Steven E. Sletten, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, joined the firm in 1983. He is a member of the firm's Litigation Department, its Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group, and its International Arbitration Practice Group. Mr. Sletten has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation and counseling clients on related issues, including antitrust, competition issues generally, insurance and reinsurance, class actions, and arbitration (both domestic and international). Mr. Sletten's litigation and counseling experience includes work for companies in many industry groups including telecommunications, chemical, microchip, insurance/reinsurance, entertainment, music, transportation, banking, hotel, manufacturing, and other industries. Mr. Sletten also has lectured and written on antitrust issues as well as on arbitration-related topics and other ADR procedures.
Prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Sletten served as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward Rafeedie of the United States District Court, Central District of California. He received his law degree with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 1982, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a staff member of the Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. In 1979, Mr. Sletten graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from California State University at Northridge.
Mr. Sletten is a member of the Antitrust Sections of the ABA and the California State Bar. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mr. Sletten has been admitted to practice before all California state and federal courts, numerous federal courts around the country, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits.
Mr. Sletten has represented, or participated in the representation of, numerous clients in a broad range of industry groups on matters arising under state and federal antitrust and unfair competition laws. He also has counseled clients extensively on the subjects of pricing practices, distribution practices, relations with competitors and dealers, relations with former business partners (e.g., non-compete arrangements) and similar business issues that potentially implicate state and federal antitrust and unfair competition laws.
Mr. Sletten has authored or contributed to a number of antitrust and other publications, and has lectured and/or given presentations on a variety of topics including the following:
- Antitrust Laws and Trade Regulation (Co-editor) published by Matthew Bender (2004)
- World Law of Competition – Overview (Co-author and editor) published by Matthew Bender (1986)
- Doing Business In The United States (contributing editor) published by Matthew Bender (1986)
- "International Arbitration Overview," Los Angeles County Bar Association ADR Section Newsletter, November 1995
- "Law Favours Confirmation of Arbitration Awards," International Insurance Law Review, June 1995
- University of Southern California School of Law: Adjunct Professor of Law for ADR Seminar (1993)
- Pepperdine University School of Law: Adjunct Professor of Law for ADR Survey Course (1994)
- County Bar Association: "International Litigation: Case Studies Home and Abroad" (1995)
- American Management Association: Guest Lecturer on Antitrust Overview (1990-1992)
- County Bar Association: MCLE Programs "Understanding Business Documents" (1996, 1998)
- Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB): MCLE program "Techniques For Effectively Compelling and Resisting Mandatory Arbitration" (1999)
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers: Electronic Discovery MCLE Program (2003)
- American Corporate Counsel Association: Antitrust Seminar for In-House Counsel (2003)
- FEDA Annual Convention: "Minimum Advertised Pricing -- An Overview" (April 2007)
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers Program Panel (Moderator): "Civility and Ethical Behavior" (July 2007)
- ABA Section on Antitrust Law: "Ticket Reselling and Antitrust Implications" (January 2008)
Mr. Sletten currently serves as Chair of the firm-wide Hiring Committee at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is also one of the two hiring partners for the Los Angeles office. He also serves on the firm's Diversity Committee. Mr. Sletten was appointed to be the firm's representative to the Advisory Board for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. He also is past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Mr. Sletten currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Division.