A Leader in Every Sense
Gibson Dunn is a full-service global law firm advising on some of today’s most complex and significant matters. We are known for excellence in the practice of law and are committed to providing the very highest level of legal services. We offer unparalleled, innovative thinking for clients with the most challenging needs and aspire to handle all matters as partners with, and not merely as service providers to, our clients.
Gibson Dunn has ten offices in the United States and ten international offices yet we operate as a single, unified law firm. Our attorneys work together in seamless teamwork across borders, jurisdictions and legal disciplines, finding the right combination of talent and resources for each unique matter entrusted to us by our diverse, multinational client base.
A Disputes Resolution Powerhouse
We are world-renowned for our litigation, international arbitration and appellate practices. Our global practice also includes the complete range of regulatory matters and internal investigations, along with any related court proceedings. The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn a Finalist in its 2018 Litigation Department of the Year competition, following our unprecedented three wins in this biennial competition – as the 2010, 2012 and 2016 Litigation Department of the Year. In addition, Gibson Dunn was named to “The BTI Fearsome Foursome” 2019, a list featuring four firms that “stand out for their new, unexpected, and winning strategies,” that “start off with a show of force,” that “cut through complexity swiftly and decisively,” and are “unrelenting in meeting their client’s goal.”
On the trial court front, we handle the most complex matters tried in both state and federal courts, including recently representing AT&T and DirecTV in their successful defense to the U.S. Department of Justice’s high-profile lawsuit to block AT&T’s proposed $106 billion acquisition of Time Warner, Inc. We also won a first-of-its-kind “gig economy” trial for GrubHub, Inc. in the Northern District of California, defeating the plaintiffs’ meritless demand for tens of millions of dollars.
We handle many different kinds of matters in the international arbitration arena with arbitration specialists in London, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles and many other of our offices. This work includes our representation of Canadian gold miner Crystallex International Corp. in connection with the enforcement of its $1.4 billion arbitration award against the Republic of Venezuela, including in the high-profile battle between Crystallex and Venezuela’s national oil company, PDVSA, for shares of the parent company of CITGO Petroleum.
The preeminence of our appellate practice is underscored by Gibson Dunn being named to The National Law Journal’s 2018 Appellate Hot List, recognizing 22 firms that “won key matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal.” Landmark cases have included securing the historic 2013 U.S. Supreme Court Hollingsworth v. Perry marriage equality decision, the 2014 patent win Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l for CLS Bank, and the key 2014 jurisdictional ruling Daimler AG v. Bauman, for Daimler AG.
Gibson Dunn recently leveraged this appellate expertise for Facebook, Inc., successfully taking over an Internet privacy matter from another firm and securing from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals a ruling that the Stored Communications Act prohibits criminal defendants from subpoenaing service providers for a prosecution witness’s social media records.
Comprehensive Transactional Excellence
Gibson Dunn is also a powerhouse on the transactional field and plays a major role in a wide variety of U.S. and global matters. Recognitions include rankings among The Elite for Corporate/M&A nationwide and in New York by Chambers USA 2018. Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018recognized Gibson Dunn and its lawyers globally and in the Asia, Europe, Latin America and Middle East regions. Gibson Dunn perennially handles high-dollar transactions for household names, including Amazon.com ($16 billion private notes offering to finance the acquisition of Whole Foods) and CalAtlantic Group, Inc. (a $9.6 billion merger into Lennar Corp.).
Showcasing the firm’s seamless global practice, Gibson Dunn lawyers across eight offices – Hong Kong, Beijing, London, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, New York, Century City, and Washington, D.C. – represented NetEase, Inc., a leading Chinese Internet technology company, in four separate investment projects ranging from funding rounds for its music-streaming subsidiary to a minority investment in a technology company focusing on large-scale simulations in the cloud, to preferred stock investments in a California start-up video game developer and Bungie, Inc., the game studio behind the Halo and Destiny franchises.
In the energy space we advised Concho Resources, Inc. in its $9.5 billion purchase of RSP Permian Inc., a sale that D CEO magazine named its 2018 Oil & Gas Dealmakers Awards M&A Deal of the Year.
A Vibrant Real Estate Practice
Gibson Dunn’s real estate lawyers handle some of the most sophisticated matters worldwide. The breadth of work covered for a wide array of clients includes acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, financing, land use and development, and construction. Gibson Dunn also has one of the leading hotel and hospitality practices globally.
Chambers USA 2018 ranked Gibson Dunn in Tier 1 nationwide for real estate, and The US Legal 500 2018 awarded the firm first-tier rankings in the Real Estate and Land Use/Zoning categories. The Real Deal ranked Gibson Dunn No. 2 on its 2018 lists of law firms that handled the highest dollar volume of New York real estate transactions on both the buyers’ and lenders’ sides.
Examples of recent work include serving as counsel to investment and management company Jamestown Properties in its $2.4 billion sale of Manhattan’s Chelsea Market to Google LLC in what was the second-largest full single-asset sale ever in New York City. We also represented Welltower Inc., in a joint venture with ProMedica Health System, in the $4.4 billion acquisition of Quality Care Properties, a real estate investment trust focused on acute/skilled nursing and memory care/assisted living properties.
Our New York and London offices are advising WeWork Companies Inc., the shared workspace provider, in several significant U.S. and UK transactions. These include a joint venture with Rhône Capital LLC, to acquire the flagship Lord & Taylor building in Manhattan from HBC, that was named the Private Equity Deal of the Year at International Financial Law Review’s 2018 Americas Awards.
A Truly Full-Service Firm
In line with our “one firm” philosophy, Gibson Dunn provides unparalleled interdisciplinary teamwork on cutting-edge and news-making matters. We currently serve as lead counsel to NBA’s Golden State Warriors in connection with the development of a mixed-use office, arena and entertainment complex in San Francisco. After our land use team first entitled the complex and sensitive project, our litigators successfully defended the entitlements and approvals at the trial and appellate levels.
In another example, we are acting as national litigation, regulatory and coordinating counsel for Expedia, Inc. with respect to various jurisdictions’ laws seeking to regulate short-term rental websites. Tackling issues as varied as consumer privacy and Fourth Amendment protections, our litigation, appellate, regulatory, and land use practices address new legislative and regulatory proposals as they arise, bringing legal challenges when necessary.
An Evolving Approach to Law
Our lawyers’ work keeps pace with evolving legal, business and technological arenas – and our clients’ needs in them. For example, we recently formed an Artificial Intelligence and Automated Systems practice.
Our new global Betting and Gaming Practice Group represents some of the most prestigious and influential clients in the gaming industry across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Advocating for the State of New Jersey, Gibson Dunn argued successfully in the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the federal law barring states from authorizing or licensing sports gambling. On the transactional side, our London office guided The Stars Group Inc. through its $4.7 billion acquisition of Sky Betting and Gaming, one of the UK’s leading gaming providers, creating the world’s largest publicly listed online gaming firm.