Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2023 U.S. Legal 500

June 23, 2023

Gibson Dunn earned 60 practice area rankings, including 18 top-tier rankings in the 2023 edition of The Legal 500 – United States. Thirteen partners were named to Legal 500’s Hall of Fame recognizing individuals who receive consistent feedback from their clients for continued excellence. Thirty-three partners were named Leading Lawyers in their respective practices with an additional fifteen partners recognized as Next Generation Lawyers, and two lawyers named 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 / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)
  • Dispute resolution – Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)
  • Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
  • Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
  • Dispute resolution – International litigation
  • Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
  • Environment – Environment: litigation
  • Environment – Climate Change Litigation
  • Government – Government relations
  • 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 – Real estate
  • Real estate – Real estate finance
  • Transport – Rail and road – litigation and regulation

Legal 500’s Hall of Fame for 2023 consists of: Century City partners Scott Edelman (Media, Technology & Telecoms – Media & Entertainment Litigation) and Jesse Sharf (Real estate – 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), Michael Desmond (Tax – US Taxes: Contentious), Perlette Jura (Dispute resolution – International Litigation) and Daniel Swanson (Antitrust – Civil Litigation/Class Actions –  Defense); New York partners Peter Hanlon (Energy Transactions – Conventional Power), and Stephen Nordahl (Media, technology and telecoms – Outsourcing); 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:


  • San Francisco partner Rachel Brass (Civil litigation/class actions – defense) and Washington, D.C. partner Cynthia Richman (Cartel and Civil litigation/class actions – defense)

Dispute resolution:


  • New York partner Nicholas Politan (Renewable/alternative power, Transactions – electricity power)
  • Washington, D.C. partner William Hollaway (Regulation – Electricity power)



  • New York partners Andrew Fabens (Capital markets: debt offerings) and Douglas Horowitz (Capital markets: debt offerings, High-Yield Debt Offerings, and Commercial Lending)
  • New York partner Tomer Pinkusiewicz (Project finance)
  • New York partner Scott Greenberg (Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate)


International Trade:

  • Washington, D.C. partner Judith Alison Lee (Customs, export controls and economic sanctions)

Intellectual Property

  • New York partner Josh Krevitt (Patents: Litigation (Full Coverage))

Labor and employment

M&A/Corporate and commercial

Media, technology and telecoms

Real estate


  • Washington, D.C. partner Saul Mezei (US Taxes – Contentious)

The partners named Next Generation Lawyers are: Los Angeles partners Abbey Hudson (Environment – Environment Litigation), Ilissa Samplin (Intellectual Property – Trade secrets), Benyamin Ross (Media, technology and telecoms – Media and Entertainment – Transactional); Houston partner Rahul Vashi (Energy – Energy Transactions – Oil and Gas); New York partners Joshua Brody and Joseph Zujkowski (Finance – Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate), Madalyn Miller (Transport: Aviation and Air Travel – Finance), Daniel Angel (Media, technology and telecoms –Technology Transactions), Noam Haberman (Real estate– Real Estate Finance), Rahim Moloo (Dispute Resolution – International Arbitration) and Edward Wei (Tax – US taxes – non-contentious); San Francisco partner Kahlil Yearwood (Real estate– Real Estate Finance); and Washington, D.C. partners Michael Perry (Antitrust – Merger Control), Molly Senger (Labor and employment – Labor and Employment Disputes), and Terrell Ussing (Tax – US Taxes – contentious).

The lawyers named Rising Stars are: New York associate Meghan Hungate (Media, technology and telecoms – outsourcing) and Washington, D.C. of counsel Ankita Ritwik (Dispute Resolution – International Arbitration).