Cynthia C. Mullen is a senior litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where her practice focuses on insurance defense, land use and CEQA matters, and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Mullen represents clients at both trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts, as well as in domestic and international arbitration.
Representative matters include:
- Obtaining a complete defense victory for an international insurance company after binding arbitration on a $96 million claim by the West Virginia Investment Management Board
- Securing favorable early settlement of a class action challenging a leading insurer’s corporate short-term disability insurance policies
- Representing a prominent commercial insurance carrier as national coordination counsel on all sex abuse exposures for institutional insureds, and representing the carrier in its key sex-abuse litigation
- After representing Tesoro during the administrative process and at all phases of litigation, obtaining affirmance from the California Court of Appeal of an order upholding in its entirety the Environmental Impact Report for Tesoro’s Los Angeles Refinery Integration Project, which integrated operations of two large refineries at the Port of Long Beach. Communities for a Better Environment v. South Coast Air Quality Mgmt. Dist., et al. (Case No. BS169841, Certified for Publication).
- Securing reversal from California Court of Appeal of key components of an order invalidating the Environmental Impact Report for BNSF’s South Coast International Gateway Project, a state-of-the-art rail facility off the Port of Los Angeles. Fast Lane Transportation v. City of Los Angeles, et al. (Case No. A148993).
- Winning defensive summary judgment on a quiet title action establishing a conservation easement protected 400 acres of undeveloped property in the Santa Monica Mountains; Ms. Mullen delivered the winning oral argument.
- Securing favorable settlement of California Coastal Commission and State Lands Commission enforcement actions against a sand plant with vested mining rights along the California coast
- Obtaining a stay in district court of an executive’s wrongful termination suit against its employer, allowing the employer to pursue affirmative trade-secret litigation against the plaintiff in another forum
- Compelling binding arbitration in an employment class action against a major domestic employer related to vacation time policies
- Representing an international energy company in binding arbitration against the manufacturer of defective wind turbine
From 2014-2015, Ms. Mullen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Philip Gutierrez of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Ms. Mullen earned her law degree in 2013 from UCLA School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and received the Julian Eule Prize in constitutional law. Ms. Mullen graduated summa cum laude in 2010 from the University of Notre Dame, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies, with an emphasis political science and history. At Notre Dame, Ms. Mullen was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the Hugh O’Donnell Award for top academic achievement in American Studies.
Ms. Mullen is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the Central District of California.