Dean J. Kitchens

General Counsel at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Dean J. Kitchens

Dean J. Kitchens

General Counsel at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Dean J. Kitchens is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Securities Litigation Practice Groups. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and five-member Management Committee and serves as the firm’s General Counsel. Mr. Kitchens is a past member of the Judicial Appointments Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Kitchens has been named a Litigation Star in California for 2010 through 2014 by Institutional Investor’s Benchmark Litigation Guide, based on interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. He also has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Securities Litigation both nationally and in California in the 2007 through 2016 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Mr. Kitchens has been selected as a “Best Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, and Litigation: Securities by The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 and 2014. He is the original author of the Chapter “Trial of a Securities Class Action” for the leading treatise on securities litigation, Practicing Law Institute’s Securities Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide, first published in 2006.

Mr. Kitchens’ practice focuses on complex business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on securities litigation and auditor liability matters. He represents issuers, underwriters, accounting firms and individuals in securities and business related litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. His experience includes extensive involvement in securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions and insurer subrogation claims involving alleged violations of securities laws. He also regularly represents clients in investigations conducted by the SEC, Department of Justice and other governmental agencies and entities.

Mr. Kitchens graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974 and received his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles Law School in 1978. He served as Article Editor of the UCLA Law Review and was elected a member of the Order of the Coif. He is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all of the U.S. District Courts in California.

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Dean J. Kitchens
General Counsel at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Education
Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif
Class of 1978

UCLA School of Law is the youngest top law school in the nation. After more than 60 years, our school has never felt bound by outmoded ideas of how law should be taught or studied. Instead, beginning in the 1950s, UCLA created its own tradition - a tradition of innovation.

Bachelor of Arts
Class of 1974

University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

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American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) is a professional association of trial lawyers from the United States and Canada. Founded in 1950, the College is dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession. Through its Board of Regents, its general committees and its state and province committees, the College engages in a wide variety of activities to further those purposes. The College also awards the Medal for Excellence in Advocacy on a yearly basis.

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The mission of the Los Angeles County Bar Association is to meet the professional needs of Los Angeles lawyers and advance the administration of justice.

Article Editor
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General Counsel
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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides legal services. The firm provides services in areas such as labor, employment, entertainment & media law, toxic torts and other environmental matters. Its clients include commercial & investment banks, government entities, individuals and startups. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

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Member, Management Committee
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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides legal services. The firm provides services in areas such as labor, employment, entertainment & media law, toxic torts and other environmental matters. Its clients include commercial & investment banks, government entities, individuals and startups. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

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