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January 3, 2012

Gibson Dunn Named “Litigation Department of the Year” by The American Lawyer Magazine: Gibson Dunn Also Wins Labor and Employment Category

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that The American Lawyer has once again named Gibson Dunn the winner of its biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” competition.  The magazine also named Gibson Dunn as the winner in the Labor and Employment category and named Theodore B. Olson as one of the five finalists for “Litigator of the Year.”The “Litigation Department of the Year” title represents a back-to-back win for Gibson Dunn and marks the first time a law firm has won the competition twice.  The winners were announced in the magazine’s January 2012 issue.In selecting Gibson Dunn as the “Litigation Department of the Year,” The American Lawyer recognized the firm’s “stack of victories in some of the country’s thorniest cases” and noted the “brains, bench strength, and bravado” of its litigators.The magazine noted the firm “racked up another astounding record of high-stakes victories – across disciplines and venues, and at every stage of litigation,” including Gibson Dunn’s Supreme Court win in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, overturning the largest employment class action in history; its success in the historic gay marriage case in federal court in California;  and its exposing of fraud by plaintiffs’ lawyers in the multi-billion lawsuit against Chevron, among others.  The magazine further observed:  “In 2010 we named Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Litigation Department of the Year for the firm’s dramatic victories and nail-biting turnarounds . . . Repeating a record like that didn’t seem possible.  That was until we looked at Gibson, Dunn’s most recent submission.”The firm’s “astounding record of high-stakes victories” earns “Gibson, Dunn the precedent-setting honor of being named Litigation Department of the Year for a second consecutive term, a first for our magazine’s decade-old competition.”“Gibson, Dunn’s ‘affirmative approach’ to litigation . . . has really juiced the firm’s game. That means taking a detective’s approach to examining the facts of a case, and sometimes using a team of outside private investigators to dig up more.  It means waging battles inside and outside of the courtrooms.  It’s a strategy of action, not reaction.”“Gibson, Dunn partners strongly believe that public perception can shape the outcome of a case. So its litigators aren’t shy when it comes to engaging the media . . . Gibson lawyers are just as adept at shaping the public dialogue in cases that are more technical and abstract . . . to Gibson, Dunn clients, the firm’s media savvy is just one way these litigators distinguish themselves.”“Gibson’s appellate practice isn’t a ‘one-man show’ . . . That long-term focus on recruiting and grooming the next generation has meant that a range of Gibson Dunn partners have argued the firm’s biggest recent appeals.”“And increasingly, it’s Gibson, Dunn’s deep bench that wins the firm its glitziest assignments . . . But the firm’s most significant growth may be overseas.”In naming Gibson Dunn the winner in the Labor and Employment category, the magazine referred to the firm’s impact in this area of law, highlighting its bet-the-company class actions alleging violations of wage and hour, meal-and-rest period, and ERISA laws, and employment discrimination.  The firm was also recognized for using “a winning combination of smarts, creativity, and pluck, clients say, to turn each case into an opportunity to not only win on the facts – often after a case has already faced legal setbacks under previous counsel – but to reshape the legal landscape.” In recognizing Olson as a finalist for “Litigator of the Year,” The American Lawyer noted, “When it comes to litigating cases that have an outsize impact on the public sphere, Ted Olson is in a class by himself. The Gibson, Dunn partner has won 75 percent of the 58 cases he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.” “We would like to thank The American Lawyer for this unprecedented distinction as repeat winners of the Litigation Department of the Year competition,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “This is a tremendous honor in a very competitive environment based on an exacting evaluation by leading journalists covering the legal profession.”“We in our litigation group pride ourselves on setting precedents and finding ways to win, no matter how difficult the challenge,” said Randy Mastro, Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group.  “As precedents go, though, we are particularly proud of this one – being the first firm ever to repeat as The American Lawyer’s coveted ‘Litigation Department of the Year.’”“We could not be more pleased to win the labor and employment competition,” said Eugene Scalia, Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.  “We have an outstanding team who are grateful to have handled some of the most significant, cutting-edge matters of the past year.”
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March 24, 2011

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. This year, the team award is presented to Gibson Dunn attorneys from the Los Angeles office for their representation of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy.  The individual award is presented to Los Angeles associate Katie Marquart for her efforts on behalf of approximately 2,300 children with autism.  "We are extremely proud of the efforts of this year's Frank Wheat award winners," said Ken Doran, Chair and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  "Gibson Dunn has a long tradition of giving back to the community.  The Frank Wheat award is one way we recognize and encourage our lawyers' efforts to continue that tradition." "I am very proud of the firm’s commitment to pro bono and the many extraordinary contributions of our attorneys," said Scott Edelman, Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Pro Bono Committee.  “In 2010, the firm donated more than 120,000 hours of pro bono work on a broad range of pro bono matters from asylum petitions to veterans’ benefits, from the arts to landlord/tenant disputes, domestic violence and affordable housing.” About the Team Award Project The team award is presented to the Los Angeles attorneys who represent the Tejon Ranch Conservancy.  The Conservancy’s mission is to preserve, enhance and restore the native biodiversity and ecosystem values of the Tejon Ranch and the Tehachapi Range for the benefit of California’s future generations. The Conservancy was created as part of the Tejon Ranch Conservation and Land Use Agreement, signed in 2008 by the Tejon Ranch Company, Audubon California, Endangered Habitats League, Natural Resources Defense Council, Planning and Conservation League and Sierra Club.  Pursuant to the agreement, environmental groups obtained a binding commitment from the Tejon Ranch Company to protect up to 240,000 acres of the Tejon Ranch in advance of the Tejon Ranch Company’s proposed development projects in the years ahead.  The agreement balances sustainable development on the Tejon Ranch with the preservation of the land’s conservation values, and will hopefully serve as a nationwide model for cooperative conservation and land use planning. After months of extensive work by the firm, the California Wildlife Conservation Board on November 18, 2010, approved $15.8 million in state funding for the Conservancy’s purchase of perpetual conservation easements across 62,000 acres of significant wildlife habitat on the Tejon Ranch.  In connection with the acquisition of the conservation easements, Gibson Dunn represented the Conservancy’s interests in all aspects of the real estate transaction, including negotiation of the forms of easement and related state grant agreements, development of policies for access to and monitoring of the easement property and conducting due diligence on such property.  The latter effort was a significant undertaking requiring review and evaluation of hundreds of agreements covering activities on the Tejon Ranch over the past 100 years.  Going forward, Gibson Dunn will assist the Conservancy with a host of near-term and long-term efforts, including a proposed realignment of the Pacific Crest Trail onto the Tejon Ranch and the possible development of a California State Park to be located on the Tejon Ranch within a portion of the conserved lands under the Conservancy’s stewardship. The team representing the Conservancy is led by partner Tom McHenry and includes associates Janna Boelke, Claire Vigil, Doug Champion, Sarah Garber, Mike Szczurek and Eduardo Carvajal.  About the Individual Award Project The firm selected associate Katie Marquart for the individual award for her work on behalf of children with autism.  Children diagnosed with autism are eligible to receive state-funded services from regional centers.  During the recent economic crisis, the legislature cut funding for, among other things, “experimental therapies” and “recreational” therapies.  Improperly relying on these budget cuts, the East Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC) eliminated funding for a type of autism treatment program known as Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR) or “floortime” treatment, which in some cases enabled these children to communicate, learn, and play with others for the first time.  The firm concluded that ELARC’s actions violated the children’s rights under state law because the autism treatment programs were not experimental or recreational, but in fact were a well established method of treating the core symptoms of autism.  Furthermore, ELARC’s actions would have forced all parents to use one type of treatment, a treatment that was wholly ineffective for many of the children, as autism is not a disorder that lends itself to applying the same method of treatment for every child.  The firm and Public Counsel sued on behalf of a class of 2,300 autistic children.  In June 2010, the firm prevailed at the two-day hearing on a motion for preliminary injunction.  Within five days, services were reinstated for the children.  A settlement agreement ensured that the provision of these services would continue on a permanent, ongoing basis. About the Frank Wheat Award The award is named for the late Frank Wheat, a Gibson Dunn partner who was deeply committed to community service and pro bono work.  A recognized leader in corporate transactions, Wheat served as a commissioner of the Securities Exchange Commission and as president of the Los Angeles County Bar.  He also founded the Alliance for Children’s Rights and served as founder and trustee of the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, a leader of the Sierra Club, and a board member of the Center of Law in the Public Interest, which established a fellowship in his name to train young lawyers in public interest litigation.  The award recipients receive $2,500 to be donated to a pro bono organization of their choice.
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April 21, 2005

Colorado Trout Unlimited Honors Gibson Dunn with “Trout Conservation Award”

Colorado Trout Unlimited's annual Trout Conservation Award was presented to Gibson Dunn on April 16, recognizing their decade-long effort to protect streamflows on National Forests. For more than a decade, Gibson Dunn has represented CTU and Trout Unlimited in litigation on the issue of “bypass flows” – minimum stream flow requirements below dams and diversions on National Forests.  In 2004, the firm’s long-standing work paid off when a federal district court agreed that the Forest Service has both authority and responsibility to minimize harm to National Forest streams when issuing permits for water projects, something they had not done in issuing an easement for Long Draw with no bypass flow requirements. “Tackling a difficult legal issue through the long and difficult federal court process is something we couldn’t have done on our own,” said CTU Executive Director David Nickum.  “CTU and Colorado’s streams needed a champion, and we found one in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  Their efforts will help streams on the National Forests not only in Colorado, but nationwide.”  Gibson Dunn attorneys representing CTU and Trout Unlimited include Chris Buckley, Greg Whitehair, Michael Crimmins, Michael Murphy and Robert Marshall. 
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