Selendy & Gay Expands Supreme Court and Appellate Practice with Caitlin Halligan

Mar 11, 2019 10:20 am


Selendy & Gay announced today that Caitlin Halligan, one of the nation’s
leading appellate attorneys, has joined the firm. Her impressive career
includes stints in senior government positions and in private practice.
She has served as counsel of record in more than 45 matters in the U.S.
Supreme Court, and handled scores of cases in the federal appellate
courts, the New York Court of Appeals, and other state appellate courts.

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Caitlin Halligan (Photo: Business Wire)Caitlin Halligan (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are so pleased to add Caitlin to our partnership. She has
established herself as a powerhouse litigator with a stellar record of
appellate victories,” said Managing Partner David Elsberg. “Caitlin’s
breadth of experience, and her commitment to social justice aligns well
with our values at Selendy & Gay. A talent like this could have gone to
any firm, and we are so thrilled that she’ll be joining our vibrant
community and spearheading our appellate practice going forward.”

Named partner Faith Gay added, “Caitlin has an extraordinary mind,
creative intelligence and strategic savvy. I have long wanted to
practice with her, and her notable breadth of public/private experience
fits our firm’s strengths perfectly. We believe she’ll provide important
leadership in our firm for many years to come.”

Ms. Halligan joins Selendy & Gay, an elite litigation and investigations
firm established in early 2018 to shift the paradigm of the traditional
law firm model, by re-thinking law firm structure, operations, and
culture. “Our founding principles include a relentless dedication to
excellence, an open and meritocratic culture, and a deeply practical
sense of our responsibilities as litigators. Caitlin was made to be one
of us,” said Philippe Selendy. With Ms. Halligan’s arrival, the firm
includes 13 accomplished partners who balance plaintiff and defense
work. The firm is majority owned by women, many of whom hold leadership
positions across the firm’s practices and management structure.

Prior to Selendy & Gay, Ms. Halligan was a partner in Gibson Dunn’s
appellate and constitutional law practice groups. Ms. Halligan served as
Solicitor General for the State of New York from 2001 to 2007, after
serving as Deputy Solicitor General. Before that, she served as the
first Chief of the New York Attorney General’s Internet Bureau, where
she developed law enforcement and policy initiatives regarding online
consumer fraud, privacy, online securities trading and other
internet-related issues. Ms. Halligan also served as General Counsel to
the New York County District Attorney’s Office under the leadership of
Cyrus Vance. She has been praised for her “impressive track record” by
Chambers USA, named a “Litigation Star” and one of the “Top 250 Women in
Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation and recognized in LawDragon 500’s
list of leading lawyers in 2019.

“I am delighted to be joining Selendy & Gay, a firm that has already
done so much to rethink the traditional law firm model,” said Ms.
Halligan. “I look forward to expanding the firm’s appellate practice and
working with a group of exceptionally talented and successful lawyers
whom I have respected for a long time. I am also tremendously excited
about the firm’s deep commitment to pro bono practice, and the
recognition that elite law firms can both do good and do well.”

“Over the past year, we’ve hired 25 exceptional associates, and have
grown the firm to 135 professionals,” said Managing Partner Jennifer
Selendy. “As a rare lateral partner hire, Caitlin is exactly the caliber
of thinker and practitioner that aligns with our vision.”

Ms. Halligan earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the
Georgetown University Law Center. She clerked for the Honorable Justice
Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Honorable Patricia Wald
of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She is a member of
the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American Academy of
Appellate Lawyers, and has taught as a Lecturer In Law at Columbia Law
School, and currently teaches at Harvard Law School.

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