Akiesha Gilcrist Sainvil

Associate

Overview

Akiesha Gilcrist Sainvil is an associate and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is a member of the firm's Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.

Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Sainvil was a litigation associate for a global law firm. During this time, she represented and counseled clients across a broad range of sectors and practice areas, with special emphasis on complex commercial litigation, product liability, and financial services matters. In that capacity, she defended major retailers, manufacturers, and loan service providers in both federal and state courts and under various state and federal statutes. She also served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable D. Michael Fisher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

While in law school, Ms. Sainvil interned for the Honorable David S. Cercone of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and served as a certified legal intern in University of Pittsburgh’s immigration clinic, where she represented immigrants seeking asylum and facing removal from the United States.

Representative Experience

  • National coordinating counsel for Fortune 50 transportation company
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a multinational retailing corporation in contract dispute in federal court
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of international banking and financial services institution in vehicle repossession class action in federal court
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of vehicle loan service provider in state court declaratory judgment action
  • Representation of product manufacturer in product liability actions in state and federal courts
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of restaurant franchisee in EEOC proceedings
  • Representation of § 1983 plaintiff in civil rights action in federal court
  • Received monetary judgment for pro bono client in landlord-tenant action at arbitration

Education

Ms. Sainvil received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 2013), where she served as the senior topics editor for the Law Review. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh (B.A., cum laude, 2010).

Recognition

Ms. Sainvil was selected to serve as a Pathfinder in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Program in 2017.

Selected Publications

  • Author, “Undocumented Immigrants: Lack of Equal Protection and Its Impact on Public Health,” Journal of Legal Medicine (2013)

Admissions

Ms. Sainvil is admitted to practice in Florida, Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.