U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna Returns to Gibson Dunn

January 11, 2021

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Nick Hanna will join the firm’s Los Angeles office.  Hanna, a former Gibson Dunn partner, most recently served as United States Attorney for the Central District of California.

At Gibson Dunn, Hanna will co-chair the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.  He joins the firm’s deep bench of 50 former Justice Department lawyers, who represent clients in courts across the country, and he is the fourth former U.S. Attorney to be currently based in the firm’s California offices, including Chuck Stevens in San Francisco, Benjamin Wagner in Palo Alto and Debra Wong Yang in Los Angeles.

“We are delighted to welcome Nick back to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “Nick is an excellent lawyer and outstanding trial lawyer who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in his public service.  Growing our premier white collar practice is a strategic priority for us, and Nick’s return to the firm having served as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District deepens our white collar litigation and investigations capabilities and adds another dimension to our ability to provide best in class service to our clients.”

“We are excited to have Nick back,” said Jay Srinivasan, Co-Partner in Charge of the Los Angeles office.  “His previous two decades at Gibson Dunn underscore his cultural fit, and his government service has only deepened the substantive experience he developed at the firm, including in securities fraud, healthcare fraud, environmental crimes, export crimes, cybercrimes and privacy issues, corruption and anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act matters.  In addition, he has enhanced his national profile through working with other U.S. Attorneys around the country and other government officials in D.C.”

About Nick Hanna

Hanna served as the presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed United States Attorney for the Central District of California for three years. In this role, he was the chief federal law enforcement officer for the Los Angeles-based district, the largest Department of Justice office outside of Washington, D.C., and oversaw approximately 280 Assistant U.S. Attorneys.  Under his leadership, the Central District brought and litigated some of the most impactful cases in the country and recovered nearly $4.5 billion in criminal penalties, civil recoveries, forfeited assets, and restitution.

During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Hanna served as the Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee’s White Collar Fraud Subcommittee.  He also was a member of the Department of Justice Corporate Enforcement and Accountability Working Group, and one of two U.S. Attorneys on the Task Force on Market Integrity and Consumer Fraud chaired by the Deputy Attorney General.

Prior, Hanna was a partner at Gibson Dunn, where he practiced for 20 years from 1998 to 2018.  Before that he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles from 1990 to 1994 and in San Diego from 1995 to 1998.

An accomplished first-chair trial lawyer, Hanna is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Hanna received his law degree, magna cum laude, in 1984 from Georgetown University, where he served as Associate Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.