Faith Gay


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Faith Gay is a founding partner of Selendy & Gay.

In a nationally recognized career spanning more than three decades, Faith 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 in rural Georgia and a long-time resident of New York City, Faith is comfortable in courtrooms around the country.

Chambers USA recognizes Faith as one of the nation’s leading litigators, citing “significant praise from sources for her work in high-stakes litigation covering commercial claims, white-collar issues and matters of constitutional law.” Clients have touted her "extraordinary feel for litigation,” saying: "I've never met a lawyer like her; she combines so many talents into a single human body. She's incredibly responsive, unbelievably insightful, and her advice is always really sound." Faith has also been named a “Top 250 Female Litigator” by Benchmark Litigation, a “Leading Lawyer in America” by Lawdragon 500, and is the recipient of the Office of the Appellate Defender's Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy. 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 chief of the Civil Rights Unit (Criminal Division) and deputy chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Faith has deep experience on offense and defense. She 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 that she has served as national or lead trial counsel includes CCA, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Domtar, E-Trade, Home Depot, McKinsey & Company, 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.

Representative Matters

  • In a three-week trial in Delaware Court of Chancery 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.
  • Successfully represented a biotechnology company in obtaining judgment dismissing a complex patent infringement suit brought by a multinational pharmaceutical company that sought over $500 million in damages.

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,” The 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,” The New York Times, 9/22/2009. She has litigated numerous other civil rights, criminal, immigration and voting rights matters on a pro bono basis.

Affiliations & Community Involvement

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, a Member of the American Law Institute, and a board member of Her Justice, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal help to women living in poverty in New York City. 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.

  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1986)
    Chair, National Moot Court Board; Adlai E. Stevenson Moot Court Championship Team
  • Duke University (B.A., Public Policy Studies, 1982)
    Angier B. Duke Scholar
  • Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 2019)

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Partner, 2006-2018

White & Case
Partner, 2001-2006

Sidley Austin
Partner, 1997-2001

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
Deputy Chief, Special Prosecutions Unit and Chief, Civil Rights Unit (Criminal Division), 1994-1996
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, 1990-1993

  • 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