Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP at a Glance


  • “Freedom to pursue matters that interest you”
  • “High-profile cases”
  • “Collegiality”


  • “Dim partnership prospects”
  • “Long hours”
  • “The free market system can be difficult to navigate”

The Buzz

  • “Rock stars”
  • “Incredible litigators”
  • “Conservative”
  • “Weak capital markets practice”

About Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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. Brown.

All-Star Lineup

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.

Taking It to the Top

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.

No Boundaries

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.

April 2016
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.

March 2016
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.

January 2016
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 category.

$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.

December 2015
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 component.

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

333 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3197
Phone: (213) 229-7000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & Managing Partner: Kenneth M. Doran
  • Chair of Firmwide Hiring Committee: Steven E. Sletten
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 1,260

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: 280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    Summer associate: $3,500/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    115 out of 118 (2Ls) (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation
    Appellate & Constitutional Law
    Business Restructuring & Reorganization
    Capital Markets
    Class Actions
    Corporate Governance
    Corporate Transactions
    Crisis Management
    Electronic Discovery and Information Law
    Emerging Technologies
    Energy & Infrastructure
    Energy Regulation & Litigation
    Environmental Litigation & Mass Tort
    Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
    Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products
    Financial Institutions
    Global Finance
    Government & Commercial Contracts
    Health Care
    Information Technology and Data Privacy
    Intellectual Property
    International Arbitration
    International Trade Regulation & Compliance
    Labor & Employment
    Land Use & Development
    Latin America
    Law Firm Defense
    Life Sciences
    Media, Entertainment & Technology
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Private Equity
    Product Liability
    Public Policy
    Real Estate
    Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)
    Securities Enforcement
    Securities Litigation
    Securities Regulation
    Strategic Sourcing and Technology Transactions
    Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments
    White Collar Defense & Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Century City, CA Dallas, TX Denver, CO Los Angeles, CA New York, NY Orange County, CA Palo Alto, CA San Francisco, CA Washington, DC Beijing Brussels Dubai Hong Kong London Munich Paris São Paulo Singapore