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Mylan L. Denerstein is a litigation partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Ms. Denerstein is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Public Policy Practice Group and a member of the Crisis Management, White Collar Defense and Investigations, Financial Institutions, Labor and Employment, Securities Litigation, and Appellate Practice Groups.
Ms. Denerstein leads complex litigation and internal investigations. She represents diverse companies confronting a wide range of legal issues, in their most critical times, typically involving federal, state and municipal government agencies. Ms. Denerstein also guides legislative and policy initiatives.
Ms. Denerstein is a member of the Firm’s Executive, Diversity and Community Affairs Committees. She also serves as co-hiring partner for the New York office.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, from 2010 to 2014, Ms. Denerstein served as Counsel to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. In this role, she acted as the Governor’s chief counsel and principal legal advisor. From 2007 to 2010 during the administration of then-Attorney General Cuomo, she served as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice and managed approximately 100 attorneys statewide working in the charities, civil rights, environmental protection, health care, and labor bureaus. From 2003 to 2007, she served as Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs for the New York City Fire Department. From 1996 to 2003, Ms. Denerstein served first as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, prosecuting complex securities, money laundering and organized crime cases, and then as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, where she assisted in managing over 100 Assistant U.S. Attorneys.
Ms. Denerstein was named by Benchmark Litigation to its 2021 “Top 250 Women in Litigation” list, and was also recognized by the publication as a 2021 “Litigation Star” nationally in Appellate, Securities and White-Collar Crime, as well as in New York. Ms. Denerstein was named to the 2020 “Albany Power 100”, 2020 “Law Power 100” and 2019 “Law Power 50” lists by City & State New York and the 2019 list of “Notable Women in Law” by Crain’s New York Business. She was also named as one of New York Law Journal’s “Top Women in Law” for 2016. In addition, she received the “Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award” from the New York City Bar Association in 2020 for playing a critical role in advancing equity and inclusion for attorneys in New York. She has also received “The Work & Family Legal Center’s Distinguished Public Service Award” in May 2016 from A Better Balance for her work on the Women’s Equality Act. In addition, she received the Association of Black Women Attorneys’ “Professional Achievement Honor” in April 2015 and the Citizens Union of the City of New York’s “Public Service Award” in October 2015.
Ms. Denerstein is a member of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Association of Black Women Attorneys, New York City Bar Association, National Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and Metropolitan Black Bar Association. She serves on the Boards of the American Red Cross, Greater New York and Sanctuary for Families.
Ms. Denerstein graduated in 1993 from Columbia Law School, where she was named a Charles Evans Hughes Fellow for outstanding commitment to public service and was a recipient of the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for exceptional proficiency and advocacy in clinics.
Columbia University - 1993 Juris Doctor
University of Virginia - 1989 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar