Overview

Introduction

A litigation powerhouse, appellate all-star, and corporate law force, Gibson Dunn is a V10 firm with impressive practice and client lists across its 20 worldwide offices. Gibson attracts go-getters who will succeed in the firm’s free-market system and mesh with the professional, amiable culture. Attorneys who want to engage in pro bono work, with hours satisfying billable requirements, will find robust, dynamic opportunities with Gibson Dunn. The firm’s flex-time program, with prorated hours and compensation, is attractive to many.<...

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2022)

1.5K - 2K

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No. of Partners Named (2022)

27

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Featured Rankings

Vault Law 100


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No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2021)

137


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No. of Summer Associates (2022)

213 total (191 2Ls; 22 1Ls)


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Base Salary

1st year: $215,000.00 Summer Associate: $4,134.62

Vault Verdict

Since 1890, Gibson Dunn has established itself as a preeminent player in trial, appellate, and corporate work. Gibson Dunn has the usual BigLaw benchmarks—candidates must have top grades from top law schools—but the firm’s free-market system, in which associates seek and secure their own work, attracts both team players and self-starters. Attorneys are pleasant, easy-going, and respectful, perhaps especially so because they want to attract associates to their projects. Formal training may be limited, but new hires—including laterals and young associates—receive professional support and regular feedback on work product through strong mentorship; partners and senior associates seem incentivized to improve the skills of their junior associates. Associates are responsible for substant...

Firm's Response

With more than 1,600 attorneys across 10 countries, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is a force. Among the top firms in the country, Gibson Dunn is well-known for its litigation and trial work, its city-shaping Real Estate deals, and its top-notch corporate practices (which encompass myriad areas and industries).

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About the Firm

With more than 1,600 attorneys across 10 countries, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is a force. Among the top firms in the country, Gibson Dunn is well known for its litigation and trial work—especially its bustling Appellate Litigation and Securities Litigation practices—as well as its top-notch antitrust, M&A, white collar, transnational, private equity, and real estate work, among others.

Tinseltown and Beyond

Gibson Dunn began through a partnership between John Bicknell and Walter Trask in 1890. A mere seven years later, Judge James Gibson joined the firm. The trio joined forces with William Dunn, a former Los Angeles City Attorney, and Albert Crutcher, a former Assistant City attorney, to create the largest law firm in Los Angeles at the time. During the 20th century, the f...

Associate Reviews


  • “The culture is very collegial and probably as pleasant as it gets among peer firms, notwithstanding the fast-paced practice setting. Since returning to the office, we regularly have firm-sponsored lunches, desserts, etc. At least daily, I have a coffee, a drink, or a meal with colleagues. The staff is extremely supportive and collaborative.”
  • “We have a social and fun culture, but it is not all-consuming. People here typically have families, so there's not a constant ‘play hard’ mentality. We have a lot of fun and let loose, but it's not an every night type of thing.”
  • “Everyone is respectful and friendly, and communication is direct with little feeling of hierarchy between staff, attorneys, and partners. Socialization is more limited due to pandemic restrictions, but has been enjoyable when done remotely.”

Why Work Here


A Leader in Every Sense

Gibson Dunn is a full-service global law firm advising on some of today’s most complex and significant matters.  We are known for excellence in the practice of law and are committed to providing the very highest level of legal services.  We offer unparalleled, innovative thinking for clients with the most challenging needs and aspire to handle all matters as partners with, and not merely as service providers to, our clients. 

Gibson Dunn has ten offices in the United States and ten international offices.  Despite that geographic spread, we operate as a single, unified law firm.  Our attorneys work together in seamless teamwork across borders, jurisdictions and legal disciplines, finding the right combination of talent and resources for each unique matter entrusted to us by our diverse, multinational client base.

Diversity at Gibson Dunn

"Gibson Dunn is deeply committed to the promotion of diversity. The focus of our diversity efforts is to expand the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys through mentoring and other initiatives, and to maintain and expand the Firm's profile in the communities in which it serves. Gibson Dunn believes that diversity among lawyers is essential to our continued success as one of the preeminent law firms in the world. In an increasingly global world, we understand that it is crucial that we incorporate diverse competencies, experiences..."

Getting Hired Here


  • “Top grades are a must, even from top schools. But once you meet the cut-off, the focus is fit. Because of the free-market system, candidates that show they can do well in a group setting, work well in a team, and take initiative are valued.”
  • “The firm requires stellar academics and intellectual curiosity. Stand out credentials and other work experiences are highly valued. The firm actively seeks diverse candidates.”
  • “The firm places a strong emphasis on collegiality in candidates and associates. It is important that candidates be able and willing to work as part of a team and not constantly compete with other associates. The firm does provide training and guidelines for associates conducting interviews.”

Practice Area Q&A’s


Allyson Ho & Lauren Blas

Partner and Co-Chair of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group & Partner

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Perks & Benefits