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White collar crime

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. 

Prior to founding Selendy & Gay, she was the Co-Chair of National Trial Practice at one of the nation’s top litigation firms, and served as 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. 

Throughout her career, Faith has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s leading trial, appellate and white-collar lawyers. Law360 has called her a “top female trial lawyer” 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.” 

Faith 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 for whom she has served as national or lead trial counsel includes many of the world’s largest companies. 

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 co-founded the American Immigration Representation Project to provide counsel to immigrant detainees facing deportation in response to new federal immigration and deportation policies, and she has also represented New York Governor David Patterson in a victory that The New York Times called “stunning” in upholding the appointment of Richard Ravitch as Lieutenant Governor. 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.

Last updated July 2020