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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Los Angeles
  • 333 South Grand Avenue
  • Los Angeles
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071-1512
  • Tel:+1 213 229 7000
  • Fax:+1 213 229 7520
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  • 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:  

Antitrust & Trade Regulation: Gibson Dunn serves clients in virtually every significant area of antitrust and trade regulation law, including cartel and government civil investigations, class action treble damage litigation, private antitrust litigation, government review of mergers and acquisitions, and trade regulation matters. In 2014, The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn a finalist in the Antitrust category of its biennial ‘Litigation Department of the Year’ competition.

Appellate: 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 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 cross-border 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.

Finance: 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: Gibson Dunn 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 employment 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.

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.

White Collar Defense & Investigations: The firm has defended prominent companies and executives against federal and state prosecutions and conducted numerous sensitive internal investigations in areas including anti-money laundering; computer and IP crimes; environmental violations and compliance; FCPA matters; forfeiture (civil and criminal); health care fraud; privacy; procurement fraud; securities, financial institution and accounting fraud; and tax offenses. The practice group includes numerous former federal and state prosecutors and officials, many of whom served at high levels within the DOJ, SEC and other key investigative arms of the government.

International Work:
Gibson Dunn’s international team consists of US, English, French and German qualified lawyers, many of whom are dual qualified. A long-term European presence and recent office openings in the financial centers of São Paulo, Hong Kong and Beijing give the firm considerable experience in representing clients with international business interests requiring a co-ordinated response within and across national borders.

Branches

  • 333 South Grand Avenue,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071-1512
  • Tel +1 213 229 7000
  • Fax +1 213 229 7520
  • Website : www.gibsondunn.com
  • 3161 Michelson Drive,
  • Irvine,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92612-4412
  • Tel +1 949 451 3800
  • Fax +1 949 451 4220
  • 2029 Century Park East,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
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  • Tel +1 310 552 8500
  • Fax +1 310 551 8741
  • 1881 Page Mill Road,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304-1211
  • Tel +1 650 849 5300
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  • 555 Mission Street,
  • Suite 3000,
  • San Francisco,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94105-0921
  • Tel +1 415 393 8200
  • Fax +1 415 393 8306
  • 1801 California Street,
  • Suite 4200,
  • Denver,
  • Colorado
  • USA
  • CO 80202-2642
  • Tel +1 303 298 5700
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  • 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
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  • 20036-5306
  • Tel +1 202 955 8500
  • Fax +1 202 467 0539
  • 200 Park Avenue,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10166-0193
  • Tel +1 212 351 4000
  • Fax +1 212 351 4035
  • 2100 McKinney Avenue,
  • Suite 1100,
  • Dallas,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75201-6912
  • Tel +1 214 698 3100
  • Fax +1 214 571 2900

Antitrust - California

What the team is known for Preeminent in all manner of antitrust litigation. Features an excellent bench of experienced antitrust lawyers and maintains a particularly strong reputation in cartel defense, where it remains one of the best in the business.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Stellar lawyers with a great criminal price-fixing practice."

"Their criminal cartel work is among the best in the world." 

What's new? New clients include Time Warner Cable and VFM Leonardo.

Work highlights Represented Apple in its defense in the e-books antitrust litigation, which saw Apple and other publishers sued by the DOJ.

Acted for International Paint as a defendant in a case alleging a price-fixing conspiracy related to yacht paints.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Spratling is a "legend" who is "in the utmost echelon" for criminal cartel work and unanimously lauded for his skill and experience. Recently he continued to co-lead for UBS in Libor-related litigation. One source calls Spratling a "world-class criminal antitrust lawyer."

The "outstanding" Joel Sanders is a "very well-rounded" antitrust lawyer who is "terrific to work with." He has been one of the lead lawyers for UBS in the Libor class action and private litigation.

Daniel Swanson is a "top-notch, really smart and very responsive" antitrust litigator who is regularly called on for all manner of major suits, civil and criminal. He recently co-led the representation of Apple in the high-profile e-books litigation.

Commentators describe Trey Nicoud as a "very talented lawyer" who is establishing a reputation alongside some of the stellar names at Gibson Dunn. He is an experienced litigator, with around 30 years working both in-house and in private practice.

Robert Cooper has a reputation as "the dean of antitrust trial lawyers," according to sources, who hold him in extremely high regard. Clients continue to benefit from his wealth of experience, which extends back almost 50 years.

Significant clients UBS, Hewlett-Packard, Aetna, Intel.

Banking & Finance - California

What the team is known for Remains a highly regarded banking and finance team, adept at advising across the full scale of loan transactions. Recognized for its skill acting for issuers and borrowers, but has also developed significant capability on the lender side of late. Offers substantial expertise in acquisition financings.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Gibson is very good, both at the law and also at giving good practical advice."

"They are extremely knowledgeable and very thorough. You get the sense that they would painstakingly go through the 150-page agreement." 

Work highlights Represented AECOM Technology in relation to a $1.05 billion amended unsecured revolving credit facility.

Advised on an amended and restated $1.07 billion credit agreement on behalf of Bally Technologies.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Cromwell Montgomery is well respected in the market, and wins praise from sources for being "very professional and very good to work with." Of recent note he represented Bally Technologies with regard to a $1.07 billion credit agreement that was amended and restated.

The "fantastic" Linda Curtis is commended for her "wealth of experience and dedication," with interviewees particularly highlighting that she "understands the market and pays attention to every detail." She recently acted for Neustar in connection with a $525 million credit agreement.  

Co-head of the firm's finance group Jeff Hudson is an expert in acquisition financings and debt capital market transactions, and regularly acts for borrowers, banks and investors. 

Melissa Barshop is well liked by sources, who find her "very good to work with." She is experienced in private placements, exchange offers and debt restructurings.

Significant clients Actian, Ameristar Casinos, CityCenter Holdings, Wells Fargo.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - California

What the team is known for Experienced in a broad range of bankruptcy matters with particular expertise in real estate-related workouts and distressed asset financing. Capabilities in cross-border cases and complex and litigious bankruptcies.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Good diversity of tools in the toolbox. Lots of high-quality lawyers to choose from according to the different skills required."

"Consistently very good, knowledgeable people with lots of transactional experience."

Work highlights Represented Arcapita Bank in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings involving debts of approximately $2.7 billion.

Co-ordinated the successful sale of distressed assets among video game developers from the Chapter 11 proceedings of THQ. 

Notable practitioners  

"Very good lawyer" Craig Millet is "aggressive, smart and knows his practice." He handles a range of complex restructuring cases, both in and out of court and in cross-border matters, and commercial litigation in the bankruptcy court.

Jeffrey Krause has experience working with debtors, creditors' committees and purchasers of distressed assets and companies. He is described as "a great lawyer who can intellectually carry his own with anyone." 

Oscar Garza is described as being "very good at thinking up alternatives and options, and in addressing issues creatively." He has handled recent representations of the Chandler Trust and former directors of the Tribune Company in matters arising from the company's bankruptcy.

Clients describe Samuel Newman as the "right person for a multi-party dispute" and "a forceful advocate for the company." He represents debtors and creditors in a range of bankruptcy and restructuring matters.  

Robert Klyman has recently joined the firm from Latham & Watkins and is much sought after by debtors, lenders and creditors for his expertise. He is also additionally noted for his work on behalf of distressed asset purchasers.

Significant clients Pacific Monarch Resorts, SM&A Holdings, Vail Resorts, Ernst & Young.

Capital Markets - California

What the team is known for Called on to represent issuers in relation to IPOs, debt offerings and converts. Offers a strong regulatory team alongside accomplished deal practitioners who are handling an increasing number of deals for foreign private issuers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The depth of capital markets knowledge at the firm has meant that we can call them at any time with any question. They have a good grasp of the commercial side of things and they find a way to understand our business and make it work." 

"The firm has a fantastic knowledge base, superior execution and is extremely responsive. They will work all night to get a deal done and will throw as many talented lawyers at the transaction as is necessary to meet the time frame. I have peace of mind knowing my transaction will be done correctly and on time." 

Work highlights Represented Restoration Hardware in its IPO and two follow-on offerings, with an aggregate value of over $1 billion.

Acted for Goldman Sachs as underwriters in relation to the Marin Software IPO.

Represented Intel in a $6 billion senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Smith routinely works with major investment banks involved in the capital markets and receives praise from clients and competitors alike. Wells Fargo Securities is a prominent client.

Jonathan Layne maintains a broad and versatile debt and equity practice and is described as "extraordinarily talented."

Practice cochair Stewart McDowell has a strong profile for capital markets work and notably represented Restoration Hardware in its IPO and two secondary offerings. Clients appreciate her diligence, saying: "She takes the time to get to know our organization well."

Significant clients Deutsche Bank Securities, Lazard, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group.

Corporate/M&A - California

What the team is known for Full-service firm known for its ability to handle large and complex M&A transactions. Represents public companies, private equity firms and investors in the emerging companies space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Gibson Dunn takes good care of its clients, spending time to get to know them professionally and personally. They ensure that needs are being met to the fullest satisfaction of the client."

"They are always willing to put whatever time and energy is needed into their work and their billing is very fair for the quality of work that we get."

"Highly responsive and responsible. A very strong team who support each other and the objectives stated."

Work highlights Acted for Ameristar Casinos in its $2.8 billion acquisition by Pinnacle Entertainment.

Represented Edison Mission Energy on its joint venture with TIAA-CREF and Cook Inlet Region to form a new company supporting the development of North American wind energy projects.

Acted for Intel on its $4.1 billion investment in ASML's research and development programs.

Notable practitioners

Based in the Century City office of Gibson Dunn, Jonathan Layne is highly regarded in the Southern California market. He is praised by peers and clients alike, who say he is "very capable, business minded and knows how to get a deal done." His practice encompasses a broad range of M&A, securities and board matters.

Head of the Palo Alto office Russell Hansen acts for clients in M&A and corporate governance matters, as well as handling joint ventures and other strategic alliances. Clients include Intel, Applied Micro Circuits and Admiralty Partners.

Gregory Davidson is cochair of the firm's emerging technology practice and has a particular focus on venture capitalists, strategic investors, startups and emerging growth companies. Clients say he is an "awesome" lawyer and appreciate that "he doesn't just draft documents: he's a thinker and he helps us make better business decisions."

Los Angeles-based Jennifer Bellah Maguire is "a talented lawyer" whose practice covers both private equity matters and public M&A. She recently acted for Power-One on its $1.03 billion sale to ABB. Clients say she is "extremely bright and very strategic."

Cochair of the emerging technologies group Bradford Weirick focuses on venture capital matters, acting for both investors and targets. Clients say: "He's very knowledgeable. He has a very nice, even-keeled manner while dealing with disagreement, and that usually leads to effective resolutions."

Christopher Dillon, based in the Palo Alto office, handles a range of matters including M&A, strategic partnerships and capital raises. He is particularly known for his work in the technology sector and recently acted for ExactTarget in its $2.5 billion sale to Salesforce.com.

Associate Shawn Domzalski has "very strong legal skills" and is "exceptionally client focused." He is particularly active in telecoms and technology sector matters.

Significant clients Dole Food, Allergan, Aurora Capital Group, Platinum Equity, K-Swiss.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - California

What the team is known for Compact yet powerful offering, handling all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation while also covering tax, ERISA, corporate and securities law matters. Houses extensive advisory experience, with clients including private and public companies, CEOs, private equity funds and boards of directors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have a lot of trust in their capabilities and advice, and the depth of knowledge they have across a number of different areas. You name it, they've got it: top-rate people, with a high focus on customer service."

"What I really like about them is that they know the rules, are eminently practical, and are able to help you achieve business objectives."

Work highlights Acted for Transatlantic Holdings throughout the process of its acquisition by Alleghany. This involved the handling of various matters such as executive severance benefits and incentive compensation programs.

Advised Aurora Capital Group on a range of ERISA plan asset matters and compensation and benefit issues related to its various investment funds.  

Notable practitioners

Sean Feller is lauded by sources as being "business-minded and good with clients, as opposed to being overly-technical - definitely a rising star." His practice encompasses a range of matters, drawing on his ERISA, corporate, tax, accounting and securities expertise. 

Benefits and compensation practice cochair Stephen Fackler divides his time between the Palo Alto and New York offices. His extensive experience in working with public and private companies and senior executives ensures his continued popularity in this market.

Significant clients Dole Food, Amazon.com, AOL, Tenet Healthcare, Vineyard Brands.

Environment - California

What the team is known for Notably strong in environmental litigation and toxic tort matters. Further noteworthy expertise in making challenges to regulatory and agency decisions and providing defense counsel in actions launched to prevent hydraulic fracturing in California. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team is very deep and diverse, bringing a good range of litigation experience to the table."

"Service from the team is always completely seamless and consistent."

Work highlights Represented Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company in a wrongful death action brought by seven families following an industrial accident.

Acted for the American Chemistry Council in its dispute with the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment concerning the listing of bisphenol-A (BPA) as a reproductive toxicant. 

Notable practitioners

Patrick Dennis is a "very smart and effective lawyer." He represents clients from various sectors including oil and gas, real estate, energy and construction in environmental litigation and toxic tort matters.

The "sharp and strategic" Jeffrey Dintzer is described by one client as "a smart strategist who is not afraid to tell it like it is or fight for the client in tough situations." He is an expert in class action and toxic tort litigation, and he also works on private cost recovery.

Market sources state that Thomas McHenry is "a great lawyer" and that they "think very highly of him." His practice touches upon a number of areas including water and air quality, energy and hazardous waste matters. 

Significant clients GE, Intel, Lockheed Martin, Walmart, California Science Center.

Healthcare - California

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Insurance - California

What the team is known for Handles complex disputes for insurers and reinsurers. Key strength in matters involving health insurance, property insurance and workers' compensation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The team's key strength is the thoroughness of its preparation - no issue goes unspotted. They also show good judgment in identifying the issues that should be tackled."

Work highlights Recently represented Aetna against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in a complex case involving both insurance and antitrust aspects. 

Represented Farmers Insurance Exchange in a Superior Court action relating to a putative statewide class action alleging misclassified insurance claims.

Notable practitioners  

"Fine trial lawyer" Richard Doren frequently represents insurer clients in high-stakes cases. Sources state: "He has a very good demeanor - he's very tough but he is a likable person, and that plays well."

Significant clients Cigna, Standard Fire Insurance, Eastwood Insurance Services.

Intellectual Property - California

What the team is known for Deep bench of patent litigators that maintains an excellent track record at trials. Particular expertise in the pharmaceutical, life sciences and electronics spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team's courtroom skills, especially their ability to present complicated technical information, are a particular strength."

Work highlights Successfully enforced patents covering a $400 million per year brand pharmaceutical on behalf of Allergan against generic competition. After a one-week trial, the court ruled the patents at issue to be both valid and infringed.

Notable practitioners

Wayne Barsky represents a wide range of clients in contentious IP matters, and is described by his clients as "knowledgeable, thorough and always on top of what needs to be done."

Significant clients Apple, Big Viking Games, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Novo Nordisk.

IT & Outsourcing - California

What the team is known for Preeminent outsourcing and technology practice with a national and global reach. Principal focus on the representation of the purchasers of services in outsourcing deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have an excellent ability to partner with and coach a variety of individuals, roles and disciplines within our company."

"They are very easy to deal with and are very service-focused. They meet or beat any deadline that we set them."

"We were impressed with the extent to which the lead partner was involved in the work."

Work highlights Handled a number of matters for Marriott International. This included a substantial remodeling of its IT facilities and outsourcing transactions with Xerox, IBM and Accenture, among others.

Worked with security software giant Symantec on a significant global IT outsourcing deal with Hewlett-Packard.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Mummery is the "classic outsourcing lawyer." Clients state that he "is a calming presence during intense, high-stress negotiations" because he "intuitively knows when to let discussions continue and when it might be best to regroup."

William Peters assists clients with a range of IT and outsourcing matters. Sources note that "he is very client-focused" and "he is an incredibly strong negotiator." His recent work highlights include assisting the State Compensation Insurance Fund on a number of development and license agreements.

Shaalu Mehra concentrates his practice on technology transactions. He also has substantial experience representing both companies and investors in venture finance matters.

Significant clients Federal-Mogul, KPMG, Marsh & McLennan, State Compensation Insurance Fund, Tyco.

Labor & Employment - California

What the team is known for Strong group of labor and employment specialists with a reputation for excellence in 'bet the company' and high-stakes ADA, ERISA, and wage and hour litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Outstanding in every regard." 

"They completely grasp our industry." 

Work highlights Obtained reversal at appellate level of a prior trial court decision on the enforceability of contractual arbitration agreements under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) for Northrop Grumman.

Defended Sunrise Senior Living Management against a wage and hour putative class action in which class certification was denied by the District Court for the Central District of California.

Notable practitioners

LA-based partner Catherine Conway is particularly praised for her retailer employment advice. Her extensive state and federal trial experience informs her impressive wage and hour practice.

Jesse Cripps is "recognized as a considerable expert in the area of wage and hour," and focuses on high-stakes and complex litigation. He recently secured a victory for Northrop Grumman in relation to a statewide class action and the validity of an arbitration agreement.

Julian Poon is hailed as a "lawyer's lawyer" by commentators, thanks to his strong litigation and appellate skill, especially within wage and hour class action contexts. Sources highlight his "world-class command of the law and potential exposure." 

Significant clients Walmart, Tenet Healthcare, Michaels Stores, Ports America Management, The Clorox Company.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Appellate powerhouse with a longstanding reputation as one of the finest practices in California and nationwide. Talented bench with the ability to handle complex, high-stakes commercial appeals.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Street-smart guys who are strong academically." 

Work highlights Argued the opposition to Proposition 8 in the Supreme Court that ended the ban on same-sex marriage in California.

Following the 2011 Supreme Court decision in Walmart v Dukes, continued to represent Walmart in achieving dismissals of later class action suits that sought to circumvent the Supreme Court's ruling by using regionalized classes.

Notable practitioners  

Theodore Boutrous is a legendary figure in California appellate practice widely regarded as peerless in the state. He has successfully represented clients in front of federal and state courts of appeal up to the US Supreme Court. Commentators laud him as "just spectacular" and "as good as they get." 

The "terrific" Daniel Kolkey is very well respected by peers and clients alike for his prowess in appellate matters. He cochairs the firm's national appellate and constitutional law group.

Significant clients Walmart, Farmers Insurance Exchange, Apple, Chevron, Wackenhut.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Litigation powerhouse both in California and on a national scale. Provides strong representation in securities and general commercial litigation, with experience in some of the largest cases over recent years including a series of high-value lawsuits arising from the mortgage-backed securities crisis.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We've been very pleased - they're the guys you go to with bet-the-company litigation. When you need to bring in the top litigation firm in the country, you turn to Gibson Dunn."

"I think their performance is exceptional. The folks in California have an excellent, hands-on, client-focused approach to securities litigation defense."

Work highlights Represented Hewlett-Packard in its dispute with Oracle involving breach of contract and unfair competition related to software support for HP's Itanium servers.

Defended the independent directors of JPMorgan against shareholder derivative actions brought in the aftermath of its high-value write-down of improper trades carried out by a rogue trader known as 'The London Whale'.

Represented UBS in a securities class action stemming from its role as underwriter for public offerings of Lehman Brothers structured notes.

Notable practitioners  

Dean Kitchens is respected for his securities practice, as well as the breadth of his commercial representation. According to clients, "he does a great job of being efficient, he's very down-to-earth and very focused on what we're trying to accomplish." He focuses on securities matters, with additional experience in class actions and shareholder derivative actions.

Wayne Smith is "a very fine lawyer," according to sources. He cochairs the firm's securities litigation practice and has experience in representing clients from a range of industries in such disputes including the technology, entertainment, healthcare and insurance sectors.

Jonathan Dickey is a partner in both the New York and Palo Alto offices of Gibson Dunn, reflecting the national scope of his securities practice. Sources describe him as "a real thought leader" in the securities field.

Orange County partner Meryl Young is well regarded by peers and clients for the quality of her work in the securities area. She recently defended Lone Star in a derivative action seeking the return of $1 billion invested in the client's funds.

Significant clients Walmart, Wells Fargo, Artémis, Standard Fire Insurance, Apple.

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Exceptional strength in FCPA disputes with lawyers offering clients the benefit of their experience in the DOJ and SEC. Handles the full variety of investigations and prosecutions in California and across the country on behalf of leading executives at major corporations. Additional expertise in financial and healthcare fraud.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been very, very good. They are extremely experienced, are very timely, responsive and attentive, and have a real understanding of how the company is aligned and how we operate."

"They are very responsive and very knowledgeable. A very high-caliber firm with a strong team of talented associates."

Work highlights Represented James Ruehlen, an executive of Noble Corporation, in FCPA investigations and litigation arising from his voluntary disclosure of suspected payments made to Nigerian customs officials.

Served as US counsel to Dr Theo Waigel, the compliance monitor for Siemens AG as part of a global compliance monitoring program in the wake of the largest resolution in the history of US anticorruption enforcement. 

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Debra Wong Yang attracts strong praise from sources for the strength of her work in the FCPA area and for the depth of her understanding of the workings of the DOJ and the SEC. Commentators know her as a "major investigations lawyer."

Nicola Hanna is a well-regarded practitioner in the white-collar space who is lauded by sources for having "the ability to give legal advice while being mindful of business practicalities." His practice is centered on representing individuals and corporations in complex criminal, SEC and regulatory enforcement matters.

Media & Entertainment - California

What the team is known for A well-established, broad-based litigation practice which handles some of the most high-profile matters in the media and entertainment field. Particularly prominent in the television sphere with notable expertise in profit participation issues, an area which has seen continued growth.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Superb lawyers who understand the law and business, which is enormously valuable."

"Their understanding of the law is second to none."

Work highlights Represented CBS Studios in its challenge to the ABC reality show 'The Glass House' involving allegations that the show was significantly similar to CBS show 'Big Brother'. This also involved trade secret misappropriation claims.

Acted on behalf of Warner Bros. and the WB Network in a profit participation case in connection with the TV series 'Smallville'.

Notable practitioners  

Theodore Boutrous is a leading lawyer in the media space and a preeminent appellate practitioner. He is a "first-rate advocate" whose First Amendment expertise is held in high esteem and is characterized by one client as being "the calmest high-stakes lawyer I have ever dealt with."

Scott Edelman is much in demand for his expansive litigation capabilities, and offers expertise within diverse areas such as copyright law, profit participation and breach of contract. Sources note that he is "very knowledgeable and strategic" and praise him for "bringing great maturity and wisdom to how he advises his clients."

Significant clients NBCUniversal, Fox Broadcasting, 2929 Entertainment, Cox Communications, Expedia.  

Media & Entertainment - California

What the team is known for A strong media and entertainment practice complemented by expertise in the technology space. Recognized for the high-value transactions it handles such as M&A work and film financing deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have incredible dedication to clients and subject matter. They are willing to take new perspectives and work hard at improving their industry-specific knowledge." 

"They are all very active. They are a formidable firm and they have done highly sophisticated work for many years." 

Work highlights Handled a multi-year slate financing transaction on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film. A significant and high-profile transaction in Hollywood as it is the first major financing deal to be completed since the recent recession.

Assisted Paramount Pictures with financing transactions in relation to the production of films such as 'The Fighter' and 'Area 51'.

Notable practitioners  

Group cochair Ruth Fisher is praised for her "very deep knowledge of the media and entertainment industries" and is described as "excellent in the transactional area." Clients say: "She is exceptional; she has great business sense and diverse legal skills." 

Stephen Tsoneff enters the rankings backed by praise for his transactional expertise in the media world. Sources note that he is "a fabulous draftsman." He recently acted for DZ Bank on the financing of several Constantin films. 

Significant clients Universal Studios, Chernin Group, Vivendi, Technicolor, DIRECTV.

Real Estate - California

What the team is known for Renowned for working with notable clients in various aspects of the real estate practice area. Strengths lie in acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and real estate finance. Additional area of complementary expertise is a noteworthy land use practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They excel at many things but probably most distinctive is their grasp of the simple and most complex legal and business issues."

"They work efficiently, and can always dedicate the appropriate resources to get a job done effectively."

Work highlights Represented HSBC in relation to the $225 million financing of 50 Beale Street in San Francisco.

Represented Morgan Stanley in the $220 million financing of a shopping center at Concord, California. 

Notable practitioners  

Clients state that Amy Forbes is an "exceptionally thorough and tenacious advocate." She is an experienced land use practitioner with numerous areas of focus, including CEQA.

Mary Murphy is a renowned land use attorney with specific expertise in historic preservation matters. She is "a force to be reckoned with" and "so fast and so smart," according to commentators.

The "very insightful and very practical" Dennis Arnold is lauded by clients for his "excellent business and legal perspectives." His practice includes residential and commercial real estate, and he is a recognized expert in foreclosures and mortgage remedies. 

Michael Sfregola focuses his real estate practice on acquisitions and financings in the commercial, hotel, industrial and residential sectors. 

The "awesome" Jesse Sharf is described by one source as "the marquee player." His practice includes representing developers, investors and lenders, and he is a cochair of the firm's real estate department.

The "superb" Deborah Cussen practices right across the spectrum of real estate matters, and has particular expertise in the financial aspects of real estate work.

The "very responsive" Drew Flowers is active in all areas of real estate law, and has worked on a number of complicated real estate finance matters with both lenders and borrowers.

Significant clients Woodridge Capital, Stockbridge, Madison Square Gardens, Fifteen Group, Wells Fargo.

Tax - California

What the team is known for Exceptional California practice focusing mainly on noncontroversial tax work, with an emphasis on financing, debt and equity and merger-related matters. Features a highly capable bench of practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've worked weekends and holidays. You name it, they've worked it!"

"A really good firm with really good tax attorneys." 

Work highlights Acted for Ameristar Casinos in its $2.8 billion acquisition by Pinnacle Entertainment.

Represented Dole Food in a transaction concerning parts of its food business, bought by Itochu for $1.7 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Hatef Behnia is highly rated by sources as a "first-class" tax practitioner who is "extremely strong at both technical-legal and numerical analysis." Of late he has acted for Kraft in a debt exchange and bond offering matter worth $6 billion.

The "terrific" Paul Issler is "very incisive with his advice," particularly in relation to M&A. He represented Intel in a $4.1 billion stake acquisition and funding deal with ASML Holding.

Dora Arash is a tax planning specialist who has worked on a number of large deals of late, including representing Dole Food in its $1.7 billion transaction with Itochu.

Significant clients Amazon.com, Capital One, Tyco International.

Corporate/M&A - Colorado

What the team is known for Handles a series of high-value M&A transactions on behalf of various clients, with particular strength in the energy sector. Able to handle sophisticated cross-border deals thanks to its extensive network of international offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The partners we use are very hands-on. They don't drop in and out; they know the whole thing, and that is very helpful to me."

"First-class customer service - they appreciate us as a client and make an extra effort to get back to us in a timely manner. Their legal research is also top-notch."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of bandwidth provider Zayo Group in its $2.2 billion acquisition of AboveNet.

Represented The Williams Companies in its $2.5 billion acquisition of energy company Caiman Eastern Midstream.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Talley has extensive experience advising clients in the energy and telecommunications sectors on M&A and corporate finance deals. Clients say he is "creative in terms of what he brings to the table" and is regarded as a "good problem solver." 

Beau Stark is known for his involvement in transactions relating to the oil and gas industry, and advises all clients, from private equity firms to those in the public sector. Sources say he is "extremely responsive" and describe him as "easy to work with."

Significant clients Vail Resorts, First Reserve, D.R. Horton, Atmos Energy. 

Litigation - Colorado

What the team is known for Ability to handle high-risk commercial, securities, antitrust and business litigation. Also strong in investigations and labor and employment disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Really academic, high-up-the-charts lawyers. Great, talented folks there." 

Work highlights Representing Innospec in compliance matters relating to export limitations and restrictions. Also advising the company on anticorruption regulations.  

Acting on behalf of the mining company, Gold Resource Corporation, in connection with claims of securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. Successfully obtained a motion to dismiss the claims. The case is on appeal.  

Notable practitioners  

Robert Blume earns the "utmost respect" from sources and is described as "very smart and quick on his feet" and therefore "perfectly suited to acrimonious, fast-paced litigation." He is noted for his expertise in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters.  

Gregory Kerwin is lauded by sources, with one client describing him as "absolutely phenomenal" and going on to state: "I have never worked with a more brilliant advocate." He focuses on a broad range of commercial litigation.

Significant clients Chevron, Molycorp, Ramtron International, Qwest Corporation, Vail Resorts.

Antitrust - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Remains a leading firm for cartel and criminal antitrust matters, and also active in merger clearance work and civil litigation. Strong expertise in the technology and healthcare sectors, among others.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One of the most mature, well-developed and well-heeled cartel defense practices."

"Gibson Dunn has high-quality lawyers across the board." 

What's new? Partner Scott Hammond joined the firm from the Department of Justice Antitrust Division in January 2014.

Work highlights Acted for Ameristar Casinos in its acquisition by Pinnacle Entertainment for $2.8 billion.

Represented Apple in the widely publicized e-books antitrust trial alleging a conspiracy to raise prices.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Kattan is a highly respected antitrust practitioner described by sources as "really smart" and a "fantastic lawyer." He recently acted for Sabre Holdings in an investigation by the DOJ into distribution practices.

Sources describe Jarrett Arp as a "very fine lawyer" for cartel investigations. He has continued to represent UBS in the Libor investigation and subsequent litigations.

Joshua Soven joined the firm in 2012 following a period as head of the DOJ's Litigation I section. Sources highlight him as a "quality lawyer" and a "rising star" in this field. He recently acted for Tenet Healthcare in antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Vanguard Health Systems and Emanuel Medical Center for $1.7 billion.

Joshua Lipton is building a strong practice at the firm, acting in a broad range of antitrust matters including merger clearance and private litigation. He recently acted for Aetna as plaintiff in a case against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan alleging anticompetitive conduct.

Significant clients Intel, Microsoft, Schlumberger, Akzo Nobel, Tenet Healthcare.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Strong DC corporate offering that works seamlessly with talented teams in California, New York and Texas. Represents a number of public companies, with particular expertise in the technology and real estate sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provided exceptional service. Excellent interpersonal skills."

"All the people there are smart. Great of counsel and associate support there too."

Work highlights Acted for Marriott International on the $210 million acquisition of the Gaylord brand and the hotel management company of Gaylord Entertainment.

Represented the chairman of the SRA board, Ernst Volgenau, in the $1.8 billion sale of SRA International.

Notable practitioners 

Cochair of the REIT practice Howard Adler is well respected in the DC corporate community. He handles a range of corporate transactions, including M&A and venture capital investments. Recent work includes advising Arlington Capital Partners on the sale of Cambridge Major Laboratories.

Cochair of the M&A practice Stephen Glover is experienced in advising private and public companies on M&A, strategic alliances and corporate governance issues. Clients respect his "judgment and expertise," saying that they can "bounce tough questions off him."

Significant clients United Therapeutics, Neustar, Apex Tools, CoStar Group, GridPoint.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Collaborative practice encompassing ERISA, tax, securities and corporate governance, in addition to more traditional employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Extensive experience with governmental and agency bodies including the SEC, DOL, IRS and PBGC in underfunded pension plan contexts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent. The employee benefits and executive compensation group’s responsiveness is unmatched, in my opinion. I am always confident in their practical approach to situations."

"I have great respect for the firm, largely due to their excellent client service."

Work highlights Currently acting for Boeing in two considerable ERISA litigation matters - one concerning transfer of defined benefit pension assets and liabilities in the sale of Midwestern parts manufacturing facilities, the other alleging mismanagement of Boeing's 401(k) plan.

Continue to serve Credit Suisse on investment fund ERISA plan asset concerns.

Notable practitioners  

Group cochair Michael Collins covers an impressive spectrum of matters in his practice, from traditional benefits and compensation work to more niche concerns such as split dollar life insurance, rabbi trusts, and excess benefit and top hat plans. Contented clients say: "He is extremely responsive and is quite helpful in relaying messages and information to nonlawyers. I trust him with all of our benefits work."

Senior compensation and benefits, and labor and employment partner William Kilberg is hailed by clients as "very well known in the industry. At the forefront of a lot of the law in ERISA from past cases." He combines excellence in the labor and employment field with a specialty in complex ERISA, frequently representing clients before state and federal courts, as well as in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Significant clients Boeing, Textron, Kodak, Credit Suisse, UBS Financial Services.

Environment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Offers a broad range of environmental expertise and services a set of noteworthy clients in a diverse range of sectors. Particular areas of strength include international and domestic toxic tort cases, matters under CERCLA and acting as defense in criminal and civil enforcement. Further expertise lies in clean air and climate change litigation. 

Work highlights Represented Wal-Mart in a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and State Hazardous Waste enforcement action concerning hazardous materials management in California, with federal and state settlements exceeding $100 million.

Defended Lockheed Martin in an enforcement action concerned with the management of waste products from a nuclear enrichment facility operated on behalf of the Energy Department.

Notable practitioners  

Peers say that Raymond Ludwiszewski "is a serious and capable lawyer." He is an experienced environmental and toxic tort litigator.

Peter Seley "is who any company would want to have on their side in 'bet the company' litigation. He is calm under pressure and knows how to quickly get to the relevant issue in complicated litigation," enthuses a client.

Significant clients Chevron, Association of Global Automakers, International Paper Company, CSX Transportation, MeadWestvaco.

Labor & Employment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for A small but hard-hitting team with an impressive national reach. Covers the whole gamut of labor and employment matters, including those falling under Dodd-Frank, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) auspices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very, very smart and creative lawyers, who are responsive to client needs."

"Exceptionally pleased with them. They do a very good job on the small as well as the big matters."

Work highlights Achieved Third Circuit affirmation of summary judgment in favor of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company, fending off a potential nationwide class action via a significant case of first impression.

Retained to act for a major retailer in ongoing challenge to OSHA citations in response to the death of an employee following a stampede by shoppers on 'Black Friday' 2008.

Notable practitioners  

The "very talented and well-regarded" William Kilberg covers a broad range of matters including employee compensation and benefits. He has recently overseen a string of successes for clients such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Bell Helicopter and Boeing.

Eugene Scalia cochairs the firm's labor and employment team and offers a broad practice including NLRA matters, discrimination litigation and ERISA work. One interviewee reports: "Gene is outstanding. He is an expert in employment law, especially whistle-blowers, and a pleasure to work with."

Baruch Fellner continues to impress peers and clients, most notably in the OSHA space. Clients commend him as "a phenomenal resource for his long history with OSHA issues. He understands different layers and complex details in a very precise way."

Jason Schwartz's broad practice encompasses areas such as wage and hour, discrimination, trade secrets and restrictive covenant issues. Clients note: "He's an excellent litigator with a good sense of the client's needs in a business environment. He's just a pleasure to work with. He's disciplined, a great writer and gets great results." 

Significant clients Ford, Merrill Lynch, Pacific Maritime Association, Dow Jones, Walmart. 

Litigation - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Offers expertise across a broad range of sectors, including financial services, defense, energy and manufacturing. Highly capable of taking cases from the initial briefing all the way up to the Supreme Court. Also represents an excellent choice of firm for prominent companies and individuals in significant white-collar crime cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team has a great temperament in the white-collar space. It is good at being aggressive when needed and taking a more measured approach when appropriate." 

"A strong team with very good subject matter knowledge and a high-quality work output." 

Work highlights Represented Facebook in a failed suit brought by Paul Ceglia, who claimed 50% of Mark Zuckerberg's share in the company.

Acted for UBS throughout the DOJ's highly publicized criminal and civil Libor investigations.

Successfully represented PepsiCo and its subsidiary SoBe in achieving the dismissal of a labeling and product marketing suit.

Notable practitioners  

Client have "nothing but superlatives" for Joseph Warin, who is widely recognized as a leading figure in the field. His work includes advising and representing Fortune 500 companies in high-profile government investigations.

David Burns is a "rising star" of the team and involved in high-profile work such as taking the lead in representing UBS in the DOJ's criminal investigation concerning Libor. Commentators identify him as a "very effective litigator," and highlight his practical and detail-oriented approach to matters.

Andrew Tulumello is described as "a terrific lawyer who is hard-working, smart and super-organized." He led the team in successfully defending PepsiCo in claims brought against the food and beverage industry.

Significant clients Allied Defense, FINRA, Allergen, NASDAQ, Capital One, International Paper.

Antitrust - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Dallas and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Leading litigation group with stellar expertise in cartel defense as well as plentiful experience in, among other things, civil class actions and agency representations. Key areas of industry strength include financial services, transport, technology and manufacturing. Broad capability across the US, with offices in many of the key centers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their criminal cartel work is among the best in the world."

"Gibson Dunn has a great national practice." 

What's new? Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ Antitrust Division, Scott Hammond, joined the firm in January 2014.

Work highlights Defended BNSF Railway in the defense of the fuel surcharge antitrust class action litigation.

Acted for Schlumberger in its joint venture with Cameron International concerning subsea oil and gas.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Spratling is a "world-class criminal antitrust lawyer," according to sources. He is recognized as the master of cartel leniency representation and his recent work includes acting for UBS on the various Libor litigation matters.

Robert Cooper remains "a major force in California antitrust," according to sources, who point to his 50 years' experience in the area. One peer calls him "the dean of antitrust trial lawyers."

Joseph Kattan is noted by sources as a "fantastic lawyer" who is "really smart." He is a highly experienced figure in the antitrust field with a wide-ranging practice. He represented Sony Music in class action cases alleging anticompetitive conduct in the digital music industry.

Joel Sanders is one of the leading antitrust lawyers in California and is described by sources as "terrific to work with." His recent matters include representing UBS in litigation arising from the Libor investigation.

Daniel Swanson is a "really talented" antitrust practitioner, who commentators credit as "really smart and very responsive." He maintains a busy litigation practice, including leading the representation of Apple in the e-books antitrust case brought by the DOJ.

Jarrett Arp is regarded as a "very fine lawyer," in particular for his work in the cartel arena. He has been an active participant in the firm's representation of UBS in Libor-related litigation.

Significant clients Apple, Microsoft, McDonald’s, Hewlett-Packard, Aetna, International Paint.

Appellate Law - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Retained by major clients in many of the most notable appeals in the USA. Noted for its deep bench of top-rated appellate attorneys, regularly arguing Supreme Court and Circuit Court matters. Also acts on high-value patent appeals, particularly in the technology sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very strong team with a lot of depth. I've never seen a group as powerful intellectually, practical and easy to work with; they're phenomenal intellects and very good advisers."

"They have done amazing work at the appellate level. They have done a fabulous job. Every time I give them an issue, not only are they aces when it comes to research, but they also have a deep understanding of the attitude of the courts and are really open to different perspectives."

What's new? Helgi Walker joined the firm in September 2013 from Wiley Rein, bringing expertise in telecommunications matters.

Work highlights Represented Comcast in Comcast v Behrend, a Supreme Court case involving class certification issues in an antitrust action brought by cable television subscribers in Philadelphia.

Represented BP in the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a dispute concerning the interpretation of a settlement agreement with local businesses following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Notable practitioners  

The "world-class" Ted Olson is involved in some of the most high-profile appellate matters in the USA, including arguing the Proposition 8 case Hollingsworth v Perry in the Supreme Court. Clients say the former Solicitor General is "very down-to-earth, easy to talk to, very practical and open to debate and dialogue about the case and the merits. He's very easy to work with."

Miguel Estrada's clients are impressed by his intellect and ability, with one saying: "I always have the feeling he's several steps ahead of me - his papers are just blindingly clear in what they say and devastating in how they marshal the arguments." Estrada recently argued Noel Canning v National Labor Relations Board in the Supreme Court, a politically and constitutionally significant challenge to the President's power to make unilateral appointments during Senate recesses.

Theodore Boutrous is considered an "excellent lawyer" by his fellow appellate specialists. He is based in Los Angeles and recently represented Standard Fire Insurance before the Supreme Court in the Standard Fire Insurance v Knowles class action case. 

Helgi Walker recently joined the firm from Wiley Rein. Sources commend her skill in the courtroom, saying: "She is just one of the best advocates I've heard. She does a fantastic oral argument, processes things really well, asks questions and incorporates ideas from other people."

Clients say Thomas Hungar is "an excellent writer and very responsive." Recent work highlights saw him act for BP alongside Olson and Estrada on litigation relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Mark Perry is "extremely impressive in terms of his understanding of material and our position, and his ability to relate with the judges and answer very difficult questions," said one client, who added: "We couldn't be more pleased with his skills." Perry appeared in FMR v Lawson, the Supreme Court's first opportunity to interpret the whistle-blower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Thomas Dupree argued DaimlerChrysler AG v Bauman in the Supreme Court, on the issue of whether plaintiffs can bring suit under the Alien Tort Statute against a US subsidiary for alleged wrongdoing by the corporate parent in another jurisdiction. Clients say: "Tom is extremely responsive, and is also very business-oriented in the sense that he very quickly understands the client's needs."

Significant clients NML Capital, Walmart, Allergan, Chevron, Intel.

Banking & Finance - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Well known for its borrower-side expertise, it has continued to add strength to its lender-side capability. Retains a core focus on acquisition financing, and has experience acting for clients involved in a range of industry sectors, including defense, energy and technology.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Very commercial - they're not just out to win the wrong issue; they have a very good business sense and they invested time to understand us." 

"They are very good at delivering their advice in a way that is easily understood, and they're just really great to work with."  

Work highlights Acted for Marriott International in connection with its $2 billion revolving credit facility.

Advised The Williams Companies with regard to a $2.5 billion term loan.

Notable practitioners  

Sources find Janet Vance to be "very creative in finding solutions, responsive, personable and very intelligent," and also especially admire that "she really cares about the client and the outcome." She advises both lenders and borrowers on a variety of financings and her experience spans a range of sectors, such as energy, retail and telecommunications.

Aaron Adams is considered by interviewees to be "very bright" and "very good to deal with." His significant expertise includes mezzanine financings and senior credit facilities. 

Significant clients AOL, Coty, Lone Star Acquisitions, Investcorp, Cardinal Health.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Recognized for its strength in advising issuers and investment banks on an array of transactions including debt, equity, convertible and hybrid offerings. Good reputation in the retail, healthcare and biotechnology sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are accessible, responsive, efficient, and technically they are very capable." 

"They are always investing in the long-term relationship with us and take care to respond to us."

Work highlights Advised MetroPCS Wireless on a $3.5 million senior notes offering to finance its acquisition by T-Mobile.

Represented Coty on its $1.2 billion consumer products IPO.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Fabens is "very knowledgeable" and "has a thorough overview of the market," sources report. He advised GE Capital on a $1.7 billion registered public offering of fixed and floating rate notes.

Significant clients Intel, The Williams Companies, Capital One Financial, Energy Future, Tenet Healthcare.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Corporate/M&A - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, Denver and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Full-service firm with a broad geographical footprint. Handles large and complex corporate transactions for public and private companies, private equity firms and financial advisers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"One of the principal reasons we hired them was their combination of regulatory expertise and M&A. A lot of firms have that, but we've had great experience working with great lawyers, at both partner and associate level."

"Very accessible and knowledgeable." 

Work highlights Acted for MetroPCS in relation to its $32 billion business combination with T-Mobile USA.

Advised MidAmerican Energy on its $10 billion acquisition of NV Energy.

Notable practitioners

Barbara Becker is cochair of the M&A practice group and a key contact.

Significant clients Ameristar Casinos, Morgan Stanley, Vivendi, Lazard, ExactTarget.

Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and DC.

What the team is known for Has built a practice in the electricity transactional arena that is commended by peers and clients. Focuses on M&A for public and private companies, as well as the acquisition of power generation and transmission assets.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They do very good work and they will make sure the schedule we want to meet gets done; they will put up whatever resources they need and work however many hours to make that happen."

"A strong, high-quality firm with a deep resource base backing our primary contacts."

Work highlights Represented MidAmerican Energy Holdings in its acquisition of 49% of the Agua Caliente solar facility from NRG.

Acted for Power-One, a developer and supplier of solar power technology, in its acquisition by ABB.

Notable practitioners  

William Scherman is a natural gas and electricity regulatory lawyer and a former FERC general counsel. Recent highlights include acting for Energy Transfer Partners in defense of CFTC and FERC enforcement actions. Peers reserve particular praise for his "creative strategic thinking."

Peter Hanlon is a transactional attorney with a great deal of M&A experience in the energy sector. He acted for MidAmerican Energy Holdings in its acquisition of NV Energy in a deal with an enterprise value of $10 billion. Sources say: "Peter understands we need to get these deals done. He knows where we want to be and works very hard to get us there."

Nicholas Politan is a transactional attorney noted by sources for his knowledge of the IPP sector and the renewables industry. He represented MidAmerican Energy Holdings in its acquisition of Topaz Solar Farms in a deal worth $2.4 billion. "He has incredible deal experience, he is one of these guys who has seen everything five times," reports one commentator. 

William Hollaway is a regulatory lawyer who focuses on representing clients in connection with electricity matters. He advised Hudson Transmission Partners in the FERC regulatory aspects of its development of a transmission line connecting the NYISO and the PJM grid in New Jersey. Sources say: "His knowledge of FERC and its regulations as it relates particularly to power transmission is encyclopedic." Sources also note his "very commercial viewpoint and practical approach." 

Significant clients Hawaiian Electric, Sempra Energy, BP Wind Energy North America, Fowler Ridge Wind Farm, Edison Mission Energy. 

ERISA Litigation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Operates as a key part of the firm's wider executive compensation and employee benefits group, combining skills and resources to provide a seamless service to clients. Counts several skilled practitioners who have previously held prominent positions within the government among its ranks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I have great respect for the firm, largely due to its excellent client service."

Work highlights Continues to represent UBS Financial Services in putative class actions brought against the company which allege that the vesting and forfeiture provisions of its retirement plan are in violation of ERISA.

Acted on behalf of Textron in Leach v Textron, an ERISA class action stock drop case brought against the company, and reached a favorable settlement.

Notable practitioners  

William Kilberg offers vast ERISA litigation experience and is widely regarded by sources as "an excellent lawyer." His practice covers the full spectrum of employee compensation and benefits matters, and he has a strong track record of representing employers in class actions.

Paul Blankenstein has wide-ranging expertise which encompasses an array of ERISA-related litigation, including stock drop, 401(k) and excessive fee cases. Peers praise his intelligence, singling him out as "outstanding."

Significant clients Boeing, Aetna, United Healthcare, Arkansas Best Freight, Gulf Capital.

FCPA - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Outstanding FCPA practice with extensive experience in representing major corporations in government investigations. Fields excellent criminal and civil litigators. Highly sought after to provide anti-corruption compliance advice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are unparalleled in their grasp of the issues. They know it in depth and can wrap their head around every decision in every jurisdiction."

"They're one of the top FCPA firms in terms of their deep bench, contacts and clients, and the resources they publish. The value they add is terrific."

"The FCPA team at Gibson Dunn is extremely strong and knowledgeable, with a good feel for what's going on at the SEC and DOJ."

Work highlights Advised an executive employee of Noble on his criminal and civil liability relating to allegations that representatives of the company had bribed customs officials in Nigeria.

Represented Control Components' former CEO in federal court litigation arising from allegations that company employees had made corrupt payments to multiple foreign officials.

Notable practitioners  

Celebrated litigator Joseph Warin is singled out as a preeminent FCPA practitioner. Clients describe him as a "terrific lawyer, who is smart, highly respected around the world and very practical."

Significant clients Lawyers Without Borders, Alliance One, Allied Defense.

Financial Services Regulation - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Government - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Offers both industry and government experience, and is recognized for its work in the litigation and dispute arenas. Clients come from a broad range of industry sectors, including aerospace, construction and defense contracting.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They handle bet-the-company type matters, and when you need the big guns, they are the big guns."

"They assemble a very strong team, have very good subject matter knowledge and provide a high-quality work product."

Work highlights Represented Raytheon Company in a pension deficit claim against the US government, securing a $59.2 million judgment for the company. 

Advised BlueCross-BlueShield of Tennessee on a termination settlement claim arising in connection with a terminated Medicare contract.

Notable practitioners   

Karen Manos is considered one of the top government contracting lawyers in the country, particularly in the area of cost disputes. Clients say: "She is very knowledgeable in terms of US government cost accounting. We can't find anybody who knows this stuff better than she does. She is extremely responsive, and quick to grasp issues and provide ideas."

Joseph West has acted for contractors as well as government agencies. He is described by peers as "skilled in suspension and debarment," and one impressed client notes that "he listens well and works well with our company to evaluate issues by assessing the strengths and risks, before providing clear guidance as to the way forward."

Significant clients Northrop Grumman, SAIC, AECOM Technology, Beretta USA.

International Trade - Nationwide

What the team is known for Particularly well placed to advise on business sensitive sanctions and export controls issues. Others areas of experience include customs compliance and trade remedies litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their strength is based on a tremendous knowledge of the law, paired with the ability to think strategically."

Work highlights Advised Ancestry.com on sanctions compliance issues, resulting in an OFAC no-action letter in relation to certain allegations.

Continued to counsel Honda on a variety of customs matters, including classification, investigations and audits.

Notable practitioners  

Donald Harrison has a distinguished track record in the area of customs investigations and classification. He has significant experience of advising clients from the automotive industry.

Judith Lee is recognized for her economic sanctions expertise. Clients value her ability to give advice that is "knowledgeable and to the point; she delivers what she says she's going to deliver."

Significant clients First Data, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Sony Electronics, Western Union, Whirlpool.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Versatile fund formation practice that works on the gamut of matters. Strong recent experience in real estate funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They are very high-quality and we've been able to develop good personal relationships with the team, which makes working with them very efficient."

Work highlights Represented Evercore Partners in the formation of its $201 million Mexico Capital Partners III fund.

Advised Neuberger Berman on its $2 billion Secondary Opportunities Fund III.

Notable practitioners  

Edward Sopher is an "excellent lawyer" who is a long-established presence in the private equity sphere. He is particularly praised for his business sense, with one source in particular hailing him as "a very commercial practitioner."

Significant clients Credit Suisse, Investcorp, Related Group, I Squared Capital, Olympus Partners.

Labor & Employment - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Packs a punch in high-stakes labor and employment cases, including bet-the-company class actions and litigation defense. Has a wealth of high-level experience and is significant in shaping the employment law landscape for preeminent business clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is very well regarded. There are many high-profile people at the firm with strong reputations. They are always good people to talk with."

"They are very good on high-level Supreme Court and Court of Appeals work. They have general litigation strength. I have enormous respect for them."

Work highlights Acted for Bell Helicopter on successfully dismissing a series of union charges filed against the client at the NLRB.

Advised Sunrise Senior Living Management on a wage and hour class action, and secured an order denying class certification.

Notable practitioners  

Catherine Conway is cochair of the group and a key contact.

Significant clients Cincinnati Bell, Delta Air Lines, Dow Jones, Northrop Grumman, Farmers Insurance Exchange. 

Outsourcing - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, New York and Palo Alto.

What the team is known for Provides expert services in a broad array of outsourcing transactions, including BPO, ITO and legal process outsourcing. An integrated nationwide practice with strength on the East and West Coasts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have deep knowledge of large technology outsourcing agreements, as well as knowledge of outsourcing providers and their likely negotiation positions."

"They are very responsive. We've used them on some complex issues and have had a very positive experience of the firm as a whole."

Work highlights Advised Tyco International in a number of global transactions aimed at outsourcing accounting and finance functions to IBM.

Represented Aryzta in the outsourcing of a cloud-based human resources system to SuccessFactors. 

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Mummery "is an absolutely incredible outsourcing lawyer" who draws praise from clients for his "wonderful negotiating style." He advised Symantec on various technology transactions, including global outsourcing arrangements with Hewlett-Packard.

Sources recommend William Peters for his friendly but forceful approach in negotiations, remarking that "it's never uncomfortable, but you win." He took the lead in advising Tyco on a significant outsourcing of accounting services to IBM.

Stephen Nordahl heads up the New York practice and counts Avon Products and Marriott International among his impressive roster of clients. Clients state that "there is no one better when you need business analysis and overall deal strategy."

Significant clients Marsh & McLennan, KPMG, DuPont, Readers' Digest, Apria Healthcare.

Private Equity - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Transactional practice representing both private equity clients and companies in their dealings with private investment funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have been particularly helpful on competitive transactions, which require a lot of flexibility and creativity."

"They have a combination of great individuals and specific expertise, which adds real value to deals."

Work highlights Advised CVC Capital on the $660 million sale of its portfolio company The Colomer Group to Revlon.

Represented Pitney Bowes in its $400 million sale to Apollo affiliated funds.

Notable practitioners  

Sean Griffiths is a "great lawyer with tons of experience who leaves you feeling confident that he will get you to a good place." Sources also note that he is "more business-minded than most and is able to distill things down without spending hours doing it."

Jennifer Bellah Maguire is "extremely bright and very strategic," according to clients. She recently advised Power-One on its $1.03 billion sale to ABB.

Significant clients Aurora Capital Group, Catterton Partners, Lone Star Funds, Platinum Equity Partners, The Gores Group.

Products Liability - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Projects - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is New York.

What the team is known for Respected PPP team that joined the firm from White & Case in 2012. Acts for bidders and projects companies in airport, road and bridge deals in the USA and Latin America.

Work highlights Advised Autopistas Metropolitanas de Puerto Rico, a private toll road concessionaire, on the refinancing of $750 million of senior debt.

Acted for Red de Carreteras de Occidente, a Mexican private toll road concessionaire, on a MXN7.5 billion debt offering.  

Notable practitioners  

Tomer Pinkusiewicz is a highly respected PPP and projects lawyer who acts for clients in infrastructure and energy projects in the USA and Latin America. He advised US 460 Mobility Partners, a joint venture between Ferrovial Agromán and American Infrastructure, in its successful bid to build a new toll road in Virginia. Sources appreciate his versatility, noting that "he is rare in that he is truly an expert in debt and project agreements."  

Significant clients Société Générale Americas Securities, Kiewit Development, Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Estate Assets, Meridiam Infrastructure, Cintra Infraestructuras.    

Real Estate - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

What the team is known for Esteemed by market sources for its role in real estate finance, acquisitions and sales, as well as project development. Particularly lauded for its expertise in matters pertaining to joint ventures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are highly knowledgeable and extraordinarily practical."

"They have exceptional talent and are sharpshooters." 

Work highlights Represented Normandy Realty Partners in a $355 million joint venture with Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing to recapitalize 10 Universal City Plaza, Los Angeles.

Acted on behalf of Paulson & Co on the acquisition of several parcels of land in the Southwestern USA.

Notable practitioners  

Jesse Sharf is a leading real estate lawyer based in California. He represented Woodbridge Capital and its partner Oaktree Capital Management on the $192 million acquisition of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Significant clients MPG Office Trust, Rockpoint Group, Deutsche Bank, Tishman Speyer, Normandy Realty Partners.

Retail - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department Key offices include New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Climbs to the top of the retail rankings following widespread praise for its busy profile in the industry, which includes a regular flow of transactional work and a formidable track record in litigation. Especially well known in fashion circles, representing top designers and publishing law books for the industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We think very highly of Gibson Dunn nationwide - they have excellent lawyers."

Work highlights Assisted Coty on its $1 billion IPO.

Successfully acted for Comcast on reversing the certification of an antitrust class action claim.

Notable practitioners

New York-based partners Lois Herzeca and David Wilf cochair the fashion, retail and consumer products practice with Howard Hogan, who is in the Washington, DC office.

Significant clients Proenza Schouler, Apple, Estée Lauder, T-Mobile USA, Gucci Group.

Securities - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for A hugely admired history of success in the securities sphere. Extraordinarily strong presence in both litigation and regulatory work, boasting an enviable bench of highly skilled and widely respected partners. Continuing excellence in regulatory enforcement and advisory matters, with a strong group of former SEC, FINRA and CFTC officers. Highly impressive recent performance in securities litigations, handling some of the most highly publicized matters, most notably with respect to MBS cases. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
They do a great job on the corporate securities side. They're extremely efficient and it's tremendous value as well. Their work is outstanding across the board – A-plus consistent service.

Their knowledge of securities law and in particular how the SEC staff interprets the regulations is essential. They've got very good relationships with the SEC, which is very helpful.

Work highlights Defended UBS in a wave of class action lawsuits alleging fraudulent manipulation of Libor as part of the grand-scale multidistrict litigation currently taking place. The majority of claims filed against UBS were successfully dismissed this year.

Acted for Corvex Management and Related Fund Management in a close-fought arbitration in an effort to remove the trustees of the CommonWealth REIT, of which the clients are major shareholders, alleging breaches of fiduciary responsibility.

Notable practitioners  

Litigation cochair Mark Kirsch is highlighted by clients as "a standout individual." Peers call him a "very smart guy, trial-ready and extremely pleasant to deal with."

Barry Goldsmith cochairs Gibson's formidable regulatory enforcement practice. Clients note the advantage of his background: "He's a former senior guy at SEC and just has a way about him. He's very talented at distilling things down to their essence." Goldsmith recently represented UBS in relation to regulatory investigations into potential LIBOR manipulation.

The brilliantly adept Joseph Warin is renowned in both securities litigation and regulatory enforcement. Peers say he is "unbelievable, first-rate. He works seamlessly with large clients and with other law firms, which says something about his stature. So easy to work with." He recently represented Hewlett-Packard in connection with an investigation by the SEC and DOJ into alleged violations of the FCPA.

Key player in the regulation advisory space Amy Goodman is regarded by peers as "one of the most experienced governance advisory lawyers around. She's very good technically and her strengths at a high level."

The Los Angeles-based litigator Dean Kitchens is capable of representing an array of clientele including both issuers and underwriters as well as individuals on the full gamut of contentious securities matters. Clients report: "He does a great job of being efficient; he's very down to earth and very focused on what we're trying to accomplish."

John Olson is a central member of the firm's securities advisory practice. Beloved by clients, he is reportedly "extremely knowledgeable and experienced. He has a big-picture view you develop by practicing at the highest level for decades." Olson's clients include BP, Coca-Cola and Con Edison.

Former head of corporate finance at the SEC, Brian Lane is a go-to individual for securities regulatory compliance counseling. According to peers, he is "one of the most distinguished members of the Bar" in the regulatory advisory space. Clients say: "His insights into the SEC thought process and how it examines a case were very helpful."

Lawrence Zweifach is recognized for his regulatory enforcement expertise. Market observers comment that he is "a very well-recognized securities regulation expert - very good to work with."

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, the independent directors of JPMorgan, Moody's, Ameristar, Intel.

Tax - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Strong in tax planning and transactional tax matters and able to provide high-quality counsel in relation to national and international-level work. Corporate finance work remains a key focus. Attracts a multitude of household names as clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I am very happy with what they're doing: they are very knowledgeable and responsive."

"A very good firm with a very good tax practice." 

Work highlights Assisted Covidien International Finance with its public offering of $1.25 billion of notes.

Advised Power-One in relation to its sale to ABB. The deal was worth $1 billion. 

Notable practitioners  

Key contacts Hatef Behnia, Paul Issler and Dora Arash are all based in Los Angeles.

Significant clients Tyco International, Intel, Amazon, Rockpoint Group, Wolverine Worldwide.

Transportation - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Los Angeles. 

What the team is known for Specializes in handling disputes taking place between automotive manufacturers and dealers. Also represents industry clients in environmental, antitrust and false advertising matters as well as labor and employment issues facing the auto manufacturing sector.

Work highlights Successfully defended Nissan North America against claims of fraud brought by a former dealer relating to his purchase of a Nissan dealership. 

Represented the Association of Global Automakers in relation to EPA regulations concerning greenhouse gas emissions of new motor vehicles.

Notable practitioners  

LA-based partner Marjorie Lewis focuses her litigation, administration and regulatory practice on representing clients from the automotive industry, such as automakers, before both state and federal courts. Her experience includes handling trade libel and breach of contract matters.

Significant clients Daimler, Yamaha Motor Group, Ford, Admiralty Partners, Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Antitrust - New York

What the team is known for Compact but dynamic New York team complementing the firm's stellar nationwide presence. Features experienced and proficient practitioners, particularly in antitrust litigation. Key areas of industry strength include computers, transport, manufacturing and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're smart and sophisticated, and we always felt we were well taken care of."

Work highlights Advised Nissan on a range of matters, including distribution and dealer networks.

Represented Georgia-Pacific in its purchase of Buckeye Technologies.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Sullivan is a "smart guy" with "a strong litigation practice," according to commentators. He acts for a number of major clients, including recently representing UBS in the class action cases related to the Libor rate.

John Herfort is described as a "tremendous lawyer" who is a "top writer and good negotiator." His litigation-focused practice includes recent representations for Schlumberger in the investigation into its $11.3 billion joint venture with Cameron International. 

Significant clients Hewlett-Packard, All CareCore National, Merrill Lynch, 3D Systems, CareCore.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Corporate/M&A - New York

What the team is known for National firm with a strong offering in New York. Represents public and private companies, as well as private equity firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are just great advisers: they're calm, experienced, and have seen it all before. They have a great manner with clients and boards, coming across, justifiably, as experienced. They understand how to get deals done and focus on the bigger issues, not just the narrow legal areas."

"They have a diverse practice and good international presence, and are good experts in specialty areas." 

Work highlights Acted for MidAmerican Holdings on its approximately $5.6 billion acquisition of NV Energy.

Advised Steinway Musical Instruments on its approximately $512 million acquisition by Paulson & Company.

Notable practitioners 

Dennis Friedman is experienced in both M&A transactions and corporate governance issues. He recently acted for TenetHealthcare on its acquisition of Vanguard Health for approximately $4.3 billion.

Cochair of the practice Barbara Becker focuses on M&A, corporate governance and strategic alliances. Her recent work includes advising Citi as financial adviser to Elan on its $8.6 billion acquisition by Perrigo. Clients say she is "very quick – before you ask for something, you get it!"

Steven Shoemate focuses on private equity matters, with recent work including representing Catterton Partners in the sale of portfolio company TechTurn and the separate acquisition of SteelSeries. Client say he is "very commercial, with great technical skills," adding that he is "a good negotiator."

Significant clients Lazard Frères, Goldman Sachs, Pitney Bowes, AOL, special committee of the board of directors of Fushi Copperweld.

Intellectual Property - New York

What the team is known for Is esteemed for the high-profile work of its attorneys in many of the most sophisticated landmark patent infringement law suits of the day. Particular expertise in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, as well as in the media, technology and software spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Very knowledgeable in the law; very responsive and very practical." 

Work highlights Defended T-Mobile in a patent infringement suit against Realtime Data in the Eastern District of Texas, obtaining a complete defense verdict on 11 contested patents.

Representing Apple against Samsung Electronics before the Federal Court of Appeals in a multipatent infringement case concerning a number of Samsung smartphone and tablet products.

Notable practitioners  

Josh Krevitt is praised by clients for his prowess as a litigator and also for his negotiating skills. He cochairs the firm's national IP practice and is particularly noted for his work concerned with electronics.

Benjamin Hershkowitz is considered highly knowledgeable in patent law and practical in its application, according to a household-name client. He specializes in patent litigation, usually in cases involving computer, electronics, business methods and software technology.

Daniel Thomasch has an excellent and long-standing record of success in complex patent and product liability litigation. He is cochair of the firm's life sciences practice, but is also highly adept at cases concerned with hi-tech electronics.

Significant clients Amazon.com, Foot Locker, Paramount Pictures, Sharp.

Latin American Investment - New York

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Litigation - New York

What the team is known for Strong national reputation for its broad-based litigation practice and wide global footprint. Deep bench of litigators adept at handling the full spectrum of disputes ranging from high-profile complex commercial matters to sophisticated securities litigation and white-collar criminal defense work. A go-to firm for an impressive client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They very quickly get up to speed, know the company, communicate well and understand our business and how we communicate. Very astute and technically very fine lawyers."

"Very good range of experience in different subject matters, very good judgment, very thoughtful in their approach and very good about working with the client, taking our input and coming up with proposed strategies."

"They can field exceptionally talented lawyers and are truly a very, very fine firm."

Work highlights Acted for Chevron in a highly publicized, high-value dispute relating to pollution of the Ecuadorian rainforest.

Represented UBS in numerous complex class actions in connection with alleged manipulation of Libor and other benchmark rates in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Advised Alliance One International, a tobacco leaf production company, in connection with a review of anti-corruption compliance controls following resolution of FCPA investigations by the SEC and DOJ.

Notable practitioners  

"Very strong class action securities lawyer" Mark Kirsch recently led a complex securities action for Moody’s Investors Service in defense of ratings fraud allegations. Clients comment: "He thinks of the big picture. He's very strategic, incredibly responsive, very client-oriented and delivers very solid advice."

Randy Mastro is held in high esteem for his leading expertise in complex commercial disputes. Notable highlights include his deep involvement in the headline-grabbing Chevron litigation. One client stated that he is "a top-flight lawyer, expert litigator and someone you would trust with serious financial cases."

Orin Snyder receives extensive praise from clients for his courtroom acumen and persuasive manner. His recent work includes representation of Facebook in a prominent ownership dispute. Sources note that "he is very smart, totally dedicated to winning, and an incredibly good courtroom litigator. His performance at trial is masterful."

Lawrence Zweifach has a robust practice encompassing both civil and criminal litigation. Sources note that he is "a terrific brief writer and oral advocate who is good with the regulators and the courts." His recent matters include the complex and multifaceted representation of UBS in multiple investigations and parallel civil litigation relating to benchmark rates.

Joel Cohen cochairs the New York white-collar department. Commentators state that "he knows the facts and knows the law. He combines a real mastery of the case with good practical sense." He is further praised by clients, with one commenting: "His advice is great and he's incredibly responsive - he is always looking out for his clients' interests."

Significant clients Cablevision/VOOM HD Holdings, T-Mobile USA, Capital One, Verizon New York, The Bank of New York Mellon.

Media & Entertainment - New York

What the team is known for Offers expertise in media, entertainment and technology law. Represents major technology companies and is recognized for its ability to handle significant disputes both domestically and worldwide.

Work highlights Handled a major antitrust matter for technology giant Apple, concerning the potential price-fixing of e-books.

Defended Facebook in a high-profile breach of contract case relating to the company's ownership.

Notable practitioners  

Orin Snyder is recognized for his complex litigation practice. Clients say: "Orin is very smart, totally dedicated to winning, and an incredibly good courtroom litigator. His performance at trial is masterful."

Significant clients VOOM HD Holdings, Conference USA, NBCUniversal, Starbucks. 

Real Estate - New York

What the team is known for Represents banking institutions and private equity firms on high-value and complex transactions. Offers clients the experience of having handled a series of high-profile deals involving developments across New York.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The quality of advice and work is outstanding."

"A great, deep bench of incredibly thoughtful and creative lawyers."

What's new? Steven Klein has recently joined the team from Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Work highlights Represented Tishman Speyer on the acquisition of an Australian REIT for $1.5 billion.

Advised KKR on a joint venture with Hines to purchase 1,000 acres of land for a $900 million business park development.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Lance "boils the issues down to things I can understand," says an impressed client. He represented Rockpoint in the sale and financing of the Alex and Flatotel hotels in New York City.

Eric Feuerstein advised RXR Realty on a lease purchase for 75 Rockefeller Plaza worth $470 million. He is acclaimed by clients for both his legal skills and his understanding of the business aspects of transactions.

Andrew Dady is praised by clients for his ability to "come up with practical solutions." He represented Blackstone in the acquisition of a portfolio of US commercial property loans from Eurohypo for $225 million.

David Furman is "meticulous and thoughtful in his review of all matters," and "understands the business practicalities of concluding deals," clients say. He advised Investcorp International Realty on the formation of a new real estate credit fund.

Steven Klein recently joined the firm from Willkie Farr & Gallagher and is "highly practical and responsive," according to clients. Market sources also praise the high quality of his practice.

Harry Silvera recently joined the firm from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He is "fabulously smart and effective" and "extremely thoughtful and practical," enthusiastic clients say. While at his prior firm he advised RXR Realty on its acquisition of 450 Lexington Avenue from Istithmar World.

Significant clients Related Companies, Goldman Sachs, Marriott International, Och-Ziff, Junius Real Estate.  

Technology - New York

What the team is known for Offers expertise in large-scale multibillion-dollar outsourcing transactions, including restructurings, joint ventures and offshoring. Significant capability in handling cross-border issues around the globe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their performance was exemplary. They are distinguished by their business acumen, responsiveness and market experience."

"They have a deep knowledge of large technology outsourcing agreements as well as service providers and their likely negotiating positions." 

Work highlights Represented Marriott International in a series of IT outsourcing matters, including applications maintenance and development transactions with Accenture and MindTree.

Acted for Avon Products on negotiating a legal process outsourcing agreement with Integreon.

Notable practitioners

"When you need business analysis and overall deal strategy, there is no one better than Stephen Nordahl," notes one interviewee. He leads the firm's East Coast practice and counts Avon, Marriott International and Prudential Financial among his high-profile clients. 

Associate Daniel Angel takes on the gamut of technology work, with a particular specialty in complex licensing transactions. He advises a variety of clients, from startups to established industry players.

Significant clients DuPont, Reader's Digest, Brown Brothers Harriman, Arcapita Bank, Prudential Financial.

Antitrust - Texas

What the team is known for One of the foremost antitrust practices in Texas, featuring a raft of top-quality antitrust practitioners. Primarily undertakes antitrust litigation but also active in major M&A-related work. Also known for its government investigation expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A top-notch firm in terms of work product." 

Work highlights Represented BNSF Railway in defense of an action brought by a 30,000-strong certified class alleging price-fixing in rail freight fuel surcharges. 

Acted for Cal-Maine Foods as a defendant in the processed egg products antitrust litigation, alleging price-fixing by limiting supply in the egg industry.

Notable practitioners  

The "really talented" Robert Walters is recognized as one of Texas's leading antitrust trial lawyers. His recent highlights include acting for Aetna in a case against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan alleging unfair competition.

Sean Royall is "really top-notch in his field," according to commentators, who also highlight his "understanding of the business world." He recently acted for 3M and 3M Innovative Properties in a case concerning reflective road signs.

The excellent Brian Robison is well versed in government investigations, civil suits and merger-related antitrust. He represented Sabre Holdings in a DOJ investigation concerning the airline booking industry.

Veronica Lewis impresses sources with her abilities in antitrust law, with an emphasis on the healthcare industry. She recently co-led for Aetna in an antitrust suit against Bluc Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Significant clients Sanofi, Estée Lauder, 3M, Allergan.

Corporate/M&A - Texas

What the team is known for Focus on representing Texas-based businesses and private equity groups on the full spectrum of corporate and transactional work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand clients very well and anticipate their needs, they are extremely responsive especially on whirlwind transactions, and they understand issues and can answer questions on the spot."

"They have a strong track record in energy. Deals are very specialized and they have the knowledge to make it all very easy."

What's new? Gibson Dunn boosted its transactional strength with the addition of Jay Tabor, who joined the firm from Weil Gotshal.

Work highlights Represented MetroPCS on its complex multibillion-dollar merger with T-Mobile USA, which included a 1-for-2 reverse stock split.

Advised Lone Star Funds on its acquisition of the US gypsum business of Lafarge for $700 million. 

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Chapman is a "really good lawyer," recommended by sources for being able to "give you a read on something quickly." He is also "a good deal partner who understands the requirements of getting to an answer."

Robert Little has a "remarkable grasp of legal issues" and "provides outstanding legal work." He is well known for his M&A and capital markets work, particularly in the energy industry.

Sources praise Jay Tabor for his "great expertise, experience, and remarkable work ethic" in helping to get deals done.

Significant clients BI-LO Holdings, MidAmerican Energy Holdings.  

Litigation - Texas

What the team is known for International firm with a longstanding presence in Dallas. Particularly noted for patent and trademark infringement litigation. A market-leading national appellate practice with a strong Texas offering. Very active on high dollar-value environmental and energy matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They've had some very impressive cases. A very impressive firm that has very good litigators."

Work highlights Represented BNSF Railway in a $30 billion price-fixing antitrust lawsuit brought by a class of 30,000 rail shippers, filed in federal court in DC.

Acted for Energy Future Holdings and Luminant Generation on CAA litigation cases brought by the Sierra Club, concerning power plants in Rusk County and Freestone County.

Notable practitioners  

William Dawson litigates a wide range of cases including environmental litigation and EPA enforcement suits, patent and trademark infringement and breach of contract matters. Peers describe him as "fantastic, just a phenomenally brilliant trial lawyer."

Peers have a "very high opinion" of Robert Walters, who recently acted for cosmetics company Estée Lauder in an antitrust suit filed in federal court in south Florida. He represents blue-chip corporate clients in antitrust cases, defense of class actions, securities litigation and general business tort matters.

James Ho leads the appellate team in the Dallas office. "He does great work," peers say, referring to his precedent-setting work on behalf of energy clients, commercial corporates and private individuals before the Texas Courts of Appeal, the Texas Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Significant clients T-Mobile, Mary Kay, Cal-Maine Foods, 3M.