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Jay Minga is a senior associate in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he is a member of the Litigation Department and the firm’s Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Innovation Practice Group. Jay’s practice encompasses securities, antitrust, intellectual property and media, investor-state, lending, technology litigation, restructuring and other disputes in and out of federal courts, and domestic and international arbitrations, and internal investigations.
Jay is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US) and counsels with respect to data innovation regulatory issues, internal and regulatory investigations, and litigation risk. As a seasoned litigator, Jay has significant experience at all phases of litigation, from nascency, to pleadings, dispositive motions, discovery, and trial (in-person and virtual), as well as appeals before multiple federal appellate courts.
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* Includes matters prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Jay’s dedication to pro bono practice covers a variety of human rights issues, from asylum, refugee, and habeas matters, to First Amendment, anti-racial and anti-religious discrimination Section 1985 civil rights litigation, to United States and foreign Supreme Court amicus briefs, including in the landmark United States Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodgeson on behalf of several renowned organizations. His pro bono practice has garnered numerous recognitions, including the International Pro Bono Excellence Award from the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice in connection an amicus before the Supreme Court of Chile on international law and the human right to a healthy environment.
Jay currently serves as a Board Member of the Din & Tonics Alumni Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, previously served as the Associate Editor for the ABA Section of Litigation Ethics & Professionalism Committee, to whose publications he has contributed, and coached high school mock trial through the New York City’s Justice Resource Center.
Jay earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2013, where he earned Gerald Gunther Class Prizes in Administrative Law and Tort Law, served as a Notes Committee Member on the Stanford Law Review, Associate Editor on the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance, Teaching Assistant to Professor Robert Daines for the Law of Corporations, Curriculum Director for the Afghanistan Legal Education Project on the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic factfinding team in successful Torture Victim Protection Act litigation against the former Bolivian president and his foreign minister for the events of Black October, and a team member for a microfinance startup in Nairobi, Kenya under the auspices of the Stanford Law School and Stanford d.school course Designing Liberation Technologies.
Jay is also a former Arabic interpreter, a former Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellow at the American University in Cairo, and a former Harvard University George Peabody Gardner Travel Fellow. Jay is professionally proficient in Spanish as well.
Jay received his Honors A.B. in the Comparative Study of Religion, magna cum laude, as well as a Certificate in Arabic, from Harvard University, where his honors thesis analyzed Classical Islamic to modern interpretations of the Quranic account of the Companions of the Cave, which story appears in diverse religious and cultural traditions.
Prior to beginning private practice, Jay served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jerome A. Holmes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Jay is admitted to practice law in the State of California, the State of New York, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Tenth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California, and Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Before joining Gibson Dunn’s Palo Alto office, Jay was Litigation Counsel at the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he practiced in the Complex Commercial Litigation group from 2014 to 2022, and where he also served as the chair of Weil’s Green Committee and as a member of Weil’s eDiscovery Task Force.
Stanford University - 2013 Juris Doctor
Harvard University - 2005 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar