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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 > Industry focus > Environment: litigation

Some of the most prominent companies in the United States and international clients operating in a wide range of sectors seek Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP‘s representation in the full array of environmental litigation matters. Specializing in high-stakes civil and criminal environmental claims, the group is noted for its capabilities in highly complex disputes involving cost recovery actions, enforcement defense, asbetos liability, Superfund sites, permitting obligations and mass tort claims, including multi-party and multi-forum proceedings. The team is managed out of Washington DC by Stacie Fletcher, who handles significant cases under federal and state environmental statutes, and Daniel Nelson, whose notable areas of practice include class action lawsuits and mass tort. In the same office, Raymond Ludwiszewski is a name to note for the defense of environmental civil enforcement cases and complex toxic tort cases. The DC team was further strengthened by the arrival of David Fotouhi, who joined the firm after nearly four years in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Also noteworthy is the group’s offering in California, where Patrick Dennis is counsel of choice for numerous manufacturing, energy, real estate, and construction industry clients. He is based in Los Angeles. Perlette Jura, who co-chairs the ESG practice, and Abbey Hudson are key individuals in LA for multi-district environmental litigation.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort

Recognized as a ‘premier firm in highly complex, high-value litigation’, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has, over the years, won many notable victories for defendants in critical environmental and toxic tort cases, both at trial and appellate level. As well as regularly achieving success in venues throughout the US, including in traditional plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions, the environmental and toxic tort team, which is led from Washington DC by Daniel Nelson and Stacie Fletcher, has also developed particular strength in handling trans-national cases. In addition, the firm has successfully cultivated expertise in cutting-edge matters relating to climate change, an area that ‘exceptional‘ New York-based trial lawyer Andrea Neuman  and seasoned California-based appellate lawyer Theodore Boutrous  have been particularly visible.