Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has one of the world’s leading media, entertainment and technology practices. We represent both established and emerging media, entertainment and technology companies and handle our clients’ most important and complex corporate transactions, litigation, internal investigations and other legal challenges. At 50+ attorneys, the practice group can handle even the largest matters. As a global law firm, we also draw on the additional resources of over 1,100 attorneys in the firm’s 18 worldwide offices.
The American Lawyer named Gibson Dunn the 2012 Litigation Department of the Year for an unprecedented second time. The publication, which dubbed the firm’s litigators “The Game Changers” in 2010, declared that the firm possesses “The Complete Game,” having “racked up another stack of victories in some of the country’s thorniest cases.”
Chambers USA ranked our transactional practice in Tier 1 for California in 2012 and noted that the group “is renowned for its big-ticket corporate transactions” and “increasingly gaining a name for itself in the technology space.”
Our transactional lawyers are recognized for their expertise in mergers and acquisitions, complex film finance transactions, and joint ventures. They handle pre-sales of media rights; acquisitions and dispositions of catalogs, copyrights and name and likeness rights; television output and film distribution agreements; as well as the full range of corporate transactions that cut across industry lines.
Our litigators are well-known for their decades of experience in handling the full array of media and entertainment-related matters, including accounting, contract and profit participation disputes and enforcing film and television distribution agreements. We are leaders in conducting sensitive investigations for prominent social networking sites, and are renowned for our First Amendment practice. We have defended and prosecuted high-stakes copyright disputes, as well as trademark, rights of publicity, patent and other IP-based matters.
Euromoney Legal Media Group named Ruth Fisher as its 2013 Best Lawyer in Media & Entertainment at its Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
The Hollywood Reporter named Scott Edelman and Stephen Tsoneff to its 2013 Power Lawyers list, which features 100 of the entertainment industry’s most influential lawyers. Scott was featured in the litigation section and Steve in the corporate dealmakers section. In 2012, Scott Edelman, Ruth Fisher and Orin Snyder were named as Power Lawyers, Ruth in the corporate dealmakers section and Orin and Scott in the litigation section.
Variety recognized Orin Snyder in its 2013 Legal Impact Report, an annual feature of the top 50 attorneys in the entertainment industry, including the litigators who "helped shape the face of entertainment."
Variety featured Ari Lanin and Stephen Tsoneff on its Hollywood’s New Leaders List for 2012. Ari was selected for his work representing The Chernin Group in a strategic partnership to expand its entertainment ventures. Steve was featured for his handling of film finance deals for “Robopocalypse,” “The Fighter” and “Resident Evil: Retribution.”
The Los Angeles Business Journal named Ruth Fisher, Jon Layne and Jennifer Bellah Maguire as Most Influential M&A Advisors.
The Daily Journal named Ruth Fisher to its 2012 and 2013 lists of Top Women Lawyers in California. Ruth also was named to the 2012 inaugural list of the top 25 corporate women lawyers, where she was noted for her role representing entertainment companies in high-profile transactions.
The Daily Journal named Ruth Fisher to its 2013 list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California for her representation of Vivendi in a multi-billion deal with Activision Blizzard.
The Daily Journal named Ruth Fisher to its 2012 annual list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California for shepherding headline-making deals in the entertainment industry, such as Madison Square Garden’s acquisition of The Forum.
Law360 named Orin Snyder as 2012 MVP. Attorneys were selected for achievements that set a new standard for accomplishment in corporate law.
Ted Boutrous, Scott Edelman and Orin Snyder were ranked in the first tier as top media and entertainment litigators in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA.
More detailed information regarding the breadth of our litigation, transactional and antitrust practice in the media, entertainment and technology industries, as well as representative matters, can be found through the following links:
Media, Entertainment and Technology-Corporate and Finance; Media, Entertainment and Technology-Litigation; and Media, Entertainment and Technology-Antitrust.