Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2021 U.S. Legal 500

June 29, 2021

Gibson Dunn earned 54 practice area rankings, including 15 top-tier rankings in the 2021 edition of The Legal 500 – United States. Twelve partners were named to Legal 500’s Hall of Fame recognizing individuals who receive consistent feedback from their clients for continued excellence. Twenty-seven partners were named Leading Lawyers in their respective practices with an additional 12 partners recognized as Next Generation Lawyers and two attorneys recognized as Rising Stars.

The firm achieved first-tier rankings in the following categories:

  • Antitrust – Cartel
  • Antitrust – Civil litigation/class actions: defense
  • Dispute resolution – Appellate – Courts of Appeals
  • Dispute resolution – Appellate: Supreme Courts (federal and state)
  • Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
  • Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
  • Dispute resolution – International litigation
  • Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
  • Industry focus – Environment: litigation
  • Industry focus – Transport: rail and road – litigation and regulation
  • Labor and employment – Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense
  • Media, technology and telecoms – Media and entertainment: litigation
  • Media, technology and telecoms – Outsourcing
  • Real estate – Land use/zoning
  • Real estate – Finance; and Real estate

Legal 500’s Hall of Fame for 2021 consists of: Century City partner Jesse Sharf (Real estate and construction – Real Estate); Houston partner Michael P. Darden (Energy Transactions – Oil and Gas); Los Angeles partners Theodore Boutrous (Dispute resolution – Appellate: Supreme Court, and Product liability, mass tort and class action – defense: automotive/transport), Patrick Dennis (Environmental Litigation), Perlette Jura (Dispute resolution – International Litigation) and Daniel Swanson (Antitrust – Civil Litigation/Class Actions –  Defense); New York partners Peter Hanlon (Energy Transactions – Conventional Power), Stephen Nordahl (Media, technology and telecoms – Outsourcing), and Randy Mastro (Dispute resolution – International Litigation, General Commercial Disputes, and Leading Trial Lawyers); and Washington, D.C. partners Scott Hammond (Antitrust – Cartel), Theodore Olson (Dispute resolution – Appellate: Supreme Court (federal and state)), and F. Joseph Warin (Dispute resolution – Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense).

The partners named as Leading Lawyers are:


  • Washington, D.C. partner Cynthia Richman (Cartel and Civil litigation/class actions – defense)
  • Washington, D.C. partner Richard Parker (Civil ligation/Class actions – defense)

Dispute resolution: 


  • New York partner Andrew Fabens (Capital markets: debt offerings)
  • New York partner Scott Greenberg (Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate)

Industry Focus

  • New York partner Nicholas Politan (Energy – renewable/alternative power)
  • Los Angeles partner Deborah Stein (Insurance: Advice to insurers)
  • Washington, D.C. partner Thomas Dupree Jr. (Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation and Regulation)

Labor and employment

M&A/Corporate and commercial

Media, technology and telecoms

  • Century City partner Scott Edelman (Media and Entertainment – Litigation)
  • New York partner Orin Snyder (Media and Entertainment – Litigation)
  • Los Angeles partner William Peters (Outsourcing)

Real estate and construction

The partners named Next Generation Lawyers are: Los Angeles partners Benyamin Ross (Media, technology and telecoms – Media and Entertainment – Transactional) and Douglas Champion (Real estate and construction – Land use/zoning); New York partners Anne Champion (Dispute resolution – International Litigation), Joshua Brody (Finance – Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate), Gabrielle Levin (Labor and employment – Labor and Employment Disputes), Daniel Angel (Media, technology and telecoms – Outsourcing and Technology Transactions), Noam Haberman (Real estate and construction – Real Estate Finance), and Edward Wei (Tax – US taxes – non-contentious); San Francisco partners Brian Lutz (Dispute resolution – Securities Litigation: defense) and Kahlil Yearwood (Real estate and construction – Real Estate Finance); and Washington, D.C. partners Adam Di Vincenzo (Antitrust – Merger Control), Stacie Fletcher (Industry focus – Environmental Litigation), and Molly Senger (Labor and employment – Labor and Employment Disputes).

The attorneys recognized as Rising Stars are Los Angeles of counsel Nathaniel Bach (Media and entertainment: litigation) and New York associate Amanda Aycock (Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense).