Anne M. Champion is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Transnational Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Class Actions, and Intellectual Property Practice Groups.
Ms. Champion has played a lead role in a wide range of high-stakes litigation matters including trials. In The Legal 500 US 2017, she is named as a “next generation” lawyer in the area of international litigation.
Ms. Champion earned her Bachelor of Science in physics with distinction from the University of Iowa and received the James A. Van Allen and the Myrtle K. Meier awards for excellence in physics. She earned her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from George Washington University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Raymond F. Hossfeld Merit Scholarship. She served as an articles editor for The George Washington Law Review and published her casenote, Another Brick in the Wall: United States v. Samuel and the Lower Courts’ Narrow Reading of Apprendi v. New Jersey Before Blakely v. Washington, 72 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1004 (2004). Upon graduation, she was awarded the Willard Waddington-Gatchell prize for academic excellence and the John F. Evans prize for outstanding achievement in the clinical law program, D.C. Law Students in Court, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Following law school, Ms. Champion clerked for the Honorable Max Rosenn on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Ms. Champion is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Recent highlights include:
- Chevron Corporation: Represented Chevron Corporation in multiple litigations in the U.S. stemming from Chevron’s efforts to uncover fraud and corruption in a $9 billion lawsuit against it in the Republic of Ecuador. Ms. Champion was one of the lead associates on the trial team that won a two-month civil RICO trial against Steven Donziger, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs in the Ecuadorian case, and two of his clients, and obtained an injunction barring them from profiting from the $9 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron, which the court found was procured by fraud. Chevron Corp. v. Donziger, 974 F. Supp. 2d 362 (S.D.N.Y. 2014). Ms. Champion also was the lead associate in several discovery proceedings that resulted in courts applying the crime-fraud exception to the attorney client privilege and other waivers.
- Citizens of Albany County: Ms. Champion was one of the lead partners on the trial team that prevailed in a Voting Rights Act trial against the County of Albany and the County of Albany Board of Elections. Pope v. County of Albany, 94 F. Supp. 3d 302 (N.D.N.Y. 2015). Following a multi-week trial, the district court held that the County had violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by adopting a redistricting plan that failed to add a fifth majority-minority district to the County Legislature following the 2010 Census, diluting the strength of minority voters. As a result of the trial victory, the County Legislature was required to revise the districts to add a majority-minority district.
- Dole Food Company, Inc.: Ms. Champion represented Dole Food Company in a wrongful death case brought by dozens of Colombian plaintiffs who alleged Dole had provided support for the Colombian paramilitary organization, the AUC. After years of litigation, Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims with prejudice on the eve of dispositive motions after Gibson Dunn uncovered evidence that plaintiffs’ counsel had attempted to bribe one of the jailed paramilitary witnesses in the case, as well as evidence of a broader pattern of improper interactions with other paramilitary witnesses.
- U.S. mobile phone carrier: Won complete summary judgment of non-infringement for a U.S. mobile phone carrier in a patent infringement action involving Wi-Fi cellular switching technology in the Eastern District of Texas, affirmed by the Federal Circuit.
- The Cablevisions Systems Corporation: Won complete summary judgment of non-infringement for Cablevision in a patent infringement action involving interactive call processing and pay-per-view systems in the Central District of California. Cablevision faced 40 patents and hundreds of claims at the outset of the litigation, and Ms. Champion also represented Cablevision on a related appeal that resulted in a precedential decision in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court’s power to require patent plaintiffs to limit their asserted claims during the course of discovery. In re Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation, 639 F.3d 1303 (Fed. Cir. 2011).
- Confidential Client: Won summary judgment in lieu of complaint in New York State court in an action against guarantors of a real estate loan, resulting in a judgment of over $100 million after just months of litigation.