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.
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.
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.