Gay is an experienced trial attorney who has served as national trial and litigation counsel for Fortune 500 companies in complex product liability litigation in both state and federal court throughout the United States, including in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida. She has served as first- or second-chair trial counsel in more than 15 cases and has been involved in taking or defending more than 150 depositions, both expert and fact. Gay has experience in all aspects of pre-trial and trial work, including discovery, motion practice and formulating and executing litigation strategy. She has handled jurisdictional dockets involving hundreds of complex, multi-party actions and has managed large case teams of attorneys, paralegals and analysts, both before and during trial, in addition to coordinating with co-defense counsel.

Gay has also served as litigation counsel in large, multi-defendant international litigation in which she developed and implemented a successful strategy to have a client parent company dismissed from the litigation. She has served as lead counsel in multiple actions attempting to pierce the corporate veil and has successfully briefed and argued numerous motions to dismiss on this issue in multiple courts in the United States. Gay has also argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Before initially joining Shook, Gay served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Missouri, where she handled hundreds of matters in federal court, including personal injury, employment, medical malpractice, administrative and commercial litigation cases. She tried cases and argued numerous motions, including complex summary judgment motions. Since rejoining the firm, Gay’s practice has focused on product liability litigation in the pharmaceutical and medical device context.

Gay has been active in various bar organizations over her career and frequently speaks on trial techniques and civil practice. She has taught in the Shook trial practice and deposition programs and made presentations on various aspects of trial preparation and case management. In addition, Gay has served as teaching faculty for the Trial Academy of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers and has spoken at the MODL/MATA Judicial Trial College. She has received a rating from Martindale-Hubbell that indicates she has reached the height of professional experience and has been recognized for the highest levels of skills and integrity.

Gay has a strong commitment to diversity and has previously served as the chair and vice chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and is a former member of the DRI Diversity Committee. She also served on the Diversity Task Force at a prior firm. In addition, Gay has served on the Shook Women’s Management Committee.

Gay has been an active member of various bar organizations over her career and has served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers. She is also a former DRI State Representative and past editor of the DRI Trials and Tribulations newsletter. Gay also served on the DRI Women in the Courtroom Committee, which published the DRI Whitepaper:  Women in the Courtroom: Best Practices Guide.

Representative Matters

Kemp v. Lorillard Tobacco Co. (2013) Gay served as defense trial counsel for Lorillard Tobacco Company in a three-week multi-defendant trial in Florida that resulted in a defense verdict.

Lourie v. Philip Morris USA, Inc. (2014) In a three-week multi-defendant trial in Florida, the plaintiff was found primarily at fault, and only a portion of the requested damages were awarded. Gay served as defense trial counsel for Lorillard Tobacco Company in the case.


Presenter, Complex Privilege Issues for In-House Counsel, Association of Corporate Counsel, Mid-America Chapter, (Kansas City, Missouri, September 14, 2016).

Presenter, Jury Research 101, Women in Law, University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas, March 29, 2016).

Presenter, Preparing Your 30(b)(6) Witness, Kansas Women Attorneys Association Annual Meeting (Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, July 17, 2015).

Presenter, Company and Employee Witnesses: Selection, Preparation and Privilege, Association of Corporate Counsel, Mid-America Chapter (November 12, 2014). 

Presenter, Voir Dire: The Art of DeSelection, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP  In-House CLE (New York City, New York, June 20, 2012).

Presenter, Discovery in Complex Cases, MODL/MATA Judicial Trial College (Lake Ozark, Missouri, April 29, 2010).

Presenter, Long Arm of the Law—the Rise of AG Investigations and Government Private Litigation, DRI Annual Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana, October 24, 2008). 

Presenter, Diversity: Retaining Women in Law, South Dakota Bar Association (Rapid City, South Dakota, June 19, 2008).

Presenter, Mentoring and Professional Development for Women in Law, DRI Young Lawyers Networking Luncheon (Orlando, Florida, June 6, 2008).

Moderator, Mastering the Art of Taking and Defending Depositions, The Missouri Bar (Kansas City, Missouri, February 15, 2008).

Presenter, Retention of Top Female Litigators, DRI Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C., October 11, 2007).

Faculty, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP Basic Trial Practice, (Kansas City Missouri, May 23/25, 2007).

Presenter, Jury Selection Issues, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP In-House CLE (Kansas City, April 19, 2007).

Faculty, Basic Deposition Training, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP (November 3-4, 2005).

Faculty, Basic Trial Practice Program, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP (Kansas City, Missouri, November 7, 2004).

Presenter, Damages In Catastrophic Cases, MODL Annual Meeting (July, 2004).

Faculty, Advanced Trial Practice, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP (March 30-April 2, 2004).

Presenter, Jury Research: A Primer, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP In-House CLE  (Kansas City, Missouri, January 16, 2004).

Faculty, Deposition Training, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP (Kansas City Missouri,  June, 2002).