Gustav Eyler, Former Director of DOJ’s Consumer Protection Branch, Joins Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C.

November 14, 2022

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Gustav W. Eyler has rejoined the firm as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office.  Eyler most recently served for five years as Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch, having worked before then in other senior roles at DOJ.  At Gibson Dunn, he will serve as Co-Chair of the firm’s FDA and Health Care Practice Group and will represent clients in government investigations and enforcement actions related to consumer protection, fraud, and privacy laws.  He joins more than 60 former federal prosecutors and enforcers at the firm.

“We are delighted to welcome Gus back to Gibson Dunn,” said F. Joseph Warin, Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Litigation Department in the Washington, D.C. office, and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.  “After successive senior positions in a variety of significant DOJ roles, Gus returns to the firm where he started his career.  His government experience, particularly as Director of the Consumer Protection Branch, has given him significant experience across a range of criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement and policy issues that will be a tremendous resource to our clients.”

“We are very excited to have Gus back,” said Thomas H. Dupree Jr., Co-Partner-in-Charge of the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn.  “He has broad government experience at a senior level.  He is smart, driven, and extremely talented.  He will be a strong addition to multiple practices across the firm.”

“I am thrilled to return to Gibson Dunn,” said Eyler.  “The white collar practice at Gibson Dunn has an unmatched record of success in handling complex government investigations and prosecutions.  I am proud to rejoin that practice and to work again with the firm’s outstanding people.”

About Gustav W. Eyler

Eyler will represent companies and executives facing potential liability under consumer protection, fraud, and privacy laws.  Leveraging his experience, he will focus on advising clients in the life-sciences, healthcare, consumer-product, retail, and technology sectors.

As Director of the DOJ’s Consumer Protection Branch from 2017 to 2022, Eyler led more than 250 prosecutors and staff in the criminal and civil enforcement of consumer protection statutes, including the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Controlled Substances Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, numerous fraud laws, and statutes administered by the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Eyler supervised landmark litigation involving prescription drugs, medical devices, food, tobacco, consumer products, deceptive practices, and data privacy.  As the Food and Drug Administration’s principal outside counsel, Eyler also oversaw defense of the agency’s actions in federal district courts throughout the country.  Eyler recently served as a member of the Deputy Attorney General’s Corporate Crime Advisory Group, helping to craft the DOJ’s new corporate compliance and cooperation standards.

From 2014 to 2017, Eyler served as Counselor to the Attorney General and as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.  He was a litigation associate at Gibson Dunn from 2010 to 2014.  Before then, Eyler served as a counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and as a law clerk to Judge Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Eyler graduated in 2008 from Yale Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review.  He is a 2005 summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University.