Keisha-Ann G. Gray is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group. She is an experienced trial lawyer with a background in both the private and public sectors. Her practice focuses on civil law with an emphasis on employment discrimination work. Keisha-Ann counsels companies on complaint prevention and regularly litigates sexual harassment, race, age, gender and disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims before federal and state courts.
In addition to her legal practice, Keisha-Ann is the resident Legal Clinic Columnist for Human Resources Executive Online Magazine where she authors the magazine’s monthly management-side employment advice column and responds to reader questions. She is called upon frequently to speak and lecture on trial practice and employment discrimination defense matters.
Prior to joining Proskauer in 2007, Keisha-Ann was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York. During her tenure in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Keisha-Ann defended federal agents and agencies, including but not limited to, the DEA, FBI and the U.S. Postal Service - the largest employer in the U.S. - against claims alleging workplace harassment, discrimination and constitutional tort. She gained recognition from both colleagues and the Federal Bench as a premier trial lawyer, having successfully secured numerous defense verdicts and judgments in some of government’s most complex cases. In addition to her trial work, Keisha-Ann has written and successfully argued motions before federal and appellate courts.
Keisha-Ann also is a former federal law clerk, having served two-years in the Chambers of the Honorable Jaime Pieras Jr., Senior Judge in the District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. As a federal clerk, Keisha-Ann played a substantial role in evaluating and analyzing numerous single and multiple plaintiff employment discrimination actions that were assigned to the Judge’s civil docket.
Keisha-Ann is a 2009 recipient of The Network Journal’s prestigious “40 Under Forty” Award. In 2011, she was inducted into the YWCA of New York’s Academy of Women Leaders for her distinguished achievements in business and otherwise, in and outside of the law. Most recently, in 2013, The New York Law Journal awarded Keisha-Ann for her successes within the New York legal community by selecting her for induction into its inaugural 2013 Class of Rising Stars.