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

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

Main Areas of Practice:  

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.


  • 333 South Grand Avenue,
  • Los Angeles,
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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.

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.

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.

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.