Acclaimed as a litigation powerhouse, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the members of the Litigation Practice Group have a long record of outstanding successes. The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn a Finalist in its 2022 Litigation Department of the Year competition, noting that “when news breaks and the pressure rises, clients call Gibson Dunn’s litigators to regain control.”  This award follows our unprecedented four wins in this biennial competition.

The members of our litigation practice group are not just litigators, they are first-rate trial lawyers.  Each year, we try numerous cases to verdicts before juries, judges and arbitrators.  Our clients have trusted us to try their most significant disputes to verdict, and we believe our trial win-loss record is unsurpassed.

We have tried cases and argued appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme courts in addition to federal and state courts across the United States involving almost every foreseeable area of controversy.  We also handle disputes before a wide variety of nonjudicial forums, from federal and state agencies to international arbitrations.

Gibson Dunn’s approach emphasizes the full spectrum of services for our clients.  Our litigators are trained to evaluate actual and potential cases at the earliest stages, to first determine if litigation can be avoided, or, if it is filed, whether the matter can be resolved quickly and economically.  We pride ourselves on handling our litigation matters as efficiently as possible.  For the largest cases, we can bring all necessary resources to bear, but for smaller matters, we believe in lean staffing and small teams of litigators with the right knowledge and experience.  Critically, our litigators think not just as lawyers, but as business men and women, tapping into key resources and devising optimal strategies for the most efficient and favorable results.  Gibson Dunn lawyers are fully familiar with a wide array of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including arbitration, mediation, “mini-trials” and the like.  In addition, the conduct of litigation at every stage is done in full and close consultation with our clients.

Gibson Dunn’s trial practice is enhanced by first-rate case management support and technology resources.  Our lawyers utilize technology in a manner that not only enhances their practice, but reduces the cost of litigation.  Our trial technology includes the latest systems available for document storage, retrieval and imaging.  We provide our clients dedicated extranet capabilities where they can access relevant case information and share documents on secure sites developed specifically for each case.  These technology tools allow us to avoid reinventing the wheel; when we begin work on a new case, we are able to access a vast database of research, writing and analysis, and thereby deliver the highest quality work product as efficiently as possible.


Recent representations include:

  • Representing Chevron Corporation in its successful RICO suit against the purveyors of what The Wall Street Journal called the legal “fraud of the century,” Chevron Corp. v. Donziger et al., Case No. 11-cv-0691 (S.D.N.Y.).  Gibson Dunn was lead counsel in Chevron’s RICO and fraud suit against the U.S. lawyer and associates who masterminded an extortion scheme against Chevron that included fraudulently procuring a $9.2 billion Ecuadorian judgment against the company and carrying out an extortionate pressure campaign in the U.S.  Gibson Dunn obtained a trial verdict in favor of Chevron, in which the district court held that the scheme constituted racketeering in violation of RICO and federal laws prohibiting attempted extortion, wire fraud, money laundering, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  In its 485-page opinion, the court described the case as “extraordinary” and “includ[ing] things that normally come only out of Hollywood,” including “coded emails,” “payments out of a secret account,” videotaped evidence of crimes in progress, and blockbuster evidence that the defendants “wrote the [Ecuadorian] court’s Judgment themselves and promised $500,000 to the Ecuadorian judge to rule in their favor and sign their judgment.”  The RICO verdict followed on the heels of dozens of discovery proceedings filed by Gibson Dunn in district courts around the country.  Gibson Dunn’s efforts led eight courts to apply the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege and order production of evidence related to the racketeering scheme.  As Chevron requested, the court imposed equitable relief preventing the conspirators from enforcing the judgment in the U.S. and ensuring that they “not be allowed to benefit from [the Ecuadorian judgment] in any way.”  The New York Times described the result as a “major victory,” and The Washington Post called it “resounding.”  Gibson Dunn subsequently obtained Second Circuit affirmance and continues to advise Chevron on a range of issues flowing from this high-stakes, complex matter.
  • Secured a U.S. Supreme Court affirmance for BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC in its closely watched challenge to Puerto Rico’s debt-restructuring law for municipal entities.  In 2014 the Commonwealth’s legislature enacted the Puerto Rico Public Corporation Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act (Recovery Act), a statute that purported to create a binding bankruptcy-like debt-restructuring regime for Puerto Rico’s highly indebted public entities, including its largest electric utility, PREPA.  Gibson Dunn filed suit on behalf of PREPA bondholder BlueMountain shortly after the law was enacted, the District of Puerto Rico agreed that the federal Bankruptcy Code preempts the Recovery Act, and the First Circuit unanimously affirmed.  The Supreme Court’s analysis in affirming the First Circuit is likely to impact express-preemption jurisprudence and provides important protections for holders of municipal bonds.
  • Resolved groundbreaking, multibillion-dollar litigation by NML Capital, Ltd. (an affiliate of Elliott Management Corporation) against the Republic of Argentina when Argentina paid NML more than $2.4 billion to satisfy NML’s claims on the country’s defaulted bonds.  This settlement marked the conclusion of what the Financial Times called the “sovereign debt trial of the century” and ended 13 years of litigation following Argentina’s default in 2001 on more than $80 billion in external debt.  While most of Argentina’s creditors accepted new bonds, worth much less, in exchange for the repudiated bond obligations, NML chose to fight.  After securing judgments, attachments and injunctions against Argentina, the tide turned with two decisive U.S. Supreme Court victories won for NML by Gibson Dunn.  Still unwilling to comply, Argentina continued to resist – and suffer the consequences – until the Republic’s new president initiated negotiations with creditors and the settlement agreement was reached.
  • For CLS Bank, which settles more than $5 trillion in foreign currency transactions daily, we obtained unanimous U.S. Supreme Court affirmance that ended a long-running patent infringement suit brought by Alice Corporation.  The Court affirmed an en banc Federal Circuit ruling, also argued successfully by Gibson Dunn, that Alice’s claims were patent-ineligible as the patents were drawn to the abstract idea of intermediated settlement.
    For Daimler AG, we obtained a U.S. Supreme Court win that limits the ability of plaintiffs to sue foreign companies in U.S. courts for acts that allegedly occurred overseas.  The Ninth Circuit had held that, because German corporation Daimler had an indirect subsidiary that did business in California, Argentine plaintiffs could sue Daimler in California for acts allegedly committed by an Argentine Daimler subsidiary in Argentina in the 1970s.  We persuaded the Court to reject that expansive view of U.S. jurisdiction – unanimously.
  • Representing Dole Food Company, Inc., we obtained dismissals of thousands of toxic tort claims after exposing the plaintiffs’ lawyer’s fraud.  Dole had been flooded with lawsuits filed on behalf of foreign agricultural workers claiming harm from exposure to the pesticide DBCP going back to the 1960s.  When Gibson Dunn took over the company’s defense there were nearly 10,000 claims pending in trial courts across the United States.  After a series of significant victories including appellate wins and the reversal of an early multimillion-dollar verdict, there remained only a single-plaintiff case pending against the company in a Delaware trial court.
  • For Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg we defeated a breach of contract case filed by Paul Ceglia, who claimed he was entitled to an 84% ownership stake in Facebook based on a purported 2003 contract.  After being retained to replace another law firm, we uncovered evidence of fraud and a forgery scheme that resulted in the plaintiff’s arrest on federal felony charges.  In response to our motion to dismiss Ceglia’s breach of contract case, a federal magistrate judge ruled the lawsuit a fraud that should be dismissed with prejudice.  The federal judge presiding over the case adopted that ruling, dismissing the case with prejudice based on Ceglia’s lies, forgeries and litigation misconduct.  We then secured Second Circuit affirmance.
  • For Ford Motor Company we won a victory against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a case of major importance to employers navigating the intersection between the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and increased employee telecommuting.  The EEOC brought the case against Ford alleging that it violated the ADA by failing to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee seeking to work from home because of a medical condition.  The EEOC further alleged that Ford retaliated against the employee, a documented underperformer, by firing her after she filed an EEOC charge.  The district court granted summary judgment to Ford on both claims but a divided Sixth Circuit panel reversed.  Gibson Dunn’s petition for rehearing en banc was granted, and the Circuit’s subsequent ruling reversed the panel decision on the ground that physical attendance is an essential function of most jobs and, thus, employers generally need not approve of open-ended telecommuting arrangements as an accommodation under the ADA.  The Sixth Circuit further held that no reasonable jury could find that Ford fired the employee for any reason other than poor performance.


First Quarter 2023 Update on Class Actions

-May 8, 2023

In Axon, Justices Continue Reining In Administrative State

-April 21, 2023

Webcast: Mass Arbitration – Defense Strategies and Arbitration Agreement Drafting

-April 19, 2023

Supreme Court Holds That Federal District Courts Have Jurisdiction To Hear Structural Challenges To FTC And SEC

-April 14, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Legal 500 EMEA 2023

-April 13, 2023

A Federal Jury Verdict Rules on Policing the Police at Protests

-March 29, 2023

Reed Brodsky and Eric J. Stock Win Antitrust Writing Award

-March 29, 2023

Allyson Ho and Mike Raiff Named Litigators of the Week

-March 24, 2023

Kate Hahm Receives Pro Bono Award from Harriett Buhai Center

-March 13, 2023

Matthew Ball Named a 2023 Up and Coming Lawyer

-March 13, 2023

Historic Federal Jury Verdict In Civil Rights Case Against LAPD Officer For Shooting Protestor in Face With Rubber Bullet

-March 9, 2023

Former U.S. District Judge George Hazel to Join Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C.

-March 1, 2023

Daily Journal Named Kevin Rosen Among California’s Top Professional Responsibility Lawyers

-March 1, 2023

Webcast: Bank Secrecy Act / Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance Update

-February 28, 2023

Webcast: Federal Infrastructure Permitting – FAST-41 Reforms and What’s Next on Capitol Hill

-February 21, 2023

Three Gibson Dunn Cases Named Top Verdicts of 2022

-February 17, 2023

Ties to U.S. must be considered in criminal-related deportations

-February 16, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 Deutschland 2023

-February 16, 2023

Webcast: 2023 Environmental Update

-February 15, 2023

Year-End and Fourth Quarter 2022 Update on Class Actions

-January 26, 2023

Webcast: Fifth Circuit Round-Up: Shaping Business Law at the Circuit and National Level

-January 23, 2023

Lawdragon Names 19 Partners Among its 2023 500 Leading Lawyers in America and Hall of Fame Honorees

-January 17, 2023

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2023 Chambers Greater China Region Guide

-January 13, 2023

Webcasts: Gibson Dunn’s Annual California MCLE Marathon – 2023

-January 12, 2023

Webcast: Internal Investigations

-January 11, 2023

Theodore Boutrous and Kristin Linsley Appointed to the Advisory Board of the Ninth Circuit

-January 3, 2023

Gibson Dunn Promotes 37 Lawyers to Partnership

-November 15, 2022

Gibson Dunn Named 2022 California Regional Litigation Department of the Year

-November 15, 2022

Who’s Who Legal 2022 Recognizes Nine Gibson Dunn Partners in Commercial Litigation

-November 9, 2022

Gibson Dunn Named California Tech Industry Litigation Department of the Year Winner

-November 4, 2022

Handling tax disputes in Hong Kong – ‘pay first, argue later’

-November 1, 2022

Standing Requirements in California Law

-November 1, 2022

Third Quarter 2022 Update on Class Actions

-October 31, 2022

European Court of Human Rights President to Join Gibson Dunn in London

-October 27, 2022

Theane Evangelis and Katherine Smith Named Among Los Angeles’ 2022 Leaders of Influence in Labor & Employment

-October 25, 2022

Potential Costs Exposure for Directors of an Insolvent Company Wound Up in Hong Kong for Causing the Company to Oppose a Winding-Up Petition

-October 11, 2022

Benchmark Litigation US 2023 Gives Top Marks to Gibson Dunn

-October 6, 2022

Benchmark Litigation Names Three Gibson Dunn Partners Among its 2023 Top 100 Trial Lawyers

-October 6, 2022

Twenty-Two Gibson Dunn Lawyers Recognized in Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law

-October 6, 2022

Expert Guides Rising Stars 2022 Recognizes Twelve Gibson Dunn Lawyers

-October 6, 2022

Lawdragon Names 38 Partners Among its 2023 500 Leading Litigators in America

-October 4, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2023

-September 29, 2022

Theodore Boutrous and Theane Evangelis Named Among California’s Top 100 Lawyers

-September 22, 2022

Hong Kong Court of Appeal Upholds Dismissal of Mis-selling Claim Made Against a Major Bank

-September 21, 2022

Betty Yang Named Among Texas Lawyer’s 2022 On the Rise Honorees

-September 21, 2022

Leading Tech Litigator Elizabeth McCloskey Rejoins Gibson Dunn as Partner in San Francisco Office

-September 1, 2022

United States: Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters

-August 31, 2022

Veronica Moyé Named Dallas Bar Association’s Trial Lawyer of the Year

-August 26, 2022

Who’s Who Legal 2022 Recognizes Gibson Dunn Partners in Thought Leaders – Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR

-August 24, 2022

Class Actions to Reshape the Litigation Landscape in Europe in 2023

-August 23, 2022

California Supreme Court Holds That Seller’s Promotional Statements About Controversial Album Are Commercial Speech Not Subject To Full First Amendment Protection

-August 19, 2022

11 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

-August 18, 2022

Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Confirms That Directors Are Not Liable for Penalty Tax for Signing Incorrect Company Tax Return

-August 17, 2022

Four Who’s Who Legal 2022 Guides Recognize Three Gibson Dunn Partners

-August 3, 2022

Second Quarter 2022 Update on Class Actions

-July 28, 2022

Webcast: Is Antitrust Becoming HR’s Biggest Headache?

-July 26, 2022

Gibson Dunn Adds Litigation Partner Lauren Goldman in New York

-July 25, 2022

Gibson Dunn Recognized in Chambers High Net Worth 2022

-July 14, 2022

Electronic Court Process and Remote Hearings in Hong Kong

-July 8, 2022

California Supreme Court Holds Employee May Sue Staffing Agency’s Client Even After Settling Same Claims Against Agency

-July 1, 2022

Benchmark Litigation Names Kelly Austin and Elaine Chen Among 2022 Top Women Litigators in Asia

-June 27, 2022

Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Confirms That ‘Leverage’ Satisfies the ‘Benefit’ Requirement for Winding Up Foreign Companies

-June 24, 2022

Best Lawyers in Germany 2023 Recognizes 26 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 24, 2022

Hong Kong Court of Appeal Confirms That Disputes Over Arbitration Clauses Are for Arbitrators but Not Courts to Resolve

-June 22, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2022 U.S. Legal 500

-June 22, 2022

Beyond reach: obstacles to third-party discovery in arbitrations

-June 15, 2022

Gibson Dunn Earns 101 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2022

-June 1, 2022

Daily Journal Names Theane Evangelis and Debra Wong Yang Among 2022 Top Women Lawyers in California

-May 18, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2022

-May 9, 2022

Three Who’s Who Legal 2022 Guides Recognize 13 Gibson Dunn Partners

-May 4, 2022

Gibson Dunn Adds Commercial Litigation Partner Sydney Scott in Houston Office

-May 2, 2022

First Quarter 2022 Update on Class Actions

-April 28, 2022

Two Who’s Who Legal 2022 Guides Recognize Seven Gibson Dunn Partners

-April 1, 2022

Webcast: Corporate Compliance and Sentencing Guidelines

-March 30, 2022

New York Court of Appeals Rules That Interactive Fantasy Sports Contests Do Not Constitute Gambling Under State Constitution

-March 25, 2022

New York Times v. Sullivan Is Safe From Sarah Palin

-March 10, 2022

Mylan Denerstein and Randy Mastro Named to City & State New York’s 2022 Law Power 100

-March 7, 2022

How Courts Are Ruling On The Arbitrability Of ERISA Claims

-February 24, 2022

Three Gibson Dunn Cases Named Top Verdicts of the Year 2021

-February 11, 2022

Year-End and Fourth Quarter 2021 Update on Class Actions

-January 27, 2022

2021 Year-End German Law Update

-January 13, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

-January 13, 2022

Webcast: The Rise of International Class and Collective Actions

-January 13, 2022

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2022 Chambers Greater China Region Guide

-January 12, 2022

How an NFT is like a $5 milkshake

-January 7, 2022

Gibson Dunn Named Labor & Employment Litigation Department of the Year and a Finalist for Litigation Department of the Year; and Josh Krevitt Named Litigator of the Year

-December 6, 2021

Theane Evangelis Named a Los Angeles Leader in Law in Labor & Employment

-November 19, 2021

Webcast: 2021 – Managing Internal Audit and Investigations

-November 9, 2021

Gibson Dunn Promotes 27 Lawyers to Partnership

-November 4, 2021

Gibson Dunn Named Among 2022 Litigation Powerhouses Lists by BTI Consulting Group

-November 4, 2021

DOJ turns to familiar tool to address cybersecurity threats

-November 3, 2021

IFLR Honors Graham Lovett with Lifetime Achievement Award

-October 29, 2021

Benchmark Litigation Europe 2022 Recognizes Gibson Dunn

-October 26, 2021

Webcast: Recent Developments at the New York State Department of Financial Services

-October 25, 2021

Who’s Who Legal 2021 Recognizes Gibson Dunn Partners in Thought Leaders – Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR

-October 19, 2021

Who’s Who Legal 2021 Recognizes Eight Gibson Dunn Partners in Commercial Litigation

-October 19, 2021

Benchmark Litigation US 2022 Gives Top Marks to Gibson Dunn

-October 13, 2021

Seventeen Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law

-October 7, 2021

Benchmark Litigation Names Four Gibson Dunn Partners Among its 2021 Top 100 Trial Lawyers

-October 7, 2021

Theane Evangelis and Ilissa Samplin Receive 2021 Women in Business Law Awards

-September 30, 2021

Theodore Boutrous Receives Freedom of the Press Award

-September 30, 2021

Joshua Lipshutz and Jason Schwartz Named Among Benchmark Top 20 Labor & Employment Litigators

-September 27, 2021

Former FTC Attorney Jamie France Returns to Gibson Dunn as Of Counsel in Washington, D.C.

-September 22, 2021

Richard Doren and Veronica Moyé Named Litigators of the Week

-September 17, 2021

Theodore Boutrous, Theane Evangelis and Debra Wong Yang Named Among California’s Top 100 Lawyers

-September 15, 2021

Gibson Dunn Named Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year at the ALB Hong Kong Law Awards

-September 13, 2021

Randy Mastro and Akiva Shapiro Named Litigators of the Week

-August 23, 2021

10 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

-August 19, 2021