Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP at a Glance


  • “Flexibility with working time”
  • “High profile clientele/cases”
  • “Intelligent, driven, and yet friendly attorneys”


  • “Can be tough to play the game that is the free market system”
  • “Partner promotion rate is fairly low”
  • “Bureaucracy”

The Buzz

  • “Exceptional lawyers”
  • “Appellate leaders”
  • “Litigation-focused”
  • “Stuffy”

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 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.

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 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. 



Cola Wars
Following its first-of-its-kind dismissal with prejudice of an "all natural" class action against PepsiCo and South Beach Beverage Company (SoBe), Gibson Dunn has continued to serve as national counsel for PepsiCo in a series of food and beverage labeling class actions in courts throughout the United States that challenge some of the company's most prominent brands. Gibson Dunn was the first firm in the wave of food and beverage litigation to persuade courts to both dismiss nationwide class allegations at the motion to dismiss phase and hold that food company websites are not "labeling," even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has repeatedly taken this view.

Alternatives to Incarceration
Gibson Dunn serves clients in three "Alternatives to Incarceration" programs in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Program participants often face legal challenges separate from their criminal cases that create additional barriers to successful rehabilitation. Lawyers from the firm's New York office represent such individuals on a wide range of civil collateral matters, including housing, public assistance and immigration. Members of the Gibson Dunn team attend the Alternatives to Incarceration programs' monthly court dates. When a need for formal representation arises, the Federal Defenders refer the matter to team members, who are directly retained by the program participant.

February 2015

Massive Energy Deal
Gibson Dunn advised The Williams Companies in 2014's second largest deal in the oil and gas sector. In a $50 billion merger, Williams Partners combined with Access Midstream Partners to create an entity that will gather and process nearly 19 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day in the United States and transport about 20 percent of all U.S. natural gas that is moved daily. Key related financings involved a $5.995 billion bridge facility in connection with Williams' prior purchase of Access Midstream general partner interests; a $3.5 billion and two $1.5 billion revolving credit facilities; and a $3 billion commercial paper program.

January 2015

What Do a Car, a Fridge and a Coffee Pot Have in Common?
Gibson Dunn represented Robert Bosch GmbH, the German automotive and industrial technology group, in its $4 billion takeover of BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, Europe's largest and one of the world's leading producers of home appliances. Bosch acquired Siemens AG's 50 percent stake in the company. BSH generated annual sales of roughly €11.5 billion with about 53,000 employees in 2014. The group operates in 50 countries with approximately 80 companies and has 43 production sites in 13 countries in Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia.

July-October 2014

Virginia is for ALL Lovers
Gibson Dunn won an appellate victory for marriage equality when the Fourth Circuit, in Bostic v. Schaefer, affirmed the Eastern District of Virginia's decision to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. The Circuit held the marriage ban unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution for denying same-sex couples the freedom to make the "intensely personal decision" to marry one another, thereby "prohibit[ing] them from participating fully in our society." The U.S. Supreme Court's subsequent denial of review allowed this ruling to take effect in Virginia and same-sex marriages to begin.

June 2014

Patent Pros
When representing CLS Bank, the firm obtained a unanimous Supreme Court affirmance that ended a long-running patent infringement suit brought by Alice Corporation. The Court affirmed an en banc Federal Circuit ruling, also argued successfully by Gibson Dunn, that Alice's claims were patent-ineligible as the patents were drawn to the abstract idea of intermediated settlement.

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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 2015: 1,236

  • Employment Contact
    Leslie Ripley
    Chief Recruiting Officer
    Phone: (213) 229-7273

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    Summer associate: $3,080/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    119 out of 123 (2014)

  • 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

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