Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is a global law firm, founded in Los Angeles in 1890. The firm is one of the most prestigious and selective in the United States and ranks among the most successful firms globally. It is ranked as the #1 law firm in Southern California. Gibson Dunn has over 1,000 attorneys and 2,000 staff located in 18 offices around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In 2012, American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn the "Top Litigation Department" of the year for an unprecedented second consecutive time. On the transactional side, the firm is particularly renowned in land use and real estate law. The firm's best-known attorneys and alumni include former United States Solicitors GeneralTheodore Olson and Ken Starr, Eugene Scalia, and Miguel Estrada.
American Lawyer recognized Gibson Dunn as the "Top Litigation Department of the Year" for 2010, explaining that "when other firms and conventional strategies come up short, clients in deep trouble turn to Gibson Dunn for fresh, aggressive thinking and innovative rescues." In 2012, American Lawyer bestowed this honor on Gibson Dunn for the unprecedented second consecutive time, stating that the firm possesses "The Complete Game," having "racked up another stack of victories in some of the country's thorniest cases."
American Lawyer ranks Gibson Dunn 4th among national law firms on the prestigious "A-List," which measures firms' ability to balance financial success with associate satisfaction, pro bono commitment, and diversity.
Gibson Dunn ranks 5th nationally in the 2011 Corporate Board Member / FTI Consulting survey of 300 corporate legal directors asking which national law firm they would most want representing their companies on national matters.
Gibson Dunn ranks among the top five most selective law firms in the nation in both 2013 and 2014. The firm also ranks among the top five best law firms to work for in the nation, as well as among the top five in terms of associate satisfaction and business outlook. Additionally, the firm ranks in the top ten in terms of associate/partner relations, compensation, and firm culture. In 2014, the firm's summer associate program ranked among the top ten in the nation.
Vault ranks more than 120 Gibson Dunn lawyers among the leading lawyers in their respective practices. In 2011, the firm achieved a total of 35 first-tier rankings in the fields of antitrust, appellate litigation, general commercial litigation, securities regulation, real estate, labor & employment, sports & entertainment, corporate mergers & acquisitions, and private equity.
The Chambers USA Guide ranks more than 120 Gibson Dunn lawyers among the leading lawyers in their respective practices. In 2011, the firm achieved a total of 35 first-tier rankings in the fields of antitrust, appellate litigation, general commercial litigation, securities regulation, real estate, labor & employment, sports & entertainment, corporate mergers & acquisitions, and private equity.
Vault has ranked Gibson Dunn as the #1 law firm for Appellate Litigation since 2011.
The firm represents Apple, Inc. in its patent infringement suit against 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 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 the Dole Food Company in a multi-billion 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'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.
The firm defended a conglomerate of domestic and international auto manufacturers—including Honda, Toyota, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, and Nissan—against a multi-billion 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.
In January 2014 it was reported that Governor Chris Christie had hired Gibson, Dunn attorney Randy Mastro to conduct an internal investigation of the circumstances surrounding the so-called "Bridgegate" incident.