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


  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania

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.

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

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.

Representative Matters

  • 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.


Speeches & Presentations


Client Alerts & Newsletters

Firm News & Announcements

May 6, 2020 The National Law Journal Names Crowell & Moring to 2020 Pro Bono Hot List
January 3, 2019 Crowell & Moring Elects Eight New Partners and Promotes 21 Associates to Counsel