Michael Gay



Michael Gay is a litigation partner and national department chair for Litigation at Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Gay handles a variety of commercial disputes, including restrictive covenant litigation, patent and trademark litigation, environmental litigation, health care litigation and contract disputes. He is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Litigation Practices. Mr. Gay is former managing partner for the Orlando office.

Prior to joining Foley in 1995, Mr. Gay practiced in Houston, Texas, as a commercial trial lawyer.


Mr. Gay graduated from Duke University (J.D., with honors, 1990) and Tulane University (B.S., electrical engineering, 1987). Mr. Gay was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1990 and The Florida Bar in 1992.


Mr. Gay has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and has been recognized multiple times in the past by his peers as one of Florida's Legal Elite™ in Florida Trend magazine. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2011-2013 and 2016-2017 lists of Florida Super Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America© since 2013.

Representative Matters

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Served as electronic discovery counsel to leading national physician's group, advising regarding preservation, collection, search, and review in multiple active litigations.
Representation of commercial retailer in litigation proceedings to compel production of electronically stored information from non-party salient to underlying litigation, successfully obtaining order mandating the production of electronically stored information.
Theft of trade secret by manufacturer of liquid fertilizer servicing the citrus and vegetable industries. Temporary injunction obtained and settlement of claim resulting in monetary payment and permanent injunction.