Brian M. Lutz is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of Gibson Dunn's Litigation Practice Group and serves as a member of the Diversity Committee.
Mr. Lutz recently was named a Rising Star by Law360 in the Securities category—a distinction awarded to five attorneys nationwide under the age of 40. In November 2015, he was named "Litigator of the Week" by AmLaw Litigation Daily (an American Lawyer publication) for his work in securing a rare preliminary injunction that prevented a hostile takeover attempt of the pharmaceutical company Depomed, Inc. Mr. Lutz has experience in a wide range of complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on corporate control contests, securities litigation, and shareholder actions alleging breaches of fiduciary duties. He represents public companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, investment banks and clients across a variety of industries, including bio-pharma, high tech, finance, retail, health care, energy, accounting and insurance.
Mr. Lutz received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Lutz is admitted to practice law in New York and California.
Jason J. Mendro is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he practices in the firm's Litigation Department. Mr. Mendro has extensive experience defending class and derivative action lawsuits at the trial and appellate level, in both federal and state courts. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Firm's Securities Litigation Practice Group. Law360 recently recognized Mr. Mendro as a "Rising Star" in the category of securities law.
Mr. Mendro has defended numerous securities class actions and shareholder derivative actions, representing directors and executives against a host of challenges to their decisions, oversight, and compensation. Mr. Mendro played a leading role in the following representations, among others:
Mr. Mendro has also defended complex litigation involving a broad spectrum of other disputes, including claims under ERISA, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protection laws. He has conducted internal investigations, represented special litigation committees, and defended companies in investigations and actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and self-regulatory organizations.
Mr. Mendro also has significant experience in appellate litigation and in rulemaking challenges.Among other recent matters, Mr. Mendro was a key contributor to successful challenges to numerous, controversial regulations with broad implications for the global swaps market, as well as a precedent-setting appellate victory that reversed a multi-million-dollar jury verdict under the False Claims Act.
Mr. Mendro graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, where he graduated first in his class. Mr. Mendro also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald B. Tjoflat of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Jennifer L. Conn is a litigation partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She is a member of Gibson Dunn's General Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Appellate, and Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Practice Groups.
Ms. Conn is a commercial litigator, who has extensive experience in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, including those involving securities, accounting malpractice, antitrust, contracts, insurance and information technology. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Conn was an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. She also was a law clerk for the Honorable Lawrence M. McKenna, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
Ms. Conn received her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law in 1995, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She graduated, cum laude with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, in 1992, with a Bachelor of Arts in Government.
Ms. Conn is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Eighth Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Conn regularly writes and speaks on various subjects, particularly those relating to securities litigation. She is the co-author of the Firm's Practicing Law Institute Treatise, Securities Litigation: A Practitioner's Guide.
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