Jyotin Hamid, a partner in the New York office, is a seasoned litigator with extensive courtroom experience. He handles a diverse array of complex commercial litigation matters, with a particular focus on employment litigation and intellectual property disputes. He has represented major companies in their most challenging commercial matters. In the employment area, he has successfully handled numerous whistleblower, discrimination, contract, compensation and corporate raiding litigations involving high-level executives in a broad range of industries. Mr. Hamid also counsels employers on their most sensitive personnel matters, including investigations of alleged executive misconduct. He is also deeply involved in Debevoise’s market-leading intellectual property practice, and he has litigated trademark and trade dress cases involving some of the most well-known brands in the world.
Mr. Hamid is recommended as an employment lawyer by Chambers USA (2012–2021), which notes that “he is an excellent communicator, incredibly patient, practical” and that “he is thorough, diligent and committed to his client’s cause.” He is said to have “excellent understanding of business needs,” and has received praise as “very reflective and responsive, a good listener, an excellent writer and good at interpreting what [clients] are trying to accomplish.” He is also recognized as a “Labor & Employment Star” in the IFLR Benchmark Litigation guide (2021) and is recommended as an employment lawyer by SuperLawyers (2014–2018) and The Legal 500 US (2013–2021), where clients have described him as “exceptional in terms of service level, value and professionalism.” In 2010, Employment Law360 recognized Mr. Hamid as a Rising Star —one of “10 employment lawyers under 40 to watch.”
Mr. Hamid is a prominent member of the employment law bar. He served as Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Committee for the New York City Bar Association (2015–2018), and he is also a member of the Labor & Employment Sections of the New York State and American Bar Associations. He serves on the American Arbitration Association’s panel of arbitrators qualified to arbitrate employment cases. Mr. Hamid lectures and publishes frequently on developments in employment law.
Mr. Hamid joined Debevoise in 1998 and became a partner in 2007. He received his J.D. in 1998 from Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Journal of International Law, and his B.A. summa cum laude in 1995 from Tulane University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Hamid is admitted to appear before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and for the Northern District of Indiana, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits.
Mr. Hamid is also active in the pro bono legal services community. He is Chair of the Board of the Urban Justice Center and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Brooklyn Legal Services.