Gibson Dunn Promotes 11 Lawyers to Partnership

November 28, 2012

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 involving government antitrust enforcement relating to business transactions (mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures) and intellectual property, as well as private antitrust litigation and antitrust compliance.  He currently serves as an editor of the ABA’s Antitrust Law Journal.  Di Vincenzo received his law degree cum laude in 2002 from Duke University, where he served as an Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems.  Prior to joining the firm, Di Vincenzo clerked at the Office of Counsel to the President in the White House and at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.

Brian Gingold (Corporate – New York) – Gingold’s practice primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions, representing private equity firms and both public and private companies, as targets and acquirers in a wide variety of acquisition transactions, as well as joint ventures and other complex corporate transactions.  He also represents various investment banks as financial advisors in M&A transactions.  Gingold graduated cum laude in 2000 from the University of Michigan School of Law, where he was a member of The Journal of Law Reform and received the Solomon Nadler Award for outstanding work related to commercial law, corporate law and securities regulation and the Board Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy.

Perlette Michèle Jura (Litigation/Transnational/Appellate – Los Angeles) – Jura’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, transnational litigation, and appellate and constitutional law.  She has developed and executed comprehensive global strategies for every stage of litigation.  Jura is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and sits on the Board of Directors and the Board of Governors for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Jura graduated in 2004 from Stanford Law School, where she was a member of Order of the Coif, served as an Executive Editor of Stanford Law Review and received the Board of Editors Award. 

Matthew Kelsey (Business Restructuring – New York) His practice focuses on representing companies, financial institutions and creditor groups inside and outside of Chapter 11 in numerous industries, including the financial, energy, manufacturing, construction, technology, and retail sectors.  In 2011, Kelsey was recognized as one of 12 “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” in the United States by Turnaround & Workouts.  He graduated in 2000 with honors from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the recipient of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Medal of Excellence. 

Matthew Kidd (Real Estate – New York) His transactional experience includes advising clients on a wide range of matters, including the acquisition, development and disposition of real estate assets and companies, mortgage and mezzanine financings, formation of joint ventures, preferred equity investments, investments in real estate funds and acquisitions of real estate-related debt and participation interests therein.  He also has significant experience with distressed real estate, including workouts, restructurings and foreclosures.  Kidd received his law degree in 2001 from the University of Southern California, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. 

Thomas Manakides (Litigation – Orange County) Manakides’ practice emphasizes transnational litigation and foreign judgment law, environmental and mass tort litigation, and a variety of commercial litigation matters.  While at Gibson Dunn, Manakides participated in the Trial Attorney Partnership Program in conjunction with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.  He received his law degree in 2003 from the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as the Submission Editor for the Southern California Law Review.

Scott Martin (Litigation – Washington, D.C.) Martin has represented clients before the Supreme Court of the United States and other appellate courts, as well as in both federal and state trial courts, in a variety of areas, including constitutional law, securities regulation, class actions and complex litigation, and intellectual property.  He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He graduated in 2004 from Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar and a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review.  He also received the John Ordronaux Prize for graduating first in his class, the Thomas E. Dewey Prize for written advocacy, the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize for constitutional law, and the Hamilton Fellowship.

Farshad Morè (Real Estate – Los Angeles) Morè has represented opportunity and private equity funds, REITs, institutional and non-institutional real estate investors, developers and operators, lenders and borrowers in a broad range of matters, including acquisition, development, financing and disposition of a wide range of commercial real estate asset classes; complex construction, permanent, securitized, mezzanine, preferred equity and participating financing; forming and representing joint ventures, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, and negotiating joint venture agreements for operating and capital partners; ground leasing and ground leasehold financing.  Morè earned his law degree from Columbia University in 2003.

Osma Rajah (Dispute Resolution – London) – An English-qualified lawyer, Rajah has a broad-based dispute resolution practice with particular expertise in international arbitration and large scale international regulatory inquiries with related compliance issues.  She has represented clients from a variety of industries including oil and gas, financial institutions and insurance.  Rajah was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2004 and graduated from the University of Oxford in 2000.

Kahn Scolnick (Litigation – Los Angeles) – Scolnick has litigated a wide range of complex business matters, with a particular focus on class actions, appeals, and constitutional law.  He has played a leading role in several of the firm’s recent high-stakes trials and appeals.  Scolnick clerked for Judge Ferdinand Fernandez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Dana Sabraw of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.  Scolnick graduated magna cum laude in 2003 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was Lead Articles Editor for the San Diego Law Review and the recipient of the Hickman Award for the Outstanding Student in Constitutional Law.

Georgia K. Winston (White Collar – New York) Her practice focuses on white collar criminal and regulatory matters and complex commercial litigation.  She has represented corporate and individual clients in the financial services, healthcare, insurance, retail, and construction industries.  Winston served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond Jackson in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and in the Staff Attorneys’ Office of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  She graduated from New York University School of Law in 1999.