Gibson Dunn Launches Aerospace and Related Technologies Industry Group

February 14, 2017

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce the formation of its new Aerospace and Related Technologies Industry Group.  The newly formed group will formally integrate the firm’s efforts on behalf of companies operating in the aerospace and defense, commercial space and related technology sectors. 

"The firm has a long and successful track record of serving clients in the aerospace and emerging technology sectors," said Ken Doran, Chairman & Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  "We are seeing unprecedented growth in the aerospace industry due to, for example, the increasing privatization of space activities, demand for satellite-based services, and the commercial use of drones.  We are well-positioned in terms of experience, capability and location to provide guidance to our clients in the rapidly developing area of commercial space technologies."

"The formation of the group formally integrates the firm’s deep aerospace and defense, satellite and aircraft experience and enables us to effectively and efficiently tackle our clients’ biggest and most complex challenges as they venture into this expanding area," said Aerospace and Related Technologies Co-Chair William Peters, a Los Angeles-based partner.  "We are a multidisciplinary team whose depth of experience and industry knowledge enable us to provide the best possible service to our clients."

"The firm is proud to have represented some of the major players in the aerospace and defense, commercial space and related technology sectors for decades," said Aerospace and Related Technologies Co-Chair Karen Manos, a Washington, D.C.-based partner.  "Our representation of clients in this industry has spanned multiple areas including litigation, governmental affairs, regulatory counseling, and transactions."

In addition to Peters and Manos, the group will be led by New York partner David Wilf and Los Angeles partner Perlette Jura.  

The group members have multidisciplinary experience and significant industry knowledge in multiple legal practices related to the aerospace and defense, commercial space and related technology sectors, including:

  • Governmental affairs and regulatory counseling, including specific expertise in international trade and export controls, and anti-corruption
  • Government contracts
  • Satellite, commercial space project and corporate financing
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Technology and emerging markets
  • Risk management and insurance
  • Corporate M&A and joint ventures
  • Intellectual property
  • Privacy
  • Labor and employment
  • Crisis management
  • The full panoply of litigation and dispute resolution specialties including transnational disputes and arbitration