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WILLIAM M. JAY

PARTNER

  • J.D., 2001
    Harvard Law School
    (magna cum laude)
  • A.B., 1998
    Government
    Harvard College
    (magna cum laude)
  • 2004-2005 U.S. Supreme Court, Honorable Antonin Scalia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Honorable Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain

Willy Jay is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department and a co-chair of its Appellate Litigation Practice. A former Assistant to the Solicitor General, Mr. Jay has extensive experience with litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He has argued 11 cases before the Supreme Court, briefed more than 20 cases on the merits and briefed more than 150 cases at the certiorari stage. He also has significant experience with cases in the Court’s original jurisdiction.

Mr. Jay has handled cases in every federal court of appeals as well. He has personally briefed or argued more than 30 appellate cases, both in private practice and on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment, Criminal and Civil Divisions, and he has participated in numerous appellate matters involving government appeals or amicus participation.

Mr. Jay has particular experience in cases involving federal preemption of state law, environmental law, class action practice, and the First Amendment, including those involving campaign finance regulation, election law and constitutional challenges to public-corruption prosecutions.

WORK FOR CLIENTS

Since joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Jay has handled complex litigation matters in the Supreme Court; in the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, D.C., and Federal Circuits; and in various trial courts and administrative agencies. His recent significant representations include:

  • Successfully winning rehearing en banc in the First Circuit on behalf of a national bank in a putative nationwide class action, and co-authoring briefs that won a complete victory on rehearing en banc.
  • Briefing and orally arguing several significant issues of standing and timeliness under the Securities Act in the Fourth Circuit.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter in 2012, Mr. Jay served for five years as Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice.  In that capacity, he handled Supreme Court and appellate matters for a wide variety of federal agencies, including every Cabinet Department and numerous executive and independent agencies.  Previously, he was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in its Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group.

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Mr. Jay is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, in Virginia (inactive), and before numerous federal appellate courts.

RECOGNITION

As Assistant to the Solicitor General, Mr. Jay received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work on litigation arising from the bankruptcy of Chrysler, as well as a Special Commendation from the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division for his work on litigation involving oil drilling, invasive species and interstate water rights.

While in law school, Mr. Jay was executive editor of the Harvard Law Review.