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Amanda M. Aycock is a senior associate in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department, as well as the Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Innovation Practice Group, the Crisis Management Practice Group, the Media, Entertainment, and Technology Practice Group, and the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.
Ms. Aycock has represented multinational companies and senior executives in a variety of industries (including technology, media, entertainment, and banking/finance) in complex commercial litigation, crisis management, and regulatory and white collar defense and investigations. She has particular expertise helping clients navigate complex legal crises involving a confluence of legal actions and inquiries—for example, from regulators, prosecutors, public representatives, and private plaintiffs—all at once. Substantively, her practice is cross-disciplinary and includes experience in consumer protection, data privacy, contract, employment, constitutional, antitrust, and criminal law; she is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). Ms. Aycock co-chairs the Women and Gender Subcommittee of the New York Office’s Diversity Committee.
The Legal 500 has twice recognized Ms. Aycock as a “Rising Star” in corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense, and recommends her for matters involving privacy, cybersecurity, and consumer protection, and for white collar matters emanating from the technology, media, and entertainment industries. She was also recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as “One to Watch” in Criminal Defense: White-Collar.
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Ms. Aycock maintains an active pro bono practice. She currently represents Migrant Justice—a Vermont non-profit dedicated to protecting the rights of the migrant farmworker community—in a lawsuit against the federal and local government that alleges unlawful surveillance and harassment in violation of the First Amendment. In connection with Lawyers without Borders, she spoke at the conference of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women on using the law to empower women around the world. She has worked with Sanctuary for Families, having drafted an amicus brief in an impactful immigration appeal and advised on pending legislation aimed at protecting vulnerable populations from cyber-sexual abuse. Ms. Aycock and a team of Gibson Dunn attorneys engaged in a deep dive into policing throughout the United States as contributing authors to “New Era of Public Safety: A Guide to Fair, Safe, and Effective Community Policing,” a comprehensive report and toolkit completed in collaboration with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. In a recent blog post entitled “How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change,” President Obama referenced and linked to the Report. Ms. Aycock sits on the Junior Advisory Board of Her Justice, a non-profit that provides free legal services to women living in poverty in New York City to address individual and systemic legal barriers.
From 2014 to 2015, Ms. Aycock served as a law clerk to the Honorable Katherine Polk Failla in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Aycock graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2010 with joint degree, consisting of a Juris Doctor, cum laude, and the French equivalent of an LL.M., cum laude, sponsored jointly by the Sorbonne and the Institut d’Études Politiques (Sciences Po). While at Penn Law, she was a Levy Scholar and an Associate Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law. Ms. Aycock received her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and French in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude and with distinction in Comparative Literature.
Ms. Aycock is admitted to practice in the State of New York, and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
University of Pennsylvania - 2010 Juris Doctor
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne - 2010 Masters
University of Pennsylvania - 2007 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar