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.


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

Litigation Lab Germany – Episode 1 – Klimaschutz vor Gericht – Hat der Rhein Rechte?

-May 10, 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

Webcast: Corporate Compliance and Sentencing Guidelines

-March 30, 2022

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

-April 1, 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

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

-January 13, 2022

2021 Year-End German Law Update

-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 Named Among 2022 Litigation Powerhouses Lists by BTI Consulting Group

-November 4, 2021

Gibson Dunn Promotes 27 Lawyers to Partnership

-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 Eight Gibson Dunn Partners in Commercial Litigation

-October 19, 2021

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

-October 19, 2021

Benchmark Litigation US 2022 Gives Top Marks to Gibson Dunn

-October 13, 2021

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

-October 7, 2021

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

-October 7, 2021

Theodore Boutrous Receives Freedom of the Press Award

-September 30, 2021

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

-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

Surge in False Claims Act enforcement continues

-August 16, 2021

Who’s Who Legal 2021 Recognizes Gibson Dunn Partners in Asset Recovery, Capital Markets and IP

-August 13, 2021

Ten Gibson Dunn Partners Named Among Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation 2021

-August 9, 2021

An Updated Checklist & Flowchart for Analyzing Force Majeure Clauses During the COVID-19 Crisis

-August 4, 2021

Who’s Who Legal 2021 Recognizes Gibson Dunn Partners in Competition, Hospitality and Product Liability Defense

-July 28, 2021

Walsh’s Wrong Turn: The Labor Department’s Misguided Revitalization of the ‘Integral’ Factor

-July 27, 2021

Breaking the Legal Paralysis: Combatting California’s Homelessness Crisis After Martin v. City of Boise

-July 27, 2021

Gibson Dunn Recognized in Chambers High Net Worth 2021

-July 22, 2021

Benchmark Litigation Names Kelly Austin and Elaine Chen Among 2021 Top Women Litigators in Asia

-July 6, 2021

Judge ignored facts, law while taking knife to assault weapons ban

-July 1, 2021

10 Years Of Dukes: A Resounding Class Certification Legacy

-June 25, 2021

Supreme Court Tells Second Circuit To Clarify Securities Class Certification Ruling, And Holds That Defendants Have The Burden Of Persuasion In Rebutting The Basic Presumption

-June 21, 2021

Theodore Boutrous, Samuel Liversidge and Rod Stone Named Litigators of the Week

-June 21, 2021

New York Court of Appeals Clarifies Reach of New York Consumer Protection Statute

-June 9, 2021

Proposed ghost gun rules would leave room for state regulation

-June 7, 2021

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2022 Recognizes 10 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 3, 2021

Chambers Honors Ted Olson with Lifetime Achievement Award and Names Gibson Dunn as Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year

-May 28, 2021

The Hollywood Reporter Names Theodore Boutrous, Scott Edelman, Kevin Masuda and Orin Snyder to its 2021 Power Lawyers List

-May 27, 2021

Ruling will protect noncitizens from consequences of uninformed guilty pleas

-May 20, 2021

Gibson Dunn Earns 94 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2021

-May 20, 2021

Daily Journal Names Theane Evangelis and Debra Wong Yang Among 2021 Top Women Lawyers in California

-May 19, 2021

Ruling sets up worker classification test for high court review

-May 11, 2021

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021

-May 11, 2021

Appeals 2021: United States

-May 6, 2021

Supreme Court Restricts Power Of The Federal Trade Commission To Seek Monetary Relief In Courts

-April 22, 2021

High court to consider when AGs can intervene

-April 19, 2021

Scott Edelman Inducted Into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers

-April 5, 2021

Supreme Court Declines To Extend Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s Coverage Of Automatic Telephone Dialing Systems

-April 1, 2021

Failure to Refute Should Be a Defamation Defense

-March 29, 2021

Mylan Denerstein and Randy Mastro Named to City & State New York’s 2021 Law Power 100

-March 16, 2021

Webcast: The Stored Communications Act and Trends in Data Privacy: What Companies Need to Know in 2021

-March 2, 2021

Big data, ethics and financial services: risks, controls and opportunities

-February 26, 2021

Congress Codifies SEC Disgorgement Remedy in Military Spending Bill

-February 25, 2021

The Due Process Protections Act: Congress Directs Judges to More Actively Prevent and Remedy Prosecutorial Brady Violations

-February 23, 2021

Sixteen Partners Named Among the Lawdragon Global Litigation 500

-February 23, 2021

Three Gibson Dunn Cases Named Top Verdicts of the Year 2020

-February 16, 2021

Procedural Implications for Cross-Border Litigation: A Post-Brexit Briefing Note

-January 29, 2021

Theodore Boutrous Named Top Lawyer of the Decade in California

-January 21, 2021

Gibson Dunn Ranked in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

-January 15, 2021

2020 Year-End German Law Update

-January 14, 2021

Invalid appointments and the restoration of DACA

-January 7, 2021

Joel Cohen Named to City & State New York’s 2020 Edition of The Responsible 100

-December 16, 2020

Who’s Who Legal 2020 Guides Recognizes Six Gibson Dunn Partners

-December 7, 2020

Who’s Who Legal 2020 Litigation Recognizes Nine Gibson Dunn Partners

-December 7, 2020

Due Process Protections Act Sends a Message to the Government

-December 3, 2020

Gibson Dunn Named a 2020 Firm of the Year

-December 2, 2020

Daily Journal Names Kristin Linsley Among 2020 Top Cyber Lawyers in California

-November 11, 2020

Theodore Boutrous Named a First Amendment Rights Trailblazer

-November 5, 2020

Who’s Who Legal 2020 Guides Recognize 12 Gibson Dunn Partners

-October 30, 2020

Benchmark Litigation US 2021 Gives Top Marks to Gibson Dunn

-October 16, 2020

Natalie Hausknecht Named a 2020 Up and Coming Lawyer

-October 14, 2020

Hong Kong Case Update: The Court of Appeal Confirmed That Pre-Trial Discovery Against a Non-Party Witness for Use in a Foreign Court Is Not Permissible

-October 7, 2020

Law360 Names Eight Gibson Dunn Partners as 2020 MVPs

-October 5, 2020

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2021 UK Legal 500

-October 5, 2020

Benchmark Litigation Europe 2021 Names Four Partners Stars

-October 5, 2020

Hong Kong Case Update: Ng Hon Lam Edgar v Secretary For Justice

-September 29, 2020

Hong Kong Case Update: Sham Tsz Kit v Secretary For Justice

-September 29, 2020

Kristin Linsley and Saee Muzumdar Recognized by LMG Americas Women in Business 2020

-September 22, 2020

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

-September 22, 2020