Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP at a Glance


  • “Excellent free market system”
  • “Blockbuster cases”
  • “Laid-back and collegial culture”


  • “Lack of partnership prospects”
  • “The demands of high stakes litigation”
  • “You can fall through the cracks if you are not proactive”

The Buzz

  • “Gold standard for litigation”
  • “Great appellate”
  • “Conservative”
  • “Bush Jr.’s lawyers”

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. 



The Fightfor Marriage Equality Continues
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 Out
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.

January 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Persuaded to Reject Expansive View of U.S. Jurisdiction
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.

October 2013

Billion-Dollar Healthcare Transaction Creates Top Hospital Systems
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 Bias
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 ALJs.

July-October 2013

Major Deal Closes After Rare Court Ruling Clears the Way
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.

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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 2014: 1,225

  • 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
    138 out of 141 (2013)

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