Congratulations to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By January 4, 2010Briefly Legal

The American Lawyer has recognized the illustrious and SUCCESSFUL law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for having the “Top Litigation Department of the Year.” The article is subscription only, but the firm summarized the news about the much-sought honor in a news release. And like Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog, we were much impressed with the legal team’s handling of a fraudulent lawsuit against Dole, among other successes. From AmLaw:

The litany is breathtaking: helping Dole Food Company, Inc., end a costly war of attrition with Nicaraguan plaintiffs, and uncovering a nasty pattern of fraud in the process; beating back massive, reputation-gutting employment class actions for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and United Parcel Service, Inc.; persuading the Supreme Court, on behalf of a teetering West Virginia mine owner, that a state judge must recuse himself if he took money from one of the parties in his last campaign—a now obvious point that was in the couldn’t-be-done category two years ago. . . . For those rescues, and a broader record of excellent work for hard-pressed clients, we name the firm Litigation Department of the Year.

It’s revisionist to say the recusal requirement inferred by the Supreme Court in Caperton v. Massey is a “now obvious point.” After all, the court’s decision was split. But there’s no doubt that Gibson, Dunn argued the winning side.

The National Association of Manufacturers has worked with the firm’s lawyers in product liability and OSHA cases, among other issues, and they’re top notch. Award-winning, in fact. So congrats!

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