Jennifer Selendy

Managing Partner

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Jennifer Selendy is a founding and managing partner of Selendy & Gay.

Jennifer is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer who was recognized as a New York Metro “Super Lawyer” in 2019. She specializes in complex and high-stakes disputes for plaintiffs and defendants and is also frequently tapped for sensitive internal and governmental investigations in areas that include antitrust, financial misconduct, and sensitive employment-related matters.

Jennifer’s areas of expertise include antitrust, energy, financial services and products, private equity and investment disputes, RICO, bankruptcy, domestic and international arbitration, and cross-border disputes. She has represented a number of private equity and private investment companies in precedent-setting litigation, and represents a number of renewable energy companies and interests in cutting edge litigation matters aimed at protecting competition in power generation for the benefit of consumers.

Representative Matters

  • In re Qimonda AG: Successfully defended IP licensing rights valued at more than $4 billion for four of the world’s largest semiconductor companies in a cross-border insolvency dispute tried in the Eastern District of Virginia and affirmed on appeal by the Fourth Circuit.
  • Discover Financial Services v. Visa:  Led the prosecution of a complex antitrust suit against Visa and MasterCard that settled on the eve of trial in favor of her client for $2.75 billion. She currently represents Discover’s debit affiliation Pulse Network LLC in a debit monopolization case against Visa.
  • Trilantic Capital Partners IV v. UFCW Int’l Union Ind. Pension Fund: Representing a private equity company in a declaratory judgment action challenging the pension fund's assertions of ERISA withdrawal liability against a private equity investor.
  • TBear Gulch Solar v. Montana Public Service Commission: Representing a renewable energy company and a number of its solar projects in a challenge to the rule adopted by the Montana Public Service Commission setting the standard for establishing a “legally enforceable obligation” to sell electricity between qualifying solar facilities and the utility in violation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.

Jennifer has an active public interest practice, focusing on poverty and women’s rights, climate change, and education. In the matter of Thompson v. MacDonald, she served as lead trial counsel and won an injunction against the State of Maryland mandating delivery of federal benefits and services to indigent children and families; for this result, she received the Pro Bono Service Award from the Homeless Persons Representation Project of Baltimore. Jennifer represents Vote Solar before the State of Utah Public Service Commission to determine the value of solar energy in the state’s net metering program and she litigated against Rocky Mountain Power in its attempt to end net metering in Utah. She also volunteered her services on multiple matters for New Leaders for New Schools.

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Jennifer received her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School after completing an M.Phil. in International Relations at Oxford (St. Antony’s) as a Marshall Scholar. Since 2012, she has served as the board chairman for the National Center for Law & Economic Justice. Jennifer is also the co-founder and board chairman of The Speyer Legacy School, an independent K-8 school for gifted children that focuses on identifying and educating low-income, high-achieving children in New York City.

  • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1995)
    Cum laude
  • University of Oxford (M.Phil, International Relations, 1992)
    Marshall Scholar
  • Tufts University (B.A., International Relations, 1990)
    Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Partner, 2016-2018

Kirkland & Ellis
Partner, 2001-2016
Associate, 1999-2001

Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Associate, 1995-1999

  • State Bar of New York
  • United States District Courts: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Western District of Tennessee
  • United States Courts of Appeals: Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit