Press Releases - Gibson Dunn

Press Releases

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Ali Nikpay, Senior Director at the UK’s Office of Fair Trading, to Join Gibson Dunn’s Competition Practice

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Ali Nikpay will join the firm as a partner in the worldwide antitrust and competition law practice group.  Nikpay will join the firm on April 15 after nine years as Senior Director at the Office of Fair Trading, the UK’s competition authority.  At the OFT, he served in a number of leadership posts, including most recently as head of its Cartels and Criminal Enforcement division and as one of the OFT’s main decision makers in merger cases.  He was also a member of the OFT’s Executive Committee.

April 3, 2013

SEC Regional Director Marc Fagel to Join Gibson Dunn in San Francisco

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Marc Fagel will join the San Francisco office as a partner.  Most recently the Director of the San Francisco Regional Office of the U.S.

April 3, 2013

Former Federal Prosecutor Reed Brodsky Joins Gibson Dunn’s New York Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Reed Brodsky has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner.  Brodsky joined the firm from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division, where he was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit for the last six years.

April 2, 2013

Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Joins Gibson Dunn

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Ambassador Ron Kirk, who served as the United States Trade Representative in the Obama Administration until February 2013, has joined the firm as Senior Of Counsel.  At Gibson Dunn, Kirk will be resident in the firm’s Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices and will focus on providing strategic advice to companies with global interests.

April 1, 2013

Leading Energy Litigator William Scherman Joins Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that William Scherman has joined the firm as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office.  Scherman, who was previously a partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and a former general counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), will continue his energy litigation and regulatory practice as Chair of the Energy, Regulation and Litigation Group at Gibson Dunn.“We are delighted to have Bill join the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “Bill is widely regarded as one of the leading energy litigators and energy regulatory attorneys in the country.  He has been involved in some of the most significant enforcement matters in the energy sector in recent years. 

March 19, 2013

Gibson Dunn Awarded Singapore License

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) license by the Singapore Ministry of Law (MinLaw) to practice in permitted areas of Singapore law which include corporate work (M&A, private equity), project finance, banking & finance, capital markets, energy, international arbitration, intellectual property, fund formation and restructuring.  Gibson Dunn is one of just four firms to receive the QFLP license out of a total of 23 applicants in this second round of license applications.  The successful recipients were noted by MinLaw for their “extensive global networks and deep expertise in key practice areas that will support the growth of the Singapore economy and the development of our legal servic

February 20, 2013

Gibson Dunn Appoints New Partner in Charge of the Denver Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has appointed corporate partner Beau Stark as the Partner in Charge of the firm’s Denver office.  He replaces Richard Russo who has retired from the firm.“We welcome Beau to his new leadership role for the Denver office,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “He has a strong corporate and energy practice and close ties to the community, including most recently serving as Chairman of the Board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado.  He serves both clients and the Foundation with dedication and enthusiasm, and will bring both qualities to his new role.”“I would like to thank Richard for all he’s done for the firm – he was a mentor, and I hope to continue to follow in his footsteps in reinforcing the

February 12, 2013

Former Magic Circle Finance Partner Joins Gibson Dunn in Dubai

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Richard Ernest has joined the firm’s Dubai office as a partner.  Previously a partner in the Abu Dhabi office of Clifford Chance, Ernest will continue his banking and finance practice.“Richard is one of the most talented young finance partners in the Gulf region,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “His addition will help us continue to expand our global finance practice and to help our clients with their most important and complex financings.”“Richard is highly regarded by the banking and business communities throughout the Middle East and is well-known for his superb technical skills, superior intellect and an unmatched ability to get the job done” said Paul Harter, Partner in

February 4, 2013

Financial Institutions Lawyer Arthur Long Joins Gibson Dunn in New York

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Arthur Long has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner.  Previously a partner with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Long will continue his law practice focusing on the regulation of banks and other financial institutions.“We are delighted to welcome Arthur to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “The Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing regulations, such as the Volcker Rule, go well beyond the traditional boundaries of banking regulation and affect a broad segment of our clients.  His addition will enhance our ability to advise our clients in these important and evolving areas.”“Arthur is a terrific addition to the firm,” said Steven Shoemate, Co-Partner in Cha

February 1, 2013

Gibson Dunn Announces Annual Pro Bono Award Winners

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce the winners of the firm’s annual team and individual Frank Wheat Memorial Awards.  The Frank Wheat Award is given every year to lawyers in the firm who obtain significant results for their pro bono clients and demonstrate leadership and initiative that serve as inspiration to others.

January 15, 2013

Historic Class Action Settlement Provides New Hearings and Protections To Thousands of Disabled New Yorkers Wrongly Denied Social Security Benefits

Late Friday evening, lawyers for the Urban Justice Center’s Mental Health Project and the international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher reached a major settlement of a class action lawsuit brought against the Social Security Administration based on systematic bias against disabled claimants.  Under the settlement, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers denied Social Security disability benefits in Queens will be entitled to receive new hearings.  It also includes measures to protect due process rights and ensure the provision of fair and full hearings in future claims.  The settlement is the largest of its kind and provides unprecedented relief.On April 12, 2011, these lawyers filed the lawsuit on behalf of thousands of disabled New Yorkers, who had been systematically denie

January 14, 2013

Gibson Dunn Adds Former Federal Prosecutor in Washington, D.C.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Daniel Chung has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as of counsel.  Chung joins the firm from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division, where he was most recently a member of the Organized Crime unit.  For more than four years as an Assistant United States Attorney, he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of complex federal criminal cases, involving securities fraud, Ponzi schemes, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, insurance fraud, money laundering, complex racketeering, and terrorism/international cartel issues.  He has tried eight jury trials to verdict, and briefed and argued numerous appeals before the United States Court of

January 14, 2013

Gibson Dunn Promotes 11 Lawyers to Partnership

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has elected 11 new partners, effective January 1, 2013.  “We are proud of the accomplishments of our new partnership class,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “Each of them exemplifies the firm’s core values of excellence, professionalism and collegiality.  They will be the future leaders of the firm, and we are confident they will uphold the highest traditions of Gibson Dunn.”The new partners are:Adam Di Vincenzo (Antitrust - Washington, D.C.) – Di Vincenzo’s experience encompasses a wide range of antitrust and regulatory enforcement matters and litigation, including civil antitrust litigation.  His practice focuses on complex antitrust matters, particularly

November 28, 2012

Patent Litigator Michael Valek Joins Gibson Dunn’s Dallas Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Valek has joined the firm’s Dallas office as of counsel.  Previously at Vinson & Elkins, he will continue to focus his law practice on patent litigation.Valek has represented companies in patent litigation at all phases of discovery, trial, and appeal.

October 16, 2012

Patent Litigation Partner Tracey Davies Joins Gibson Dunn’s Dallas Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Tracey Davies has joined the firm’s Dallas office as a partner.  Previously at Vinson & Elkins, she will continue to focus on patent litigation, primarily in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries.“Tracey is a bright and innovative intellectual property lawyer with substantial experience in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “Our IP practice is extremely busy, and Tracey’s experience and expertise in handling complex patent litigation matters and counselling on strategic IP issues will enable us to further raise our profile, grow market share and better serve our clients.  We are very exci

September 19, 2012

Litigation Partners Thad Davis and Michael Li-Ming Wong Join Gibson Dunn in San Francisco

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Thad Davis and Michael Li-Ming Wong have joined the firm’s San Francisco office as partners.  Both were previously with Ropes & Gray.  Davis joins Gibson Dunn as Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation Practice Group, and Wong will serve as Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Enforcement Group and also be a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Group.Davis focuses on complex business litigation, including trial practice across the spectrum of securities, regulatory, M&A, antitrust, data privacy and trade secret matters.  Wong, a former Chief of the White Collar Crimes Section for the U.S.

July 2, 2012

Restructuring Partner Jeffrey Krause Joins Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Krause has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office.  Previously at Stutman, Treister & Glatt, he will join the Business Restructuring and Reorganization Practice as a partner.“Jeff has a fantastic reputation as a smart and creative bankruptcy and restructuring lawyer with deep experience across the spectrum – representing debtors, creditors, distressed companies and purchasers of distressed debt and assets,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “We have been looking to expand our bankruptcy team, and Jeff is an experienced and highly regarded restructuring lawyer who will enhance the depth of our national group.”“We are delighted that Jeff is joining the firm,” said Kare

May 23, 2012

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Joins Gibson Dunn’s New York Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Avi Weitzman has joined the firm’s New York office as of counsel.  Weitzman joins the firm from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York where he was most recently a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit.

May 21, 2012

Capital Markets Partner Tomer Pinkusiewicz Joins Gibson Dunn’s New York Office

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Tomer Pinkusiewicz has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner.  Pinkusiewicz, formerly with White & Case LLP, will continue his capital markets practice, with a focus on project bonds and infrastructure.  “Tomer is a great addition to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.

May 16, 2012

Lockheed Corporate Counsel Neil Whiteman Joins Gibson Dunn’s D.C. Office

Washington, D.C.  Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Neil Whiteman has joined the Washington, D.C. office as Of Counsel, where he will focus his law practice on government contracts, including bid protests, contract claims and disputes, source selection competitions, alternate dispute resolution and cost accounting standards.  Whiteman served as Corporate Counsel to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company since June 2009.  At Lockheed, he was legal counsel for the Global Communications Systems line of business, which has more than $10 billion in active contracts.  He oversaw government contracts, subcontracts and intellectual property in major space and ground systems from the acquisition strategy phase through bid and proposal, performance and co

May 2, 2012