Faith Gay is a founding partner of Selendy & Gay.
In a nationally recognized career spanning more than three decades, Faith Gay has been lead counsel in over 30 jury trials and has successfully navigated bet-the-company investigations for scores of Fortune 500 companies. Before founding Selendy & Gay, she was the Co-Chair of National Trial Practice at one of the nation’s top litigation firms and a highly respected federal prosecutor. Raised on a farm in rural Georgia and a long-time resident of New York City, Faith is comfortable in courtrooms around the country.
Faith “has been repeatedly recognized as one of the leading trial, appellate, and white-collar lawyers in the US.” See Burford Quarterly, Autumn 2016. In naming her a “Top Female Trial Lawyer,” Law360 described Faith as “a great litigator” with “a kind of magnetic charisma, a likeability and intelligence that allow her to present complicated cases in a way that disarms tough judges, hostile witnesses, and skeptical jury members.” A former Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit and of the Civil Rights Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Faith has deep experience on offense and defense.
Faith divides her time between complex civil litigation, corporate governance, and white-collar investigations. In her commercial practice, she focuses on antitrust and securities litigation, complex contractual and financing disputes, and consumer class actions. Her long roster of high profile clients whom she has served as national or lead trial counsel includes CCA, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Domtar, ETrade, Home Depot, Novartis, Nuance, Pfizer, Sandoz, and Schwab.
In her white-collar practice, Faith has represented individuals and corporations in investigations by the SEC, FINRA, DOJ, FDA, IRS, EPA, DOD, and numerous attorneys general. She has led internal investigations at the request of corporations, boards of directors, and special committees. No individual or corporation that Faith has represented while under investigation has been indicted.
Examples of Faith’s experience include:
- In a three-week trial in Delaware Chancery Court on fraud and breach of contract claims, obtained a complete defense verdict for a national communications conglomerate.
- In multiple Alien Tort Claims Act cases filed in New York and Florida federal courts, obtained complete dismissals for a Fortune 500 consumer products company.
- In state and federal securities class actions concerning payment-for-order flow allegations, obtained complete dismissals for a nationally-known discount brokerage concern.
- In FCPA investigations by the Department of Justice and SEC, obtained complete declinations for a Fortune 500 consumer conglomerate and related individuals.
- In defending a Fortune 500 consumer products company, obtained a key appellate ruling from an en banc panel of the Fourth Circuit that federal judges may vacate otherwise unappealable remand orders where there is evidence of attorney fraud associated with the remand.
- In a two-week patent trial in the Eastern District of Texas, obtained plaintiffs’ verdict for a Fortune 500 medical device company.
Faith has devoted significant time and energy to public interest litigation. She recently obtained a complete reversal of Marissa Alexander’s conviction and mandatory 20-year sentence for allegedly firing a warning shot at her serially abusive spouse. See “Florida Woman Whose ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense Was Rejected Is Released,” New York Times, 2/17/2017. She co-founded the American Immigration Representation Project to provide lawyers to immigrant detainees in response to new federal immigration and deportation policies. See “New Group Turns To BigLaw For Attorneys To Rep Immigrants,” Law360, 2/6/2017. Faith also represented New York Governor David Patterson in a victory the New York Times called “stunning” in upholding the appointment of Richard Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor. See “In 4-3 Vote, Court Says Paterson Can Appoint Lt. Governor,” New York Times, 9/22/2009. She has litigated numerous other civil rights, criminal, immigration and voting rights matters on a pro bono basis.
Faith earned her J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law, where she now serves on the Law Board. She is a Trustee of The Public Theater and a Member of the American Law Institute. Faith has also served as a Board Member of the American Constitution Society, the National Center for Access to Justice, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Union Theological Seminary Board of Trustees.
Chair, National Moot Court Board
Adlai E. Stevenson Moot Court Championship Team
(B.A., Public Policy Studies, with Honors, 1982)
Angier B. Duke Scholar
White & Case
United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York
Deputy Chief, Special Prosecutions Unit; Chief, Civil Rights Unit, 1994-1996
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, 1990-1993
Director’s Award for Special Achievement in Trial Litigation
(United States Department of Justice)
Civic Leadership Award
(The Citizens Union of New York)
Top 250 Women in Litigation
(Benchmark Litigation, 2017-2018)
National Litigation Star
(Benchmark Litigation, 2018)
Local Litigation Star
(Benchmark Litigation, 2018)
Top Rated White-Collar Crimes Attorney in New York
Leading Women Lawyers in New York
(Crain’s New York Business, 12/19/2017)
The 500 Leading Lawyers in America
(LawDragon 500, 2017)
Top Women Attorneys in New York
(New York Times)
Best Women Lawyers in New York City
(Above the Law, 12/19/2017)
Named Favorite Product Liability Attorney
(Law 360, Survey of General Counsel, 2/7/2016)
Client Service All-Star
Litigator of the Week
(AmLaw Litigation Daily, 11/30/2014)
Top Female Trial Lawyers
(Federal Bar Council, December, 2017)
Speaker, Prominent Women in Big Law, Government and Entrepreneurship
(Northwestern University School of Law Alumni Conference, September 2017)
“NLawProud: International Women’s Day 2017
(Profiles of 12 Northwestern University School of Law Women Leaders)
“Prominent Women Lawyers Call Out Their Mentors”
(Bloomberg, March 2016)
Speaker, Inaugural BigLaw Business Summit
(Bloomberg/BNA Law, March 2015)
State Bar of New York
State Bar of Florida
State Bar of Illinois
State Bar of Texas
United States Supreme Court
United States Courts of Appeals: First Circuit, Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Eighth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit
United States District Courts: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Southern District of Florida, Middle District of Florida, Eastern District of Texas