Holdyn Brand

Holdyn received his JD from The George Washington University Law School as a Public Interest and Government Scholar and his BA from Baruch College, CUNY in Political Science and Journalism with minors in Spanish and Law and Policy, summa cum laude, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Financial Management through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. He is the 2017 recipient of the Gold National Service Public Interest Award, the highest national public interest award, from President Barack Obama for completing over five-hundred hours of pro-bono legal services whilst in law school. Holdyn also studied  International Business and International Trade Law for a semester at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Law in The Netherlands. 

Prior to joining the Consumer Justice Practice at TakeRoot Justice, Holdyn represented low-income individuals on eviction defense cases, including representing public and subsidized housing residents, tenants with disabilities, elderly, survivors of domestic  and intimate partner violence, and those with reduced access to justice because of limited English by utilizing his bilingual client counseling and legal skills. Before his transition to legal services, Holdyn was appointed to the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department in the Commercial and Real Estate Litigation and Administrative Law Litigation divisions where he defended the City and numerous city agencies in complex contractual and real estate litigation matters and challenges to the city’s statutory and regulatory systems under Article 78 petitions.

While in law school he served as a legal intern with the White House, Executive Office of the President in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he focused primarily on trade compliance and enforcement initiatives between the US and Latin America.   He also worked as a law clerk with the Washington D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings in the rental housing and employment jurisdictions and further fostered his litigation and bilingual client-counseling skills at the Department of Justice in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices .  He was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board and the Mock Trial Board where he coached the winning team for the 2016 school-wide competition.