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Theane Evangelis Kapur
Theane Evangelis Kapur is an appellate and general commercial litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of its Appellate and Constitutional Law, Class Action and Complex Litigation, Securities Litigation, Media and Entertainment, and Crisis Management Practice Groups and serves on the Firm’s Hiring Committee. Ms. Kapur joined Gibson Dunn after serving as a law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor during October Term 2004 and as an associate with Ziffren Brittenham, a Los Angeles law firm specializing in entertainment and media transactions. Before clerking for Justice O’Connor, Ms. Kapur was a law clerk to Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Kapur has played a substantial role in a wide range of employment, consumer, wage-and-hour, and securities class actions, as well as constitutional, media and entertainment, and crisis management matters. Recent representative matters include persuading the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse the certification of the largest employment class action in American history; representing the plaintiffs in the pending federal constitutional challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8; persuading the Ninth Circuit to grant interlocutory review of a decision certifying a major wage-and-hour class action; winning a dismissal with prejudice of a putative nationwide consumer class action filed in federal court against a technology company, which was subsequently affirmed by the Ninth Circuit; securing a dismissal, with prejudice, in favor of Starbucks Corporation in a contractual dispute with singer-songwriter Carly Simon; winning a dismissal with prejudice of a putative nationwide securities class action filed in federal court; and obtaining reversal on constitutional grounds of a significant punitive damage award in state court.
Ms. Kapur graduated summa cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2003 and received the University Graduation Prize, which is awarded to the student with the highest grade point average in the graduating class. During law school, she was a Butler and Pomeroy Scholar and served as Managing Editor of the New York University Law Review .
Prior to law school, Ms. Kapur served as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Representative Max Sandlin, for whom she handled financial services, technology, and foreign affairs legislation. She received a B.S. in Foreign Service, cum laude, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Ms. Kapur is a recipient of the prestigious Burton Award for legal writing. She is a member of the California bar and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and all federal courts in California. Ms. Kapur also serves on the board of the California Women’s Law Center and as an Advisory Board Member of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. She has been named one of “Greek America’s Forty under 40” by the Greek America Foundation. Ms. Kapur was named by Southern California Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in the Los Angeles Magazine in the category of Appellate Law, and was recognized as one of the 25 Most Intriguing Greek Americans of 2010 by Greek America Magazine for her work challenging Proposition 8.