Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
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|Headquarters||Wells Fargo Tower
Los Angeles, California
|No. of offices||18|
|No. of attorneys||Approximately 1,200|
|Major practice areas||General Practice|
|Key people||Kenneth M. Doran, Managing Partner|
|Revenue||US$1.54 billion (2015)|
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is a global law firm, founded in Los Angeles in 1890. The firm includes approximately 1,200 attorneys and 2,000 staff located in 18 offices around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is best known for its litigation practice, which has been been named the top "Litigation Department of the Year" by The American Lawyer in three of the last four biannual rankings, most recently in 2016. On the transactional side, the firm is known for its land use and real estate practices.
The American Lawyer ranks Gibson Dunn second among national law firms on the "A-List," which measures firms' ability to balance financial success with associate satisfaction, pro bono commitment, and diversity. A survey for the 2017 Vault Law Firm Rankings placed Gibson Dunn as the number one law firm in appellate litigation, and among the top five nationally for antitrust, real estate, commercial litigation, and white-collar investigations.
- The firm represented Apple, Inc. in its patent infringement suit against Samsung (Apple v. Samsung) relating to the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, and won an injunction in June 2012 blocking the sale of the Galaxy Nexus phone in the United States. The injunction was vacated in October 2012 based on the results of the trial.
- The firm is representing Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, in a $17 billion contract dispute with purported seed money financier Paul Ceglia.
- The firm is representing Chevron in its long-running, $27 billion environmental dispute in Ecuador.
- The firm is defending Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in the landmark $11 billion employment discrimination class action Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Partner Theodore Boutros, Jr. argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in March 2011. In June 2011, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Ninth Circuit's order certifying the plaintiff class.
- The firm is representing the Dole Food Company in a multibillion-dollar toxic tort suit in Nicaragua involving allegations of farmworker sterility stemming from Dole's use of certain pesticides. After the firm uncovered substantial evidence of fraud and a conspiracy between the plaintiffs and Nicaraguan judges to extort Dole out of billions with manufactured claims, courts in the United States dismissed multiple related suits against Dole and refused to enforce several Nicaraguan judgments.
- The firm is defending Intel against several multibillion-dollar antitrust lawsuits filed by AMD and the European Union.
- Gibson Dunn is currently defending Amazon.com against patent infringement claims relating to the company's development of the Kindle.
- Partner Theodore B. Olson represented the NFL Players Association during the 2011 NFL lockout.
- The firm's attorneys sued for the right of same-sex couples to marry by arguing in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Theodore B. Olson acted for two gay couples against Proposition 8. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ordered the ban to be lifted, and that decision stands because the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal by supporters of the Proposition for lack of standing.
- In 2009, the firm represented NBC Universal in its contract dispute with Conan O'Brien.
- The firm represented Viacom in its billion-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against Google and YouTube in Viacom International Inc. v. YouTube, Inc.. After multiple rulings at the District Court and Appellate Court, the case was settled in 2014.
- The firm defended a conglomerate of domestic and international auto manufacturers—including Honda, Toyota, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and Nissan—against a multibillion-dollar global warming lawsuit filed by the State of California. A federal court granted Gibson's motion to dismiss in 2007. Gibson attorneys also represented a coalition of automakers, engine manufacturers, and dealers before the United States Supreme Court in Massachusetts v. EPA.
- Current partner Theodore Olson served as lead counsel for George W. Bush in Bush v. Gore, which secured Bush's election as President of the United States. Olson subsequently served as United States Solicitor General during Bush's first term, 2001-2004.
- Governor Chris Christie hired Gibson, Dunn attorney Randy Mastro to conduct an internal investigation of the circumstances surrounding the Fort Lee lane closure scandal and representing the Governor in a later federal investigation. The firm was later criticized by U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton for its methods of record keeping, and accused the firm of "opacity and gamesmanship."
- The firm advised Hewlett-Packard in its £7 billion bid for Autonomy Corporation.
- The firm advised Kraft in its $19.7 billion bid for Cadbury.
- Gibson attorneys advised Heineken in its $7.6 billion buyout of Mexican brewing conglomerate FEMSA.
- Advised long-standing client Vivendi parent company of subsidiary Vivendi Games in its $19 billion merger with Activision to form Activision Blizzard.
- Provided legal counsel to PeopleSoft after Oracle launched an unsolicited $6.3 billion tender offer (hostile takeover).
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Gibson Dunn was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $1.45 million, 55% to Democrats. Since 1990, Gibson Dunn contributed $6.15 million to federal campaigns.
Notable attorneys and staff
- Preet Bharara, former associate and high-profile US Attorney for the Southern District of New York
- Robert C. Bonner -Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration
- Miguel Estrada - Conservative lawyer
- Lewis H. Ferguson, former partner
- Theodore Olson - served as United States Solicitor General from June 2001 to July 2004 under President George W. Bush
- Kelly Perdew - Reality television star ("The Apprentice" winner who went on to work for Trump Ice)
- Eugene Scalia -Son of Justice Antonin Scalia
- Debra Wong Yang
- Kenneth M. Doran's firm profile
- AmLaw 100, the Early Numbers: Gibson Dunn
- Gibson Dunn - Gibson Dunn Attorneys Argue Their 100th Case Before The U.S. Supreme Court
- "Judge Blocks Sales of Samsung Phone That Apple Says Infringes Patents". 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2014-09-28.
- Samsung to appeal US Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction after tablet ruled innocent [Update: Request filed], thenextweb.com, August 27, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- Diane Bartz (Oct 11, 2012). "U.S. court clears Samsung phone, setback for Apple". Reuters. Retrieved Oct 11, 2012.
- Gibson Dunn Goes Medieval on Facebook Plaintiff « Above the Law: A Legal Web Site – News, Commentary, and Opinions on Law Firms, Lawyers, Law School, Law Suits, Judges and Cou...
- Litigation Department of the Year: Gibson Dunn - Law.com
- Chevron accuses Ecuadorean plaintiffs of extortion
- What Does Wal-Mart Ruling Mean For Class Actions? - Law Blog - WSJ
- Litigation Department of the Year: Gibson Dunn - Law.com
- AMD v. Intel
- ‘Bye, everybody, bye!’: An End in Sight for the Conan-Leno-NBC Debacle? « Above the Law: A Legal Web Site – News, Commentary, and Opinions on Law Firms, Lawyers, Law School, L...
- Viacom Taps Ted Olson for YouTube Appeal
- Stempel, Jonathan (March 18, 2014). "Google, Viacom settle landmark YouTube lawsuit". Reuters.
- "Hiring by Christie Suggests He May Be on the Defensive". New York Times. 16 January 2014.
- Porter, David (8 August 2016). "GWB Closure Defendants Want to Put Christie Lawyers on Stand". NBC 4 NY. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Dealmakers of the Week:
Barbara Becker of Gibson Dunn and Sarah Jones of Clifford Chance - AmericanLawyer.com
- Cleary, Gibson Dunn Slake M&A Thirst With $7.6 Billion Beer Deal
- "Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics.
- "Organizations: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher". OpenSecrets.org. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved 9 June 2016.