Stephen Henrick represents individual and corporate clients in white collar criminal cases, internal investigations, and civil matters typically involving allegations of fraud or intentional misconduct. He has extensive experience with defamation claims, Title IX/higher education law, and transnational litigation, including having represented clients in judicial proceedings and/or arbitrations on four continents.
Representative engagements include:
- Securing unanimous denial at the district and appellate levels of a petition to confirm a sham $18 billion Egyptian “arbitration award” against Chevron Corporation. Al-Qarqani v. Chevron Corp., No. C 18-03297 JSW, 2019 WL 4729467 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 24, 2019), aff’d, 8 F.4th 1018 (9th Cir. 2021), cert denied, 142 S. Ct. 2835 (2022). Mr. Henrick is currently leading Chevron’s participation in sua sponte post-judgment sanctions proceedings in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit following opposing counsel’s submission of a fabricated newspaper article to the appellate panel;
- Winning a sweeping victory for Chevron Corporation following a two-month RICO and fraud trial before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Chevron successfully sued American lawyer Steven Donziger and others who masterminded an extortion scheme against the company that included fraudulently procuring an $18 billion Ecuadorian judgment. Chevron Corp. v. Donziger, 974 F. Supp. 2d 362 (S.D.N.Y. 2014), aff’d, 833 F.3d 74 (2d Cir. 2016), cert denied, 137 S. Ct. 2268 (2017). Steve and the Gibson Dunn team subsequently secured a finding of contempt against Donziger in post-judgment enforcement proceedings, Chevron Corp. v. Donziger, 384 F. Supp. 3d 465 (S.D.N.Y. 2019), which the Second Circuit affirmed on all but one issue, 990 F.3d 191 (2d Cir. 2021);
- Leading a team of attorneys, forensic accountants, and e-discovery support vendors in conducting an extremely time-sensitive confidential internal investigation in response to allegations of document fraud. The investigation successfully resolved the matter while avoiding potentially devastating collateral consequences for the client;
- Uncovering evidence of significant wrongdoing, despite tremendous obstruction and obfuscation by the targets and their associates, following a confidential internal investigation into allegations of misconduct by a client’s now-former C.E.O. and a now-former subordinate employee. Steve and the Gibson Dunn team then represented the client in follow-on proceedings before federal regulatory authorities;
- Successfully mediating a civil False Claims Act matter for a settlement of pennies on the dollar from the Government’s initial demand; and
- Working with law enforcement officers from the United States Secret Service and the Los Angeles Police Department in a first-of-its-kind effort to successfully recover hundreds of thousands of dollars of stolen cryptocurrency from an overseas hacker.
Steve rejoined Gibson Dunn in 2016 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to clerking, he was an associate in the firm’s New York office.
He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and summa cum laude from Boston University. At Harvard, he was a six-time recipient of the Dean’s Scholar Prize (awarded for academic excellence) and an editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. During the summer of 2010, he interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in the Violent Crime and Terrorism Section.
Steve is admitted to practice in California and New York, as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California.