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Our Survey Says



To hear many Gibson associates talk, you might think they won the job lottery—and in their minds, they did. That’s how much Gibson associates report loving their firm and their coworkers. Many associates say there’s no better place to work in BigLaw, thanks in large part to a culture of friendliness, respect, professionalism, and access to socializing without pressure to do so. Across the board, associates praise the firm’s dedication to a hybrid/flexible work environment, which eases the pain of the inevitable long hours of BigLaw. It is this flexibility, they say, that preserves work-life balance even with heavy workloads, which associates acknowledge comes with the territory. Gibson operates on a free market assignment system, which brings with it multiple benefits. For one, associates have much greater control over their workloads and career trajectories. And the free market system incentivizes partners to treat associates well in order to attract the best associates to work on their assignments—not that this would otherwise be an issue, given how highly associates speak of Gibson partners almost universally. Pro bono is another area in which the firm excels, offering full billable credit for all pro bono work. Career prospects seem promising, with partnership competitive but achievable for those willing to work for it, and non-partner roles and exit options are plentiful. Even areas that are typically BigLaw pain points, such as diversity and wellness, get unusually high marks from Gibson associates—with the caveat that there is still work to be done, even at Gibson.

Gibson Dunn

333 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 229-7000

Firm Stats

Chairman & Managing Partner: Barbara Becker
Chair of Firmwide Hiring Committee: Perlette Jura
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
1.5K - 2K
No. of Partners Named 2023:

Base Salary

1st year: $215,000
Summer Associate: $4,134.62

Employment Contact

John O‘Hara
Chief Recruiting Officer
(213) 229-7393

No. of U.S. Offices: 10

No. of International Offices: 10

Major Office Locations

Century City, CA
Dallas, TX
Denver, CO
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
New York, NY
Orange County, CA
Palo Alto, CA
San Francisco, CA
Washington, DC I
Abu Dhabi
Hong Kong

Major Departments

Business Restructuring & Reorganization
Corporate Transactions
Labor & Employment
Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.