Gibson Dunn has been a leader in the Washington, D.C. corporate and legal community for over 30 years. The Firm's Washington clients include leading national and multi-national corporations, including many Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. We are also proud to represent a number of trade associations, public agencies, and state, local and foreign governments.
Our Washington securities lawyers work with leading companies on a broad spectrum of corporate matters. We provide corporate governance counseling to senior management, boards of directors and board committees on matters and issues relating to board and committee structure and operations as well as on sensitive matters including audit and special committee investigations, director independence, related party transactions and senior executive and director compensation decisions. We have participated in the resulting SEC rulemaking process and we have represented a number of companies in conducting internal investigations. We also have been called on to represent some of the country's largest public companies, major accounting firms, broker-dealers and others in SEC enforcement matters. Our lawyers represented the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company in an internal investigation into allegations of accounting irregularities, retaliation, and racial discrimination made by a former employee. We also conducted an internal investigation at the request of management for a large hedge fund into expense allocation, valuation and various accounting and funding issues. In addition, we have represented officers of several leading public companies and brokerage firms in the successful defense of SEC and FINRA (formerly NASD) regulatory investigations.
From handling some of the largest IPOs ever done to complicated merger and acquisition transactions to high-profile proxy contests, our D.C.-based corporate transactions lawyers effectively combine their securities regulatory expertise with sophisticated experience and a practical approach. Our corporate and mergers & acquisitions practice ranked among the top three in Washington in 2004, 2005 and 2006 by Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers.
Our Washington litigators represent a key component of our Firm-wide litigation practice. Gibson Dunn was named the 2010 Litigation Department of the Year by American Lawyer. The publication noted that in case after case, Gibson Dunn litigators, dubbed the “Game Changers,” “stepped in when clients needed not just a law firm, but a rescue squad.” In giving the award, American Lawyer praised the “breathtaking” range and depth of the practice, pointing out that “blue-chip clients in desperate straits have turned to Gibson Dunn lawyers to get them out of trouble at every stage, from subpoena to summary judgment to U.S. Supreme Court final appeal.”
Our appellate practice was named among the best in Washington by Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers in both 2005 and 2006. We have a strong presence in the Supreme Court of the United States, appearing numerous times in the past decade in a variety of cases.
Our Washington business crimes and investigations lawyers have vast experience in defending corporations, officers, directors and professionals in regulatory, investigative and litigation matters. Many of these matters have included federal and state prosecutions in a variety of substantive areas including securities fraud, antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, and general business crimes. Our lawyers are highly experienced trial lawyers with deep experience at the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Treasury Department.
Our antitrust lawyers handle major matters involving antitrust investigations, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation before the courts as well as the Antitrust Division, the FTC and the EC. We oversee significant private treble damage actions. The management of investments by international clients and acquisitions and divestitures by U.S. entities are areas in which we also excel. The practice is not limited to private matters. Several lawyers handle public law issues related to the European Union, focusing on expropriation of property by foreign governments and investigation of foreign corrupt practices.
Our labor and employment practice is recognized locally and nationally as one of the nation's premier practices. Our Washington labor and employment lawyers handle a full range of cutting-edge, high-stakes matters. We have extensive experience with the Department of Labor. We frequently interact with senior officials at the Department and handle matters involving wage-hour compliance, litigation, and in obtaining favorable opinion letters, as well as matters involving OSHA, the Service Contract Act, and the affirmative action requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Our group has special expertise on the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection provision, which is administered by the Labor Department. We represented Atlantic Coast Airlines in one of the first such cases to be tried before a judge.
The Firm's environmental practice handles issues worldwide that include environmental litigation, investigations, and administrative enforcement. Our environmental litigators have experience with the full range of related areas including toxic torts, cost recovery, and regulatory enforcement issues. Our lawyers also advise clients on environmental compliance issues and environmental audits, and provide legal advice on due diligence and allocations of risks in real estate and corporate transactions. We also serve as national asbestos coordinating counsel for a number of clients.
Our government contracts lawyers apply substantive experience and litigation skills to serve a variety of leading public sector and high technology clients. The group has strong credentials in assisting public contractors in compliance matters, internal investigations, in response to civil and criminal investigations, and defense against actions brought by under the False Claims Act. The group engages in complex litigation for public contractor clients in federal and state courts. Our lawyers also have broad experience advising information technology and telecommunications companies on state and local contracting matters and on intellectual property considerations in government contracting.
Our Washington office is the center of our international trade regulation and compliance practice. Our lawyers understand the intricacies of global business and industry, and regularly assist companies in moving products quickly and cost effectively, with minimal delays from government authorities. We handle a wide range of international trade-related matters such as customs, export, antidumping, international intellectual property issues and unfair trade laws and regulations for a host of well-known companies. We advise clients on matters involving U.S. economic sanctions, the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, antiboycott law compliance and U.S. export control regulation. Our lawyers routinely represent clients before many U.S. Government agencies, including the Customs Service, the Commerce and State Departments, the United States Trade Representative and the International Trade Commission.
Our public policy group works on behalf of clients to fashion legislative solutions to a myriad of our clients' issues. The group includes two lawyers who are highly respected former members of Congress. Our Public Policy group is characterized by experience, advocacy and access. Our approach is to understand our client's legal and business issues, and apply well thought out legal and strategic solutions, which may or may not include direct contact with a governmental entity or individual decision-maker. It is frequently through a combination of credibility, access and advocacy that a successful legislative result can be achieved.
For five consecutive years, The Washington Business Journal has ranked Gibson Dunn among the area's Top 25 Corporate Philanthropists for Volunteer Hours--the only law firm to make this list of leading local corporate philanthropists. Our lawyers believe in giving back generously to our community in and around the nation's capital. We help enrich the lives of others in the community--particularly those who are disadvantaged or less fortunate--through pro bono work, community service, volunteering, and charitable giving. Among the organizations and causes we support are the American Bar Association Death Penalty Project, AppleTree Institute for Education, Bread for the City, the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Coalition to Save our Mall, Rachael's Women's Center, and the Whitman-Walker Clinic.
Our Washington office is a key component of the integrated team that comprises Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, spanning 18 offices in nine countries. Our combined expertise in regulatory and transactional matters, as well as our preeminent litigation and enforcement experience, enables us to effectively assist clients in a broad spectrum of cutting-edge, complex transactions and high-stakes controversies. We are proud to continue Gibson Dunn's commitment to excellence in the nation's capital.
For more information, please contact the Partners-in-Charge of our Washington, D.C. office, Andrew S. Tulumello at (202) 955-8657 or Daniel W. Nelson at (202) 887-3687.