Richard Birns is co-chair of Gibson Dunn’s Private Equity Group. He regularly represents private equity firms and companies on domestic and cross-border leveraged buyouts, strategic mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, carve-outs, minority investments and joint ventures.
He is recognized as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 as well as Chambers USA, where clients describe him as “smart and tenacious”. The American Lawyer recognized Richard as a 2023 Dealmaker of the Year for his work advising Elliott Management’s acquisition of Nielsen Media with Brookfield. He was also named a Private Equity MVP by Law360 in 2019.
His recent experience includes advising:
Richard is also chair of the firm’s Sports Law Group, and has extensive experience in the technology, media, sports and entertainment sectors. He advises on some of the most high-profile transactions in these sectors, including representing:
Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Georgetown University, Richard earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and member of the Columbia Law Review. He clerked for Judge Milton Pollack of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1997 to 1998.
Richard is a leader in the community and active in a number of non-profit organizations, including serving as co-chair of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s New York Leadership Council.
Columbia University - 1997 Juris Doctor
Georgetown University - 1994 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar