Palo Alto Office

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1881 Page Mill Road

Palo Alto, CA 94304-1211 USA

Tel: +1 650.849.5300
Fax: +1 650.849.5333

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Russell C. HansenView Profile
rhansen@gibsondunn.com 
Tel: +1 650.849.5383

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Palo Alto office matches the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley by providing creative, cutting-edge solutions and advice on corporate, intellectual property, litigation, strategic sourcing, data privacy and executive compensation matters. 

Gibson Dunn's Silicon Valley office opened in 1979 at the epicenter of the technology revolution.  Our lawyers provide a full range of legal services and support to emerging technology companies, private equity/venture capital funds, investment banks and lenders on tech sector investment, financing and M&A transactions.  We also regularly advise management teams and in-house counsel on a range of complex transactions, including private equity deals, venture capital investments, joint ventures, collaboration agreements and public and private securities offerings.  Our Palo Alto team advises publicly traded and privately held companies, including some of the world's premier tech firms, on high-profile, cross-border acquisitions and divestitures, including all aspects of friendly and hostile takeovers. 

Our IP group provides expert insight and assistance in a range of strategic litigation and transactional areas.  We represent clients in high-stakes cases locally and throughout the United States on patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law issues.  Our IP transactional lawyers advise on novel and complex technology-based deals including tech joint ventures and strategic alliances, licenses and outsourcing transactions.

Gibson Dunn's securities litigators have acted as lead trial counsel in some of the biggest securities class actions and SEC enforcement matters.  In addition to defending U.S. federal court class actions, our Palo Alto team handles high-stakes takeover litigation, derivative suits and regulatory investigations. 

Our skilled Strategic Sourcing and Commercial Transactions group structures and negotiates U.S. and international information technology and business process sourcing arrangements.  These include offshoring, shared services, outsourcing renegotiations and restructurings, and outsourcing-based strategic alliances and joint ventures.  Our compensation and benefits client work addresses an array of legal issues across equity compensation, executive and director compensation, retirement and deferred compensation plans, and health, welfare and fringe benefit plans.  And our information technology and data privacy lawyers advise on a full range of IT and cyber-legal subjects, including compliance with U.S. federal, state and local privacy laws and regulations, social media, data security, online advertising, gaming and related topics.

  • Chambers USA, The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and The Best Lawyers in America© have recognized Palo Alto securities litigation partners as among the best in the United States and in key jurisdictions in California. 
  • Chambers USA and Chambers Global  awarded a Palo Alto partner their highest rankings in the categories of Outsourcing (USA, Band 1), IT & Outsourcing (California, Star Individual) and Outsourcing (Nationwide, Band 1).
  • Chambers USA has recognized two Palo Alto partners as leaders for their mergers and acquisitions practice.
  • Chambers USA consistently recognizes two Palo Alto partners as leading lawyers in their respective fields of Employee Benefits, and Venture Capital.