Ron Hauben, Former General Counsel at Ernst & Young, Joins Gibson Dunn in New York

January 10, 2022

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Ron Hauben has joined the firm’s New York office as Senior Counsel.  Before joining the firm, Hauben served as Americas Vice Chair and General Counsel at Ernst & Young.

At Gibson Dunn, Hauben will serve as Co-Chair of the newly formed Accounting Firm Advisory and Defense Practice Group and will focus on providing regulatory advice and litigation services to accounting firms in all aspects of their work.

“Ron is an excellent addition to the firm,” said Barbara L. Becker, Chair and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “With over three decades of experience in the accounting profession, he is a tremendous asset as we continue to expand our representation of accounting firms and their personnel in the U.S. and internationally.”

“We are delighted to have Ron on board,” said James Farrell, Co-Chair of the firm’s Accounting Firm Advisory and Defense Practice Group.  “The accounting and professional services industry is shifting rapidly, and Ron will further strengthen our platform as the business environment and regulatory and litigation climate evolves.”

“I am looking forward to leading the new Accounting Firm Advisory and Defense Practice Group and collaborating with Gibson Dunn’s exceptionally skilled lawyers,” said Hauben.  “I was drawn to the firm by its history, the depth of its talent, and its collegiality and team-driven culture, all of which are key to providing clients first-rate representation in this growth area.”

About Ron Hauben

Hauben has more than 30 years of accounting profession experience.  Before joining Gibson Dunn, Hauben served as Americas Vice Chair and General Counsel at Ernst & Young from 2014 to 2022.  In his role as chief legal officer, he served as a trusted legal and business advisor to Ernst & Young’s CEO, senior management and board.  He led a legal team of more than 200 professionals and was responsible for handling corporate, litigation and regulatory matters, as well as risk and crisis management.

Hauben also has extensive experience counseling with public and private company boards and management on the role of independent auditors and the importance of the independent audit to stakeholders and capital markets.

Prior to his tenure as General Counsel, he served as Ernst & Young’s Deputy General Counsel from 2009 to 2014 and Associate General Counsel from 2003 to 2009.  Before that, his career included various roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, including Global General Counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting, Global Chief Corporate Counsel of PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Assistant General Counsel.

Hauben received his law degree with honors from New York University School of Law in 1981, where he served as senior editor of the NYU Review of Law & Social Change.  He served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Malcolm Muir of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1983.