Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP at a Glance


  • “Flexibility in schedule”
  • “Collegial and brilliant colleagues”
  • “Free-market system lets you choose your own path”


  • “Clients can be extremely demanding”
  • “Long hours”
  • “Tough partnership prospects”

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 20 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 2016 Litigation Department of the Year, an unprecedented third win in this biennial competition since 2010. This followed the Gibson Dunn's also-unprecedented back-to-back wins as 2010 and 2012 Litigation Department of the Year, and 2014 finalist honors. 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, and the firm opened an office in Frankfurt earlier this year.


Seventh Heaven

Gibson Dunn has developed and continues to cultivate a pro bono appellate program with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The program had its beginnings with one of Gibson Dunn's associates on his return to the firm after a clerkship with the Circuit, where he witnessed firsthand the importance of high-quality appellate advocacy as well as the need for skilled advocates to accept pro bono appointments in service of both the courts and those litigants who otherwise could not afford representation. He was honored for his efforts with the firm's 2016 Frank Wheat Memorial Award, Individual Winner.

April 2017
No Pain, No Gain

For Depomed Inc. Gibson Dunn obtained a critical bench trial victory against three generic companies when the District of New Jersey found that all three of Depomed's patents concerning the opioid painkiller drug NUCYNTA were valid and enforceable, all three defendants infringed the two primary patents, and one defendant infringed the third. The court then enjoined the defendants from any sales of generic versions of the drug until the respective patents expire. As a result, there will be no competition for NUCYNTA brand products until at least December 2025, translating into billions of dollars of added revenue for the company.

January 2017
Getting Healthy

Gibson Dunn advised St. Jude Medical, Inc., an industry-leading medical device manufacturer with worldwide operations and diverse portfolios of disease-management solutions, in its $30.7 billion purchase by Abbott, a global health care company.

December 2016
Microsoft Would Like to Add You To Its Professional Network

Gibson Dunn served as antitrust counsel to professional networking site LinkedIn Corporation, securing global antitrust clearance for its $26.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft Corporation. The deal was one of the largest acquisitions worldwide in 2016.

September 2016
Room Service

Gibson Dunn advised Marriott International, Inc. in its industry-transforming, $13.6 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a global high-end hotel company. The transaction created the world's largest hotel company, which will operate or franchise more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms, representing 30 leading brands in over 110 countries.

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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 2017: 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
    120 out of 125 (2Ls) (2016)

  • 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 Oil & Gas Sciences • Litigation • 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 • Tax • Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments • White Collar Defense & Investigations

Major Office Locations

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