Faith E. Gay
New York Office
Tel: +1 212-849-7000
Fax: +1 212-849-7100
Class Action Litigation
Product Liability and Mass Torts Litigation
White Collar and Corporate Investigations
Civic Leadership Award, The Citizens Union of New York
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Board of Directors
National Center for Access to Justice, Board of Directors
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc., Board of Directors
The Public Theatre, Board of Directors
American Law Institute, Member
George Jackson Academy, Trustee
United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals: First Circuit, Second 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; Member, The State Bar of New York; Member, The State Bar of Florida; Member, The State Bar of Texas; Member, The State Bar of Illinois
Ms. Gay has broad courtroom experience with more than 25 trials and 30 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 an undefeated 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.