Perlette Michèle Jura

Co-Chair, Transnational Litigation Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Perlette Michèle Jura

Perlette Michèle Jura

Co-Chair, Transnational Litigation Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Perlette Michèle Jura
Partner


Ms. Jura is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Jura’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, transnational litigation, and appellate and constitutional law.

Complex Litigation, Transnational Litigation & Foreign Judgments. Ms. Jura has significant expertise in complex business litigation, global litigation and foreign judgments. She has played a critical role in several high-profile U.S. matters, transnational trials and appeals, and counsels on cross-border matters implicating the laws of more than 50 countries. She regularly plays a key advisory role in foreign trials and arbitrations that threaten U.S. repercussions and is an expert when it comes to conducting U.S. and foreign litigation with a comprehensive strategy. Ms. Jura also has significant experience litigating cases that turn on complex choice of law issues and litigating recognition and enforcement of foreign country judgments. Some of Ms. Jura’s most recent representative matters, publications, and presentations include:

Hupan v. Alliance One and Chalanuk v. Alliance One: ongoing cross-border suits filed against more than a dozen multi-national defendants by Argentine citizens.
Manspeaker v. Intel, Case No., Meyers v. Intel, Brown v. Intel, Rodriguez v. Intel: ongoing multi-jurisdictional transgenerational tort disputes.
Chevron Corp. v. Donziger: regarding $18 billion foreign judgment.
Tellez v. Dole Food Co.: securing dismissal with prejudice of U.S.-filed toxic tort claims alleging that DBCP caused reproductive harm.
Osorio v. Dole Food Co.: blocking recognition and enforcement of $97 million toxic tort judgment awarded by Nicaraguan court without due process or evidence of causation.
Kerr v. Chrysler and Schute v. Chrysler: blocking punitive damages claims using choice of law.
A New Transnational Battleground (presented for the Los Angeles County Bar Association in Los Angeles, October 2010).
Current Issues in the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (LACBA, 2010).
Pathways to Careers in International Law (ABA, Paris 2010) (presented for the American Bar Association, Section of International Law).
Legal Globetrotting: Recognizing & Enforcing Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards (ABA, Dublin 2011) (presented for the American Bar Association, Section of International Law).
Forum Non Conveniens and Foreign-Judgment Recognition: Different Sides of Different Coins (DRI, 2011).
Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments: Litigating Recognition and Enforcement Actions in the United States and Developing a Successful Global Strategy (ABA, 2011).
Unconstitutional Judgments for Import: Constitutional Limitations on Recognition and Enforcement of Abusive Foreign Judgments (Pepperdine Law Review, 2011).
Confronting the New Breed of Transnational Litigation: Abusive Foreign Judgments (U.S. Chamber of Commerce (PLI), 2011).
Enforcing Workers’ Compensation in Toxic Tort Birth Defects Cases (ACOEL, Jan. 2012).
Birth Defects—Prenatal Liability Or Workers Comp? (Law 360, March 6, 2012).
Legal Globetrotting II: Recognizing & Enforcing Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards (ABA, Miami 2012) (forthcoming) (presentation for the American Bar Association, Section of International Law).
Successful Global Strategies for Litigating Cross-Border Disputes in the United States (ABA, 2012) (forthcoming).
International Aspects of U.S. Litigation: Practitioner’s Deskbook (contributing author) (ABA, 2013) (forthcoming).
Appellate & Constitutional Law. Ms. Jura likewise devotes significant time to Gibson Dunn’s Appellate and Constitutional Law practice group. She has played a key role in a broad range of cases at both trial and appellate court levels, in U.S. state and federal courts. Her appellate experience includes drafting briefs and petitions filed in the California Courts of Appeal, the United States Courts of Appeals, the California Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court. Some of Ms. Jura’s more recent representative matters and presentations include:

Norwood v. Bourland: securing vacating district court judgment that denied important First and Eighth Amendment civil rights claims.
Osorio v. Dole Food Co.: affirming district court decision denying recognition and enforcement of $97 million Nicaraguan toxic tort judgment.
Dole Food Co., Inc. v. S.C.L.A.: securing writ of error coram vobis to reopen jury verdict in toxic tort case based on evidence of extrinsic fraud and due process violations.
California Veterinary Medical Ass’n v. City of West Hollywood: confirming city’s power to issue regulations preventing animal cruelty.
Gnesda v. UPS: reversing trial court’s decision to award punitive damages.
Appellate Oral Argument and Persuasion (presented for Loyola Law School, December 2010).
Advancing Your Argument on Appeal (Loyola Law School, Fall 2012) (forthcoming).
Education & Background. Before joining the Firm, Ms. Jura served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pamela Ann Rymer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is an active member of the ABA Judicial Division’s Council of Appellate Lawyers, and serves on several of the committees for the division.

Ms. Jura graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School. Ms. Jura was an Executive Editor of Stanford Law Review and received the Board of Editors Award. She was also the Student Director of the Stanford Community Law Clinic, and a graduate advisor and teacher. During her time at Stanford, Ms. Jura was also awarded the Public Interest and Pro Bono Service Award, the John Cushing Duniway Scholarship and a Stanford Law School Fellowship.

Ms. Jura graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was the Commencement Speaker at the Fine Arts & Humanities ceremony.

Community Involvement. Ms. Jura sits on the Board of Directors and the Board of Governors for the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (“WLALA”), where she co-chairs WLALA’s Financial Development Committee. WLALA is dedicated to promoting the full participation of women lawyers and judges in the legal profession, maintaining the integrity of our legal system by advocating principles of fairness and equality, and improving the status of women in our society, including their exercise of equal rights.

In 2012, Ms. Jura was selected for membership in the Pacific Council on International Policy, which is dedicated to addressing the world’s transforming global community and giving the West Coast a more effective voice in global development. Ms. Jura is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Transnational Legal Practice Committee, the Association’s International Courts Committee and the International Litigation Committee.

Since graduating from Stanford, Ms. Jura has maintained her close ties with the law school. She has been a member of Stanford’s Young Alumni Partner’s Circle since 2006, she is an active member of the Women of Stanford Law, and is part of that group’s alumni mentoring program.

In addition, Ms. Jura plays an active role in the Firm’s local and nationwide diversity and recruiting efforts. She is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Hiring Committee and the Diversity Committee, including the Professional Development Sub-Committee. Ms. Jura also dedicates substantial time to pro bono matters. In 2012, Ms. Jura received the Firm’s annual award for successfully litigating the Firm’s Most Challenging Pro Bono Matter, in connection with her work on Norwood v. Bourland, a complex civil rights appeal.

Ms. Jura is admitted to practice in the State of California, the Northern District of California, and the Fifth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits. She is also a member of the French American Bar Association.

PRACTICES

Litigation
Appellate and Constitutional Law
International Arbitration
Latin America
Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments
EDUCATION

Stanford University
2004 Juris Doctor
University of California - Santa Barbara
2001 Bachelor of Arts
ADMISSIONS

California Bar
COURT ADMISSIONS

US Appeals Court, 5th Circuit
US Appeals Court, 9th Circuit
US Appeals Court, 10th Circuit
US Appeals Court, 11th Circuit
USDC, California Northern Dist

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Co-Chair, Transnational Litigation Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Education
Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif
Class of 2004

Stanford began offering a curriculum in legal studies in 1893, when the university engaged its first two law professors. One was Benjamin Harrison, former President of the United States, who delivered a landmark series of lectures on the Constitution. The other was Nathan Abbott, who served as head of the nascent law program. Abbott assembled a small faculty to which he imparted a standard of rigor and excellence that endures to this day.In an effort to acknowledge the emerging professional nature of the department, Stanford's Board of Trustees passed a resolution in 1908 to substitute the term 'law school' for 'law department,' though technically the law program remained a department within the university.The law school was at the forefront of efforts to institute the California Bar exam, which was added to the requirements to practice law in California in 1919. The law school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923, the year the ABA began certifying law schools.

Bachelor of Arts
Class of 2001

The University of California, Santa Barbara (commonly referred to as UC Santa Barbara or UCSB) is a public research university and one of the 10 general campuses of the University of California system. The main campus is located on a 1,022-acre (414 ha) site near Goleta, California, United States, 8 miles (13 km) from Santa Barbara and 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Los Angeles. Tracing its roots back to 1891 as an independent teachers' college, UCSB joined the University of California system in 1944 and is the third-oldest general-education campus in the system. UCSB traces its origins back to the Anna Blake School which was founded in 1891 and offered training in home economics and industrial arts. The Anna Blake School was taken over by the state in 1909 and became the Santa Barbara State Normal School. Intense lobbying by an interest group in the City of Santa Barbara, led by Thomas Storke and Pearl Chase, persuaded the State Legislature, Governor Earl Warren, and the Regents of the University of California to move the State College over to the more research-oriented University of California system in 1944. The State College system sued to stop the takeover, but the Governor did not support the suit. A state initiative was passed, however, to stop subsequent conversions of State Colleges to University of California campuses. From 1944 to 1958 the school was known as Santa Barbara College of the University of California, before taking on its current name. When the vacated Marine Corps training station in Goleta was purchased for the rapidly-growing college, Santa Barbara City College moved into the vacated State College buildings.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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Current

The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, is the world's leading organization of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. The IBA influences the development of international law reform and shapes the future of the legal profession throughout the world. It has a membership of more than 50,000 individual lawyers and over 200 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents. it has a considerable expertise in providing assistance to the global legal community.

Member
Current

The Pacific Council on International Policy is a non-partisan membership-based organization focused on foreign policy. Founded in 1995 in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. It is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Its activities include speaking events, policy-focused task forces, and international fact-finding missions.

Career History
Co-Chair, Transnational Litigation Group
Current

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides legal services. The firm provides services in areas such as labor, employment, entertainment & media law, toxic torts and other environmental matters. Its clients include commercial & investment banks, government entities, individuals and startups. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

Clerk
Prior

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (in case citations, 9th Cir.) is a U.S. Federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts: District of Alaska District of Arizona Central District of California Eastern District of California Northern District of California Southern District of California District of Hawaii District of Idaho District of Montana District of Nevada District of Oregon Eastern District of Washington Western District of Washington It also has appellate jurisdiction over the following territorial courts: District of Guam District of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Boards & Committees
Member, Professional Development Sub-Committee
Current

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides legal services. The firm provides services in areas such as labor, employment, entertainment & media law, toxic torts and other environmental matters. Its clients include commercial & investment banks, government entities, individuals and startups. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

Member, Board of Governors
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Awards & Honors
Stanford Law Review - Board of Editors' Award
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