In its 2016 Litigation Department of the Year competition, The American Lawyer named our firm the winner in the White Collar/Regulatory category, noting that "[c]lients routinely describe lawyers at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in superlatives," such as "'[s]trategic thinkers,' 'creative,' 'tenacious' and 'responsive.'" The publication called our appellate work in these areas "exceptional" and "involving areas where there was little law on the books."
As The American Lawyer's creation of this new practice area category suggests, government regulation has a profound impact on companies' business operations and is a crucial factor in corporate strategic planning. Regulatory and enforcement actions by countless U.S. federal and state agencies can impose significant costs, foreclose promising opportunities, and at times threaten a company's vitality or even an entire industry.
The correct response to troubling government regulatory actions will vary. Sometimes a court challenge is necessary. Other times, the best approach involves further proceedings before the relevant agency or even with Congress. In either case, a thorough understanding of the principles governing agency conduct is essential. Gibson Dunn's Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice is well-versed in these principles and has an exceptional capacity to represent clients in this area. The group's lawyers include many with high-level government experience and prior service in top legal, policy and enforcement positions at federal agencies. Our cross-disciplinary teams work with top subject matter practitioners across the firm, including those from our environmental, labor and employment, and securities regulation practice groups.
As needed, they also work closely with our Appellate and Constitutional Law practice, widely recognized to be among the very best in the United States. And when an agency's actions warrant scrutiny by the U.S. Congress, our Public Policy lawyers provide sophisticated capabilities.
We work with companies and trade associations throughout the agency rulemaking process – from developing the fundamental strategy, to writing comments and presenting other evidence and argument, to laying the groundwork for ultimate judicial review of final agency rules. We regularly represent clients in formal and informal enforcement actions before administrative law judges, commissions, and in federal and state court. In these and countless other regulatory matters, Gibson Dunn's deep familiarity with the administrative law process, and the capabilities of our Litigation department, are highly effective.