Rhonda Kay, a partner at personal injury law firm Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, died Nov. 28 from complications stemming from breast cancer. She was 49.

A specialist in appellate practice, Kay was known as the “law person” at her firm due to her strengths in legal research, analysis and writing. She was typically involved in all stages of the litigation process and frequently argued pre- and post-trial motions and trial memorandums.

Kay joined Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz in 1992 after serving as senior court attorney for the Appellate Division, Second Department.

She wrote course materials for numerous bar association seminars and co-authored a chapter in a product liability treatise. She also served as a member of the editorial board for “Warren’s Negligence in the New York Courts.” She was also a regular contributor to Smart Litigator, an affiliate of the New York Law Journal.

Kay received her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1990 and was admitted to the New York bar in 1991.