THE FIRM Gibson Dunn is widely considered to be one of the true leaders in the securities space, with a formidable enforcement and advisory bench and a comprehensive litigation capacity. The firm represents entities of all types, including technology companies, financial institutions, hedge funds and accounting firms in enforcement actions by bodies such as the SEC, DOJ and PCAOB. On the litigation side, the firm has achieved significant results in high-profile matters, including an MBS class action on behalf of UBS, and Madoff-related litigation on behalf of Ernst & Young and UBS. The practice is reinforced by its impressive geographic footprint, with a fine presence in its historic California home and strong offices in Washington, DC and New York.
Client Service "The firm was very responsive. The matter was very tumultuous for my organization, but the client service was great. They handled a number of inquiries and offered advice on how we could deal with the press."
Commercial Awareness "The team has extensive experience with the SEC and with US Attorney investigations."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Barry Goldsmith co-heads the firm's securities enforcement practice, focusing on the representation of investment banks, broker-dealers and public companies in actions by the SEC, FINRA and other agencies. He is respected by peers and appreciated by clients, with one naming him as "a very good choice on regulatory matters."
Brian Lane advises clients on accounting and disclosure issues, often relating to M&A. Sources speak highly of his abilities, with one person referring to him as "a fine lawyer."
John Olson is an expert on public company finance, and is cited by sources as "a senior member of the securities Bar."
Amy Goodman, cochair of the securities regulation and corporate governance practice, is a "fantastic lawyer" whose practice focuses on securities regulation and disclosure.
John Sturc is co-head of the securities enforcement team alongside Goldsmith, and has a highly active enforcement practice. He has recently handled SEC investigations into potential violations of the FCPA and accounting firm audits. One source says that he "always does a fabulous job."
Joseph Warin is a enforcement and litigation expert whose broad securities practice is particularly noted for his preeminence in FCPA matters, which he handles for clients such as Siemens and Statoil.
Lawrence Zweifach enters the securities enforcement table for the first time having received strong feedback from observers. He played a key role in persuading the SEC and DOJ to close their investigations into former AIG executive Joseph Cassano.
Dean Kitchens is a "smart, strategic and practical" securities litigator based in the firm's Los Angeles office. He scored a huge success recently in his successful defense of 15 of the world's largest financial institutions in their capacity as underwriters to the now defunct Washington Mutual.
Mark Kirsch is another respected partner in the securities litigation team. He recently defended TCW Asset Management in a major lawsuit arising from mortgage-backed CDOs in which TCW acted as investment adviser.