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Selendy & Gay
NEW YORK, NY 10104
United States

Work Department

Securities & Structured Finance


Founding Partner


Philippe Selendy is a founding partner of Selendy & Gay.

In 2016, The American Lawyer named Philippe “Litigator of the Year,” awarding him its first Grand Prize in Litigation. Over the last decade, Philippe has recovered over $35 billion for his clients on the plaintiff side, while also successfully defending clients in a broad range of areas. Named a National Law Journal “Trailblazer,” a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by Benchmark Litigation, a “Leading Lawyer” by Lawdragon 500, a New York Metro “Super Lawyer,” both a “Securities MVP” and a “Banking MVP” by Law360, and a “Leading Lawyer in Securities Plaintiff Litigation” by The Legal 500, Philippe is a four-time AmLaw “Litigator of the Week.” As Benchmark Litigation reports, Philippe “has achieved national prominence for his litigation and international arbitration practice in areas including securities, insurance, and energy.” Lauded by the Financial Times as “The Man Who Took on Wall Street,” and by Reuters and AmLaw as the “$25 Billion Man,” AmLaw reported that the Federal Housing Finance Agency “hit the jackpot” when it hired Philippe to lead its “litigation assault on Wall Street.”

Philippe has 25 years of experience in complex commercial litigation with expertise in areas including securities, financial products, insurance, energy, antitrust, appellate, domestic and international arbitration, and public-sector litigation.

Philippe’s public interest practice includes pro bono work for Vote Solar to promote advanced sustainable energy, as well as a trial victory as co-counsel with the NRDC in a precedent-setting methylmercury pollution case under RCRA. Philippe is a founding supporter of the Speyer Legacy School and a board member of IQ Squared.




Founding Supporter of Speyer Legacy School


Harvard Law School
(J.D., cum laude, 1993)

Harvard College
(A.B., cum laude, 1990)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: plaintiff

(Leading lawyers)

Philippe SelendySelendy & Gay

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

Entering the ranking for the first time, Selendy & Gay is a litigation boutique formed in February 2018 by a team of veteran commercial litigators from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Since its inception, the has attracted a diverse and impressive range of clients, and it is currently active on a number of complex high-value cases, enforcing a firm-wide 50/50 split between defense and plaintiff work. Philippe Selendy and Sean Baldwin are representing Cerberus Capital Management as plaintiff in a $950m breach of contract action against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Elsewhere, Faith Gay, Maria Ginzburg and Lena Konanova are representing a class of public servants in a federal class action suit against student loan servicer Navient; the alleged damages for the case exceed $1bn. Other key lawyers include managing partners David Elsberg and Jennifer Selendy. In a major team development, leading appellate lawyer Caitlin Halligan joined from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in March 2019.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP focuses exclusively on commercial dispute resolution, and has a reputation for trial work of the highest quality. From its head office in Los Angeles, it maintains longstanding relationships with the biggest names in the tech industry, and is notable for its work in the IP space. The firm recently represented Qualcomm in its widely publicized battle with Apple; David Nelson from the Chicago office secured a victory for Qualcomm in the only patent infringement case that proceeded to jury trial in the Southern District of California. The team’s expertise extends far beyond tech, however. Alongside work in various industries, it is active in the energy sector: from the Houston office, head of energy practice Karl Stern secured a $700m international arbitration judgment for Vantage Deepwater. In another highlight, Shon Morgan in LA secured a significant victory for Hyundai, successfully petitioning the Ninth Circuit of Appeals to overturn a previous unfavorable ruling arising out of a multi-district class action lawsuit. In New York, Maaren Shah is a top art law attorney. 2018 saw the departure of Faith Gay and Philippe Selendy to form Selendy & Gay. The practice saw  14 parter promotions in 2019, and a number of notable lateral hires strengthened the team across the board.

United States > Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)

In the two years since its establishment in 2018, New York-based firm Selendy & Gay has established itself as a top performer in the securities litigation space. As a result, the firm’s appellate attorneys are routinely involved in defending securities-related decisions for clients, an area where founding partner Philippe Selendy and Sean Baldwin are standout practitioners. In addition, the team’s caseload also reveals a strength in insurance sector appeals. The group is led by Caitlin Halligan (‘always available’), whose counsel of record experience at the US Supreme Court spans over 45 cases. Lena Konanova is also a key figure in the team.