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Lynnise E. Phillips Pantin

Clinical Professor of Law

Lynnise E. Phillips Pantin

Phillips Pantin
Clinical Professor of Law

Lynnise E. Pantin ’03 is a clinical professor of law and the founding director of the Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic at Columbia Law School.  The clinic provides students with hands-on training in providing entrepreneurs with legal services in a range of transactional, intellectual property, and governance matters. Pantin’s scholarship focuses on clinical legal education, entrepreneurship, and economic justice. 

Prior to joining the Columbia Law faculty, Pantin founded and directed the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic at Boston College Law School. She was previously the co-founding director of the Transactional Law Clinic at New York Law School, where she taught Legal Practice and directed the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. 

Pantin began her career as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she practiced corporate and securities law in the investment management group within the firm’s corporate department. She advised private investment funds, their sponsors, and investors in all matters related to the formation and operation of domestic and international funds. She also provided pro bono services to nonprofit organizations and small businesses on business transactions, formation issues and governance, and regulatory compliance.

Before becoming a lawyer, Pantin was an elementary school teacher in Washington, D.C. She earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. in Media Studies from Pomona College.

  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2003
  • B.A., Pomona College, 1998
Areas of Expertise


  • Clinical legal education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic justice
  • Corporate and business law


Advanced Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic
Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic - Project Work
Professional Responsibility in Global Business