Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a leading international law firm, consistently ranks among the world’s top law firms in industry surveys and major publications. The firm is distinctively positioned in today’s global marketplace with more than 1,400 lawyers and 20 offices.
Litigation Practice: Acclaimed as a litigation powerhouse, Gibson Dunn and the members of the Litigation practice have a long record of outstanding successes. The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn its 2020 Litigation Department of the Year, recognized as the “best of the best.” This unprecedented achievement was the firm’s fourth win in the last six years of the publication’s biennial “Litigation Department of the Year” competitions, and the sixth time in a row the firm has been a finalist.
The members of our litigation practice group are not just litigators, they are first-rate trial lawyers. Each year, we try numerous cases to verdicts before juries, judges and arbitrators. Our clients have trusted us to try their most significant disputes to verdict.
We have tried cases and argued appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court and state supreme courts in addition to federal and state courts across the United States involving almost every foreseeable area of controversy. We also handle disputes before a wide variety of nonjudicial forums, from federal and state agencies to international arbitrations.
Antitrust & Trade Regulation: Gibson Dunn serves clients in virtually every significant area of antitrust and trade regulation law, including cartel and government civil investigations, class action treble damage litigation, private antitrust litigation, government review of mergers and acquisitions, and trade regulation matters.
Appellate: Gibson Dunn has one of the nation’s leading appellate practices with broad experience in complex appellate litigation at all levels of the state and federal court systems. The practice has been involved in matters covering an array of constitutional, statutory, regulatory and common-law issues. Our lawyers have presented arguments in front of the Supreme Court of the United States more than 100 times.
Business Restructuring & Reorganization: The firm has extensive experience in both US and multinational insolvencies. Its lawyers regularly represent and counsel official creditors’ committees, ad hoc creditor groups, secured lenders, investors and companies (including DIP and exit financing) in out-of-court work-outs and Chapter 11 cases.
Commercial Litigation & Arbitration: Gibson Dunn’s approach emphasizes the full spectrum of services for our clients. Our litigators are trained to evaluate actual and potential cases at the earliest stages, to first determine if litigation can be avoided, or, if it is filed, whether the matter can be resolved quickly and economically. We pride ourselves on handling our litigation matters as efficiently as possible. Gibson Dunn lawyers are fully familiar with a wide array of alternative dispute resolution techniques, including arbitration, mediation, “mini-trials” and the like.
Intellectual Property: Gibson Dunn’s deep bench of trial lawyers with technical backgrounds, advanced degrees and industry experience provides the necessary insight to develop and defend against sophisticated claims in a wide range of industries and complex technologies. Our litigators are recognized throughout the industry as leaders in prosecuting, defending and trying IP claims in federal and state courts, before administrative bodies including the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as before arbitration panels.
Labor & Employment: Gibson Dunn is known for our unsurpassed ability to help the world’s preeminent companies tackle their most challenging labor and employment matters. We have prevailed in what are believed to be the largest class actions under several different U.S. employment laws, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the wage and hour laws. Gibson Dunn has also worked on high-profile ERISA cases, nationally recognized Sarbanes-Oxley ‘whistleblower’ cases and aggressive advocacy on OSHA issues.
Securities Litigation, Regulation & Corporate Governance: A recognized leader in the defense of securities class actions, derivative litigation and SEC enforcement actions, the firm advises companies on disclosure, accounting and regulatory issues for domestic and foreign regulatory bodies. The partners include nationally recognized securities class action defense counsel and a number of former senior officials with the SEC, NASD and DOJ.
Transnational Litigation: Gibson Dunn’s Transnational Litigation practice specializes in protecting clients against claims in U.S. and other courts stemming from overseas activities, as well as reducing and eliminating the risks posed by foreign litigation that, if unchecked, threaten company-wide implications. Our uniquely skilled, creative and experienced transnational team is equipped to manage all aspects of cross-border litigation, including devising, coordinating and implementing offensive and defensive global strategies and has represented clients in some of the highest-profile cases around the world. Gibson Dunn’s international team consists of US, English, French, Spanish and German-qualified lawyers, many of whom are dual qualified.
White Collar Defense & Investigations: The firm defends prominent companies and executives against federal and state prosecutions and has conducted numerous sensitive internal investigations in areas including anti-money laundering; computer and IP crimes; environmental violations and compliance; FCPA matters; forfeiture (civil and criminal); health care fraud; privacy; procurement fraud; securities, financial institution and accounting fraud; and tax offenses. The practice group includes numerous former federal and state prosecutors and officials, many of whom served at high levels within the DOJ, SEC and other key investigative arms of the government. The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn a finalist for the White Collar/Regulatory Department of the Year in 2020, and in 2016 was the winner.
Ifrah Law’s practice is focused on government investigations, complex litigation, white collar defense, and representation of internet related businesses including companies and individuals in digital media, online entertainment, interactive sports, and gaming. Ifrah professionals also provide representation to clients engaged financial services, payment processing, telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, government contracting, and many other fields. The firm litigates criminal and civil matters throughout the United States, in addition to serving as a trusted business advisor.
Online Gaming & Sports Betting Ifrah Law has represented Online Gaming clients since the inception of the industry, and has been at the center of most of the important prosecutions and lawsuits in the Online Gaming industry; it has been instrumental in the creation of the legislative and regulatory frameworks in many states which currently permit or are considering legalizing online gaming and sports betting. The firm now represents many of the largest iGaming companies and industry associations around the world including online casino operators, sports betting operators, poker and fantasy sports sites, and payment processors on class action lawsuits, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, vendor and supplier issues, government investigations, and criminal matters.
White Collar Defense Clients turn to Ifrah Law because of the attorneys’ ability to successfully manage, navigate, and negotiate high profile federal investigations. The firm’s White Collar Defense team includes a former Chief of the Organized Crime Section at the Department of Justice and a former assistant U.S. Attorney, and a former special assistant U.S. Attorney; their collective experience includes the litigation and resolution of disputes across a broad array of industries on issues ranging from cybersecurity and computer fraud to money laundering and asset forfeiture.
Business Litigation Ifrah Law has successfully represented clients in commercial litigation matters on issues ranging from breach of contract, copyright and trademark, data security and cybersecurity, employment law and licensing, corporate governance disputes, commercial fraud and alter ego. The firm has tried federal cases across key federal agencies as well as numerous U.S. Attorney’s Offices, District Attorney’s Offices, and state regulatory agencies throughout the country.
Federal Agency Litigation Ifrah Law represents clients on cutting edge issues at the intersection of internet business, finance, and technology, defending against claims by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Class Action Defense Ifrah Law defends clients in industries like gaming, payment processing, financial services, and mobile telecommunications when a class of shareholders or consumers alleges that it has been defrauded through regulatory or statutory noncompliance. In the securities area, we represent directors, officers, and corporations in class actions challenging corporate actions based on federal and state law, including claims arising from criminal investigations, regulatory investigations, and corporate transactions. We have also represented domestic and international companies facing claims under The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), in addition to tax, privacy, and employment statutes.
Data Privacy & Cyber Security Ifrah Law creates effective and compliant privacy policies, as well as litigates privacy matters dealing with issues of data and information; the firm represents businesses and individuals on information storage and rights of retrieval, including criminal background websites and children’s privacy protections online through Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Payment Processing & Finance Ifrah Law represents businesses and individuals in payment processing relationships, including merchants in disputes with payment processors, ISOs and acquiring banks, and payment processing agreements. The firm has gained a strong track record for trying and winning cases across venues and for successfully concluding matters with private litigants, the Department of Justice, the CFPB, the FTC, the SEC, and the CFTC.
Internet Advertising & Marketing Ifrah Law represents online advertisers, affiliate networks, publishers, advertising agencies, payment processors, and other marketing solution providers in state and federal investigations, enforcement actions, private litigation instituted by self-regulatory agencies, consumer class actions, contract negotiations, and compliance matters regarding all legal facets of internet and mobile marketing, eCommerce, telemarketing, electronic payment processing, and interactive gaming.
Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Ever since the debut of Bitcoin, Ifrah Law has been at the forefront of the cryptocurrency movement, counseling companies on the best ways to utilize the digital revolution of blockchain in their own business models. Representing pioneers in the interactive entertainment and financial services industries, the firm has deep experience shaping programs for companies to enhance their products and their bottom line while staying within the bounds of the still-evolving regulatory landscape.
Willkie’s litigators have won several precedent-setting victories across a wide spectrum of legal issues in courts around the nation. Our litigators are known for their creativity and practical approach in handling complex matters, tactical acumen, team focus, and for their deep appreciation of clients’ business needs. We are highly collaborative and creative litigators who litigate with a single purpose in mind: to win.
Willkie hosts a sophisticated and diverse national and international litigation practice representing major financial services companies, accounting firms, insurance and reinsurance companies and brokers, media companies, and individuals such as corporate officers and directors and accountants in complex commercial and class-action litigation involving all substantive areas.
We understand that our clients expect excellence with efficiency and one of the hallmarks of our litigation department is to staff our cases—even the largest, highest-stakes matters—with lean, nimble, and diverse teams so that everyone has the opportunity to add value. Our firm’s commitment to making the department diverse across both the associate and partner ranks is real. Whether by nurturing diverse talent from within the firm, or through lateral hiring, our litigation department is committed to creating diverse teams of lawyers to work on our most important matters. We also pride ourselves on giving associates meaningful roles in significant matters.
Commercial: With more than 200 skilled litigation lawyers firm-wide, we have the depth, breadth, and experience to handle the most complex and challenging commercial disputes. Our lawyers combine skillful advocacy, top-tier legal analysis, and deep business experience to achieve our clients’ litigation and business goals. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients to become trusted advisors with a keen focus on their long-term needs. We bring unrivaled efficiency and experience to every dispute and deliver results that exceed our clients’ expectations. We regularly represent clients in bringing and defending actions involving alleged breaches of contract and other business torts that frequently intersect with antitrust, securities, intellectual property, ERISA, employment, and other laws.
Securities: Willkie’s securities litigators regularly handle some of the largest and highest-profile securities class actions in the United States. We represent issuers, underwriters, and auditors in significant securities class actions and have obtained important victories for clients in securities fraud cases, cases arising out of poorly performing public offerings, internal or government investigations, and the restructuring of distressed companies. We have been at the vanguard of the recent wave of “busted IPO” cases, retained by investment banks like Goldman Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley & Co., and J.P. Morgan Chase, to grapple with the fallout from the Supreme Court’s high-profile Cyan v. Beaver County decision in 2018. Willkie has advanced leading-edge arguments in this quickly evolving area of the law in several high-profile matters.
White-Collar: Willkie’s White-Collar Defense and Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement practice groups regularly handle high-profile investigations and enforcement actions and complex white-collar cases across multiple jurisdictions. We represent public companies, financial institutions and their executives in a broad range of criminal and regulatory matters, with particular strengths in the securities industry, parallel SEC/DOJ investigations, and hedge funds. Our team includes former federal prosecutors, a former Assistant Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and counsel to the SEC Chairman, a former DOJ Acting Fraud Chief, and a former Associate Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office, among others.
Intellectual Property: Willkie is best known as a leader in sophisticated intellectual property litigation, and for its ability to represent and counsel clients across the intersections of intellectual property with other practice areas and across technologies. Willkie’s IP litigators pride themselves on results, working collaboratively with their clients and each other to achieve pragmatic and successful outcomes, representing U.S. and non-U.S. clients in litigation, transactions, and counseling, and licensing of patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names and trade secrets. Our patent trial attorneys represent technology leaders in jury and non-jury cases in federal courts across the United States and regularly appear in other patent forums, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board. We have experience handling cases in most industries and technologies, including pharmaceuticals, biologics, computer hardware and software, semiconductors, medical devices, consumer products, information and financial services, electronic devices, e-commerce, energy, sports, insurance, and music rights. Willkie’s IP team has been working on matters related to the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) for many years and has deep experience in the field of biologics and biosimilars, including BPCIA litigation, patent landscape analyses, and inter partes review proceedings. Just as importantly, we are routinely retained to handle complex copyright, trademark, and trade secret issues, representing clients in cases involving trademark infringement and dilution, cyber-squatting and false advertising. We handle oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; represent clients in copyright infringement litigation in federal courts; counsel clients on strategies to protect and defend their trade secrets; and represent clients in trade secret litigation under state law and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016.
Appellate: When trial court results are challenged, we have extensive appellate experience as well. Our team has briefed and argued appeals in state and federal courts around the United States, including matters before the Supreme Court. Our team is well versed in the intricacies of the appellate process, and understands how to navigate an appeal through the courts. As we do during the trial court phase, we are always thinking ahead to potential appeal issues, providing agile counsel to adeptly tackle substantial legal issues.
Bankruptcy: Willkie’s bankruptcy litigators have acted for distressed companies, their boards, board members and special committees of commercial lenders; major creditors and creditor groups; official committees; investors in distressed debt; private funds; administrative agents and lender groups; acquirers of distressed assets; equity holders; and other parties with interests in distressed situations. We are highly experienced with the expedited and transactional nature of bankruptcy litigation and appear regularly in bankruptcy court, trying high-pressure adversary proceedings, contested matters, and appeals throughout the United States, as well as insolvency proceedings in the UK, France, Germany and other key European jurisdictions. Our broad bankruptcy litigation experience includes: contested hearings, including dip, disclosure statement, confirmation and adequate protection hearings; stay relief and adequate protection litigation; lender liability; officer and director liability; and fraudulent transfer litigation.
Insurance: Willkie’s insurance team provides comprehensive counsel on a full range of insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes. Unique among law firms, we represent clients in all three segments of insurance coverage disputes—policyholders, insurance brokers and insurance companies. We are proud that clients in all three corners of the coverage triangle call on us to solve their most difficult problems. Our knowledge of all three segments gives us a deep understanding of the thinking and motivations of all of the participants in a coverage dispute. This, in turn, provides our clients with insight not normally available from other law firms that typically represent one side only. Clients value our unique perspective and the creativity we bring to resolving disputes, whether through negotiation, litigation or arbitration. And, because the parties to insurance coverage disputes know we are not aligned with only one category of clients, they are more willing to work with us to reach prompt and fair resolutions.
Antitrust & Competition: Willkie is known for providing practical advice to clients facing challenging, cross-border antitrust problems (‘One-World Antitrust’). Our practice spans a wide spectrum of industries, with particular experience advising clients in financial services, Internet and technology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, insurance, chemicals, payments, manufacturing of heavy equipment and building products, consumer products, accounting, energy, space, retail, and transportation. We have a strong reputation for handling high-profile antitrust litigations, mergers, and regulatory investigations.
Employment: Our lawyers regularly represent companies and senior managers on employment law issues. We frequently appear on behalf of our clients in federal and state courts and administrative agencies with respect to gender, age, and disability discrimination claims, wage and hour issues, and unfair competition and theft of trade secrets claims. We also regularly represent employers and ERISA fiduciaries in federal courts around the country in both individual and class action lawsuits. We have been involved in precedent-setting cases that have created law across an array of areas, including ERISA plan fee litigation, reimbursement rights, recovery of pension overpayments, ERISA estoppel and ESOP valuations, among many others. Our experience encompasses virtually all areas of disputes involving employee benefit plans.
In just over five years, Wilkinson Stekloff has established itself as the leading trial litigation boutique in the country, demonstrating a depth of talent and dexterity of skill unmatched by firms of any size. In its brief history, the firm has tried 17 cases to verdict, winning the vast majority of them. Over a single three-month span in 2019, WS handled three high-stakes, high-pressure trials in three different subject areas, with three different partners serving as lead trial counsel and eight different partners taking stand-up roles. This year, that intensity continues as the firm has tried two different high-profile cases while also serving as lead counsel in multiple high-profile antitrust and class action matters.
What makes Wilkinson Stekloff unique?
Our innovative business model allows us to deliver outstanding results, serve clients efficiently, and maintain our commitment to developing the next generation of trial lawyers. Clients welcome the certainty provided by Wilkinson Stekloff’s fixed fees, the quality of work ensured by our commitment to right-sized teams, and the exposure to a broad array of attorneys ready to do whatever it takes to achieve positive results.
We know that cases are won by tight-knit teams of smart, innovative, and highly skilled litigators who share different perspectives but are united by a common commitment to excellence. So we have recruited the nation’s best and brightest young lawyers. Our attorneys come from the country’s premier large firms, DOJ, the White House, and federal clerkships, and include several former Supreme Court clerks. Our workforce reflects our ongoing commitment to diversity; Chambers has recognized Wilkinson Stekloff as a 2020 and 2021 “Outstanding Firm for Furthering Diversity and Inclusion.” Vault selected us as among the top five midsize law firms in the country for diversity and pro bono work.
Because we view it as critical not just to hire diverse attorneys but to give them meaningful trial experience and client exposure, the vast majority of our associates have already worked on at least one trial.
Our clients have included heavy-hitters in a wide range of industries, such as Allergan, Altria Group Inc., Bayer, Facebook, FedEx, Georgia Pacific, Glenmark, Medtronic, Monsanto, the NCAA, the NFL, Pfizer, and Philip Morris USA — all of which have come to rely on Wilkinson Stekloff as a go-to trial firm that can handle their toughest cases. Our work during the last year shows the breadth and depth of our litigators’ talent and knowledge.
Among many other matters, we represent Altria in an administrative proceeding before the FTC that was tried remotely in June, in three separate consolidated private antitrust cases pending in the Northern District of California, and in an MDL involving RICO and state-law claims in the same court. We are lead trial counsel for Monsanto in a trial in California state court involving claims that Roundup caused pediatric NHL. We are counsel for the NCAA in putative class action cases pending in district court involving the hotly debated issue of student-athlete names, images, and likenesses. We are the NFL’s lead lawyers in a broad-ranging antitrust challenge to its television broadcast agreements.
And, showing that we can handle any type of litigation, anywhere, we successfully represented Judge Emmet Sullivan in mandamus proceedings in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit arising out of his handling of the high-profile criminal case involving former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
In addition to bet-the-company and other high-profile cases, we have handled almost 50 pro bono matters since our founding in 2016, with over 90% of the firm’s attorneys devoting significant time to those matters and the firm’s brightest young talent winning these trials in leadership roles. As a trial boutique, we pride ourselves on providing pro bono representation to clients facing trials, which can be particularly confusing or intimidating to individuals unfamiliar with the legal system. But the range of our pro bono litigation practice also covers appeals, class actions, and strategic counseling. In just the last year, our associates won precedent-setting appeals, obtained early release from prison for multiple individuals incarcerated as juveniles, and secured a landmark class action settlement that will provide life-saving hepatitis C drugs to people incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Recognizing these efforts, Chambers & Partners recently gave us their “Highly Commended Pro Bono Program” award, recognizing us as having one of the two best pro bono programs out of all law firms nationwide.
We continue to receive accolades for our work across multiple areas of law. The National Law Journal named the firm as one of its Products Liability Groups of the Year and Law360 selected us as one of its Sports and Betting Practice Groups of the Year. Benchmark Litigation has twice named Wilkinson Stekloff the “Boutique Firm of the Year,” calling us a “litigator’s dream shop.”
As we have continued to build our “dream team” of litigators, recruiting site Vault.com ranked us as one of the top three midsize law firms nationwide for compensation and selectivity. Our deep bench of go-to litigators includes Beth Wilkinson, recently named a national Star Trial Lawyer by Chambers; Brian Stekloff, ranked by Chambers as a nationally prominent products liability trial lawyer; James Rosenthal, noted as a “Winning Litigator” by the National Law Journal; Kosta Stojilkovic and Moira Penza, designated as “Rising Stars” for trials by Law360, Rakesh Kilaru, recognized as a “Rising Star” for sports and betting by Law360; and Kieran Gostin, honored as a “Rising Star” by the National Law Journal.
These accomplishments underscore Wilkinson Stekloff’s reputation as a litigation juggernaut. Lawyer for lawyer and matter for matter, we simply outperform our competition.