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.  The Financial Times selected Gibson Dunn as the winner for “Innovation in Legal Expertise: Enabling Business Growth” at the 2017 FT European Innovative Lawyer Awards.

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 2017 ranked Gibson Dunn in Tier 1 for Appellate Law, and The US Legal 500 2017 awarded the firm first-tier rankings in the Dispute Resolution categories of Appellate – Supreme Court (federal and state) and Appellate – Courts of Appeals (federal and state).  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 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.

For MetLife, Inc. we achieved a precedent-setting victory when the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that MetLife’s designation as a non-bank “systemically important financial institution” (SIFI) by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) was arbitrary and capricious and must be rescinded.  This was the first legal challenge to a designation by FSOC, which was established by the U.S. Congress in the Dodd-Frank Act to identify and designate as SIFIs financial companies that are “too big to fail” – and thus whose material financial distress could cause instability in the U.S. economy.  FSOC appealed to the D.C. Circuit, but, following supplemental briefing by MetLife, agreed to dismiss the appeal – thus preserving MetLife’s historic district court victory.

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 2017.  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 2017 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.

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 BWAY Corporation, a subsidiary of Stone Canyon Industries, LLC and a leading North American manufacturer of metal and plastic containers, in its $2.3 billion acquisition of the Mauser Group N.V., a worldwide producer of industrial packaging products with revenues of more than €1.4 billion.  Mauser operated 111 manufacturing facilities in 88 strategic locations across 18 countries in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.  Stone Canyon’s ownership of BWAY and Mauser created a global leader in containers and packaging for the food, beverage, chemical, industrial, and other industries.  The Recorder selected Gibson Dunn as the overall winner of the 2017 Corporate Department of the Year for this and other deals, and “overall excellence in cross-border and domestic M&A.”

In the energy space 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.  The US Legal 500 2017 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.”

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 represented Wells Fargo Bank, as leader of a lenders’ consortium, in providing $1.5 billion in financing for the construction of One Vanderbilt Avenue, a planned 1,401-foot office tower near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

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.”

Professional Development

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

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 world. 

Community

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 2017 we averaged approximately 129 pro bono hours per attorney worldwide, with 17 of our offices participating in a pro bono project.

The firm annually honors an individual lawyer and a team by awarding its own Frank Wheat Memorial Award, given to those who demonstrated leadership and initiative in their pro bono work, obtained significant results for their pro bono clients, and served as a source of inspiration to others.  The recipients receive a $2,500 prize that is donated to the pro bono organization or organizations they designate.

The 2017 team winner is our “Travel Ban Response Team” – the group of lawyers that worked tirelessly in the days, weeks and months following issuance of the Administration’s Jan. 27, 2017, Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States Executive Order” – commonly referred to as the “Travel Ban.”  The team worked to protect the due process rights and civil liberties of immigrants around the country, as well as to help guarantee access to justice for those who might not otherwise have been able to afford it.  When the first Travel Ban was issued, more than 100 Gibson Dunn attorneys deployed to airports around the United States to monitor incoming flights, observe the activities of relevant officials and government agencies, and work with our legal aid partners to provide meaningful pro bono legal assistance to those in need. 

Our first individual 2017 winner is honored for his work on behalf of domestic violence victims.  In one matter, he won reversal of a trial court’s grant of joint child custody to a proven domestic abuser despite having found that the abuser had placed the client in a headlock while she was pregnant.  On appeal, our honoree and the Gibson Dunn team contended that the trial court failed to properly apply California’s statutory presumption against awarding child custody to domestic abusers, and the California Court of Appeal unanimously agreed.  In 2017 our honoree also joined the Board of Directors for Family Violence Appellate Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to representing domestic violence survivors in civil appeals.  The organization furthers its mission by, among other things, providing direct representation to domestic violence survivors, and offering training and technical assistance to lawyers and pro se litigants.

Our second individual 2017 winner is honored for his representation of a man whose trial lawyer in a 1988 attempted murder charge was tainted by a conflict of interest because that same lawyer also represented our client’s co-defendant, and negotiated a plea allowing the co-defendant to go free only if our client pleaded guilty.  After challenging this conviction unsuccessfully for nearly 30 years through state courts, the client filed a habeas petition in federal district court, which was denied.  Our honoree successfully took up the appeal to the Fourth Circuit, which ordered the district court to adjudicate the client’s conflict of interest claim.  He handled the appeal as co-counsel with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland as part of a referral relationship that he established to allow Gibson Dunn associates to handle pro bono criminal appeals.  

We are gratified that our pro bono achievements have been recognized outside the firm.  Public Counsel, the United States’ largest not-for-profit law firm with which Gibson Dunn has been a partner since the 1970s, awarded us its Law Firm Pro Bono Award 2017.  The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network awarded our firm its Pro Bono Service Award 2017, recognizing Gibson Dunn for its contributions over the past several years to the immigrant community in Denver and throughout the United States.  Centro Legal de la Raza, a California-based legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income, and Latino communities, named Gibson Dunn as 2017 Pro Bono Champion. 

Additional recognitions include from the Catholic Charities Legal Network, which awarded us its John Carroll Society Legal Services Award 2017 for our outstanding pro bono support of the Network.  The Animal Legal Defense Fund presented the firm with its Advancement in Animal Law Pro Bono Achievement Award 2017, recognizing Gibson Dunn’s outstanding dedication of pro bono hours to help the Fund achieve its mission of protecting the lives, and advancing the interests, of animals through the legal system.  This was the third consecutive year we received the honor.   

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