John S. Gibson is a trial lawyer with 25 years of experience. He is a partner in the firm's Antitrust Group, where he focuses on litigation involving competition, technology, patents, standard-setting, and health care as well as other complex litigation. He also represents clients in a variety of high-stakes dealings with federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. And his practice includes successful post-trial rescue missions and appeals for companies facing substantial jury verdicts, adverse court awards, or other high-risk situations. John is rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 by Martindale-Hubbell. This is Martindale's top rating, reflecting practice "at the highest level of professional excellence."* John is also a fellow in The Litigation Counsel of America honorary society for trial lawyers. And he is listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America (2013, 2014, and 2015 editions).
As lead counsel in complex and class action litigation cases, John has achieved numerous game-changing results for clients. His experience includes representing companies (from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups) and individuals in the Internet, Web-browser, mobile/wireless, software, computing, consumer electronics, medical device, health care, professional sports, manufacturing, automotive, airlines, gaming, hospitality, real estate and financial services industries.
Representative examples of his practice include:
- Served as lead trial counsel for the Los Angeles Clippers basketball franchise in historic litigation against NBA-banned owner Donald Sterling. Winning the trial successfully rescued the team by forcing a widely-acclaimed sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
- Representing leading mobile telecommunications technology company in antitrust and licensing litigation over standard-essential patents.
- Won motion to dismiss leading mobile-device maker in federal antitrust litigation over company's role in technical standard-setting for 4G-LTE mobile technology.
- Representing a leading distributor of medical and surgical supplies in federal antitrust litigation over pricing policies.
- Representing a top healthcare company in federal antitrust litigation over competitive business practices.
- Represented a top Web-browser maker in IP and standard-setting issues regarding the next-generation hypertext markup language (HTML) for the World Wide Web.
- Eliminated 95 percent of the largest antitrust jury verdict in the U.S. through a rescue mission by taking over the case after trial.
- Won judgment N.O.V., eliminating a $10 million jury verdict in a commercial real estate case, by taking over the matter after trial.
- Defeated $2 billion in federal antitrust claims before trial for a Fortune 10 company in multiple cases brought by a putative class of the company's thousands of domestic distributors/retailers.
- Won a high-profile trial defending the country's second-largest school district against a Donald Trump partnership that sought $26 million in damages regarding development of an historic site in Los Angeles.
- Turned the tables for one of the top companies in Asia by taking over declaratory relief litigation that another firm had lost for the company. Prevented Plaintiff from using collateral estoppel against the company in a second action for $30 million in damages.
- Won summary judgment for a major airline in defending against the general contractor's construction-delay and fraud claims in federal court. The lawsuit involved a $40 million project at a major international airport.
- Defeated a significant lease pass-through liability for a major bank that was the anchor tenant in a downtown office building affected by an assessment for commercial asbestos-abatement and fire-sprinkler retrofit work. Also recovered attorney's fees and costs for the client in the highly-publicized arbitration proceeding.
John also served as in-house counsel and vice president for companies formed by the Robert M. Bass Group while helping to liquidate more than $6 billion in "bad bank" assets formerly held by American Savings & Loan Association.
In addition to private practice, John is very involved in the community. He has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He has handled significant pro bono matters, including a recent litigation victory in which he obtained the first federal court order in the U.S. requiring a school district to accommodate the service dog of a student with autism. John has also been a volunteer youth basketball coach.
John holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review, and an A.B. from Harvard College, where he was a John Harvard Scholar (top 5 percent of undergraduate students). After law school, he clerked for the Honorable John Feikens, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. John was also a NCAA Division I student-athlete in basketball, and he was a high school teammate of NBA Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson. He was selected Honorable Mention on the McDonald's High School All-American Basketball Team by a panel that included legendary coach John Wooden.