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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
WASHINGTON DC 20036-5306
United States
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Work Department

Environment: Litigation


Daniel W. Nelson practices in the Litigation Department as co-chair of the Environmental Litigation and Mass Tort Practice Group, and he is a member of the Class Action and Complex Litigation, Antitrust and Trade Regulation, and Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Groups.

Dan has a national complex litigation practice. He has served as the lead defense counsel for clients in the courts of more than 30 states, and he has defended more than 200 class action lawsuits, including as lead trial counsel in securing a defense verdict in a certified class action jury trial. He has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels in cases that span a wide range of areas, with a particular focus on environmental and mass tort litigation, complex business litigation, antitrust litigation, and class action litigation.


University of Michigan – 1993 Juris Doctor; Colgate University – 1990 Bachelor of Arts

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Environment > Environment: litigation

The environmental litigation and mass tort team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP acts for top-tier clients on a range of domestic and international disputes, including civil and criminal matters, bet-the-company litigation, and product liability cases. It is well versed in issues pertaining to catastrophic environmental disasters and has recently been handling a number of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions cases. The practice is led by Stacie Fletcher and Daniel Nelson, with Fletcher recommended for enforcement and defense matters brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and various state agencies, and Nelson a key name for class actions and environmental and mass tort litigation. In Los Angeles, Abbey Hudson is a key name for regulatory work, compliance and government investigations, as well as ESG matters, while Patrick Dennis is active in litigation in the manufacturing, energy, aerospace, real estate, and oil and gas sectors. David Fotouhi is an EPA alumnus with considerable experience of enforcement and regulatory issues, while Perlette Jura, who splits her time between LA and Washington DC, is a name for trial and appellate litigation and often handles cross-border matters. Rachel Levick was recently promoted to partner. Named attorneys are based in DC unless otherwise stated.

United States > Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation

The enviable client base at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s Washington DC-based road transportation industry practice comprises auto manufacturers, large rental car companies, automobile trade associations, and companies involved in the manufacture of materials for the transportation industry. It covers a broad array of specialisms, including litigation, appellate matters involving punitive damages, environmental matters and franchising work. The group also fields experts in antitrust and unfair competition issues, false advertising claims, class actions, and labor and employment matters, along with international trade and anti-dumping issues. The group is additionally well known for its longstanding efforts to ensure that punitive damage awards and procedures comply with constitutional requirements. In the rail space, the firm consistently handles railroad critical matters in the federal and state courts, as well as before regulatory bodies. The principal advisers are Raymond Ludwiszewski, whose career includes several years in senior US government legal positions, and experienced trial and appellate advocate Thomas Dupree Jr. Also key to the group’s offering are Theodore Boutrous Jr in Los Angeles, who acts in federal and state appellate courts throughout the US, while Daniel Nelson focuses on environmental and mass tort litigation, along with business, antitrust and class action claims.