Among her notable experience, Ms. Semaya played an active role on a team representing a pharmaceutical client in a licensing, development, and commercialization dispute with a partner company. She is assisting a consumer products company in a high-stakes MDL in connection with allegations that its artificial turf sports fields deteriorated prior to their advertised life-span. Ms. Semaya is also currently part of the Weil team advising Johnson & Johnson, as a creditor in the mass tort chapter 11 cases of Imerys Talc.
She was also a member of the Weil team counseling Takata Corporation in their chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, where her work focused on mass tort and litigation claims arising out of numerous recalls of airbags containing allegedly defective parts supplied by Takata. In these cases, Ms. Semaya was an integral member of the Weil team that secured a critical victory for the Debtors by convincing the court to grant their motion for a preliminary injunction, and temporarily staying hundreds of cases throughout the country against car manufacturers that utilized Takata’s airbags, as well as claims against Takata brought by the governments of New Mexico, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands that threatened the Debtors’ ability to restructure.
Ms. Semaya obtained her J.D., magna cum laude, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2013, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. She was also a member of the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution Mediation Clinic, where she served as a mediator in Manhattan Small Claims Court and Brooklyn Civil Court. Ms. Semaya received her B.A., summa cum laude, from The George Washington University in 2009, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
In 2018 and 2019, Ms. Semaya was selected as a Rising Star for Products Liability by Super Lawyers. Ms. Semaya is a member of the American Bar Association and is the co-chair of the Enterprise Risk Subcommittee of the Corporate Counsel.