Although a seasoned litigator whose practice is nationwide in scope, Jay considers litigation a means to solving a business problem, not an end in itself. He knows the best strategy for most clients is to avoid litigation and counsels accordingly about their most cost-effective options. Where litigation is unavoidable, his clients rely on him to resolve cases quickly.
During his 30-year career Jay has represented numerous individual and business clients – both plaintiffs and defendants – in civil litigation and white-collar criminal matters at the trial and appellate court levels. He has experience in all forms of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration and has appeared before local, state and federal courts and agencies across the country, including: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
Jay understands the different mindsets associated with prosecuting versus defending a case, and zealously advocates for clients regardless of which side of the table they sit on. His clients benefit from his unique background, which couples the street smarts, work ethic and tenacity of a former interstate truck driver with the intelligence, creativity and fast thinking of a classically educated doctor of philosophy.
When dealing with clients, Jay’s priorities are to provide lightning-quick responsiveness and identify at the outset what a “win” means from a practical business perspective. He also works with clients to find alternative billing arrangements.
This approach has proved successful for Jay on some of Schiff Hardin’s most complex and unorthodox cases. While his opponents are often mired in the minutiae that high stakes litigation can involve, Jay is able to simplify and quickly get to the heart of the matter, providing his clients with cost-effective and favorable results.