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 has been named a "Distinguished Leader" by the New York Law Journal, a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, one of the “Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America” by Lawdragon, and noted for her skill in complex commercial litigation by The Legal 500.

In addition to representing plaintiffs in high-stakes disputes, Jennifer also specializes in complex defense work and is frequently tapped for sensitive internal and governmental investigations into antitrust, financial misconduct, and employment-related matters. She has represented private equity and investment companies in precedent-setting litigation, represents renewable energy companies and related interests in cutting edge litigation aimed at protecting competition in power generation for the benefit of consumers, and has extensive expertise in RICO, bankruptcy, domestic and international arbitration, and cross-border disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Jay Alix v. McKinsey & Co.: Representing McKinsey & Co. against claims by Jay Alix, founder of consulting firm AlixPartners, and Mar-Bow Partners challenging McKinsey’s Chapter 11 disclosures under Rule 2014. Jennifer and her team achieved a significant victory when the Southern District of New York dismissed RICO claims against McKinsey in their entirety, with prejudice.
  • Mar-Bow Value Partners LLC v. McKinsey & Co.: In the matter of Alpha Natural Resources, successfully achieving, despite a relentless campaign, a ruling in federal bankruptcy court in Richmond, VA that Jay Alix’s Mar-Bow Partners does not have standing to be heard on its ongoing conflict-of-interest dispute in relation to Alpha Natural Resources, a bankruptcy coal miner.
  • Marshall Broadcasting Group, Inc. v. Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.: Currently representing Nexstar Broadcasting Inc., one of the largest television station operators in the United States, in a chapter 11 case concerning several television stations sold to Marshall Broadcasting Group (MBG), past payments owed to Nexstar for services, and the ability of MBG to reject contracts as part of its restructuring.
  • National Public Finance Guarantee Corp. v. UBS Financial Services Inc.: Currently representing National Public Finance Guarantee and MBIA in a lawsuit to hold eight major Wall Street banks accountable for inequitable conduct that contributed to Puerto Rico’s economic collapse. Plaintiffs in this case are bond insurers that have been presented with, and fully honored, over $1 billion dollars in claims after the municipal debt underwritten by the banks-– without proper due diligence or disclosures-– became unsustainable for Puerto Rico and its agencies, leading to massive defaults.
  • 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.

Jennifer maintains an active public interest practice, focusing on poverty and women’s rights, climate change, and education. In 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.

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