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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
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Headquarters SF (CA)
Number of Offices 18
Number of attorneys 1,260
Practice Areas General Practice
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Annual Revenue $US$"US$" is not a number. million
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Pay Scale
(all numbers in thousands of dollars)
First year salary180
Second year salary190
Third year salary210
Fourth year salary235
Fifth year salary260
Sixth year salary280
Seventh year salary300
Eighth year salary
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Tenth year salary

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP 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 named the top "Litigation Department of the Year" in the United States by The American Lawyer in three of the last four biannual rankings, most recently in 2016.[1] On the transactional side, the firm is known for its land use and real estate practices.[2][3]

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.[4]

Notable cases

The firm's attorneys have argued more than 100 cases before the United States Supreme Court.[5] Some of the more notable cases include:

  • 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.[6] The injunction was vacated in October 2012 based on the results of the trial.[7][8]
  • The firm is representing Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, in a $17 billion contract dispute with purported seed money financier Paul Ceglia.[9]
  • The firm is representing Chevron in its long-running, $27 billion environmental dispute in Ecuador.[10][11]
  • 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.[12]
  • 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.[13]
  • The firm is defending Intel against several multibillion-dollar antitrust lawsuits filed by AMD and the European Union.[14]
  • In 2009, the firm represented NBC Universal in its contract dispute with Conan O'Brien.[15]
  • The firm represented Viacom in its billion-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit against Google and YouTube in Viacom International Inc. v. YouTube, Inc..[16] After multiple rulings at the District Court and Appellate Court, the case was settled in 2014.[17]
  • 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.[18] 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."[19]

Notable transactions

Political contributions

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.[23] Since 1990, Gibson Dunn contributed $6.15 million to federal campaigns.[24]

Notable attorneys and staff


  5. Gibson Dunn - Gibson Dunn Attorneys Argue Their 100th Case Before The U.S. Supreme Court
  6. Judge Blocks Sales of Samsung Phone That Apple Says Infringes Patents, (2012-06-29)
  7. Samsung to appeal US Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction after tablet ruled innocent [Update: Request filed],, August 27, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  8.  U.S. court clears Samsung phone, setback for Apple,  (Oct 11, 2012)
  9. 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...
  10. Litigation Department of the Year: Gibson Dunn -
  11. Chevron accuses Ecuadorean plaintiffs of extortion
  12. What Does Wal-Mart Ruling Mean For Class Actions? - Law Blog - WSJ
  13. Litigation Department of the Year: Gibson Dunn -
  14. AMD v. Intel
  15. ‘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...
  16. Viacom Taps Ted Olson for YouTube Appeal
  17. Stempel, Jonathan Google, Viacom settle landmark YouTube lawsuit, (March 18, 2014)
  18.  Hiring by Christie Suggests He May Be on the Defensive,  (16 January 2014)
  19.  GWB Closure Defendants Want to Put Christie Lawyers on Stand,  (8 August 2016)
  21. Dealmakers of the Week:
    Barbara Becker of Gibson Dunn and Sarah Jones of Clifford Chance -
  22. Cleary, Gibson Dunn Slake M&A Thirst With $7.6 Billion Beer Deal
  23. Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups,
  24. Organizations: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher,

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