With powerhouse practices ranging from M&A
to appellate law, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher does its share of
high-stakes work. Founded in Los Angeles in 1890, the firm has
grown to more than 1,200 attorneys in 18 offices spanning the
globe. The firm has gained influence in DC, New York, LA, and
around the global legal circuit thanks in part to a number of
marquee cases such as Citizens United and Perry v.
Google "Gibson Dunn," and Ted Olson will
follow. A leader in Gibson Dunn's appellate and crisis management
groups and former solicitor general, Olson argued and won the
controversial Citizens United case before the Supreme
Court. Belying his right-wing reputation, Olson not only represents
the plaintiffs challenging California's Prop 8, he has become one
of the leading proponents of marriage equality.
Ted Boutrous Jr. serves on the same groups
with Olson, co-chairs the media and entertainment practice, and
contributes regularly to The Wall Street Journal. His
practice focuses on "limiting punitive damages for corporations and
defending First Amendment rights for media companies," which he has
done for Walmart, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Time Warner, Dole Food Co.
and, most recently, Chevron. Also part of Gibson's litigation
practice is Randy Mastro-Giuliani's former deputy mayor-who serves
as the firm's litigation co-chair.
Eugene Scalia-son of late Supreme Court
Justice Antonin Scalia-is co-chair of the labor and employment
group and a former solicitor to the U.S. Department of Labor. He
has been honored as one of the 50 leading litigators in the country
under 45 years of age and by Chambers and Partners as one
of the District's top-three labor and employment lawyers. Other
major players also joined the roster since 2012, including: William
Scherman, a leading energy litigator and former Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC) lawyer and Ambassador Ron Kirk, who
served as the United States Trade Representative in the Obama
Administration until February 2013.
With leaders like these, you don't have to
look far for high-profile work. Some of Gibson's current and past
clients include Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld, Ernst & Young,
Verizon, Wal-Mart, Facebook, Cablevision, Intel, Microsoft, Goldman
Sachs, Tyco International, MetroPCS Communications, Universal
Pictures, 20th Century Fox, New Line Cinema, NBC, HBO, Sony
Pictures, Warner Music Group, Fox, Viacom, CBS, Chevron, and UBS.
On the corporate side, the firm has represented some of the largest
companies in the world, including Tenet Healthcare, Transatlantic
Holdings and Hewlett-Packard.
Gibson Dunn is perhaps best known for its
litigation practice, particularly its appellate and constitutional
law groups. The American Lawyer named the firm the 2012
Litigation Department of the Year for an unprecedented second term
in a row. In making its selection, the publication noted that the
firm's current attorneys have argued over 100 cases before the U.S.
Supreme Court. Among its most recent SCOTUS cases are Perry v.
Brown, in which Ted Olson delivered arguments in favor of
overturning Proposition 8, Citizens United v. Federal Election
Commission, in which the Court held that corporations have a
First Amendment right to engage in political speech and
Wal-Mart v. Dukes, where the Supreme Court, in what many
consider the most important class action opinion in a decade,
unanimously reversed the Ninth Circuit's certification of the
biggest employment discrimination case in history.
The firm's corporate practices are also
thriving, with its lawyers recently advising MetroPCS, T-Mobile,
and Citigroup on billion dollar mergers. Gibson Dunn's corporate
attorneys have experience with virtually every type of corporate or
commercial transaction. The firm's corporate practice has been
ranked consistently by Corporate Board Member magazine
among the Top 10 Law Firms nationally, as determined by general
counsel at major corporations when asked which firms they would
most want to represent their companies on national matters. In
addition, BTI Consulting named seven Gibson Dunn partners to its
2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars list of an "elite group of
standout attorneys" identified by corporate counsel as those who
provide "the absolute best client service." The firm's corporate
transactions practice encompasses several practice groups including
Capital Markets, Global Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private
Equity and Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance.
Gibson Dunn has characterized its expansion as
carefully planned with the strategic addition of global offices.
Since opening the Dubai office in 2007, the firm has expanded
further east into South and Southeast Asia, opening offices in
Singapore, Hong Kong and, most recently, Beijing. Even with this
expansion, the firm has not lost sight of its European offices:
Lord Charles Falconer, Lord Chancellor to former British Prime
Minister Tony Blair, joined the firm, bolstering Gibson Dunn's
visibility in London.
East London Legal Clinic
Gibson Dunn's London office teamed up with several other law
firms to initiate, fund, manage, and staff a new family law and
domestic violence clinic at University House Legal Advice Centre in
Bethnal Green (east London). Every other week one or two associates
plus a trainee attend the clinic, which is the first pro bono
clinic to emerge from the UK Pro Bono Collaborative, of which
Gibson Dunn is a founding member. Volunteering lawyers received
training from barristers, are supervised by a University House
co-coordinator, and advise clients on a range of issues.
Sovereign Debt Trial of the Century
Gibson Dunn resolved groundbreaking, multibillion-dollar
litigation by NML Capital, Ltd. (an affiliate of Elliott Management
Corporation) 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.
Not Too Big To Fail
For MetLife, Inc. Gibson Dunn secured a precedent-setting
victory when the District Court for the District of Columbia ruled
that MetLife's designation as a nonbank "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, therefore, whose material financial distress
could cause instability in the U.S. economy. SIFIs are subject to
greater regulatory oversight.
Once, Twice, Thrice
The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn its 2016
Litigation Department of the Year, the firm's unprecedented third
win out of the last four biennial competitions and an unparalleled
accomplishment given that no other law firm has even won twice.
Gibson Dunn achieved back-to-back wins as 2010 and 2012 Litigation
Department of the Year, and 2014 Finalist honors. The firm was
named the 2016 winner as well in the White Collar/Regulatory
$18 Billion Merger
Gibson Dunn 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.
Building Hudson Yards
Gibson Dunn 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