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Jamisen Etzel began his legal career at Carlson Lynch as an associate in 2012, becoming partner in January 2020. Jamisen represents plaintiffs in all facets and stages of class and complex litigation, practicing primarily in data breach, privacy, wage and hour/misclassification, consumer fraud, financial fraud, and breach of contract matters. Jamisen regularly serves as court-appointed lead or co-lead counsel, and in that capacity has obtained final approval of numerous class action settlements.

Jamisen contributes in various capacities to high-profile complex and multidistrict class actions in federal and state courts around the country. His prior experience includes participation in the investigation, briefing, discovery, and resolution of major cases against The Wendy’s Company, Home Depot, Target, Eddie Bauer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, PNC Bank, and Equifax, all of which ended in approved class action settlements and returned millions of dollars in cash and other benefits to Carlson Lynch’s clients.

In March 2018, Jamisen was part of a three-person trial team that obtained a rare federal court class action jury award of $4.5 million in unpaid wages and illegally confiscated tips for misclassified nightclub workers. In 2017, Jamisen was the lead associate in Carlson Lynch’s team during a class arbitration trial concerning illegal second mortgage lending practices, resulting in a $24 million recovery for Carlson Lynch’s clients.

Jamisen achieves significant successes for his clients in appellate courts, helping to shape favorable law for consumers and employees. As lead briefing and arguing counsel, Jamisen won appeals in four published cases in recent years, including two reversals:

  • Van v. LLR, Inc., 962 F.3d 1160 (9th Cir. 2020)
  • Verma v. 3001 Castor Inc., 937 F.3d 221 (3d Cir. 2019)
  • Mickles v. Country Club, Inc., 887 F.3d 1270 (11th Cir. 2018)
  • DeGidio v. Crazy Horse Saloon and Restaurant, Inc., 880 F.3d 135 (4th Cir. 2018)

Jamisen was also one of the primary brief writers in the Dittman v. UPMC appeals, leading to a groundbreaking opinion from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania—in favor of Carlson Lynch’s clients—which clarified Pennsylvania’s economic loss rule and recognized that a common law duty of reasonable care applies to those who collect sensitive personal and financial data. 196 A.3d 1036 (Pa. 2018).

Jamisen attended Duquesne University where he graduated magna cum laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  He obtained his law degree from New York University School of Law in 2011.  While at NYU Law, Jamisen was Managing Editor of the Journal of Legislation and Public Policy.  During the summer of 2010, Jamisen interned with United States Senior District Judge William H. Walls of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

In 2019 and 2020, Jamisen was selected to SuperLawyers – Rising Stars, a distinction given to no more than 2.5% of his peers under the age of 40.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Education

  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • Duquesne University, B.A., Political Science, 2008