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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.
Ms. Stein represents a broad range of clients in their most significant commercial litigation matters. She takes the time to learn and understand her clients’ businesses and commercial realities so that she can provide thoughtful, practical advice even in the most fast-paced, contentious litigations. Ms. Stein’s “all in” approach enables her to partner with her clients to navigate strategically yet passionately through a variety of complex and often thorny legal challenges. She routinely represents clients in high-stakes matters, including cybersecurity and trade secrets litigation, securities and consumer class actions, and insurance coverage and business practices disputes. Ms. Stein devotes a significant part of her practice to representing clients in cases involving the False Claims Act and whistleblower allegations of fraud.
Ms. Stein is recognized by Chambers, where sources have described her as an “[e]xtremely smart and fearless litigator” who is “very tenacious” and “really focused on her clients’ interests.” The Legal 500 has named Ms. Stein a “Leading Lawyer” in General Commercial Disputes and also recognizes her in Insurance: Advice to Insurers. Additionally, Ms. Stein is consistently recognized by Benchmark Litigation as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” in the country, 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 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Commercial Litigation. In 2012, Ms. Stein was recognized by Law360 as one of five “Rising Stars” for Insurance. Ms. Stein co-chairs the Cyber Risk and Data Privacy Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (Section of Litigation). She 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. 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 is on the Board of Directors of Public Counsel, the Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), and the Global Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF).
Ms. Stein’s recent experience includes*:
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