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Deborah L. Stein is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office. She is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group and Co-Chair of its Insurance and Reinsurance Practice Group.
Ms. Stein is a nationally-recognized litigator who clients turn to when they feel like everything is on the line. Her practice covers a breadth of high-stakes matters, including privacy and cybersecurity litigation, securities and consumer class actions, and insurance coverage and business practices disputes. Clients entrust Ms. Stein with litigating their most significant matters because she is strategic, passionate, and “all in.” She recognizes that even in the most fast-paced, contentious litigations it is essential to take the time to learn and understand her clients’ businesses and commercial realities so that she can provide thoughtful, practical advice. Ms. Stein’s experience spans multiple industries, including technology, insurance, entertainment, healthcare, and financial services.
Market sources describe Ms. Stein as an “[e]xtremely smart and fearless litigator” who is “very tenacious” and “really focused on her clients’ interests.” Chambers USA recently profiled Ms. Stein as a “brilliant litigator,” and Benchmark Litigation has consistently identified her as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the United States and a “California Litigation Star.” In 2021, Ms. Stein was named a Law360 MVP of the Year, an award recognizing attorneys “who had extraordinary wins and contributed most to their practice area in the past year.” The Legal 500 has named Ms. Stein a “Leading Lawyer” in General Commercial Disputes and Insurance: Advice to Insurers, and the Daily Journal has identified her as one of the “Top 75 Women Litigators” in California. Most recently, Ms. Stein was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Commercial Litigation. One of Deb’s recent successes—obtaining dismissal of a high-profile putative class action against Universal Music Group—earned Deb a “Litigator of the Week” title by The American Lawyer.
Ms. Stein’s recent experience includes*:
Ms. Stein serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Public Counsel, the nation’s largest provider of pro bono legal services. She also serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), and was on the Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) for several years. Ms. Stein is frequently asked to speak and write on insurance coverage issues and has authored a regular column for the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals. She previously co-chaired the Cyber Risk and Data Privacy Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (Section of Litigation). A trusted thought leader in the insurance industry, Ms. Stein was named to Law360’s Insurance Editorial Advisory Board in 2015 and 2016.
Ms. Stein received a B.A. from Yale University in 1995, with a double major in political science and studies in the environment. She obtained her J.D., cum laude, from the New York University School of Law in 1999, where she served as a Notes Editor on the New York University Law Review. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Stein was a partner at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She served as a law clerk for the Hon. Peter C. Dorsey in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
*Includes representative matters handled prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
New York University - 1999 Juris Doctor
Yale University - 1995 Bachelor of Arts
New York Bar