Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr.

Co-Chair, Appellate & Constitutional Law Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr.

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr.

Co-Chair, Appellate & Constitutional Law Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Biography

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, is global Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group and previously led the firm’s appellate, crisis management, transnational litigation and media groups. He also is a member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees.

As The New York Times has noted, Mr. Boutrous has "a long history of pushing the courts and the public to see the bigger picture on heated issues." He has represented clients in the federal and state appellate courts throughout the nation in a wide spectrum of cases. He has argued more than 90 appeals, including before the Supreme Court of the United States, 12 different federal circuit courts of appeals, nine different state supreme courts and a multitude of other appellate and trial courts in complex civil, constitutional and criminal matters. Mr. Boutrous has successfully persuaded courts to overturn some of the largest jury verdicts and class actions in history. In 2011, he successfully represented Walmart before the Supreme Court of the United States in the Dukes case, which unanimously reversed what had been the largest employment class action in history and established important standards governing class actions (Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes). In 2013, he successfully represented the prevailing party in obtaining a unanimous Supreme Court decision enforcing the Class Action Fairness Act (Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles). Also in 2013, Mr. Boutrous successfully represented plaintiffs in the Supreme Court in a case invalidating California’s prohibition on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8 (Hollingsworth v. Perry).

As both a crisis management strategist and a seasoned appellate and media lawyer, Mr. Boutrous has extensive experience handling high-profile litigation, media relations and media legal issues. He routinely advises clients in planning how to respond, and in responding, to crises and other especially significant legal problems that attract the media spotlight. According to The National Law Journal, which in 2013 named him one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," he "is known for his wise, strategic advice to clients in crisis and is a media law star."

Numerous other profiles of Mr. Boutrous and his practice have appeared in the media. Prominent mentions include: "Litigator of the Week," The Am Law Litigation Daily (April 27, 2017); "Litigator of the Week," The Am Law Litigation Daily (September 8, 2016); "After Chevron Win, Dole Victory Caps Big Week for Gibson Dunn," Am Law Litigation Daily (March 9, 2014); "Practice Group Performs In Spotlight and Under Pressure," Los Angeles Daily Journal (March 2012); "Litigator of the Week," Am Law Litigation Daily (June 2011); "Lawyer of the Week," The Times of London (June 2011); "Appellate Lawyer of the Week," National Law Journal (March 2011); "Litigation Department of the Year," The American Lawyer (January 2016); "Litigation Department of the Year," The American Lawyer (January 2012); "Litigation Department of the Year," The American Lawyer (January 2010); "He’s a Hired Gun of the Highest Caliber," The Los Angeles Times (June 24, 2007); "Special Appeal," Los Angeles Business Journal (July 26, 2004); and "Jackson Case Stirs First Amendment Guru," Daily Journal Extra (February 23, 2004).

Mr. Boutrous is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He has been named a California "Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation. Chambers USA ranks him as a leading lawyer in five different categories, describing him as "a combination of smart and pragmatic" with "a complete command of the facts and law," a "true innovator," a "go-to guy on cutting-edge cases," a "formidable litigator," and "a hugely accomplished appellate lawyer . . . familiar with appeals at all levels and venues." Legal 500 has named Mr. Boutrous a "Leading Lawyer" for Supreme Court and Appellate litigation for the past three years in a row, calling him a "renowned advocate" and "the preeminent authority on punitive damages defenses in the U.S." In 2015, The National Law Journal named Mr. Boutrous to its "Trailblazers – Litigation" list, and The San Francisco Recorder named Mr. Boutrous to its 2015 Groundbreakers list. In 2012, Mr. Boutrous was named an "Attorney of the Year" by both the California Lawyer and the San Francisco Recorder, and the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals named Mr. Boutrous one of the 100 best lawyers in California for the eleventh year in a row. In 2016, the Daily Journal named Mr. Boutrous to its 2016 list of Top Labor and Employment Lawyers. In naming him to its list of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon calls him "one of the best media and appellate attorneys in the nation," and the Los Angeles Business Journal describes him as "one of the nation’s most prominent appellate attorneys."

Mr. Boutrous is a frequent commentator on legal issues. His articles include: "Spare the ‘Dreamers’ a Nightmare by According Them Due Process," Wall Street Journal (May 2, 2017); "Why I’ll Defend Anyone Trump Sues for Speaking Freely," Politico.com (October 31, 2016); "Poor Children Need a New Brown v. Board of Education," Wall Street Journal (August 28, 2016); "Challenging Inequality," Los Angeles Lawyer (July/August 2015); "Why We’re Fighting for Teachers’ Free Speech," The Recorder (May 25, 2015); "Media Relations in High Profile Litigation: Chevron Corp. v. Donzinger," InsideCounsel (September 30, 2014); "A First Amendment Blind Spot," Wall Street Journal (May 27, 2014); "California Kids Go to Court to Demand a Good Education," Wall Street Journal (January 28, 2014); "A Radical Departure on Press Freedom," Wall Street Journal (May 23, 2013); A Killer’s Notebook, a Reporter’s Rights," New York Times (April 9, 2013), "President Correa’s Libel Suit and the Fraud Against Chevron," Forbes (March 6, 2012); "Broadcast ‘Indecency’ on Trial," Wall Street Journal (January 17, 2012); "The Four Myths Surrounding the Common Law Reporter’s Privilege," Media Law Resources Center (January 2007); "First Amendment on Trial," Wall Street Journal (August 19, 2006); "What’s Next for Punitive Damage Awards," Wall Street Journal (May 29, 1996); "Rule 6(e) and the Public’s Right to Know," Wall Street Journal (August 17, 1998); and "Celebrity Justice: A New Double Standard," ABA Communications Lawyer (Fall 2004).

Mr. Boutrous is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Women’s Media Foundation and its 2015 Leadership Honoree. He is also a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council.

Mr. Boutrous received his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1987, where he was Valedictorian and Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Law Review.

Mr. Boutrous is admitted to practice in California, New York and the District of Columbia.

Representative Cases

* Served as lead counsel for Walmart in the Dukes case before the Supreme Court of the United States, successfully challenging an order certifying the largest employment class action in American history. In a landmark decision, the Court ruled in favor of Walmart on June 20, 2011, establishing important principles governing all class actions.
* Served as lead appellate counsel for the Standard Fire Insurance Company in a case before the Supreme Court of the United States, successfully arguing that the Class Action Fairness Act prevents putative class representatives from manipulating interstate class actions to evade federal jurisdiction. The Court’s unanimous ruling in March 2013 provides important protections against state-court class action abuses.
* Served as one of the lead lawyers for the plaintiffs in the successful federal constitutional challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8.
* Serving as national strategic and appellate counsel for Dole Food Company, Inc. in a series of toxic tort claims bro

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Co-Chair, Appellate & Constitutional Law Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Education
J.D., summa cum laude, Valedictorian
Class of 1987

The University of San Diego School of Law, commonly referred to as USD Law, is a law school located on the 182-acre campus of the University of San Diego in San Diego, California in the community of Linda Vista. Founded in 1954, the law school has held ABA approval since 1961. It joined the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1966. USD Law offers Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees in either a three-year full-time or a four-year part-time program. Advanced law degree programs offered include Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees in taxation law, international law, criminal law, health law, intellectual property law, business and corporate law, and in Comparative Law for graduates of international law schools. Concurrent degree programs are offered to achieve a J.D. degree with either a Masters in Business Administration, International Master of Business Administration, or Master of Arts in International Relations.

B.S.
Class of 1984

Arizona State University (commonly referred to as ASU or Arizona State) is a national space-grant institution and public metropolitan research university located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area of Arizona. ASU is the largest public university in the United States by enrollment. Founded in 1885 as the Tempe Normal School for the Arizona Territory, the school came under control of the Arizona Board of Regents in 1945 and was renamed Arizona State College. A 1958 statewide ballot measure gave the university its present name, making Arizona State one of the nation's newest public research universities.

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Fellow
Current

American Academy of Appellate Lawyers is a non-profit organization consisting of the Fellows who have been elected to the Academy. It was founded in 1990. Its mission is to "advance the highest standards and practices of appellate advocacy and to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers.

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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.

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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.

Co-Chair, Board of Directors
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The International Women's Media Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., is an organization working internationally to elevate the status of women in the media. The IWMF has created programs to help women in the media develop practical solutions to the obstacles they face in their careers and lives. The IWMF's work includes a wide range of programs including international reporting fellowships in Africa and Latin America and providing grant opportunities for women journalists, research into the status of women in the media, and the Courage in Journalism, Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism, and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The IWMF advocates for press freedom internationally and often forms petitions asking international governments to release journalists in captivity and offer protection to journalists in danger.

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2008

The International Women's Media Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., is an organization working internationally to elevate the status of women in the media. The IWMF has created programs to help women in the media develop practical solutions to the obstacles they face in their careers and lives. The IWMF's work includes a wide range of programs including international reporting fellowships in Africa and Latin America and providing grant opportunities for women journalists, research into the status of women in the media, and the Courage in Journalism, Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism, and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The IWMF advocates for press freedom internationally and often forms petitions asking international governments to release journalists in captivity and offer protection to journalists in danger.

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