Vinay Nayak

Vinay Nayak is an associate who represents clients in a variety of complex litigation matters and public interest litigation. Mr. Nayak was previously a summer associate at WilmerHale.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Nayak was a summer legal extern with the United States Army JAG Corps in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he assisted the Special Victim Unit of the XVIII Airborne Corps with matters relating to sexual assault, including writing legal memoranda related to statutory and constitutional interpretation. 

In law school, Mr. Nayak was a judicial intern with the Samuel Jacobs Criminal Justice Clinic, where he represented indigent defendants facing misdemeanor and felony charges in New Haven’s Geographical Area #23 courthouse. Mr. Nayak won the John Fletcher Caskey Prize, the top award in Yale Law School’s trial advocacy competition, and served as a teaching assistant to Professor Reva Siegel, Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer, Judge John M. Walker Jr. and Judge Guido Calabresi. Before law school, Mr. Nayak received a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where his research focused on implicit racial bias in the US criminal justice system.

Mr. Nayak’s public service and political experience includes working as a summer school teacher in Chicago; as a digital constituency manager for Obama for America; as a White House Intern in the Obama Administration; and other work with government officials, political campaigns and progressive advocacy organizations.

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  • Education

    • JD, Yale Law School, 2019

      Senior Editor, Yale Journal on Regulation

      John Fletcher Caskey Prize

    • MPhil, Politics (Distinction), University of Oxford, Magdalen College, 2016

      Rhodes Scholar
    • BA, Political Science, Yale University, 2014

      magna cum laude
  • Admissions

    • Massachusetts