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Richard J. Birns is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is Co-Chair of the Sports Law Practice Group and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice Groups.

Mr. Birns focuses his practice on U.S. and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and financings for both corporations and leading private equity firms.  In addition, he advises private investment funds on a variety of corporate issues, including securities law and shareholder activism matters.  Mr. Birns has extensive experience advising clients on significant transactional matters across a number of practice areas and industry sectors, with significant depth in media, sports and entertainment.

He regularly serves as a personal advisor to owners of sports franchises and sports industry leaders on "bet the company" matters.

Mr. Birns graduated with a BA in History from Georgetown University, where he played varsity soccer, and earned his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a member of the Columbia Law Review.  From 1997 to 1998, he clerked for Judge Milton Pollack of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Birns serves on the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors and is Co-Chair of the U.S. Soccer Foundation's New York Leadership Council.


  • Columbia University - 1997 - Juris Doctor
  • Georgetown University - 1994 - Bachelor of Arts


  • New York Bar