How to Make Partner at Selendy & Gay


Robbie Li
January 13, 2021
Legal Career

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.” 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.”

Faith joins the podcast to talk about how to make business contacts in the midst of the pandemic, and what it takes to become a partner at Selendy & Gay.

Listen to the podcast to learn:

  • Why Faith took a break from BigLaw partnership to pursue a degree in Divinity, and how this experience influenced her legal practice
  • What Faith looks for when recruiting associates and electing them to the partnership
  • Why Faith believes now is the perfect time to make business contacts and how she approaches business development
  • Faith’s thoughts on law firm diversity and her message to the legal community
  • How Faith views litigation funding, as she emphasizes that “client’s interests should come first, come last, come everywhere in between”

More tips from top litigators on how they made partner can be found on Legalist's Rainmaker podcast, now available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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