Jay DeSanto is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the firm's Litigation Group. Jay litigates complex commercial disputes across a broad spectrum of industries, with a focus on representing health care companies and higher education institutions. Jay has experience litigating high-stakes cases before federal and state courts and before commercial arbitration panels. He regularly participates in all phases of litigation, including drafting briefs and dispositive motions, engaging in discovery, drafting pleadings, taking and defending depositions, and assisting in trial preparation.

In addition to his litigation practice, Jay has experience advising retail and university clients on First Amendment, defamation, and false advertising issues.

Jay’s pro bono practice focuses on voting rights litigation.

Recent Representative Engagements Include:

  • Defending health insurance companies in MDL litigation asserting antitrust claims.
  • Representing voters in Voting Rights Act challenge to state’s method for electing appellate court judges. 
  • Representing retail merchants in antitrust litigation against major credit card company.
  • Defending prominent health care provider in equipment lease dispute.

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Jay was a litigator at a Pennsylvania-based law firm, where he practiced commercial litigation and eminent domain law.

Jay received his J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University Law School. During law school, Jay was a staff editor for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and served as a judicial intern to both a federal judge in Washington, D.C., and a federal magistrate judge in Pennsylvania. Jay also served as a law clerk to both the National Association of College and University Attorneys and The George Washington University's Office of the General Counsel.


  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A. political science (2009) magna cum laude
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. (2012) with honors


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

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"Affordable Care Act Survives Third Supreme Court Challenge," Health Care Alert (June 22, 2021). Contacts: Stephen J. McBrady, Daniel W. Wolff, Payal Nanavati, Jay DeSanto, Ellie Riegel, Joe Records
Client Alert / Newsletter
"What's At Stake In High Court Row Over ACA Constitutionality," Law360 (August 18, 2020). Authors: Jay DeSanto, Daniel W. Wolff, A, Xavier Baker, and Debbie Lin.
"In the Midst of a Pandemic, the Validity of the Affordable Care Act will be Revisited this Fall," Litigation Alert (August 6, 2020). Contacts: Jay DeSanto, Daniel W. Wolff
Client Alert / Newsletter
The National Law Journal Names Crowell & Moring to 2020 Pro Bono Hot List (May 6, 2020)
Firm News / Announcement
Crowell & Moring Elects Eight New Partners and Promotes 21 Associates to Counsel (January 3, 2019)
Firm News / Announcement
"U.S. Justice Department Announces Charges Against International Conspirators For Stealing Trade Secrets to Benefit China-based Company," Crowell & Moring's Trade Secrets Trends (June 5, 2017). Author: Jay DeSanto.
"Chinese Company Challenges ITC'S Authority Over Trade-Secret Theft Occurring Outside the United States," Crowell & Moring's Trade Secrets Trends (October 27, 2016). Author: Jay DeSanto.
"Trade Secret Misappropriation and More: ITC Bars Importation of a Foreign Producer’s Stainless Steel Products for 16 Years," Trade Secrets Alert (June 17, 2016). Contacts: Mark A. Klapow, Kathryn L. Clune, Jay DeSanto
Client Alert / Newsletter
"When Customer Information Isn't a Trade Secret – McCormack Auction Company, Inc. v. Hanks," Crowell & Moring's Trade Secrets Trends (June 1, 2016). Authors: James K. Stronski and Jay DeSanto.

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