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 10 years, ranking us second in 2015. The A-List features “the best of the best in the already exclusive world of Am Law 200 law firms.” According to the publication, “the 20 firms that made this list are best in show, excelling not just in a single area, but in four separate categories integral to a well-rounded, successful brand: finances, pro bono, associate satisfaction and diversity.”
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.
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” and commented: “Not content with just winning a case, Gibson Dunn likes to annihilate its opponents – and change the law along the way.” 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 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 2015 ranked Gibson Dunn in Tier 1 for Appellate Law, and US Legal 500 2015 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.
Our representations and wins span the courts and practice areas.
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 “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 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 U.S. 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.
Representing BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC, a bondholder in Puerto Rico’s largest electric utility, PREPA, we secured a high-profile constitutional victory and affirmance after the Commonwealth’s legislature enacted the Puerto Rico Public Corporation Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act, a 2014 statute that purported to create a binding bankruptcy-like debt-restructuring regime for the Commonwealth’s highly indebted public entities – including PREPA. The District of Puerto Rico agreed that the U.S. Bankruptcy Code preempts the Recovery Act, and the First Circuit unanimously affirmed.
For Ford Motor Company we achieved a Sixth Circuit en banc win in a case of major importance to employers navigating the intersection between the Americans with Disabilities Act and increased employee telecommuting. The Circuit ruled that because physical attendance is an essential function of most jobs, employers generally need not approve of open-ended telecommuting arrangements as an accommodation under the ADA.
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 he 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 with prejudice, and Second Circuit affirmance, of his contract action.
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 2015. Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2015recognized Gibson Dunn with 33 firm practice group rankings and 95 individual rankings. The 2015 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. 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.
Notable recent representations have included the following.
We advised Houston-based Dresser-Rand Group Inc., a leading supplier for the oil & gas, process, power and other industries worldwide, in its $7.6 billion takeover by Germany-based Siemens AG, a global technology company active in more than 200 countries with a focus on electrification, automation and digitalization.
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.
In the tech space we represented Hewlett-Packard Company in its acquisition of Aruba Networks, a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, in a transaction valued at $3 billion. And 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.
Additional 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.
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.
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; land use, development and construction; and corporate/finance transactions. Chambers and Partners named Gibson Dunn Real Estate Team of the Year at its 2015 Chambers USA Awards dinner, awards that recognize law firms’ “preeminence” and “reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months.” Who’s Who Legal named Gibson Dunn a Top Five firm in Construction & Real Estate in the Who’s Who Legal 100 2015. Chambers USA shortlisted the firm for the Chambers USA Award for Excellence 2014 in the Real Estate category, and Law360 named Gibson Dunn a Real Estate Practice Group of the Year for both 2014 and 2013.
Notable corporate transactions 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.
In the development arena, Gibson Dunn is representing Hollywood Park Land Co. in its plan to develop 298 acres in Inglewood, California, including the addition of a proposed $1.8 billion NFL stadium, a 6,000-seat performance venue, and a mixed-use development of more than four million square feet of hotel, office, retail and residential space.
In a transaction valued at over $3 billion, we represented Lion Gables Apartment Fund L.P. in connection with its sale of Lion Gables Residential Trust, a privately held real estate investment trust that owns, manages and develops multi-family residential properties.
Gibson Dunn advised Related Companies in the $1.3 billion acquisition, together with joint venture partners, of Time Warner’s Manhattan headquarters, 2014’s largest single asset deal in New York City.
Finance work has included representing Marriott International in the refinancing of the Atlantis Resort, Nassau, Bahamas, one of 2014’s largest and most complicated hotel franchise transactions worldwide due to the size and scope of operations of this 3,400-room premier destination resort.
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.
We recognize that we will deliver the highest quality legal services by fostering a culturally fluent, inclusive and open environment that welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and with different perspectives. Enhancing our diversity is one of management’s top priorities. In addition to the continued stewardship of our managing partner, the firm has a Management Committee member who directly oversees the global diversity efforts alongside our Chief Diversity Officer. Our Global Diversity Committee guides the firm’s global diversity strategies and ensures that there is continued progress in this area. Local diversity committees in every U.S. location develop diversity programs that fit the unique needs of each office. We actively encourage all associates to participate on these local committees.
We are also committed to joining the legal community in efforts to improve diversity in the profession and advance our diverse communities. Our lawyers participate in a wide range of matters that benefit diverse communities, and we annually donate thousands of attorney hours and dollars to diversity organizations and causes around the United States.
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.
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 United States-based lawyers worked an aggregate of 124,956 hours on pro bono activities, averaging close to 115 hours per person – 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 been recognized outside the firm. Law360 named Gibson Dunn one of its 20 Pro Bono Firms of 2015, our fourth consecutive year on the list. Law360 also named Gibson Dunn to its 2015 list of Pro Bono All Stars, featuring 17 law firms that had “demonstrated exceptionally stalwart commitment to pro bono work year after year.”
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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