A Leader in Every Sense
Gibson Dunn is a full-service international law firm that advises on some of the most significant transactions and complex litigation 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 18 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 has named Gibson Dunn to its A-List for the past nine years, ranking us third in 2014. The A-List features 20 law firms considered the “most well-rounded of their Am Law 100 peers … they not only delivered strong financial performance but also sustained a top-notch firm culture. In short, the total package.” Firms are ranked based on four factors: revenue per lawyer, pro bono commitment, diversity among lawyers and associate satisfaction.
Gibson Dunn continues to be one of the most stable law firms. We have posted 18 consecutive years of increasing profitability, 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.
However, our culture has played an equally large role in the way we weather economic downturns. We had no associate layoffs in the “Great Recession” and have continued to run full summer programs, welcoming 124 in the 2015 summer class.
A Litigation Powerhouse
We are renowned for our litigation practice, and in 2014 received Litigation Department of the Year Finalist honors from The American Lawyer, an award that followed our unprecedented back-to-back wins in this biennial competition as the 2010 and 2012 Litigation Department of the Year. In making the 2014 award the publication noted our “cascade of litigation triumphs” and our wins of “seemingly unwinnable defense verdicts.” The magazine further commented: “Not content with just winning a case, Gibson Dunn likes to annihilate its opponents – and change the law along the way.” When naming us the 2010 Litigation Department of the Year, the publication dubbed our litigators “The Game Changers.” In awarding us the same honor in 2012, The American Lawyer, noting that the back-to-back victories were “a first for our magazine’s decade-old competition,” declared that Gibson Dunn possesses “The Complete Game.”
In granting the 2012 award the publication also took particular note of our “revered Supreme Court practice” and “superb” appellate lawyers. Gibson Dunn has an exceptionally strong and high-profile presence and record of success before the U.S. Supreme Court. Chambers USA 2015 ranked Gibson Dunn in Tier 1 for Appellate Law and US Legal 500 2014 awarded the firm first-tier rankings in the categories of Litigation: Appellate and Litigation: Supreme Court. The National Law Journal named us to its 2014 Appellate Hot List, which recognized 20 firms that demonstrated “outstanding achievements before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts and state courts of last resort.” Benchmark Litigation named Gibson Dunn Appellate Firm of the Year at its 2015 U.S. Awards dinner and Law360 named us a 2014 Practice Group of the Year in the Appellate category.
The American Lawyer also named Gibson Dunn a 2014 Finalist in Antitrust Litigation, noting a “steady stream of wins in multijurisdictional price-fixing cases” that “burnishes” our reputation.
Our representations and wins span the courts and practice areas and often make the news as well as the law.
In National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning we persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to unanimously affirm a landmark separation-of-powers decision from the D.C. Circuit that held unconstitutional three 2012 “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board made by President Obama. We secured two major Supreme Court victories – on the same day – for hedge fund NML Capital, Ltd. in its long-running, high-profile effort to collect on $1.8 billion in judgments it holds against the Republic of Argentina. And for multinational Daimler AG we won a unanimous ruling from the High Court that limits the ability of plaintiffs to sue foreign companies in U.S. courts for acts that allegedly occurred overseas.
In the intellectual property arena we won a decisive victory for CLS Bank, which settles more than $5 trillion in foreign currency transactions daily, in long-running patent litigation, Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l. The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the en banc Federal Circuit ruling, also argued successfully by Gibson Dunn, holding claims patent-ineligible because the patents were drawn to an abstract idea. The National Law Journal ranked Gibson Dunn one of the top US intellectual property practices in its 2015 Intellectual Property Hot List, recognizing the firm in part for this work on behalf of CLS Bank before the Supreme Court in a decision “viewed as the single biggest disrupter in patent law in recent times.”
In 2013 we won a historic marriage equality victory before the Supreme Court, whose Hollingsworth v. Perry decisionleft 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. We secured another marriage equality victory in 2014 when the Fourth Circuit, in Bostic v. Schaefer, affirmed summary judgment from the Eastern District of Virginia striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court's denial of review allowed this ruling to take effect in Virginia and same-sex marriages to begin.
Trial court victories include a historic decision on behalf of nine California schoolchildren when the California Superior Court, in Vergara v. California, struck down five provisions of the California Education Code as unconstitutional and enjoined their further enforcement. In Chevron v. Donziger we won a headline-grabbing civil RICO and fraud verdict for Chevron Corp. in connection with a multi-pronged defense against collection of a fraudulent $9.2 billion judgment against the company in Ecuador.
We excel at pretrial proceedings. For Facebook, Inc. and its founder Mark Zuckerberg we defeated a breach of contract case filed by Paul Ceglia, who claimed was entitled to 84% ownership in Facebook based on a purported 2003 contract. Taking over the case from prior counsel, we obtained unprecedented expedited discovery and, with the help of leading forensic experts, uncovered evidence of fraud and a forgery scheme that resulted in Ceglia’s indictment on two counts of mail and wire fraud. We then secured dismissal, and Second Circuit affirmance, with prejudice of his contract action.
For Time Warner Cable we won dismissal of a class action alleging unfair competition and seeking injunctive relief and more than $6 billion in restitution on behalf of a putative class of Southern California cable and satellite TV subscribers. (The California Court of Appeal affirmed.) For Microsoft and its senior management we obtained complete dismissal in a high-profile securities fraud class action filed in the wake of a $900 million accounting charge relating to the company’s first-generation Surface RT tablet products.
On the Transactional Side
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 2015. Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015 recognized Gibson Dunn with 33 firm practice group rankings and 95 individual rankings. The American Lawyer recognized Gibson Dunn in three categories in its 2014 Global Legal Awards, including as the winner of the Global Finance Grand Prize, and Global Finance Deal of the Year: Restructuring and Insolvency (Middle East), for the Chapter 11 restructuring of Arcapita Bank, the first of a Shari’ah-compliant entity.
We were counsel to AECOM Technology in its transformative $6 billion purchase of URS Corporation. Their combination created an engineering and construction giant – one of the largest in the industry – with 95,000 employees and global reach across 150 countries.
We represented Bosch, the German automotive and industrial technology group, in its $4 billion takeover of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, Europe‘s largest and one of the world’s leading producers of home appliances. The group operates in 50 countries with approximately 80 companies and has 43 production sites in 13 countries in Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia.
Financings have included advising private equity firm Lone Star Funds on its heavily international $1.3 billion acquisition of consumer loan company DFC Global, the largest financial services firm of its kind by revenue in the UK and Canada. In a $2.7 billion deal, we resolved complex capital markets and debt finance challenges that were key to TRI Pointe Homes’ acquisition of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company from its former parent Weyerhaeuser Company. The merger placed TRI Pointe among the 10 largest U.S. homebuilders.
Other notable real estate matters have included advising Deutsche Bank on the sale of a 75% interest in a $2.5 billion real estate loan portfolio to TPG Real Estate, a real estate debt platform of private equity firm TPG. The portfolio consisted of 57 high-yield, performing loans on properties in gateway markets across the United States. We also represented a joint venture between TruAmerica Multifamily and a syndicate of U.S. and international institutional investors in a $482 million acquisition that was the third largest multi-family transaction in the United States since 2013.
In the tech/online space we advised private equity-backed media company The Chernin Group in forming Otter Media, a venture with AT&T to acquire, invest in and build “over-the-top” online video services. Otter Media’s members committed more than $500 million. We then advised Otter Media as it acquired a majority stake in Fullscreen, which works with more than 60,000 content creators on YouTube and other online video platforms, driving more than five billion monthly video views.
In the energy sector, client work has included representing The Williams Companies in a $50 billion merger between Williams Partners and Access Midstream Partners. Key related financings involved a $5.995 billion bridge facility in connection with Williams’ prior purchase of Access Midstream general partner interests, a $3.5 billion and two $1.5 billion revolving credit facilities, and a $3 billion commercial paper program. We also advised Murphy Oil Corporation in connection with the sale, for $2 billion, of participating interests in various production-sharing contracts in Malaysia to PT Pertamina (Persero), the state-owned oil and gas company of the Republic of Indonesia. The transaction was the largest disposal of upstream oil and gas interests in Southeast Asia in 2014.
Gibson Dunn takes the professional development of its attorneys seriously. We provide comprehensive orientation, mentoring and training to ensure they receive the skills and support needed to excel in a fast-paced law practice environment.
Shortly after their arrival, new lawyers attend our annual New Lawyer Academy, a three-day intensive training and orientation program focused on firm philosophies, policies, management and resources. We do not require associates to commit to a practice area for the first two years they are with us, allowing them to gain real-world experience in several practice areas before deciding upon their chosen career path. Our attorneys also receive personalized mentoring designed to ensure that each is developing a proper career track and gaining the right type of experience.
Our firmwide Professional Development Department manages all of the mentoring, training and professional development activities around our system. We have also developed a Midlevel Associate Academy that focuses on the skills, including marketing and business development, that are most critical to associates as they progress in their careers and move toward consideration for partnership.
Diversity is a top management priority at Gibson Dunn and we have developed initiatives to increase the retention and promotion of diverse lawyers. In addition, we are pursuing strategic collaborations with clients and organizations and increasing the involvement of the entire Gibson Dunn community in the firm’s diversity efforts.
Gibson Dunn has a two-tiered approach to its diversity efforts, including the Global Diversity Committee, which oversees the firm’s strategic efforts, and local diversity committees, which oversee efforts for each office. Our Chief Diversity Officer is one of the firm's top administrative positions with a direct reporting relationship to senior management. A Management Committee member oversees the global efforts to ensure that diversity remains one our highest priorities.
The firm received the Corporate Equality Award 2014 from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), San Francisco Bay Area chapter. This award is given to companies that have had a positive impact on the fight for LGBT equality, through their own workplace policies and practices as well as resources provided to LGBT community organizations. With a perfect score for the last five years in HRC's Corporate Equality Index, Gibson Dunn is recognized as a U.S. leader for creating a corporate culture of promoting and celebrating diversity and inclusion.
Euromoney Legal Media Group recognized Gibson Dunn’s commitment to women’s advancement as the “Best Gender Diversity Initiative by an International Firm” at its 2014 Asia Women in Business Law Awards. The annual event celebrates the advancement and achievements of women in the legal profession throughout Asia, where Gibson Dunn has offices in Hong Kong, Beijing and Singapore.
We actively encourage all our associates to participate on our local diversity committees to allow them to contribute meaningfully to the future of the firm.
Gibson Dunn has a long tradition of service to the community and provides much-needed pro bono legal services on a wide variety of matters.
We signed the Pro Bono Challenge in 2005, committing to use our best efforts to dedicate at least 60 hours per lawyer to pro bono matters annually. Every year since then we have exceeded that target. In 2014, our U.S.-based lawyers worked an aggregate of 124,956 hours on pro bono activities, averaging nearly 115 hours per personperson – nearly double the 60-hour minimum.
The firm honors the pro bono work of lawyers and staff by awarding its own annual Frank Wheat Memorial Award to one team and one individual. The recipients of the award receive a $2,500 prize that is donated to the pro bono organizations they designate.
The 2014 team award winners helped launch a pro bono initiative to serve clients in the “Alternatives to Incarceration” programs of the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Participants in these programs often face legal challenges that are separate from their criminal cases, and which create additional barriers to successful rehabilitation. Lawyers from Gibson Dunn’s New York office committed to provide representation to such individuals on a wide range of civil collateral matters, including housing, public assistance benefits, immigration, professional licensing, transactional matters, and family law issues.
Our individual 2014 winner was honored for her work representing a couple in the adoption of their foster children. She overcame the biological parents’ objection to win the adoption trial and, following an unfavorable appellate ruling, obtained en banc rehearing from the D.C. Court of Appeals. That oral argument was the court’s first ever to be live video-streamed.
We are gratified that our pro bono achievements have also been recognized outside the firm. Law360 named Gibson Dunn to its Pro Bono Firms of 2014, which featured 20 law firms that “showed a commitment to providing free legal services and secured notable victories for clients,” going “above and beyond for their pro bono clients over the past year.” This was Gibson Dunn’s third consecutive year on the list.
The Legal Aid Society presented its Pro Bono Publico Awards 2014 to various of our lawyers. Members of the firm’s “D-SNAP Team” received the award for a second consecutive year for their representation of disabled New Yorkers in a suit to obtain disaster food stamp benefits (so-called “D-SNAP” benefits) that those individuals were unable to apply for in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Also honored were Gibson Dunn lawyers working in conjunction with the Society to collect a nearly half-million-dollar judgment for six Chinese immigrants exploited by their employers, owners of multiple nail salons on New York’s Long Island. And one of our associates was honored for his work securing dismissal of a termination of benefits proceeding before the NYC Housing Authority on behalf of a disabled husband and his wife.
Immigration Equality, which works with gay, lesbian, bisexual and HIV-positive asylum seekers throughout the United States, presented Gibson Dunn with its Safe Haven Award 2014, which recognizes the law firm that has excelled in its legal representation of its pro bono clients over the past year. And IFLR named the firm as the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year 2014 at its annual Middle East Awards. Gibson Dunn founded and has coordinated a free, non-denominational advice clinic in Dubai, the first of its kind that is open to all comers in the region. Volunteer lawyers address immigration, financial, labor and employment, landlord/tenant and other questions, with the clinic providing as well job search advice and basic on-site medical care.
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