Gay, Faith E.

Faith E. Gay



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, Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Counsel 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 has been named one of the Top Female 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 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, Schwab, Travelport, and Wyeth. Ms. Gay's civil docket - in which she has a near perfect record as lead trial counsel - focuses on securities litigation, complex contractual and financing disputes, products liability 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 compliance and investigations as well as reporting and accounting issues. She has led internal investigations at the request of corporations, boards of directors, and special committees. No corporation or individual that Ms. Gay has represented while under investigation has ever been indicted.

Ms. Gay has also devoted significant time and energy to public interest litigation.  By way of example, she successfully defended a constitutional amendment establishing a state minimum wage before the Florida Supreme Court. She 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.  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 sexually abusive spouse.  More generally, she has litigated numerous criminal,  immigration and housing court matters on a pro bono basis during her 25+ year career.  

  Practice Areas

  • Class Action Litigation
  • Product Liability & Mass Torts Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • White Collar & Corporate Investigations
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation


  • Northwestern University School of Law
    (J.D., 1986)
    • National Moot Court Board:
      • Chair
    • Adlai E. Stevenson Moot Court Championship Team:
    • Best Brief, 1985
  • Duke University
    (B.A., Public Policy Studies, with Honors, 1982)
    • Angier B. Duke Scholar


United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals: First Circuit, Second Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Eleventh Circuit; United States District Court: Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, Southern District of Florida; The State Bar of New York; The State Bar of Florida; The State Bar of Texas; The State Bar of Illinois

  Prior Associations

  • White & Case: 
    • Partner, 2001-2006

  • Sidley & Austin:
    • Partner, 1997-2001

  • 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


  • Named a "Top Female Trial Lawyer in America" by Law360
  • Named a BTI Client Service All Star
  • Civic Leadership Award, The Citizens Union of New York
  • United States Department of Justice,
    • Director's Award for Special Achievement in Trial Litigation:
    • 1992 and 1996

Professional Activities

  • Center on Civil Justice, Advisory Board
  • American Constitution Society, Board of Directors
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board of Directors
  • National Center for Access to Justice, Board of Directors
  • The Public Theatre, Board of Directors
  • American Law Institute, Member