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July 9, 2018

Securities Litigator Michael Celio Joins Gibson Dunn in Silicon Valley

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Celio has joined the firm as a partner in the Palo Alto office.  Formerly a partner with Keker, Van Nest & Peters in San Francisco, he will continue to focus on securities litigation, white collar defense and securities enforcement. “Michael will be a terrific addition to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “He is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried more than a dozen cases to verdict in state and federal courts, including both civil and criminal matters.  He has handled a number of complex civil and criminal enforcement actions brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.  He has successfully defended numerous high-profile clients in federal district and circuit courts throughout the country, and he will add to our deep bench of skilled litigators in Northern California and firmwide.” “Michael is a highly credentialed and accomplished trial litigator, with tremendous civil and white collar criminal experience,” said Benjamin Wagner, Partner in Charge of the Palo Alto office.  “Michael has spent his entire career as a litigator in the Bay Area and has earned a strong reputation in the region.  His addition will strengthen our Securities Litigation practice in Northern California and nationally.” “Gibson Dunn is a major player in big-ticket securities and class action litigation,” said Celio.  “I am incredibly excited to be joining a firm that I have admired for many years.” About Michael Celio Celio focuses on securities litigation, as well as white collar criminal defense and SEC enforcement, as well as other class actions and complex business litigation.  He has handled complex civil and criminal enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.  An experienced trial lawyer, he has tried more than a dozen cases to verdict in federal court, both civil and criminal cases. During his 17-year tenure at Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Celio was seconded to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where he was responsible for dozens of prosecutions.  Before that, he practiced with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from 1999 to 2001.  Celio serves on the Advisory Board of the Asian Law Alliance and Board of Trustees for The Health Trust. Celio graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1998, and earned a masters’ degree at the London School of Economics.  He clerked for Judge Ronald Lee Gilman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
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July 5, 2018

Gibson Dunn Appoints Litigation Partners Thomas H. Dupree, Jr. and Cynthia Richman to Lead the D.C. Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has named litigation partners Thomas H. Dupree, Jr. and Cynthia Richman as Co-Partners in Charge of the Washington, D.C. office, effective July 1, 2018. They succeed litigation partners Daniel W. Nelson and Andrew Tulumello, who served in the role for the past seven years.  Nelson’s practice focuses on class action and environmental litigation and mass tort litigation, and Tulumello will continue his appellate and complex litigation practice. “We are grateful for Dan and Drew’s leadership and commitment to the firm’s D.C. office,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “We are confident that Cindy and Tom will continue to help us grow and develop the D.C. office.” “I am proud to be a part of Gibson Dunn. Our lawyers’ dedication to excellence and collaborative spirit are inspiring,” said Dupree. “The D.C. market continues to be a strategic focus for the firm, and we are well positioned to continue to thrive in this fast-paced environment.” About Thomas H. Dupree, Jr.  Dupree is an experienced trial and appellate advocate, who has argued more than 80 appeals in the federal courts, including in all 13 circuits as well as the United States Supreme Court. He served in the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2007 to 2009, ultimately becoming the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General.  In that capacity, he served as the division’s second-in-command, overseeing the more than 900 lawyers in the Civil Appellate, Commercial, Federal Programs and Torts branches, as well as the Office of Immigration Litigation and the Office of Consumer Litigation. He graduated in 1997 with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as an Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. About Cynthia Richman Richman has been recognized as a leading competition lawyer in Law360, The National Law Journal, Legal Times and The Best Lawyers in America.  Her experience includes handling a wide range of high-profile litigation matters (before district and appellate courts), mergers, and counseling matters touching virtually every aspect of antitrust law. She clerked for Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She graduated in 2002 magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
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July 5, 2018

Gibson Dunn Appoints Partners Jay Srinivasan and Peter Wardle to Lead the Los Angeles and Century City Offices

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has named antitrust partner Jay Srinivasan and capital markets partner Peter Wardle as Co-Partners in Charge of the Los Angeles and Century City offices, effective July 1, 2018. They succeed Christopher Chorba and Amy Forbes, who have served as Co-Partners in Charge since 2013.  Chorba will continue his class actions and complex litigation practice, and Forbes will continue her real estate and land use practice. “We thank Amy and Chris for their service and dedication to the Los Angeles offices,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “Peter and Jay will do a terrific job leading L.A. to new heights while continuing to reinforce our core values of collegiality, collaboration and professional excellence.” “We are excited for this opportunity,” said Wardle.  “Gibson Dunn has never been stronger, and we look forward to this next chapter.” About Peter Wardle Wardle is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Capital Markets Practice Group.  His practice includes representing issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings, including IPOs and secondary public offerings, and representation of both public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, including private equity, cross border, leveraged buy-out and going private transactions. He graduated in 1997 from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. About Jay Srinivasan Srinivasan is an antitrust litigator with a focus on intellectual property and technology-related issues.  He also provides antitrust advice in the context of mergers/joint collaborations, government investigations, and proposed business practices.  His clients include a wide range of industries, such as energy, entertainment, medical, and high tech.  He graduated in 1995 from the New York University School of Law.
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June 14, 2018

Leading Antitrust Lawyer Richard Parker Joins Gibson Dunn in D.C.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Richard Parker is joining the firm as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, where he will continue his antitrust practice. “We are delighted to welcome Rich to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “Rich is a first-chair antitrust litigator with one of the highest profiles in the industry.  He has deep experience in government and in private practice, and enjoys a richly deserved reputation for excellence.  He is widely recognized as one of the small handful of “destination lawyers” for merger clearance litigation.  His addition will solidify our market position as having one of the leading global antitrust practices – strong across the spectrum of competition matters.” “Rich is widely regarded as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States,” said Scott Hammond, Antitrust and Competition Practice Group Co-Chair.  “Rich has led numerous high-profile antitrust representations and has more experience litigating merger cases involving the federal antitrust agencies than any other antitrust lawyer practicing today.  We are thrilled to have the country’s go-to antitrust merger litigator join our team.” “Gibson Dunn is one of the most highly respected law firms in the country, and I couldn’t be more proud to join the team,” said Parker.  “The firm has a stellar antitrust platform with top talent and elite clients, and I look forward to contributing.” About Rich Parker Parker is a leading antitrust lawyer who has successfully represented clients before both enforcement agencies and the courts.  As a trial lawyer and an antitrust regulatory lawyer, Parker has been involved in many major antitrust representations, including merger clearance cases, cartel matters, class actions, and government civil investigations.  He has extensive experience representing clients in matters before the FTC and the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. Parker joins the firm from O’Melveny & Myers where he served as co-chair of the Antitrust and Competition Practice.  From 1998 to 2001, he served as the Senior Deputy Director and then as Director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission. He received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the UCLA School of Law, where he served as the Comment Editor of UCLA Law Review.
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June 4, 2018

Gibson Dunn Adds Appellate Partner Allyson Ho to Dallas Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Allyson N. Ho has joined the firm in Dallas as a partner.  Formerly a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, she will continue her appellate practice at Gibson Dunn. “We are delighted to have Allyson as our partner,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “We have one of the top appellate practices in the country.  Allyson is a nationally renowned appellate advocate.  She will add depth and versatility to our exceptional appellate bench, both in Texas and nationwide.  Moreover, she is a wonderful person and will be a fabulous culture fit.” “Allyson is a splendid addition to our Dallas office,” said Rob Walters, Partner in Charge of the Dallas office.  “We have known Allyson for years, and we can attest to her superb advocacy and professionalism.  With her successful track record before the U.S. Supreme Court and other tribunals, we know she’ll quickly step in to handle the high-stakes appellate cases that our clients entrust to us.  Allyson is the perfect lawyer to lead this essential practice.” “Gibson Dunn has long been the home of the most distinguished appellate practice in the nation,” said Ho.  “I am thrilled to join the firm and to continue my appellate practice with the finest lawyers in Texas and across the country.” About Allyson Ho Ho has presented over 50 oral arguments in federal and state appellate courts nationwide – including more arguments and wins in business cases before the U.S. Supreme Court than any Texas lawyer.  She has also appeared and prevailed in every federal court of appeals in the country, as well as in various state appellate courts nationwide.  In addition, Ho advises clients in high-stakes matters before government officials and agencies, including the U.S. Senate, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and other Texas state agencies. She joins the firm from Morgan Lewis where she served as co-chair of its appellate practice group.  During her career, she served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2006, and as Counselor to the Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice from 2004 to 2005.  She is among the top ranked appellate lawyers in Texas in Chambers USA from 2015 to 2018. Ho received her law degree in 2000 from Chicago Law School, with high honors and as member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif.  She served as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Judge Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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May 17, 2018

Gibson Dunn Strengthens Private Equity and M&A Practices With Four Corporate Partners

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that George Stamas, Mark Director, Andrew Herman, and Alexander Fine have joined the firm as partners.  Stamas will work in the firm’s New York and Washington, D.C. offices, while Director, Herman and Fine will be based in the Washington, D.C. office and also will work regularly in the New York office.  They all join from Kirkland & Ellis, continuing their corporate, mergers and acquisitions and private equity practices. "We are delighted to add this distinguished team to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “George, Mark, Andrew and Alex are talented, highly regarded lawyers and energetic business developers.  They have strong contacts in the legal and business communities in D.C., New York and internationally.  Their addition will significantly strengthen our M&A, private equity and corporate practices not just on the East Coast but across the firm worldwide.” “Many of us here at Gibson Dunn have worked opposite of this group in a number of transactions, and we have the utmost respect for them,” said Stephen Glover, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and Co-Chair of the M&A Practice Group.  “Our combined practice will create a D.C. corporate powerhouse that will firmly establish our position as a leader in high-end corporate and M&A.  In addition, their private equity and public company M&A experience will complement and expand our national and international practice.” “We are excited about the opportunity to join the firm,” said Stamas.  “We have long admired Gibson Dunn’s culture and collaborative approach to servicing clients.  We are committed to joining the team and further developing our practice together.  We wish the very best to our former colleagues, who we hold in high regard.” About George Stamas Stamas served as a senior partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ corporate practice group since 2002 and will continue to serve as a senior partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York and Washington, D.C. offices.  He focuses on public company and private equity M&A and corporate securities transactions.  He also counsels C-level executives and board of directors on corporate governance matters. Stamas has previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, Inc.; as a founding board member of FTI Consulting (NYSE); as a venture partner of international venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates; and as a member of numerous public and private corporate boards. He is an executive board member of New York private equity firm MidOcean Partners.  He also is a board member of the Shakespeare Theatre Company and on the National Advisory Council of Youth Inc.  He is a co-founder of The Hellenic Initiative and a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. Stamas is also is a partner of Monumental Partners, which controls the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards and is a partner of the Baltimore Orioles. He graduated in 1976 from the University of Maryland Law School, where he was a member of the International Law Review, and from 1977 to 1979, he served as special counsel to Stanley Sporkin in the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission. About Mark Director Director represents public companies and private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in a broad range of transactions, including M&A, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs, minority investments and joint ventures.  He also advises boards of directors and corporate executives on corporate governance, public disclosure, securities reporting, and compliance and risk management matters. He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the Board of Directors of Everybody Wins! DC, a children’s literacy organization.  He serves as Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of Washington Hebrew Congregation. Director was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis since 2002.  Before that he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of publicly traded US Office Products Co. and of a private equity-owned telecommunications company.  He graduated cum laude in 1984 from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Journal on Legislation and worked with the Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg (then a professor at Harvard) to co-author a casebook on the regulation of the electronic mass media. About Andrew Herman Herman’s practice focuses on advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on leveraged buyouts, growth equity investments and other transactions.  He also advises public companies on M&A transactions, securities law compliance and corporate governance.  He is experienced in advising on the acquisition and sale of sports franchises. Herman joined Kirkland & Ellis in 2002 and became a partner in 2004.  He graduated in 1995 from Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the submissions editor of the Journal of Transactional Law.  He received a master’s degree with honors in accounting from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1992.  Herman serves on the Board of Directors and chairs the Finance Committee at Adas Israel Congregation. About Alexander Fine Fine’s practice focuses on advising private equity sponsors and public companies on a wide range of transactional matters, including strategic M&A, leveraged buyouts, minority investments, and joint ventures.  He also advises clients on corporate governance and securities law matters. Fine was previously a partner with Kirkland & Ellis since 2010, and before that served as Executive Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Allied Capital Corporation. He graduated in 2000 from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.
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