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 19 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. The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn its 2016 Litigation Department of the Year, our unprecedented third win in this biennial competition since 2010. “Time and again,” noted the publication, “Gibson Dunn litigators set out to win big rather than just escape defeat, and they succeeded … the firm repeatedly delivered when it mattered most.” This followed our also-unprecedented back-to-back wins as 2010 and 2012 Litigation Department of the Year, and 2014 Finalist honors.
In its 2016 Litigation Department of the Year competition The American Lawyer also named our firm the winner in the new White Collar/Regulatory category, remarking that “[c]lients routinely describe lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in superlatives,” such as “‘[s]trategic thinkers,’ ‘creative,’ ‘tenacious’ and ‘responsive.’” The publication called our appellate work in these areas “exceptional” and “involving areas where there was little law on the books.”
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 2015 Appellate Hot List, which recognized 20 firms that “represent appellate advocacy at its strongest – winning the big cases and changing the law.” Benchmark Litigation named Gibson Dunn Appellate Firm of the Year at its 2015 U.S. Awards dinner.
Our representations and wins span the courts and the issues in leading-edge and precedent-setting matters.
We resolved groundbreaking, multibillion-dollar litigation by NML Capital, Ltd. against the Republic of Argentina when Argentina paid NML more than $2.4 billion to satisfy NML’s claims on the country’s defaulted bonds. This settlement marked the conclusion of what the Financial Times called the “sovereign debt trial of the century” and ended 13 years of litigation following Argentina’s default in 2001 on more than $80 billion in external debt. While most of Argentina’s creditors accepted new exchange bonds, worth much less, NML chose to fight – and the tide turned with two decisive U.S. Supreme Court victories won for NML by Gibson Dunn. The Republic’s new president ultimately initiated negotiations with creditors and the settlement agreement was reached.
For more than 1,300 victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks, we achieved a major victory in Bank Markazi v. Peterson when the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 complies with the separation of powers. Plaintiffs had been awarded billions of dollars in judgments against Iran and sought to satisfy those judgments by executing on almost $2 billion in which Bank Markazi, Iran’s central bank, had a beneficial interest. The district court ruled that the Act, which set forth the standard for executing on the assets at issue in this particular case, permitted the plaintiffs to satisfy their judgments on the assets in question. The Second Circuit affirmed and plaintiffs turned to Gibson Dunn when Bank Markazi sought Supreme Court review.
For MetLife, Inc. we achieved a precedent-setting outcome 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.
For Ford Motor Company we achieved a Sixth Circuit en banc win in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Ford Motor Company, a case of major importance to employers navigating the intersection between the Americans with Disabilities Act and increased employee telecommuting. And in Blue Mountain Capital Management, LLC v. Garcia-Padilla we secured a high-profile constitutional victory for BlueMountain, a bondholder in Puerto Rico’s largest electric utility, PREPA. The First Circuit unanimously affirmed the District of Puerto Rico’s ruling that the U.S. Bankruptcy Code preempts the Puerto Rico Public Corporation Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act, a statute that the Commonwealth’s Legislature had enacted and that purported to create a binding bankruptcy-like debt restructuring regime for Puerto Rico’s highly indebted public entities including PREPA.
We are representing Uber Technologies, Inc. in closely watched class actions in the Northern District of California and the Ninth Circuit. Plaintiffs argue that Uber misclassified drivers as independent contractors rather than employees and that it should reimburse drivers for a variety of expenses.
Landmark cases have included National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, in which we persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to unanimously affirm a 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. And for multinational Daimler in Daimler AG v. Bauman, a case with far-reaching consequences, we won a unanimous ruling from the High Court that limited 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, unanimous U.S. Supreme Court 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 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 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. And 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. We uncovered evidence of fraud and a forgery scheme that resulted in Ceglia’s indictment on two counts of mail and wire fraud. Pleading not guilty, Ceglia eventually fled the court’s jurisdiction and become a “Wanted” fugitive from justice.
In 2013 we secured the historic 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. The next year we won again 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.
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 2016 recognized Gibson Dunn with 35 firm practice group rankings and 100 individual rankings. The 2016 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, the Middle East and Western Europe.
Notable recent representations have included the following.
We represented professional services group Towers Watson in its $18 billion merger of equals with Willis Group Holdings, a global risk advisory, reinsurance broking and human capital and benefits firm. Willis Towers Watson, the combined company, is based in Ireland with approximately 39,000 employees in more than 120 countries.
We were counsel to The Ryland Group, Inc. in its transformational $5.4 billion merger of equals with Standard Pacific Corporation. This combination of two of the premier U.S. homebuilders created the fourth largest homebuilding company in the United States that, upon closing of the deal, had an enterprise value of approximately $8.4 billion.
Our Beijing office represented an investment consortium of Hua Capital Management Co., Ltd., CITIC Capital Holdings Limited and Goldstone Investment Co., Ltd., in the $1.9 billion purchase of California-based OmniVision Technologies, a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions.
Financing and capital markets work has included representing T-Mobile, one of the largest providers of wireless voice and data communications services in the United States, in connection with $4 billion in financings. We served as counsel to St. Jude Medical, Inc., the global medical device company, in its $4.1 billion financing to acquire California-based Thoratec Corporation, a world leader in mechanical circulatory support for patients suffering from advanced heart failure. And we advised Hewlett-Packard Company, the global information technology company, on multiple financings. These facilitated in part its $2.7 billion acquisition of Aruba Networks, Inc., a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, and the separation of Hewlett-Packard into two separate publicly traded companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, both of which we advised on multibillion-dollar credit facilities.
In the private equity arena, we were counsel to CVC Capital Partners and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on their acquisition of Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., a leading specialty retailer of premium pet food, supplies and services, for approximately $4.6 billion. And in one of the very few 2015 secondary private equity deals in the Middle East region we represented Emirates NBD in connection with the acquisition of a stake in Network International by two global investment firms from Abraaj Capital Holdings Limited, the UAE-based private equity firm. In this rare example of Western private equity capital being injected into the Middle East, both investors were attracted by the gradual transition from cash to electronic transactions in the Middle East and Africa, where Network International is a leading payment solutions provider.
In the energy sector 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. And we served as regulatory counsel to Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Emera, Inc. in its successful bid for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of its proposed $10.4 billion acquisition of TECO Energy, Inc. The deal, one of 2015’s biggest in energy, is expected to close in mid-2016.
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. 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.” Law360 has named the firm a Real Estate Practice Group of the Year for 2015, 2014 and 2013. Commercial Property Executive ranked us 5th on its 2016 Leading Real Estate Law Firms list, noting that Gibson Dunn “participated in the largest volume of deal flow among respondents,” and Who’s Who Legal named us a Top Five firm in Construction & Real Estate in the Who’s Who Legal 100 2015.
We represented a joint venture of The Related Companies and Oxford Properties in closing on a multibillion-dollar equity and debt financing for the new flagship office building they are developing at Hudson Yards, a 28-acre project on Manhattan’s West Side. To be built on a platform over a working commuter rail yard, Hudson Yards is set to include office buildings, a one-million-square-foot retail mall, hotel and cultural facilities and residential buildings. In December 2015, Time Warner, KKR, and Wells Fargo closed on deals to relocate to the new two-million-square-foot office tower, and Related and Oxford simultaneously closed on the construction financing for the tower. Gibson Dunn also handled the closing on construction loans for 15 Hudson Yards, an approximately 740,000-square-foot luxury residential condominium project with an affordable housing component.
In the development arena, Gibson Dunn serves as lead counsel for Hollywood Park Land Co., a joint venture between Stockbridge Capital Group LLC and the Kroenke Group, in its plan to develop 298 acres in Inglewood, California, including the addition of a much-anticipated multibillion-dollar 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. 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 are also representing NBA champion basketball team the Golden State Warriors in connection with the development of a new mixed-use office, retail and event center project in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco. The event center will serve as the Warriors’ new home basketball court.
We advised Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. in its $3.5 billion acquisition of a Northern California portfolio of 26 high-quality office assets and two development parcels from Blackstone Real Estate Partners V and VI. The transaction made Hudson Pacific the largest publicly traded office owner in Silicon Valley, with a combined portfolio totaling 53 properties or 17.3 million square feet across Northern and Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.
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 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.
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 2015, our United States-based lawyers worked an aggregate of 130,005 hours on pro bono activities, averaging over 120 hours per person – 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 – in 2015 – two individuals. The recipients of the award receive a $2,500 prize that is donated to the pro bono organizations they designate.
The 2015 team award winners secured a Voting Rights Act victory on behalf of a group of minority citizens of Albany County, New York, following three years of litigation and a 13-day trial in the Northern District of New York. The court held that a redistricting plan enacted by the Albany County Legislature had improperly maintained the number of majority-minority districts (those in which minority residents are a majority) at four and violated Section 2 of the Act by unlawfully diluting the voting strength of black voters. The court enjoined the County from holding further elections under the plan and ordered it to create a remedial plan adding a fifth majority-minority district before the next election. Defendants elected not to appeal.
Our first individual 2015 winner was honored for winning U.S. asylum for two women and their daughter who fled their small Mexican city in the middle of the night after witnessing a neighbor’s murder at the hands of a drug cartel and receiving subsequent death threats. Our honoree learned about the persecution the clients had experienced in Mexico as LGBT individuals and as a family, and built a strong case for asylum. Our second 2015 individual winner was honored for his work defeating removal proceedings against three Honduran children who had suffered severe domestic abuse at the hands of their fathers while living in that country. The children had come to the United States undocumented to join their mothers, who were ultimately granted complete custody and the children granted asylum.
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 Award 2015 to the firm for providing exceptional legal services to low-income New Yorkers. In the Washington, D.C. area, the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition presented Gibson Dunn with its Law Firm of the Year 2015 award. Our Orange County office received the California State Bar President’s 2015 Pro Bono Service Award. And Asian Legal Business named Gibson Dunn to its 2016 CSR List, which recognizes the corporate social responsibility initiatives of 25 law firms in Asia “that clearly have their hearts in the right place when it comes to giving back to their communities.”
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