Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP at a Glance


  • "Working on high-profile, exciting cases"
  • "Flexibility in work location and schedule"
  • "Free market system"


  • "BigLaw hours"
  • "Sincere deficit of diversity partners"
  • "Long and tenuous partnership track"

The Buzz

  • "Conservative"
  • "Fratty but friendly"
  • "Great litigators"
  • "Intense"

About Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

With powerhouse practices ranging from M&A to appellate law, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher does its share of high-stakes work. Founded in Los Angeles in 1890, the firm has grown to include over 1,000 attorneys in 17 offices spanning the globe. The firm has gained influence in DC, New York and around the global legal circuit thanks in part to a number of marquee cases such as Citizens United and Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

All-Star Lineup

Google "Gibson Dunn," and Ted Olson will follow. A leader in Gibson Dunn's appellate and crisis management groups and Solicitor General under George W. Bush, Olson argued and won the controversial Citizens United case before the Supreme Court. Olson also represented the NFL players last summer after they were locked out by the owners and helped them win a crucial appellate decision that paved the way to a ten-year labor agreement and an on-time start to the football season. Belying his right-wing reputation, Olson not only represents the plaintiffs challenging California's Prop 8, he has become one of the leading Republican proponents of same-sex marriage.

Olson isn't the only legal celebrity on the firm's roster (nor the only famous Ted, for that matter)-Ted Boutrous Jr. serves on the same groups with Olson, co-chairs the media and entertainment practice, and contributes regularly to The Wall Street Journal. His practice focuses on "limiting punitive damages for corporations and defending First Amendment rights for media companies," which he has done for Walmart, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Time Warner, Dole Food Co., and most recently, Chevron. Also part of Gibson's litigation practice is Randy Mastro-Giuliani's former deputy mayor-who serves as the firm's litigation co-chair.

The partner ranks also include Eugene Scalia, co-chair of the labor and employment group and a former solicitor to the U.S. Department of Labor. Yes, he's the son of you-know-who, but Scalia has carved out his own legacy. The American Lawyer named his group the Labor Employment Department of the Year for 2012, and he has been honored as one of the 50 leading litigators in the country under 45 years of age and by Chambers and Partners as one of the District's top-three labor and employment lawyers.

With leaders like these, you don't have to look far for high-profile work. Some of Gibson's current and past clients include Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld, Ernst & Young, Verizon, Wal-Mart, Facebook, Intel, Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Tyco International, Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, New Line Cinema, NBC, HBO, Sony Pictures, Warner Music Group, Fox, Viacom, CBS, Chevron and UBS. On the corporate side, the firm has represented some of the largest companies in the world, including Tenet Healthcare, Transatlantic Holdings and Hewlett-Packard.

Taking It to the Top

Gibson Dunn is perhaps best known for its litigation practice, particularly its appellate and constitutional law groups. The American Lawyer named the firm the 2012 Litigation Department of the Year for an unprecedented second term in a row. In making its selection, the publication noted that the firm's current attorneys have argued over 100 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Among its most recent SCOTUS cases are Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, in which the Court held that corporations have a First Amendment right to engage in political speech, and Wal-Mart v. Dukes, where the Supreme Court, in what many consider the most important class action opinion in a decade, unanimously reversed the Ninth Circuit's certification of the biggest employment discrimination case in history.

No Boundaries

Gibson Dunn has characterized its expansion as carefully planned with the strategic addition of global offices. Since opening the Dubai office in 2007, the firm has expanded further east into South and Southeast Asia, opening offices in Singapore and Hong Kong. Even with this expansion, the firm has not lost sight of its European offices: Lord Charles Falconer, Lord Chancellor to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, joined the firm, bolstering Gibson Dunn's visibility in London.


February 2012

A Victory for Marriage Equality
The Ninth Circuit affirmed the judgment Gibson Dunn had won earlier on behalf of two gay couples challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 in California. The court held, "Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California." The trial inspired a play by Dustin Lance Black with the lawyers' roles to be played by Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Martin Sheen and others.

December 2011

A Pocketful of Honors
The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn the 2012 Litigation Department of the Year. The award marks the first time in the history of the competition that a firm has won twice. In addition, the firm won for Labor and Employment practice of the year and the magazine named firm partner Ted Olson a finalist in the inaugural litigator of the year competition.

July 2011

Safeguarding America's Favorite Sport
When the owners of the National Football League imposed a lockout, NFL Players turned to Gibson Dunn's Ted Olson to secure a critical appellate ruling that allowed the players to maintain their leverage in settlement negotiations. The Eighth Circuit declined to rule that the owners were insulated from trebled antitrust damages, paving the way for a 10-year collective bargaining agreement.

June 2011

Supremely Successful
Ted Boutrous obtained a landmark victory for Walmart when the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed class certification in the Dukes case, the biggest employment discrimination class action in history. The case had alleged systematic sexual discrimination in Walmart's promotion and compensation policies.

May 2011

Defending Against a Hostile Takeover
Gibson Dunn defeated a hostile tender against client Tenet Healthcare by Community Health Systems in less than a month. After Gibson Dunn uncovered evidence that Community had inflated its revenue by improperly admitting patients to the hospital, the firm sued for violation of securities laws. Community's stock price subsequently dropped 40%, leading it to withdraw its offer.

March 2011

Civil Rights Defenders
Gibson Dunn obtained a landmark settlement in a pro bono case on behalf of eight Connecticut day laborers who were victims of racial profiling during an illegal sting operation to round up potential undocumented workers.

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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

333 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3197
Phone: (213) 229-7000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & Managing Partner: Kenneth M. Doran
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 1,081

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    Summer associate: $3,080/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    104 out of 107

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Appellate & Constitutional Law
    Business Restructuring & Reorganization
    Capital Markets
    Class Actions
    Corporate Governance
    Corporate Transactions
    Crisis Management
    Electronic Discovery and Information Law
    Emerging Technologies
    Energy & Infrastructure
    Environmental Litigation & Mass Tort
    Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
    Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products
    Financial Institutions
    Global Finance
    Government & Commercial Contracts
    Health Care
    Information Technology and Data Privacy
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Trade Regulation & Compliance
    Labor & Employment
    Latin America
    Legal Malpractice Defense
    Life Sciences
    Media, Entertainment & Technology
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Private Equity
    Product Liability
    Public Policy
    Real Estate
    Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)
    Securities Enforcement
    Securities Litigation
    Securities Regulation
    Strategic Sourcing and Technology Transactions
    Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments
    White Collar Defense & Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Century City, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • New York, NY
  • Dallas, TX
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Paris, France
  • Munich, Germany
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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