Associate Attorney

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T: +1 202.887.3731
F: +1 202.530.4254

Washington, D.C. Office
1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-5306, USA


  • Seton Hall University - 2004 - Juris Doctor
  • Cornell University - 1999 - Bachelor of Arts


  • District of Columbia Bar
  • New Jersey Bar
  • New York Bar


​Lucas C. Townsend is a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law and Intellectual Property practice groups.

​Mr. Townsend has played a substantial role in litigating a wide variety of appellate and trial matters.  Mr. Townsend’s intellectual property practice includes representing pharmaceutical, internet, and other technology companies in a range of patent and trademark disputes.  Mr. Townsend also represents corporate clients in securities, mass tort, and constitutional litigation.  In addition, Mr. Townsend represents clients in litigation under the Administrative Procedure Act and provides counseling on accounting regulation.     

Representative matters include briefing appeals on behalf of pharmaceutical patent holders in Hatch-Waxman Act litigation; representing a national hospital network in appellate litigation resulting in a $60 million reduction in a punitive damages award; representing broadcasters in proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission; serving as appellate counsel for the world’s largest social networking website; representing a for-profit educational company in an enforcement action brought by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and briefing a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court involving class certification issues. 

Before joining the firm, Mr. Townsend served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable Harold A. Ackerman of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Mr. Townsend also served as an Attorney Adviser in the United States Department of Justice, National Security Division, from 2007 to 2009. 

Mr. Townsend graduated magna cum laude from the Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Seton Hall Law Review.  He received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Cornell University.

Mr. Townsend is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.