San Francisco

Established in 1987, our San Francisco office advises local, U.S. and international clients across the full spectrum of disciplines including high stakes litigation and internal investigations, complex corporate transactions, real estate, land use and development and cybersecurity.  Our lawyers support companies at all stages of business, from start-ups and new ventures to established multinational corporations, offering outstanding legal services to pioneers of the products and services that are revolutionizing the global economy.  Across practices our teams have created an unparalleled combination of local service and international capabilities; through this experience we have established the trust and reliability that our clients count on.


One Embarcadero Center Suite 2600, San Francisco, CA 94111-3715 USA

Tel: +1 415.393.8200

Fax: +1 415.393.8306


Murr, Ryan A.

Tel: +1 415.393.8373

Yearwood, Kahlil T.

Tel: +1 415.393.8216

Our trial and appellate lawyers are recognized experts who cover a broad array of subject matter including white collar defense and investigations, intellectual property, securities, corporate governance, real estate and privacy law.  Other areas of focus include life sciences, law firm defense, labor and employment, healthcare, and appellate and constitutional law.

Our team also provides client services in every significant area of antitrust and trade regulation law, such as civil antitrust litigation (including class actions), international cartel investigations and criminal litigation.  We boast an IP department that represents some of the largest local technology companies, and has litigated — and tried — significant IP cases in courts throughout the United States as well as at the Federal Circuit and U.S. International Trade Commission.

The lawyers in our San Francisco transactional teams regularly represent Silicon Valley’s heaviest hitters in public and private matters, including make-or-break business deals.  Recent corporate matters include M&A, equity and debt offerings, cross-border transactions, securities regulation, corporate governance, executive compensation and global finance.

The San Francisco office has one of the largest real estate and land use groups of any U.S. law firm.  We are proud to work on some of the most sophisticated financings and land use deals in the world.  The San Francisco land use team has played a central role in several of the most significant development and redevelopment projects reshaping the United States, as well as the local landscape.

Gibson Dunn’s “client first” culture ensures that all of our lawyers remain involved with and available to our clients at all times.  This is the cornerstone of our global and local practice and has resulted in clients entrusting us with their most challenging and significant legal matters.

  • San Francisco office lawyers led the Gibson Dunn team that sued on behalf of six individual Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in related cases that won the first nationwide injunction preventing the rescission of DACA in 2017.  San Francisco lawyers were also key members of the team that successfully defended DACA in the Supreme Court, winning a historic victory in June 2020 on behalf of DACA holders and their families. The Daily Journal named the San Francisco based team among its 2018 California Lawyers of the Year for their work in this case.
  • Chambers USA 2021 recognizes the San Francisco office in the fields of Antitrust, Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets, Investigations and Business Crime Defense, Life Sciences, Real Estate: Zoning & Land Use, and Appellate Law.
  • W@Competition selected a San Francisco Partner among its 2019 “40 in their 40s” Notable Women Competition Professionals list which recognizes 40 accomplished women competition lawyers in the Americas, Europe and Africa.
  • LMG Life Sciences 2020 ranked two San Francisco Corporate partners as national “Stars” in Life Sciences in the areas of Corporate, Licensing & Collaboration, Mergers & Acquisitions and Venture Capital.
  • The Daily Journal recognized a San Francisco Privacy and While Collar Litigation Partner in it’s February 2019 “Top Defense Verdict of the Year,” which highlights the largest and most significant verdicts and appellate reversals in California.
  • The National Law Journal named a San Francisco Partner as a 2019 Technology Law Trailblazer.  
  • The Recorder named a San Francisco Partner to its 2018 list of  Women Leaders in Tech Law and The Center For Women In Law named her as a  Women Leading in Law Power Player.
  • Law360 named a San Francisco Partner a nationwide Cybersecurity & Privacy MVP for 2018. The American Lawyer also named the partner as its national “Litigator of the Week,” in recognition of his victory in a high-profile data breach matter. Law360 had previously featured the partner in its story recognizing Gibson Dunn as “Privacy Group of the Year,” for 2017.
  • A San Francisco Land Use and Development Partner and Of Counsel were named to the 2017 California Lawyer of the Year by The Daily Journal for their work leading the Golden State Warriors Mixed-used and Event Center Development legal team.
  • The Recorder has named a San Francisco partner as a “Women Leader in Tech Law,” for the last three years and The Daily Journal recognized her as a “2017 Top Woman Lawyer”.
  • The Daily Journal recognized two Gibson Dunn San Francisco cases in its annual feature on the most significant verdicts and appellate reversals in California for 2017; Bastidas v. Good Samaritan Hospital LP, and U.S. ex rel. Winter v. Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center Inc.
  • The Legal 500, Benchmark Litigation and The Best Lawyers in America© consistently recognize San Francisco White Collar Litigation and Investigations partners as among the best in the United States and in key jurisdictions in California.
  • The American Lawyer named a San Francisco partner as its national “Litigator of the Week,” in recognition of his victory in a high-profile data breach matter and Law360 featured the partner in its story recognizing Gibson Dunn as “Privacy Group of the Year,” for 2017.
  • The San Francisco office was the headquarters for the firmwide trial team that successfully challenged California’s Proposition 8 in federal court under the United States Constitution, striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage after a historic trial. On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its decision leaving the district court’s broad injunction against enforcement of Proposition 8 intact and vindicating marriage equality in California.  On June 28, 2013, our clients Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, and Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, along with hundreds of other couples in California, were legally married as a result of these legal victories.