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Michael Dore is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a former federal prosecutor with extensive experience in high-stakes criminal and civil matters across a broad range of practice areas. Mr. Dore is a member of the Firm’s Media, Entertainment and Technology practice group, as well as its Law Firm Defense and White Collar Defense and Investigations practice groups.
Mr. Dore has first-chaired trials and argued appeals on a wide array of issues. He also regularly represents entities and individuals in connection with federal and state grand jury investigations and prosecutions. Mr. Dore’s significant investigations experience includes internal investigations and externally focused investigations in litigation matters. He has uncovered fraudulent conduct by opposing parties in several recent matters that helped end the civil matters and became the subject of federal criminal investigations.
Mr. Dore’s substantive areas of expertise include defamation, anti-SLAPP laws, securities and accounting fraud, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and issues related to NFTs and cryptocurrency. Recent and ongoing representations include:
Government and Internal Investigations
Media and Entertainment Litigation
Law Firm Defense
From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Dore served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. A member of the Violent and Organized Crime section, Mr. Dore investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, including RICO, money laundering, extortion, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax fraud, and crimes against children. He successfully tried several complex multi-defendant cases against the leader of a foreign organized crime syndicate, members of the Mexican Mafia, and other organized crime figures responsible for murders, attempts to kill law enforcement, and money laundering across five continents.
Mr. Dore has a robust pro bono practice that includes numerous matters on behalf of journalists. He has successfully opposed subpoenas for journalists’ newsgathering materials in several high-profile criminal matters and currently represents a journalist pursuing civil rights claims based on their improper arrest while reporting on a public protest.
Mr. Dore has been published in multiple journals, including the Virginia Law Review, the Marquette Law Review, and the Columbia Science & Technology Law Review, with both trial and appellate courts citing his works. He is a member of the Privacy Law Legislative Committee of the California Lawyers Association and most recently was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 publication in the category of White-Collar Criminal Defense.
Mr. Dore received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Amherst College, where he graduated magna cum laude. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review.
University of Virginia - 2003 Juris Doctor
Amherst College - 1998 Bachelor of Arts
District of Columbia Bar