Derek Kraft is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on class action defense.
He defends clients in high-stakes federal and state court litigation. He has also defended clients facing civil and criminal investigations by federal and state regulators, and has advised companies on sensitive internal investigations. Representative matters include:
- Defeated class certification in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in federal court in New Jersey brought on behalf of tens of millions of consumers. The lawsuit alleged that a major consumer products company engaged in deceptive marketing and product labeling practices.
- Representing an automobile manufacturer in a class action pending in federal court in New Jersey.
- Representing a corporate defendant in ongoing litigation in Delaware Chancery Court over the governance of student loan trusts.
- Represented a technical instruments producer in FCPA investigations by SEC and DOJ, and helped the client secure a written declination from both agencies to conclude their long-running investigations.
- Defended health care services provider in nationwide criminal and civil investigation by DOJ, HHS OIG, and various states’ Attorneys General relating to alleged fraud and quality of care issues.
- Represented corporate executive in FCPA investigations by SEC and DOJ, which concluded without any action taken against the client.
- Represented demand review committee of the board of a major corporation in conducting internal investigation and addressing shareholder litigation demands.
Derek graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as an editor on The Georgetown Law Journal. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Radford University.
He is admitted to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia.