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