Emma Strong is an associate in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She practices with the firm’s Litigation Department. Ms. Strong has represented clients in internal investigations, government enforcement actions, and litigation involving civil fraud, breach of contract, trade secret, and patent infringement claims.
Ms. Strong graduated third in her class from UCLA School of Law in 2016, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Women’s Law Journal. During law school, Ms. Strong served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Edward J. Davila of the Northern District of California and as a law clerk at Bay Area Legal Aid. She also worked as a research assistant for Professor Jon D. Michaels on topics related to national security and administrative law. Ms. Strong earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Smith College in 2011.
Representative Investigations Experience
- Conducting independent investigations regarding allegations of sexual harassment and other serious workplace misconduct involving members of the California State Senate and California Assembly and senior legislative staff.
- Investigating whistleblower allegations regarding the alleged submission of false or misleading data to the U.S. District Court in connection with a long-running federal civil rights class action related to the delivery of mental health care services to inmates.
- Representing a major pharmaceutical company in connection with a False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute investigation by the DOJ, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and HHS-OIG into the company’s charitable public health initiatives, and successfully obtaining a declination to intervene.
- Defending managed health care plans in connection with False Claims Act investigations by government entities.
Representative Litigation Experience
- Litigating complex commercial claims and counterclaims including breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition, and misappropriation of trade secrets in California Superior Court on behalf of a leading mobile gaming company, resulting in a favorable resolution for the client.
- Representing a large technology company in federal district court litigation with the U.S. Department of Justice over the scope of the Wiretap Act.
- Defending a pharmaceutical company against False Claims Act allegations in federal court based on alleged fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- Securing summary judgment of non-infringement for a mattress company in a patent dispute brought by a competitor.
- Obtaining a favorable settlement for a hedge fund in connection with a fraud lawsuit it filed against a medical technology company.
Representative Pro Bono Matters
- Successfully appealing an administrative termination decision and obtaining full reinstatement of a client’s Social Security disability benefits.
- Representing an unaccompanied minor in a petition for asylum.
Ms. Strong is admitted to practice in the State of California and United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.