2019 Vault Rankings
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“The free-market system”
“No face-time policy”
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“The free-market system”
“No opportunities for advancement”
“Long and unpredictable hours”
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.
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.
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.
IN THE NEWS
Gibson Dunn’s Paris office in 2017 formed a partnership with the Paris Bar’s Solidarity Funds, in cooperation with Droits d’Urgence, an association that fights against exclusion and poverty. The project—operating from the “Solidarity Bus”—provides pro bono legal advice to people in need throughout Paris. The large bus parks close to one of the entrance gates in Paris every weekday (holidays included) from 5 to 8 p.m. to offer help in a range of areas including immigration, employment, criminal and family law. Gibson Dunn lawyers volunteer to staff the bus and advise clients.
Gibson Dunn has partnered with Cornell Law School to build its Women and Justice Collection. This online database features summaries of and links to international, regional and U.S. court decisions, legislation and other documents that advance gender justice. The Collection provides free legal resources with the goal of advancing access to justice through the use of progressive principles and comparative law. A team of Gibson Dunn lawyers has been researching legal material from jurisdictions worldwide. In 2017, the team prepared 18 case law or legislative summaries, with plans to contribute more from another 10 to 20 jurisdictions.
Gibson Dunn secured a U.S. Supreme Court victory for the State of New Jersey—and for the right of U.S. states to control their legislatures—when the Court struck down the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that prohibited states from authorizing or licensing sports gambling. The Court held that the statute violated the U.S. Constitution’s Tenth Amendment because it dictated the content of state law, such as by preventing states from legalizing sports gambling. The Court also struck down additional federal prohibitions on state-run lotteries, private operation of sports gambling schemes, and advertising of sports gambling.
Gibson Dunn represented a joint venture of Brooksville Company, a residential real estate firm, and the real estate private equity investor Rockpoint Group L.L.C. in the purchase of Spring Creek Towers, formerly known as Starrett City, the largest affordable-housing community in the United States. The complex, which includes 5,881 apartments and a shopping center, sits on a 153-acre site near Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, New York and includes 46 buildings for 15,000 residents. Built in the 1970s, Spring Creek Towers has its own power plant, schools, recreation center, and ZIP code.
Gibson Dunn represented investment and management company Jamestown Properties in its $2.4 billion sale of Manhattan’s Chelsea Market to Google LLC in what was the second-largest full single-asset sale ever in New York City. A former Nabisco factory building, the block-long and block-wide Chelsea Market is a 1.8 million-square-foot office and retail property containing a widely popular food hall on the ground level. Google already occupied a substantial portion of the complex, which is across the street from the company’s New York headquarters.
Gibson Dunn advised CalAtlantic Group, Inc., a national residential developer and builder, in its $9.6 billion merger into Lennar Corporation, a nationwide residential construction company and provider of real estate financial services. As a result of the combination, Lennar will be the largest home builder in the United States based on revenues.
A Leader in Every Sense
Gibson Dunn is a full-service global law firm advising on some of today’s most complex and significant matters. We are known for excellence in the practice of law and are committed to providing the very highest level of legal services. We offer unparalleled, innovative thinking for clients with the most challenging needs and aspire to handle all matters as partners with, and not merely as service providers to, our clients.
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Chairman & Managing Partner: Kenneth M. Doran
Chair of Firmwide Hiring Committee: Steven E. Sletten
Total No. Attorneys 2018: 1,388
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer associate: $3,700/week
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