A Leader in Every Sense

Gibson Dunn is a full-service international law firm that advises on some of the most complex and significant matters around the world.  Consistently achieving top rankings in industry surveys and major publications, we are distinctively positioned in today’s global marketplace with more than 1,250 lawyers and 20 offices.  Our locations are in major cities throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.  

We are known for excellence in the practice of law and are committed to providing the very highest level of legal services.  We hire the best and the brightest and provide the mentoring and opportunities our associates need to succeed.  We offer customized teams of lawyers and unparalleled, innovative thinking for clients with the most challenging needs.  We aspire to handle all matters as partners with, and not merely as service providers to, our clients. 

We represent the majority of the Fortune 100 and more than half of the Fortune 500 companies.  Our clients, found in all major industries, range from some of the world’s largest multinationals to start-up ventures and emerging growth companies.  We additionally represent private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, commercial and investment banks, other financial institutions, government entities, partnerships and individuals.

Ours is a collegial workplace based on teamwork, mutual respect, and a balance of ideas across the political spectrum.  These and our other core values of quality and integrity combine to sustain our success in providing superlative representation.  In recognition of our achievements, The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn to its 2017 A-List, its most prestigious survey, an annual ranking of 20 law firms based on diversity, pro bono, revenue per lawyer and associate satisfaction.  This was Gibson Dunn’s 12th consecutive year on the A-List. 

Gibson Dunn continues to be one of the most stable law firms.  We have posted 21 consecutive years of increasing profitability, 22 consecutive years of increasing revenue, and since 2010 have exceeded $1 billion in annual gross revenue each year.  We owe our stability to prudent fiscal management and a diverse range of practices, clients, industries and geographies.  We are proud of our institutionalized client relationships.

A Disputes Resolution Powerhouse

We are renowned for our litigation, international arbitration and appellate practices.  Our global practice includes as well the complete range of regulatory and internal investigations and related proceedings and matters.  The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn a Finalist in its 2018 Litigation Department of the Year competition.  This award followed our firm’s unprecedented three wins in this biennial competition – as the 2016, 2012 and 2010 Litigation Department of the Year – and 2014 Finalist honors.

Benchmark Litigation recognized Gibson Dunn as the Appellate Firm of the Year at its 2018 U.S. Awards dinner.  Law360 named Gibson Dunn a 2017 Appellate Practice Group of the Year. 

Our appellate lawyers are superb, and we have an exceptionally strong and high-profile presence and record of success before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Chambers USA 2018 ranked Gibson Dunn in Tier 1 nationwide for Appellate Law, and The US Legal 500 2018 awarded the firm first-tier rankings in the Dispute Resolution categories of Appellate – Supreme Courts (federal and state) and Appellate – Courts of Appeals.  The National Law Journal named us to its 2017 Appellate Hot List, which recognized 20 firms that “posted hard-fought wins at the U.S. Supreme Court or in federal circuit courts.”  Gibson Dunn was featured for its wins at the Supreme Court.

Our representations and wins span the courts and the issues in leading-edge and precedent-setting matters.

We represented AT&T and DirecTV as antitrust trial counsel in the defeat of the U.S. Department of Justice’s high-profile lawsuit to block AT&T’s proposed $106 billion acquisition of Time Warner, Inc.  The District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the challenge to the deal, permitting it to close.  Gibson Dunn took a lead role at trial in presenting and cross-examining witnesses, and provided key defense strategy against the government’s legal theories and economic experts. 

We secured a U.S. Supreme Court victory for the State of New Jersey – and for the right of U.S. states to control their legislatures – when the Court struck down the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that prohibited states from authorizing or licensing sports gambling.  The Court held that the statute violated the U.S. Constitution’s Tenth Amendment because it dictated the content of state law, such as by preventing states from legalizing sports gambling.  The Court also struck down additional federal prohibitions on state-run lotteries, private operation of sports gambling schemes, and advertising of sports gambling. 

We won a first-of-its-kind “gig economy” trial for GrubHub, Inc. in the Northern District of California.  The plaintiff, a GrubHub delivery partner, challenged his classification as an independent contractor and sought tens of millions of dollars of civil penalties on behalf of the State of California.  Following the landmark six-day trial, the court ruled in a 33-page opinion that the plaintiff was an independent contractor and not GrubHub’s employee.  This decision is expected to have significant ramifications in misclassification lawsuits filed against other on-demand companies.

We are representing Uber Technologies, Inc. and its subsidiaries in connection with a series of closely watched class and putative class actions in which drivers who use the Uber software application allege that Uber has misclassified them as independent contractors, and on issues including the enforceability of the arbitration agreement between Uber and drivers.  

We defeated all securities fraud and other charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against investment manager Lynn Tilton in a high-profile administrative proceeding filed by the federal agency, which sought to bar her from the securities industry for life and disgorgement of more than $200 million, the largest individual disgorgement ever sought in the history of SEC administrative proceedings.  Gibson Dunn was retained to replace another law firm shortly before the scheduled trial.  We defended Ms. Tilton at a three-week trial before the agency and won a complete dismissal of all charges – especially remarkable because the SEC’s Enforcement Division wins 90 percent of the cases it brings before its in-house Administrative Law Judges.  Benchmark Litigation honored SEC v. Lynn Tilton/Patriarch Partners among the “impact cases” of the year at its 2018 U.S. Awards dinner.

We won a unanimous jury verdict for Merck Serono International SA and Pfizer Inc. in a patent infringement suit in the District of New Jersey, defeating a more than $5.4 billion damages claim asserted by Biogen against them.  Biogen claimed that our clients infringed its patent in connection with the marketing and sale of Serono’s multiple sclerosis medicine Rebif®, which for several years Serono co-promoted with Pfizer.  During the five-week trial, multiple distinguished witnesses testified about the state of the art of recombinant DNA technology in 1980-1981, the timeframe to which the work in the patent dates.  The jury invalidated Biogen’s patent, thus precluding it from obtaining any of the damages it sought.  Had Biogen’s more than $5.4 billion in damages been granted, it would have more than doubled the largest award in a patent infringement suit in history.  Chambers and Partners named Gibson Dunn the winner in the Intellectual Property category at its 2017 USA Excellence Awards.

We secured a major U.S. Supreme Court victory for BNSF Railway Company in its fight against frequent forum shopping in Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) litigation.  Two former BNSF employees who alleged they were injured on the job sued in Montana state court, known for its liberal construction of FELA (the basis of their claims) rather than in the actual states where they were injured.  On appeal before the Montana Supreme Court, BNSF argued that it was not subject to general jurisdiction in Montana under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Daimler v. Bauman decision, also a key Gibson Dunn jurisdictional win.  That court disagreed but the U.S. Supreme Court agreed.  In BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell, the Court held that FELA does not confer personal jurisdiction on state courts, and that the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause prevents out-of-state defendants from being sued in state courts unless those defendants are “at home” in the forum under the Daimler standard.  

Landmark cases have included securing the historic 2013 Supreme Court Hollingsworth v. Perry marriage equality decision, whichleft intact the district court’s broad injunction against the enforcement of California’s Proposition 8, an amendment to the California Constitution restricting marriage in the state to between one man and one woman. 

Comprehensive Transactional Excellence

Gibson Dunn is acclaimed for its multi-faceted corporate work and plays a major role in a wide variety of U.S. and global matters.  Recognitions include rankings among The Elite for Corporate/M&A nationwide and in New York by Chambers USA 2018.  Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018recognized Gibson Dunn and its lawyers globally and in the Europe, Latin America and Middle East regions, with additional recognitions in Belgium, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.  The 2018 edition of IFLR1000, a guide to the world’s leading financial law firms, recognized Gibson Dunn in multiple U.S. categories and regionally in Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Western Europe. 

Notable recent representations have included the following.

Gibson Dunn advised CalAtlantic Group, Inc., a national residential developer and builder, in its $9.6 billion merger into Lennar Corporation, a nationwide residential construction company and provider of real estate financial services.  As a result of the combination, Lennar will be the largest home builder in the United States based on revenues.

Our London office is acquiror’s counsel to Canada-based The Stars Group Inc. in its proposed $4.7 billion acquisition of Sky Betting and Gaming, one of the U.K.’s leading gaming providers, from private equity and investment advisory firm CVC Capital Partners.  The deal is expected to form the world’s largest publicly listed online gaming firm.

We were counsel to Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. in its acquisition of a majority stake in Funimation Productions, Ltd., an English-language anime content provider that licenses, adapts and distributes anime content from Japanese rights holders.

Our Hong Kong office represented NetEase Inc., a leading China-based technology company, in its joint venture with Mattel, Inc. to form Mattel163, a mobile games publishing and development studio.

We were counsel to Mondelēz International, Inc., one of the world’s largest snack companies, in an SEC-registered notes offering with a $2.5 billion aggregate principal amount.

In the energy space we are advising Concho Resources, Inc. in its proposed $9.5 billion acquisition of RSP Permian Inc., an oil and natural gas company focused on the acquisition, development, exploration and production of unconventional liquids-rich natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin of West Texas.  The deal will create one of the largest producers of unconventional resources and would result in the largest pure play in the Permian Basin, the region in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico at the heart of the U.S. drilling renaissance. 

We represent Southern Company, one of America’s premier energy companies, as FERC and antitrust counsel in connection with its nearly $6.5 billion proposed combined sale of Gulf Power Company, Florida City Gas, and its stakes in two gas-fired power plants, to NextEra Energy Inc.

And we advised Houston-based Atwood Oceanics, Inc. in its $1.8 billion acquisition by London-based Ensco plc, both global providers of offshore drilling services to the petroleum industry, creating a company with a combined enterprise value of $6.9 billion.  The combined company’s fleet is among the most technologically advanced in the industry.

A Vibrant Real Estate Practice

Gibson Dunn’s real estate lawyers handle some of the most sophisticated matters worldwide.  The breadth of work covered for a wide array of clients includes acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, financing, land use and development, and construction.  Gibson Dunn also has one of the leading hotel and hospitality practices globally.  Chambers USA 2018 ranked Gibson Dunn in Tier 1 nationwide for real estate.  The US Legal 500 2018 awarded the firm first-tier rankings in the Real Estate and Land Use/Zoning categories.  Commercial Property Executive ranked us second on its 2017 Leading Real Estate Law Firms list, whose rankings are “based on a variety of factors including revenue performance, the number of lawyers dedicated to the sector, the growth of the real estate practice, and the size and nature of its top deals.” 

We represented a joint venture of Brooksville Company, a residential real estate firm, and the real estate private equity investor Rockpoint Group L.L.C. in the purchase of Spring Creek Towers, formerly known as Starrett City, the largest affordable housing community in the United States.  The complex, which includes 5,881 apartments and a shopping center, sits on a 153-acre site near Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, New York, and includes 46 buildings for 15,000 residents.  Built in the 1970s, Spring Creek Towers has its own power plant, schools, recreation center and ZIP code.

We were counsel to investment and management company Jamestown Properties in its $2.4 billion sale of Manhattan’s Chelsea Market to Google LLC in what was the second-largest full single-asset sale ever in New York City.  A former Nabisco factory building, the block-long and block-wide Chelsea Market is a 1.8 million-square-foot office and retail property containing a widely popular food hall on the ground level.  Google already occupied a substantial portion of the complex, which is across the street from the company’s New York headquarters. 

Our New York and London offices are advising WeWork Companies Inc., the shared workspace provider, in connection with significant U.S. and UK transactions: a joint venture with Rhone Capital LLC for the acquisition of the flagship Lord & Taylor building in Manhattan, and the acquisition of Devonshire Square, a group of former warehouses close to Liverpool Street Station in London.  

We continue to advise the Kroenke Group, leading the development team implementing the multibillion-dollar sports and entertainment complex in the City of Inglewood, California.  The complex will contain an NFL stadium, expected to open in the fall of 2020, together with a 6,000-seat performance venue, and mixed-use development of more than four million square feet of hotel, office, retail, residential and open space.  Our team accomplished the formation of the venture and entitlement of the property in record time, and then the Kroenke Group, owner of the St. Louis Rams football franchise, secured NFL approval for the Rams to move to Inglewood, returning to the Los Angeles area after 20 years.

We serve as lead counsel to NBA champion basketball team the Golden State Warriors in connection with the development of a mixed-use office, retail and 18,050-seat arena and entertainment complex in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco.  The arena, with a target completion date in 2019, will serve as the Warriors’ new home basketball court.  Gibson Dunn’s land use team successfully entitled the complex and sensitive project, assisted in obtaining a certification for it by the Governor of California designating the project an Environmental Leadership Project, and successfully defended the entitlements in court under expedited judicial review.

Real Estate Finance & Investment named Gibson Dunn the 2017 Law Firm of the Year for Innovation, for the firm’s work on the Golden State Warriors’ new arena and the NFL stadium in Inglewood.  The REFI awards are given to “recognize and reward those real estate finance professionals that have demonstrated exceptional performance and innovation.”