Jamisen A. Etzel
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 served an internship with United States Senior District Judge William H. Walls of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Jamisen works primarily in the firm’s data breach, privacy, consumer, and employment class litigation practices, and has been involved in most of the firm’s recent appellate work, securing three favorable, published opinions from U.S. Courts of Appeals in 2018 and 2019.
In March 2018, Jamisen was part of a three-person trial team that obtained a jury award of $4.5 million in unpaid wages and illegally confiscated tips for class of misclassified nightclub workers in Verma v. 3001 Castor Inc., 2:13-cv-3034-AB (E.D. Pa.). Jamisen then briefed and presented oral argument in the defendant’s post-trial appeal to the Third Circuit, and obtained an across-the-board affirmance of Carlson Lynch’s trial victory. Verma v. 3001 Castor Inc., 937 F.3d 221 (3d Cir. 2019).
Jamisen served as briefing and arguing counsel for successful appellants in Mickles v. Country Club, Inc., 887 F.3d 1270 (11th Cir. 2018), in which the Eleventh Circuit determined, as a matter of first impression among the U.S. Courts of Appeals, that the filing of a consent-to-join-form in an FLSA collective action is sufficient to confer full party status on the opt-in plaintiff. Jamisen served as primary briefing and arguing counsel in DeGidio v. Crazy Horse Saloon and Restaurant, Inc., 880 F.3d 135 (4th Cir. 2018), wherein the Fourth Circuit held that an employer’s mandatory arbitration agreements were unenforceable due to the employer’s abusive tactics in disseminating the agreements and the employer’s delay in moving to enforce the agreements in the district court proceedings.
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 employers have a common law duty to use reasonable care when collecting sensitive employee data. 196 A.3d 1036 (Pa. 2018).
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- New York University School of Law, J.D., 2011
- Duquesne University, B.A., Political Science, 2008