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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Washington, DC

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Los Angeles
  • 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20036-5306
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has offices in Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Munich, Paris, Singapore and São Paulo. 

Firm Overview:
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a leading international law firm. Consistently ranking among the world’s top law firms in industry surveys and major publications, Gibson Dunn is distinctively positioned in today’s global marketplace with more than 1,100 lawyers and 18 offices. For more information on Gibson Dunn’s other practices, visit the firm’s website.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Gibson Dunn has one of the nation’s leading appellate practices with broad experience in complex appellate litigation at all levels of the state and federal court systems. The firm has had more than 100 Supreme Court arguments among active lawyers.

Business Restructuring & Reorganization:
Gibson Dunn has extensive experience in both domestic and multinational insolvencies. The firm’s lawyers regularly represent and counsel official creditors’ committees, ad hoc creditor groups, secured lenders, investors and companies in out-of-court work-outs and Chapter 11 cases.

Commercial Litigation & Arbitration:
Gibson Dunn has represented many Fortune 500 companies in cases involving securities fraud, antitrust, administrative law, environmental, white-collar crime, business torts, among many others. Many of these cases have included class action claims and involved hundreds of millions of dollars in alleged damages. For an unprecedented second time in a row, Gibson Dunn was named in 2012 as Litigation Department of the Year by The American Lawyer, considered the top litigation honor in the United States.

Corporate & Securities:
Gibson Dunn has deep experience in M&A transactions, including:mergers of public and private companies, stock and asset purchases, tender and exchange offers, restructurings and acquisitions out of bankruptcy, divestitures and spinoffs, leveraged buyouts and private equity investments, strategic investments and joint ventures, special committee representations, and crossborder M&A transactions. The firm has broad experience in capital markets having advised on multiple transactions across a wide spectrum of deal structures.

Energy & Infrastructure:
Gibson Dunn has extensive and varied experience in the industrial, commercial, financial and political issues that are inherent in the development, financing, construction and operation of major energy and infrastructure facilities. The firm’s experience spans from traditional oil and gas production, refining transmission and financing to siting, permitting, construction, operation, divestiture and acquisition of renewable projects such as wind power, biomass and bio-diesel, hydro, geo-thermal and solar power generation installations, technologies and facilities.

The firm focuses on the representation of lenders, borrowers,underwriters and issuers in a large variety of debt and structured finance transactions, including: leveraged loans, high-yield bond offerings, mezzanine and subordinated debt,project finance, equipment financings, restructurings and securitizations.

Intellectual Property:
GibsonDunn assists clients with a wide range of IP issues, including: litigating critical IP disputes, negotiating licenses and joint ventures,navigating regulations governing privacy, trade and the protection of IP, and advocating for change in IP law and policy.

Labor & Employment:
The firm’s recent representations include some of the most prominent labor relations matters in the country, high stakes wage and-hour class actions, high profile ERISA cases, nationally recognized Sarbanes-Oxley ‘whistleblower’ cases and aggressive advocacy on OSHA issues. The team also has particular depth in a full range of executive compensation and benefits matters. In 2012, The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn the winner in the Labor and Employment category of its biennial ‘Litigation Department of the Year’ competition.

Media, Entertainment & Technology:
The firm represents both established and emerging media, entertainment and technology companies and handles clients’ most important and complex corporate transactions, litigation, internal investigations and other legal challenges. The group’s transactional lawyers are recognized for their expertise in M&A, complex film finance transactions, and joint ventures, while its litigators are well-known for their experience in handling the full array of media and entertainmentrelated matters, including accounting, contract and profit participation disputes and enforcing film and television distribution agreements.

Real Estate:
Gibson Dunn handles a variety of matters, including real estate finance, development, sales and acquisitions, land use and environmental, leasing and workout transactions.

Securities Litigation, Regulation & Corporate Governance:
The firm is a recognized leader in the defense of securities class actions, derivative litigation and SEC enforcement actions. The firm advises companies on disclosure, accounting and regulatory issues for domestic and foreign regulatory bodies. The partners include nationally recognized securities class action defense counsel, a number of former senior officials with the SEC, NASD and DOJ.

International Work:
Gibson Dunn’s international team consists of US, English,French and German qualified lawyers,many of whomare dual qualified. A long-term European presence and recent office openings in the financial centers of São Paulo, Hong Kong and Beijing give the firmconsiderable experience in representing clients with international business interests requiring a co-ordinated response within and across national borders. The firm’s international offices handle all types of corporate transactions, corporate financing, tax structuring, real estate, litigation, labor and employment and antitrust matters.


  • 333 South Grand Avenue,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
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  • Website : www.gibsondunn.com
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  • 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW,
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Antitrust - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This team builds on its sterling national reputation as one of the leading criminal cartel groups in the USA with a more rounded practice in Washington, DC, including transactional work and noncriminal investigations. Of late it has represented UBS in 17 class actions arising from the LIBOR investigation, and acted for Sony Music in class action cases relating to alleged price-fixing of digital music downloads.

Sources say: "For anything with complexity, I'd turn to them." "They gave advice that was not only good, but practical as well."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Kattan has a broad-based antitrust practice with a particular niche in IP-related antitrust matters. Peers are respectful of his experience and abilities in the area. He recently represented Intel in a case brought by the New York Attorney General concerning alleged monopolization.

Jarrett Arp is a versatile lawyer with a growing profile. He practices primarily in antitrust litigation and counseling. He is antitrust counsel to Microsoft and McDonald's, among others, and was also part of the team representing UBS.

Joshua Lipton is seen as a "very talented, very smart guy" who has quickly established himself as a solid litigator in this area. He is currently representing Aetna in a case brought against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan alleging that a number of contracts with hospitals breached antitrust laws.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is renowned for its high-end DC practice, which is praised for its deep bench of experienced practitioners. The team continues to represent major international companies such as Marriott International, Wolverine Worldwide and Credit Suisse in complex matters that run the gamut of IPOs, acquisitions, mergers and investment transactions. Recent work includes assisting Wolverine Worldwide with the financing of the acquisition of Collective Brands, a transaction that was worth over $1 billion.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Howard Adler is held in high regard by market commentators as a leading practitioner in this area. He has worked on numerous sophisticated corporate transactions of late, including TCF Financial's acquisition of more than $800 million in FDIC-insured deposits from Prudential Bank & Trust. He also advised ExactTarget on its $185 million IPO. 

The "tremendous" Stephen Glover has "built up a good practice" in this market, according to admiring sources. He represents public and private companies in the full spectrum of corporate requirements, and has been particularly occupied with strategic acquisitions of late. He led the team on the Wolverine Worldwide acquisition financing.  

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - District of Columbia

THE FIRM A team of 12 partners forms the DC arm of this respected national practice, with expertise in the drafting of employment agreements and plan compliance. The last year has seen this office assert itself as a significant force in the field of class actions, with a favorable outcome on behalf of client Boeing which resulted in the Seventh Circuit reversing the largest ERISA class action ever certified, in a matter worth $4 billion. The DC group continues to represent Boeing on other ongoing matters in the fields of pension plans and medical benefits. Other key clients include Credit Suisse, Wal-Mart and KV Pharmaceuticals.

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Kilberg is a former solicitor for the DOL and recently oversaw the successful conclusion of the firm's representation of Boeing in its ERISA class action dispute.

Michael Collins is cochair of the employee benefits and executive compensation group and has great experience across the benefits field.

Environment - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm has notable experience in the environmental sphere, and is rated for its strong focus on toxic tort defense work. It acts for a client base from a range of fields, including the aerospace, pulp and paper and semiconductor industries. Standout matters include representing Chevron in a $19 billion environmental damages action relating to oil production in Ecuador. Other major clients include Intel, Global Automakers, International Paper and Lockheed Martin.

Sources say: "They have helped me tremendously in providing proactive and strategic legal advice."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Raymond Ludwiszewski is described as "a quality lawyer who is very sharp, and who knows the industry and the players." He recently acted for a number of groups of automakers and dealers in complex and high-profile climate change litigation.

Peter Seley is applauded for his strategic approach. His broad experience covers mass and toxic tort defense, appellate litigation and challenges to agency action.

Labor & Employment - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is widely acknowledged as a preeminent firm for labor and employment law. The team was established as an extraordinary force in the class actions sphere with its precedent-setting victory in Spano v Boeing, which saw the Seventh Circuit reverse the largest ERISA class action ever certified, on grounds of typicality. Health law remains a cornerstone of the practice, which deploys OSHA expertise to good effect in defense of multiple prominent employers. The firm also advises on a wide range of employment matters, including discrimination, equal opportunities and trade secrets. The practice's elite clientele includes Wal-Mart, Boeing, Merrill Lynch and Ford.  

Sources say: "They have the ability to look at things with strategic vision and help us plan an end-game strategy that works with our business model."

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Kilberg is the practice group's senior partner and is a veteran of the DOL. He was lead partner on the much-publicized case brought against Boeing by the NLRB, and continues to be a leading light in the firm's class action practice.

Eugene Scalia has a wide practice in the employment sphere, with a focus on DOL statutes and matters pertaining to the NLRA. Peers praise his as being "very strategically focused – he can communicate with clients and is very business-minded."

"The dean of the OSHA Bar," Baruch Fellner is the acknowledged expert on occupational health law and has represented the US Chamber of Commerce. He is also a frequent industry spokesperson in the media.

Litigation - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This preeminent DC firm is fully integrated within a wide-reaching national network as impressively broad as its litigation practice. The large team handles a staggering number of cases, focusing on securities, white-collar and general commercial litigation. Its recent work includes representing Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, in a highly publicized breach of contract action and a separate patent infringement case. Its client base also includes Janus Capital, the Investment Company Institute and the Business Roundtable.

Sources say: "They are extremely responsive, very knowledgeable, and very helpful to us."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Warin is singled out by sources as "a very practical person" who offers particular expertise in securities and white-collar litigation. Described as "a tireless worker who is effective in resolving massive, complicated cases," Warin also has a tremendous reputation for his expertise in government investigations and litigation related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).   

Antitrust - Nationwide

THE FIRM Few firms can claim to have such strength across such geographical breadth as Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Its influence extends well beyond its Californian roots, with high-quality practitioners in New York, Washington, DC and Texas. It is particularly lauded for its cartel-related work, led by legendary cartel figure Gary Spratling, although it offers impressive full-service capability. Its recent work includes acting as lead counsel for Apple on the high-profile eBooks antitrust litigation. It also represented Cox Communications in defense of a putative class action case concerning cable television bundling. The firm's impressive client base also includes Sony, Facebook and Microsoft.

Client Service "They do excellent work, and are responsive and thorough. They can handle any issue that comes up. They are people you can uniformly work with and who are on your side."

Commercial Awareness "They are very good at analyzing the situation and developing plans to address the issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The firm has four lawyers heading up their practice. They are Peter Sullivan in New York, Daniel Swanson in Los Angeles, Sean Royall in Dallas and Gary Spratling in San Francisco.

ERISA Litigation - Nationwide

THE FIRM Gibson Dunn continues to represent an array of high-profile clients, including Boeing and Textron. The experienced ERISA team's recent work has included a number of stock drop cases and pension plan matters, and it is adept at handling matters on a nationwide scale. This is exemplified by its representation of Aetna in multidistrict litigation concerning a number of claims linked to alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and reimbursement policies. An additional strength of the practice is the notable government experience of several of its attorneys.

Sources say: "Their reputation is strong and their practice is well balanced." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Kilberg is highly regarded for his longstanding expertise in ERISA law. He continues to work with Boeing on a number of matters in this space, and is described by sources as a "wonderful guy with a great reputation."

Paul Blankenstein specializes in complex commercial litigation, and has a notable focus on ERISA-related cases. He has recently been active on a number of stock drop cases, representing clients such as Textron, KV Pharmaceutical and Eastman Kodak, among others.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

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Government - Nationwide

THE FIRM Gibson Dunn has a particular focus on representing aerospace and defense contractors in high-value government contract litigation. This global firm is revered by sources for its extensive resources and ability to marshal assistance from other practice groups as needed. Notable clients include Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, on whose behalf the group won a significant $59.2 million judgment in a case which arose pursuant to the sale of four Raytheon businesses with underfunded post-retirement benefit plans. The team also defeated government counterclaims totaling over $18 million in the process.

Sources say: "The team at Gibson Dunn is highly aware of our commercial operations and need for pragmatic solutions." "They have an expert-level knowledge of suspensions and debarment and government administrative actions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Karen Manos is once again highlighted for her impressive skill in handling cost disputes and cost accounting issues. The aforementioned Raytheon matter is one in which she excelled, and sources report that Manos is "extremely confident and capable. She is very good at making rational arguments and explaining them so that non-accountants can understand." 

Joseph West has great experience in handling suspension and debarment matters. Observers are impressed, attesting that "he is a fierce advocate for the client. He's willing to take a tough position with government representatives." West's recent work includes providing ongoing counseling to a diverse group of clients, including the Bank of New York Mellon and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

International Arbitration - Nationwide

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International Trade - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm receives excellent feedback for all aspects of its international trade work. Recent highlights include representing the National Bank of Abu Dhabi in Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliance issues, while other sanctions clients include household names such as Facebook and McDonald's. The firm's white-collar defense and investigations group has a well-respected FCPA practice that handles major internal investigations and routinely advises on compliance programs. Customs and trade remedies mandates further round out the firm's workload.

Sources say: "We are very impressed with the firm and very happy with its work."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Warin enjoys a top-tier reputation for his "real breadth of experience" in FCPA enforcement and compliance. He serves as compliance monitor to several industry-leading companies.

Customs expert Donald Harrison advises on valuation, classification and country of origin issues, among other specialized areas. His clients include Honda and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

Judith Lee is a popular choice for export controls, economic sanctions and CFIUS advice: "She's very sure-footed on the law, and has an excellent manner."

Labor & Employment - Nationwide

THE FIRM This firm is noted for its high-end labor and employment practice, and regularly advises on big-ticket cases for corporate giants such as Walmart and Starbucks. It is hugely experienced in representing clients in class and collective actions, and recently advised Northrop Grumman in a wage and hour class action. The team succeeded in having the class action dismissed in favor of individual non-class arbitration proceedings. It is also skilled at handling single plaintiff defense and recently advised the Ports America Management Corporation in a complex wrongful termination case.

Sources say: "Customer service is beyond any other firm I have experienced. The lawyers are quick to respond and are very aware of current trends." "They are exceptional lawyers; they have the ability to gain insight into our business to allow them to attain exceptional results."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The firm's labor and employment department is headed by DC-based Eugene Scalia and Los Angeles-based Catherine Conway.