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 over 1,200
attorneys in 18 offices spanning the globe. The firm has gained
influence in DC, New York and around the global legal circuit
thanks in part to a number of marquee cases such as Citizens
United and Perry v. Brown.
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
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
Eugene 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
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.
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.
IN THE NEWS
The Fightfor Marriage Equality
Gibson Dunn won a historic marriage equality victory in
June 2013 when the U.S. Supreme Court's Hollingsworth v.
Perry decision let stand a district court 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. Gibson Dunn began the constitutional
challenge to Prop 8 in 2009, won a historic trial in 2010,
successfully defended that trial win on appeal, and achieved the
final victory after Prop 8 proponents appealed to the High Court.
The firm's ongoing efforts towards marriage equality include the
Bostic v. Rainey win when the Eastern District of Virginia
struck down that state's marriage laws.
$9.2 Billion Judgment Against Chevron Knocked
Gibson Dunn represented Chevron Corporation in its successful RICO
suit and seven-week trial against the U.S. lawyer and his
associates who masterminded an extortion scheme against Chevron
that included fraudulently procuring a $9.2 billion Ecuadorian
judgment against the company and casrrying out an extortionate
pressure campaign in the United States. In its 485-page opinion,
the trial court described the case as "extraordinary" and
"includ[ing] things that normally come only out of Hollywood."
Gibson Dunn continues to advise Chevron on a range of issues
flowing from this high-stakes, complex matter.
U.S. Supreme Court Persuaded to Reject Expansive View of
For Daimler AG Gibson Dunn won a victory before the U.S. Supreme
Court that limits the ability of plaintiffs to sue foreign
companies in U.S. courts for acts that allegedly occurred overseas.
The Ninth Circuit had held that, because German corporation Daimler
had an indirect subsidiary doing business in California, Argentine
plaintiffs could sue Daimler in California for acts allegedly
committed in Argentina by an Argentine Daimler subsidiary in the
1970s. Gibson Dunn persuaded the Court to reject that expansive
view of U.S. jurisdiction-unanimously.
Billion-Dollar Healthcare Transaction Creates Top
Gibson Dunn represented Tenet Healthcare Corporation in its $4.3
billion acquisition of Vanguard Health Systems, an operator of
acute care and specialty hospitals. The transaction made Tenet the
No. 1 or No. 2 hospital system in 19 key markets.
Disabled New Yorkers Find Relief From Systematic
In partnership with the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice
Center, Gibson Dunn secured a class action settlement providing
relief to more than 4,000 indigent and disabled New Yorkers who
were denied full and fair hearings on their claims for Social
Security Disability benefits. The lawsuit alleged systematic bias
on the part of five administrative law judges who had among the
highest rates of claim denials in the United States. The relief
provided by the settlement included new hearings before an unbiased
judge for those denied these critical benefits by the five
Major Deal Closes After Rare Court Ruling Clears the
Gibson Dunn represented Vivendi S.A. in the $8.2 billion sale of
its 85% interest in Activision Blizzard, a video game developer,
back to Activision Blizzard and a consortium of executives and
investors. After a shareholder suit was filed and a lower court
issued an injunction blocking the deal, Gibson Dunn won a rare
expedited bench ruling from the Delaware Chancery Court that
allowed the transaction to proceed.