Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has new leadership in Washington, after tapping litigators Thomas Dupree Jr. and Cynthia Richman as co-partners-in-charge of the D.C. office.
Dupree and Richman’s tenure began July 1, following seven years with fellow litigation partners Daniel Nelson and Andrew Tulumello at the helm.
Dupree said Nelson and Tulumello were “absolutely top notch.” He and Richman aren’t planning to make substantial changes to the firm’s strategy, he said, but look to “continue the tradition of excellence.”
“If it’s not broke, we’re not going to try to fix it,” Richman added.
Both in their 40s, Richman and Dupree began their careers as summer associates at Gibson Dunn and have stayed at the firm ever since, with the exception of Dupree’s stint at the Justice Department.
From 2007 to 2009, he worked in the civil division of the Justice Department, rising to the division’s second-in-command as principal deputy assistant attorney general. Dupree has a wide-range of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer and has argued in all 13 circuits and at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dupree’s clients at the firm have included Facebook, Chrysler, Jerry Seinfeld, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. In Daimler AG v. Bauman, his U.S. Supreme Court debut, he won a 9-0 ruling in 2014 that helped define the limits of U.S. jurisdiction over foreign conduct.
Richman and Dupree’s professional careers intersected when she was a summer associate and Dupree was her summer associate coordinator, Richman noted. Richman has deep roots in Washington as well, having graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002. She has worked at Gibson Dunn for nearly 15 years, emerging as a top lawyer handling high-profile litigation, mergers, and matters involving antitrust law for clients including Apple and Comcast Corp.
Dupree and Richman declined to talk about specific clients, but Dupree said the changing legal marketplace means law firms will need to be able to provide a ”multi-disciplinary approach.” He said that includes litigating for clients in federal courts, dealing with regulators and fighting in the court of public opinion.
Gibson Dunn’s Washington office has more than 200 attorneys, including more than 50 partners, according to data compiled for the 2018 NLJ 500. The firm recorded its 22nd straight year of revenue growth in 2017, pulling in more than $1.64 billion in annual revenues last year.