Gay, Faith E.

Faith E. Gay

Partner

  Biography

Faith E. Gay is Co-Chair of the Firm's National Trial Practice and Co-Chair of the New York White Collar Practice.  She has been repeatedly recognized as one of the leading trial, appellate and white collar lawyers in the United States by Chambers USA, Lawdragon 500, Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Counsel, Benchmark and Super Lawyers, among others.  Prior to entering private practice, she was Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit and the Civil Rights Division while serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York.  She was twice awarded the Director's Award for Special Achievement in Trial Litigation by the Attorney General of the United States, and she was recently named one of the Top Trial Lawyers in America by Law360.

Ms. Gay has broad courtroom experience with more than 30 trials and 35 appellate arguments to her credit.  Her practice is divided between complex civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants, and corporate governance/white collar matters.  Ms. Gay's long roster of high profile clients whom she has served as national or lead trial counsel include Coca-Cola, Colgate, ETrade, Home Depot, Morgan Stanley, Motorola, Novartis, Nuance, Pfizer, Sandoz and Schwab.   Ms. Gay's civil docket - in which she has a near perfect record as lead trial counsel - focuses on antitrust and securities litigation, complex contractual and financing disputes, and consumer class actions. 

In the white collar arena, she has represented corporations and individuals in investigations by the SEC, FINRA, DOJ, FDA, IRS, EPA, DOD and numerous attorneys general.  Ms. Gay's SEC/FINRA experience includes OFAC and FCPA investigations as well as FCA, data breach and accounting issues. She has led internal investigations at the request of corporations, boards of directors, and special committees.  No corporation or individual Ms. Gay has represented while under investigation has ever been indicted.

Ms. Gay has also devoted significant time and energy to public interest litigation.  She 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.  She also successfully defended a constitutional amendment establishing a state minimum wage before the Florida Supreme Court.  She recently obtained the complete reversal of her client Marissa Alexander’s conviction and mandatory 20 year sentence for allegedly firing a warning shot at her serially abusive spouse.  More generally, she has litigated numerous civil rights, criminal,  immigration and voting rights matters on a pro bono basis during her 30 year career.   

Ms. Gay was recently profiled by Burford Quarterly. The publication can be found here. 

  Practice Areas

  • Class Action Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • White Collar & Corporate Investigations
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • International Trade Litigation

  Education

  • 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, with Honors, 1982)
    • Angier B. Duke Scholar

  Admissions

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; The State Bar of New York; The State Bar of Florida; The State Bar of Texas; The State Bar of Illinois

  Prior Associations

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

  • Sidley & Austin: 
    • Partner, 1997 - 2001

  • White & Case:
    • Partner, 2001-2006

  Awards

  • United States Department of Justice,
    • Director's Award for Special Achievement in Trial Litigation
  • Civic Leadership Award, The Citizens Union New York
  • LawDragon 500 - The 500 Leading Lawyers in America
  • Law360 - Top Female Trial Lawyers in America
  • New York Times - Top Women Attorneys in New York

Professional Activities

  • The Public Theater, Trustee
  • American Constitution Society, Board of Directors
  • National Center of Access to Justice, Board of Directors
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board of Directors
  • Union Theological, Board of Directors
  • Center on Civil Justice, Advisory Board
  • American Law Institute, Member