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Jeltje DeJong- Of Counsel

Ms. Jeltje DeJong has made a name for herself throughout her 22 year career. A graduate of Hofstra University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1971, Ms. DeJong then was awarded her Juris Doctor Degree from Vermont Law School in 1981. Admitted to the New York, bar in 1982, Ms. DeJong is also admitted to practice in U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1988, Ms. DeJong joined the Suffolk County Attorney's Office and spent 14 of her 16 years with the office defending federal civil rights cases and employment discrimination cases. Initially, while in the Torts Bureau, she averaged thirteen trials per year and appeared before judges in the Eastern District of New York on a routine basis. Ms. DeJong has successfully defended two police shooting death cases, countless excessive force cases, failure to protect claims, as well as several search and seizure, false arrest, and malicious prosecution cases.

In 2001, Ms. DeJong was promoted to Bureau Chief of the General Litigation Bureau and while supervising nine attorneys, continued to maintain her own caseload and try employment discrimination cases. Ms. DeJong has taught use of force, powers of arrest, and general liability at the sheriff's academy and police academy. She has also trained county affirmative action officers in such areas as sexual harassment/discrimination investigations and complaint processing. Additionally, Ms. DeJong has lectured at the New York State Bar Association regarding litigating and defending actions against municipalities.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Federal Bar Council, 2002 – 2004, Member

  • Suffolk County Bar Association, Member

  • New York State Bar Association

  • Suffolk Women’s Bar Association

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