George H. Brown is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He specializes in complex litigation that often involves multiple parties, subject matters and jurisdictions. Mr. Brown has particular expertise in litigating disputes involving accounting-related allegations, economic and finance issues, or valuation questions. He has advised audit committees, boards, and global companies on a range of corporate governance and shareholder issues and disputes. He also has substantial experience in complex contract interpretation disputes, class actions, and lost profits litigation.
Recently, Mr. Brown has been involved in challenging the improper implementation of a massive class action settlement concerning business lost profits claims. That litigation has involved interpretation of a complex class action settlement agreement and development of principles and procedures for evaluation of business lost profits claims for tens of thousands of business claimants. Mr. Brown`s background as a California certified public accountant and deep experience in representing accounting firms in a variety of settings allows him to add significant value for clients that are immersed in accounting related disputes. Mr. Brown currently also teaches a course at Berkeley Law School on accounting and finance for business litigation. He previously was a law professor at UCLA, where he taught business law, securities, and contract courses.
Mr. Brown has represented global companies in securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits that arise due to regulatory compliance issues and potential FCPA violations. He also has deep and substantial experience in developing loss causation defense strategies in litigation involving multi-billion dollar exposures. Mr. Brown was also a lead member of the trial team in a nationwide investor class action involving a disputed merger that converted a commercial real estate investment firm into a publicly traded REIT. The Gibson Dunn team achieved a complete defense verdict in that trial.
An active participant in the SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley communities, Mr. Brown serves on several non-profit boards. He is also a Senior Leadership Fellow with the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and is a member of the ALF board of directors. He has served as the co-chair of the board of directors for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the SF Bay Area, and currently also serves as a National Trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Mr. Brown received the Jack Londen award from LCCR in 2014 for his work on education issues.
He received his JD/MBA in 1988 from UCLA, where he served as editor-in-chief of the National Black Law Journal.
In 2011, Mr. Brown represented the California Citizen`s Redistricting Commission in connection with its drawing of the political boundaries for California`s State Legislative districts, Congressional districts and Board of Equalization districts following the 2010 U.S. Census. The Commission`s maps were upheld by the California Supreme Court in 2011.