J.D. Rutgers School of Law – Newark, 2014
A.B. University of Chicago, 2005
Fay L. Szakal practices in the areas of both corporate law and litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Fay worked at a civil defense firm in Newark, where she represented large, national insurance companies and transportation companies in state and federal court matters in New York and New Jersey. Fay was also a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Carmen Messano, presiding judge of the Superior Court, Appellate Division in New Jersey. While clerking, Fay was exposed to a vast array of legal issues, and has experience analyzing and evaluating fact patterns, statutes, and regulations pertaining to multiple areas of law.
Fay received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, where she graduated with an A.B. in English literature and language cum laude with a minor in Gender Studies. While taking a gap year between college and law school, Fay decided to find a challenging interim career, and began teaching middle school language arts to eighth graders in a large New Jersey public school district. For the latter half of her eight year tenure as teacher, Fay attended Rutgers School of Law – Newark as part of the evening student program. While at Rutgers, she was an editor on Rutgers Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a teaching associate for the Legal Research & Writing program. Fay also enrolled in Rutgers’ first off-campus non-profit incorporation course, which she attended in the Dominican Republic and which resulted in her involvement in the actual drafting and filing of incorporation documents for a now-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Currently, Fay is admitted to the state bars of New York and New Jersey, and the federal bars of the District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, and Eastern District of New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Young Lawyers’ Division and LGBT Rights Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
When not practicing law, Fay enjoys time at home with her family, playing with her twin children and cooking.