The lawyers in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher enjoy a premier reputation as high-quality legal counselors. Backed by the extensive resources and networks of a renowned national and international law firm, our lawyers have both the substantive expertise and the technology demanded by clients who pioneer the products and services that have revolutionized the global economy.
Among our 85 lawyers are a two-time recipient of the Presidential Rank Award (by Presidents Clinton and Bush), the highest honor conferred on federal government executives; a former Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal and Legal Affairs Secretary to the Governor of California; a former United States Attorney; two former Supervisory Assistant United States Attorneys; a former regional Director of the SEC; and a two-term appointee to the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust, a federal agency (by Presidents Clinton and Bush). The San Francisco office is a target destination for some of the country's best legal talent.
Our lawyers have significant expertise in international cartel enforcement and antitrust, intellectual property, constitutional law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, real estate, securities litigation, enforcement matters, government investigations and white collar defense, corporate governance, and trials and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the country. We provide counsel to Fortune 100 companies and Silicon Valley founders alike, in the technology, telecommunications, financial services, and professional services industries. A short list of our diverse clientele include Intel, Micron Technology, St. Jude Medical, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hewlett-Packard, Pacific Coast Capital Partners, Applied Materials, Cadence Design Systems, Chevron, FINRA, and The Williams Companies. With an unparalleled combination of solid local service and international expertise, our lawyers often achieve outstanding results for our clients.
Since 1979, lawyers in our Bay Area offices have acted as lead trial counsel in a number of the biggest securities class actions and SEC enforcement matters of the current era, including representation of leading Bay Area and national companies such as Hewlett Packard, Levi Strauss, Amazon.com, The Williams Companies, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Merrill Lynch. For many years, Northern California has led the nation in the number of securities class action suits filed each year, and our Bay Area partners are on the "short list" of lawyers who routinely are sought out to represent public companies and their directors and officers in these cases. Our seven Bay Area partners specializing in this field include one of the co-chairs of Gibson Dunn's national practice group, as well as partners who lead the firm's representation of "Big Four" accounting firms in securities and other financial fraud litigation. In addition to defending federal court class actions, our Bay Area partners also handle high stakes takeover litigation, derivative suits, and regulatory investigations, including a number of recent matters involving stock option backdating that have been in the headlines over the last two years. Several of our Bay Area partners have been recognized in state and national publications as leading lawyers in their field. Our Bay Area partners regularly are called upon to serve as amicus counsel for some of the nation's leading industry organizations, and to speak out on securities-related and law reform topics in national conferences and publications.
San Francisco's antitrust lawyers are well-recognized as experts in their field. The matters they work on span the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and cover a broad array of industries, including high technology, retail, defense, chemical, and manufacturing. Our counselors provide services to clients in every significant area of antitrust and trade regulation law, including civil antitrust litigation (including class actions), international cartel investigations and criminal litigation, other federal and state civil and criminal investigations, government review of mergers and acquisitions, antitrust compliance counseling, and trade regulation matters that involve unfair competition and consumer protection issues. They have served in policy-making and enforcement positions in government, making major contributions to antitrust jurisprudence and policy.
The San Francisco office also features white collar defense and SEC enforcement attorneys, many of whom previously held top positions at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The group includes a former U.S. Attorney, two former supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and a former Regional Director of the SEC’s San Francisco regional office. The San Francisco group has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations, responding to government investigations, and litigating both criminal and related civil matters through trial. Areas of substantive expertise include the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; the False Claims Act; healthcare fraud; financial and securities fraud; cybercrimes; government contract fraud; data privacy; environmental violations; export control; insider trading; and compliance counseling.
The lawyers that comprise San Francisco's corporate team have experience with virtually every type of corporate or commercial transaction, regardless of a client's size or stage of development. We regularly represent our clients in connection with a broad variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings, cross-border transactions, securities regulation, corporate governance, executive compensation and global finance. In addition to representing several of Silicon Valley's heaviest hitters in their corporate matters, we've represented public and private corporations alike, in the transactions that can make or break their business.
Our intellectual property lawyers in the San Francisco office have extensive experience and expertise in all facets of IP litigation. We have represented some of Silicon Valley's largest tech companies in their day-to-day and big-ticket IP matters, successfully steering them to favorable results. We have litigated - and tried - significant patent cases in courts throughout the country as well as at the U.S. International Trade Commission. We have demonstrated technical expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including electrical design and engineering, software, hardware, mechanical design and engineering, biological compounds and pharmaceuticals, medical devices and life sciences. Backed by our outstanding national practice, our IP team is able to efficiently manage, and successfully resolve, complex IP cases for our clients.
San Francisco's real estate lawyers are part of the team that comprises one of the largest real estate groups among law firms in the United States. They work with developers and financiers alike, on some of the most sophisticated financings and land use deals throughout the world. Transactions they handle include acquisitions and dispositions, financings, including structured and securitized transactions, REITs, public/private deals, workouts and restructurings, and leases, including office, "big box" and general retail, and major industrial and warehouse leases. The land use team in San Francisco is of the highest caliber, having played a central role in several of the most significant of the development and redevelopment projects that have reshaped the country. Significant projects in the Bay Area include the negotiation of the 90-year ground lease and development agreement for the LucasArts campus in the Presidio National Park, the historic restorations of the Ferry Building and Piers 1 ½, 3 and 5, the development of the Westfield San Francisco Centre in the heart of San Francisco, and the current redevelopment of the Treasure Island Naval Station.
Gibson Dunn's "client first" culture ensures that all of our lawyers remain involved with and available to our clients at all times. This is the cornerstone of our practice and has resulted in our clients entrusting us with their most sophisticated and significant legal matters. Our culture also embraces a strong commitment to community service activism and pro bono representation. In addition to our fundraising efforts for local charities by lawyers and staff alike, a San Francisco Gibson Dunn attorney was honored with the "Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service" Award for two years in a row by the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Our lawyers were also recognized by the California State Senate for our efforts to support pro bono legal work in the Bay Area with the "2005 Outstanding Law Firm in Public Service" Award. Recently, the San Francisco office was recently named one of the "Best Places to Work in the Bay Area" by the San Francisco Business Times.
For more information on how we can be of service to you, please contact Mary G. Murphy, the Partner-in-Charge of our San Francisco office, at (415) 393-8257.