Cynthia Richman is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office. She currently practices in the firm's Litigation Department and is a member of the firm's Antitrust and Competition Practice Group.
Ms. Richman has experience handling a wide variety of antitrust matters in a broad range of industries, such as microprocessors and other high-technology products, airlines, retail food services, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, defense, travel, and music. Her practice includes defending companies before state and federal courts, including appellate courts, in matters alleging a range of antitrust-based claims, such as price-fixing, tying, bundling, and other single-firm conduct theories. In addition, over the past decade, Ms. Richman has been continuously involved in representing targets of international cartel and antitrust-related grand jury investigations by the DOJ and antitrust enforcers around the world.
Ms. Richman's antitrust experience also includes representing clients before the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice in connection with merger and acquisition matters and other government investigations. Some examples include representing Intel Corp. in connection with its acquisition of Wind River and its formation of a flash memory joint venture with STMicroelectronics; representing Applied Materials in its acquisitions of Brooks Software and Semitool; representing Retalix in its sale to NCR; and representing United Defense in its acquisition by BAE Systems.
Ms. Richman has also represented clients in general litigation and appellate matters. She was part of the team that convinced the D.C. Circuit to vacate a rule promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that restricted the number of subscribers cable companies can serve (Comcast Corp. v. FCC, 579 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2009)) and also assisted with a successful challenge to an FCC Order finding that that a cable company violated the program carriage rules and discriminated against an unaffiliated video programming vendor (Comcast Cable Commc’ns, LLC v. FCC, 717 F.3d 982 (D.C. Cir. 2013)).
In 2014 Ms. Richman was recognized by The National Law Journal and Legal Times as one of DC’s Rising Stars. This award is given to 40-under-40 private, government and public interest advocacy attorneys who are leaders in law.
Ms. Richman is on the Board of Editors for the Antitrust Source and is the Associate Editor of the Antitrust Report, the quarterly U.S. law periodical published by Matthew Bender and Lexis/Nexis.
Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Ms. Richman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She received her law degree magna cum laude in 2002 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Ms. Richman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 1998.
Ms. Richman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland.