Gibson Dunn Promotes 11 Lawyers to Partner for 2010

Nov 18, 2009, 11:30 ET from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has elected 11 new partners, effective January 1, 2010. The 2010 partnership class strikes a balance between corporate and litigation focused partners who reside across a number of different geographical regions.

"We are proud to honor these excellent lawyers and welcome them to our partnership," said Ken Doran, Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. "They embody our core values of excellence, professionalism and collegiality. I know that they will uphold the highest traditions of the firm."

The new partners are:

Rachel Brass (Litigation/Antitrust - San Francisco) - Brass's practice focuses on domestic and international antitrust and competition law and appellate litigation. She served as a law clerk for Judge James Rosenbaum, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. She received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 2001, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Journal of Global Trade and a member of the Order of the Coif. Brass was also the recipient of the Ralph M. McCareins Antitrust Prize.

Christopher Chorba (Litigation/Class Actions - Los Angeles) - Chorba has a broad commercial litigation practice including class actions, appellate, and complex fraud and civil matters. He is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and he was the Co-Chair of the ABTL's Young Lawyers Division for 2008-2009. He is a member of the firm's Pro Bono and Community Affairs Committees. Chorba graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2001, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review and received an award for his Law Review Note.

Jerome Delauriere (Tax - Paris) - French qualified, Delauriere advises international companies and investment funds with respect to the tax structuring of various French and international M&As, restructuring, real estate and private equity/venture capital transactions. He received his degree (DESS/DJCE) from the University of Caen in 1997.

Douglas Fuchs (Litigation/White Collar - Los Angeles) - A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California who served as Deputy Chief of the Major Frauds Section, Fuchs represents corporations and individuals in white collar criminal, SEC and other regulatory enforcement matters and related civil litigation. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Fuchs graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School in 1992, where he was a member of the Law Review.

Elizabeth Ising (Corporate/SEC Regulatory - Washington, D.C.) - Ising's practice focuses on corporate governance, securities regulation and disclosure issues. She was named as one of 10 "Rising Stars of Corporate Governance" for 2009 by Yale School of Management's Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance. She graduated with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and was inducted into the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society. She was also a member of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.

Sam Newman (Corporate/Restructuring - Los Angeles) - Newman's practice involves representing creditors, debtors and other parties-in-interest in Chapter 11 cases. He also advises buyers and sellers of financially-distressed assets and lenders and borrowers in financing transactions involving distressed assets. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2001, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Benjamin Rippeon (Tax - Washington, D.C.) - Rippeon's practice focuses on international and domestic taxation of corporations, partnerships (including private equity and hedge funds), limited liability companies and their debt and equity investors. He has extensive experience in tax planning for corporate and real estate acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations, as well as advising on executive compensation arrangements. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000, where he was a member of the Tax Lawyer.

Geoffrey Sigler (Litigation/Health Care - Washington, D.C.) - Sigler is a member of the firm's Litigation Department. He represents clients in a wide range of litigation matters, with a particular focus on class actions and health care litigation. Sigler also represents companies and individuals in internal and governmental investigations. Sigler graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2001.

Alexander Southwell (Litigation/White Collar - New York) - A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who served on the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, Southwell focuses on white collar criminal and securities enforcement defense, internal investigations and compliance monitoring, complex civil litigation, and information technology-related investigations, counseling, and litigation. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. He also served as law clerk for Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law in 1997, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers and was awarded the Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize.

William Thomson (Litigation/Appellate - Los Angeles) - Thomson has broad experience before both appellate and trial courts across the country, including product liability, mass tort, securities and consumer class actions, derivative cases and internal corporate investigations, and First Amendment litigation. He served as a law clerk to Judge Robert Kelleher of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law in 1996. He also earned a Ph.D. degree and an M.A. degree from the University of Chicago.

Stephen Tsoneff (Corporate/Media & Entertainment - Century City) - Tsoneff focuses on entertainment finance, secured transactions and mergers and acquisitions, primarily representing film studios and production companies in their distribution and financing transactions and commercial and investment banks providing production financing for motion pictures. He graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 2000, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

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