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What the team is known for

High-caliber practice group with top-tier credentials in securities and commercial disputes, regularly picked by clients for high-stakes, bet-the-company cases. Possesses a wealth of expertise in trial work, counting several former prosecutors with extensive litigation experience among its roster of standout attorneys. Handles a plethora of other disputes in areas such as IP, employment and product liability. Services an impressive array of blue-chip corporates, including a number of Silicon Valley behemoths, in highly publicized litigation battles. Also features a leading appellate practice with an enviable track record in representing major corporations in the Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court.

Strengths

A client says: "We thought the team was brilliant, they have so much expertise within the firm. Their main strength is that they cover almost all areas of law within the firm."

Sources add: "They have a phenomenal appellate group. They are one of the leaders in California and they take things to the US Supreme Court. They're phenomenal in every single way."

Another source reports: "I've found them to be very capable of helping us to field issues across a spectrum when things pop up. They always seem to have the right practice group to support us when we need it."

Work highlights

Represented Kimberly-Clark before the Ninth Circuit to overturn a $454 million lower court verdict in a class action claim led by Bahamas Surgery Center.

Retained by AMC Network to defend a claim brought by producers of TV show The Walking Dead, alleging the company failed to pay a share of certain revenues generated by the show.

Acted for Facebook and its senior executives in multiple securities and derivative claims arising out of reports of the alleged misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica and related parties.

Notable practitioners

Alex Mircheff 's growing practice encompasses shareholder and derivative suits, where he acts for underwriters as well as corporations and their officers and directors.
"Alex is an excellent lawyer and communicator."

Brian Lutz has a broad commercial litigation practice which features notable strength in defending public companies against securities class action and derivative suits, as well as advising on corporate governance matters.
"Brian is collaborative, intelligent and exercises fine judgment." "He is a gifted lawyer and an absolute pleasure to work with."

Christopher Chorba is noted for his handling of a variety of disputes, including significant class actions. His clients include major tech companies.

Craig Varnen is adept at handling securities fraud litigation as well as derivative actions. He regularly acts for large corporates and their executives.
"Craig has an outstanding skill set and reputation."

Julian Poon offers expertise in a diverse range of appellate matters and regularly represents clients in district courts and the Ninth Circuit.
"Julian is an incredibly smart lawyer and his knowledge of the law was impressive." "He has a commanding level of knowledge and experience in the California Court of Appeals." "Julian is highly analytical, a good writer and a thoughtful advocate."

Michael Celio is noted for his expertise in handling class action mandates. He acts for both corporates and individuals, and is adept at handling SEC investigations.
"Michael is a thoughtful lawyer and a good advocate."

Scott Edelman is well regarded in the market for his wide-ranging litigation practice, which encompasses fraud, antitrust and employment-related disputes as well as major class actions.
"Scott has excellent analytical and problem-solving skills."

Theane Evangelis boasts an impressive and varied appellate practice, leading challenges before the Ninth Circuit and US Supreme Court on constitutional and commercial matters, including labor and employment concerns.
"I've been really impressed with Theane, she handled some really complex work for us and made some terrific arguments. She really was phenomenal."

Theodore Boutrous is widely acknowledged as one of the premier appellate litigators on the West Coast and nationally, making frequent appearances before appellate courts in some of the most significant business and civil rights disputes.
"Ted is a sharp and strategic thinker." "He is charismatic and highly effective as an appellate lawyer." "He's the leading appellate practitioner in California."

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Litigation Department

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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333 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles

California

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CA 90071-3197

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California

Litigation: Appellate


Julian W. Poon
Band 3
Theane Evangelis
Band 4
Theodore J Boutrous Jr
Star Individuals

Litigation: General Commercial


Christopher Chorba
Band 4
Scott Edelman
Band 2

Litigation: Securities


Alex Mircheff
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