(Excerpts from this story were originally published in Crain's New York Business)
Crain’s New York Business has named 100 New Yorkers to the list of 2020 Notable Women in Law. In a world full of injustices, they are fierce in their commitment to public service and pro bono causes. For these women, balance is an essential part of life: juggling distinguished careers, family, and philanthropic activities.
Jennifer Selendy holds a master’s degree in philosophy in international relations from Oxford University—which might give her an edge when it comes to the conflict resolution side of legal practice. The founding and managing partner at Selendy & Gay is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer who is particularly skilled at handling high-stakes disputes. Her practice areas include antitrust, energy, financial services, bankruptcy, domestic and international arbitration, cross-border disputes, governmental investigations and employment-related matters. Selendy’s broad-based clientele includes private-equity and investment firms and renewable energy companies. She does pro bono work for Vote Solar, which works to make solar power more affordable and accessible, Selendy has received numerous industry awards.
Caitlin Halligan has quite an extraordinary résumé. She’s argued six cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and served as counsel of record in more than 45 matters before that august body. The Selendy & Gay partner, one of the nation’s preeminent appellate lawyers, has represented scores of cases in federal and state appellate courts. Her list of previous positions is likewise impressive: New York’s solicitor general for several years, first chief of the New York attorney general’s Internet Bureau and general counsel to the New York County district attorney’s office. She is a recipient of the Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy from the Office of the Appellate Defender. Halligan, who clerked for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer at the U.S. Supreme Court, is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.