John T. Gaffney is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of Gibson Dunn’s Energy and Infrastructure, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Securities Regulation, and Corporate Governance Practice Groups. He has extensive experience representing public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and capital markets transactions. Mr. Gaffney also advises boards of directors and special committees in corporate governance matters. Mr. Gaffney has considerable transactional experience advising domestic and international clients across numerous industries, including significant depth in the media, telecom, renewable energy and shipping industries.
Mr. Gaffney has been ranked as a leading corporate lawyer (Band 1) in Media & Entertainment by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is described as “a dedicated and detailed lawyer,” “excellent, particularly on M&A issues” and “an eminently sensible dealmaker.” He has also been recognized by the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in Capital Markets as a leading practitioner in domestic and international capital markets transactions and by The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Corporate Law.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn in 2011, Mr. Gaffney was a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. During his 22 years at Cravath, Mr. Gaffney’s practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, capital markets transactions and corporate governance matters. In 2008, Mr. Gaffney left Cravath to join his client, First Solar, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and led the legal, corporate development and worldwide government affairs functions. In 2010, Mr. Gaffney joined Solyndra, Inc., a manufacturer of thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, where he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel and led the legal, corporate development, worldwide government affairs and business development-emerging markets functions.
Mr. Gaffney earned his Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from New York University in 1986. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University in 1982, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.