November 13, 2007 LAWFUEL – Law Firm Newswire – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm has elected 14 new partners, effective January 1, 2008. The new partners represent a wide range of practice areas and geographical regions.
“We are proud to recognize the accomplishments of this extraordinarily talented group of attorneys,” said Ken Doran, Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “The new partners are exceptional lawyers, who reflect our firm’s values of excellence, personal integrity, collegiality and dedication to providing the highest level of service to our clients. Representing diverse practices across our offices, they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise that will be a tremendous resource for our clients and our firm.”
The new partners include:
Dora R. Arash – Arash’s practice focuses on federal income tax planning for corporations and partnerships, as well as tax controversy matters. Resident in the Los Angeles office, she graduated magna cum laude from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 1994.
Ron C. Ben-Yehuda – Ben-Yehuda practices in the areas of transactional intellectual property, media and technology, focusing extensively on agreements relating to technology development, marketing and licensing, as well as e-commerce and other online activities. Prior to joining the Firm, he was general counsel of a public software company. Resident in the Los Angeles office, he graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School in 1987.
Anne Lee Benedict – Benedict’s practice focuses on corporate finance, business combination, securities and general corporate matters. Resident in the Washington, D.C. office, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1999.
Frederick S. Chung – Chung practices intellectual property litigation, focusing on patent litigation. Resident in the Palo Alto office, he graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1995. Following his graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Rachel Couter – An English-qualified lawyer, Couter practices international litigation, arbitration and other dispute resolution, including contentious regulatory disputes. She is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Resident in the London office, she obtained a first class honors degree in law from the University of Cambridge in 1994.
Michael M. Farhang – Farhang practices white collar criminal, securities, and general business litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, where he specialized in white collar fraud prosecutions in the Major Fraud section. Farhang also participated in legal assignments in Iraq for the Department of Justice in 2003. Resident in the Los Angeles office, he received his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1995.
Drew C. Flowers – Flowers focuses his practice on real estate transactions, with a particular emphasis on representing capital partners, developers and lenders in complex financing transactions. Resident in the Los Angeles office, he received his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1998.
Eduardo Gallardo – Gallardo concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate transactions. Resident in the New York office, he graduated from Columbia Law School in 1999, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Joshua Lipton – Lipton’s practice includes antitrust litigation, merger and acquisition investigations, antitrust counseling, and antitrust investigations by federal and state agencies and the European Commission. Resident in the Washington, D.C. office, he received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1998, where he graduated first in his class.
Michael K. Murphy – Murphy’s practice focuses on environmental litigation and counseling. He also has experience handling various government contract-related issues. Resident in the Washington, D.C. office, he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1999.
Julian W. Poon – Poon is an appellate and general commercial litigator, with a broad range of experience at both the appellate and trial court level across the country in antitrust, intellectual property, class action, labor, energy, media-access, and general commercial litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as a law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 2000-2001 Term, and to Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1999-2000. Resident in the Los Angeles office, he graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1999, receiving the Fay Diploma for placing first in his class.
C. William Thomas, Jr. – Thomas’s practice emphasizes the formation and operation of domestic and international private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and funds of funds. Resident in the Washington, D.C. office, he received his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1998.
Michael L. Reed – Reed’s practice involves corporate securities, merger and acquisition, corporate finance, and general business and contract matters. Resident in the San Francisco office, he received his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994.
Aric H. Wu – Wu practices complex commercial litigation with a significant concentration in the area of securities litigation. Resident in the New York office, he received his law degree, with distinction as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, from Columbia University School of Law in 1998.
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