Jennifer H. Rearden, a partner resident in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s New York office, is a member of the Firm’s Litigation and Crisis Management Practice Groups, and is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Electronic Discovery and Information Law Practice Group. She also serves on the Firm’s Partnership Evaluation, Hiring, and Compensation Committees.
Ms. Rearden represents clients in complex business litigation, including securities fraud, hostile M&A, and disputes with states and municipalities, as well as internal investigations. She has argued before multiple federal and state courts and administrative bodies, and has tried cases to judges and juries. Ms. Rearden’s practice also frequently includes assisting clients in responding to high-profile events and evaluating legal risk, and counseling clients regarding crisis management planning and effective crisis response. Among the high-profile matters in which Ms. Rearden has been involved was the Cablevision and Madison Square Garden trial-level and appellate litigation challenging and ultimately defeating New York City’s sweeping proposal to build a new stadium for the New York Jets on Manhattan’s West Side, and the successful defense of Cablevision and the Garden in a $100 million antitrust suit brought by the Jets over their failed stadium bid. She is currently part of the Gibson Dunn team representing Chevron Corporation in multi-forum litigation challenging a 2003 judgment for $18 billion in an environmental case in Ecuador.
Other significant matters include:
- National Association of Securities Dealers (now the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority): Assisted client in defeating putative class actions relating to the consolidation of NASD’s member regulatory functions with those of NYSE Regulation, Inc.
- Home Depot: Representation of Home Depot in a series of administrative, trial-level and appellate matters in states across the country where Home Depot was denied refunds of sales tax payments on private label credit card transactions in which the customers ultimately defaulted. These matters are ongoing.
- Verizon: Successful motion to dismiss more than a dozen causes of action against Verizon, sounding primarily in fraud, misrepresentation, breach of contract, and quasi-contract, in a major real estate dispute.
- Barclays: Representation of Lehman Brothers, and subsequently, Barclays, in connection with the Chapter 11 proceedings of Asarco, LLC, including in a trial relating to Barclays’s fees.
- Philip Morris USA: Successful challenge, on federal preemption grounds, of a New York City regulation requiring tobacco retailers to post graphic antismoking signs at the point of sale.
- Hudson River Park Trust: Successful motion to dismiss Chelsea Piers, L.P.’s lawsuit against the Hudson River Park Trust, a public benefit corporation, which sought to shift the ultimate burden of commercial pier repairs to New York State.
- New York Skyline, Inc.: Successful appeal for New York Skyline, Inc., a vendor of a virtual tour of New York City, obtaining a unanimous reversal from New York's Appellate Division, First Department of a ruling of the New York State Supreme Court that threatened to put Skyline out of business. Gibson Dunn convinced the First Department to overturn the lower Court’s ruling that general vendor licenses (which are most difficult and time-consuming to obtain) were required for sidewalk ticket sales.
- Edison Properties: Successful litigation against the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in respect of its denial of Edison’s application to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program (which provides for the clean-up and redevelopment of underutilized contaminated properties, including liability relief and tax credits).
- Maxwell Shoe Company, Inc.: Representation of Maxwell Shoe in connection with its defense of an unsolicited merger proposal from Jones Apparel Group.
- Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings, Inc.: Representation of Atlantic Coast in its successful effort to fend off a hostile takeover attempt by Mesa Air Group.
- ArvinMeritor: Representation of ArvinMeritor in its attempted takeover of Dara Corporation.
Ms. Rearden graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She received her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Journal of International Law and Politics.
Ms. Rearden serves on the boards of the Yale Club of New York City, Copland House and the NYU Law Alumni Association. She is a member of The Sedona Conference® Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production, The Sedona Conference® Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure, and the New York State Bar Association Committee on Electronic Discovery.
Ms. Rearden is the author of “Subprime-Related Securities Class Actions and Derivative Suits,” a chapter in Practicing Law Institute’s treatise, Securities Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide, and she frequently publishes and speaks on securities litigation and electronic discovery, as well as other subjects. Ms. Rearden is a member of the bars of the States of New York, Connecticut, and Georgia, and of the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Northern District of Georgia. She is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
- “Chancery Court in Brookstone Underscores Privacy of Comity and Efficiency,” Delaware Business Court Insider, December 27, 2012.
- “Growing Trend Favors Disclosure of Witnesses’ Identities,” ABA Securities Litigation Newsletter, Fall 2012.
- “Subprime-Related Securities Class Actions and Derivative Suits,” Securities Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide (2012).
- “Non-Party . . . Party? When It Comes to Deleted ESI, Is There a Difference Anymore?” Bloomberg BNA, April 2012.
- “How (Not) to Lose Data and Alienate Judges,” Law Technology News, April 2011.
- “Scheindlin’s ‘Day Laborer’ Decision: Much Ado About Metadata,” Law Technology News, February 2011.
- “Oh No, Ephemeral Data!”, New York Law Journal, March 2010.
- “If The Sedona Conference Builds It, Will They Cooperate? Year in Review,” New York Law Journal (2009).
- “Judge Issues a ‘Wake-Up Call’ to New York Lawyers: When It Comes to Search Terms, Play Nice and Plan Ahead,” Bloomberg: New York Law (2009).
- “Trends in Subprime-Related Securities Fraud Actions,” Law360 (2008).