THE FIRM Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has long been a fixture of the national antitrust arena, and the California practice group maintains the high standards of client service and breadth of coverage for which the nationwide team is so well regarded. The team covers the full range of antitrust, with its members experts in private antitrust litigation, transaction reviews, cartel investigations, class actions and trade regulation issues. Among the group's highlights, it recently served as antitrust counsel to Vivendi in connection with its agreement with General Electric to sell a 20 percent stake in NBC Universal, and represented Hewlett-Packard in a highly publicized unfair competition and breach of contract claim brought against competitor Oracle.
Sources say: "They've done some really outstanding work - they came up with a super creative approach to the case and that creativity made the real difference."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Gary Spratling is widely considered to be the founding father of cartel work, and this "obviously fantastic attorney is a clear first-choice if you have cartel issues." He represented Micron Technology in the DOJ's criminal proceedings in the DRAM industry. He also recently represented UBS AG in defense of various class actions related to the investigation into the possible manipulation of Libor rates.
Daniel Swanson has an especially strong reputation for working with clients within the media and entertainment industry, having worked with prominent clients such as Twentieth Century Fox, Sony Pictures, and DreamWorks Animation. He is highly regarded for his expertise as a trial lawyer, and peers are swift to praise a lawyer who manages to be "both a complete gentleman and a completely dedicated and unrelenting opponent."
Joel Sanders is a veteran litigator who has an extensive track record in handling antitrust cases. He is seen as a go-to for class action cases, as well as for government investigations and antitrust counseling. He is the lead counsel for Micron Technology, the world's second largest producer of computer memory components, in the DRAM antitrust litigation.
Robert Cooper is "undoubtedly one of the best trial lawyers around." A vastly experienced attorney, he has a fantastic track record in antitrust and business tort litigation. He cochairs the firm's antitrust practice group.