and appellate briefs, including recently securing a voluntary dismissal based on what opposing counsel described as “the best reply brief I’ve ever seen.”

Mr. Rapaport also maintains an active pro bono practice that focuses on immigration and criminal justice matters. His pro bono successes include securing the release of an indigent criminal defendant who had been jailed for months before trial because she could not pay for court-imposed pre-trial monitoring and twice persuading the federal government to drop immigration appeals based solely on the strength of his opening briefs.

For Jay Rapaport, good advocacy means laser-like focus on his client’s goals and the key issues on which a case turns. Whether representing a Fortune 500 company or an individual, what matters most is knowing what the client wants to achieve and finding the shortest route to success. To meet his clients’ needs, Mr. Rapaport draws on a wealth of experience across practice areas: appellate, commercial, intellectual property, and class action defense, in particular. This diverse practice gives him a broad perspective uniquely suited to breaking down complex ideas for lay audiences.

Mr. Rapaport is particularly passionate about written advocacy. Although he relishes a good courtroom fight, Mr. Rapaport recognizes the critical importance of writing in controlling the narrative and framing the issues advantageously. As a result, he has enjoyed repeated success with both dispositive motions and appellate briefs, including recently securing a voluntary dismissal based on what opposing counsel described as “the best reply brief I’ve ever seen.”

Mr. Rapaport also maintains an active pro bono practice that focuses on immigration and criminal justice matters. His pro bono successes include securing the release of an indigent criminal defendant who had been jailed for months before trial because she could not pay for court-imposed pre-trial monitoring and twice persuading the federal government to drop immigration appeals based solely on the strength of his opening briefs.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Teams with ACLU to Fight Travel Ban

February 06, 2017

KVP attorneys and the ACLU are suing to block the Trump Administration’s Executive Order banning immigration and revoking visas for people from seven Muslim-majority nations. Read more