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For Depomed Inc. Gibson Dunn obtained a critical bench trial victory against three generic companies when the District of New Jersey found that all three of Depomed’s patents concern- ing the opioid painkiller drug NUCYNTA were valid and enforce- able, all three defendants infringed the two primary patents, and one defendant infringed the third. The court then enjoined the defendants from any sales of generic versions of the drug until the respective patents expire. As a result, there will be no competition for NUCYNTA brand products until at least Decem- ber 2025, translating into billions of dollars of added revenue for the company. January 2017 Getting Healthy Gibson Dunn advised St. Jude Medical, Inc., an industry- leading medical device manufacturer with worldwide opera- tions and diverse portfolios of disease-management solutions, in its $30.7 billion purchase by Abbott, a global health care company. December 2016 Microsoft Would Like to Add You To Its Professional Network Gibson Dunn served as antitrust counsel to professional net- working site LinkedIn Corporation, securing global antitrust clearance for its $26.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft Corpo- ration. The deal was one of the largest acquisitions worldwide in 2016. September 2016 Room Service Gibson Dunn advised Marriott International, Inc. in its industry- transforming, $13.6 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a global high-end hotel company. The transaction created the world’s largest hotel company, which will operate or franchise more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms, representing 30 leading brands in over 110 countries. GETTING HIRED Vault’s Verdict: Gibson Dunn has extremely high standards and grade cut-offs for each school. The firm seeks go-getters who will thrive in their free-market system, but also people who are willing to be team players. Hiring Process • “The firm hires almost exclusively from top schools and applies a grade cut off at every school, including the top 6. The firm values journal experience, diversity, grades, etc. At any point in the interview process, a candidate can also be dinged if the interviewing attorneys (associates or partners) feel that the candidate would not be a good fit. It is difficult to get an offer.” • “The firm has very high standards, even for those many years out of law school. Unless you are at a very top ranked school, they expect you to have been top 5% in your class, or even higher sometimes.” • “We have grade guidelines, so typically only T-14 schools with great grades. Lots of HLS and UVA students in the DC office. We’re looking for Type-A individuals who take the initiative and are willing to assume the responsibility of forging their own career and practice.” • “I believe the firm is looking for candidates that not only look good on paper (top law school, top grades, journal experience, etc.), but that are also self-motivated, personable and willing to be active members of a team. The firm is very proud of its ‘free market system,’ which allows
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