The New York Times Editorial
The Vergara v. California ‚Äúruling opens a new chapter in the equal education struggle. It also underscores a shameful problem that has cast a long shadow over the lives of children, not just in California but in the rest of the country as well.‚ÄĚ
Vergara Plaintiffs Deliver Riveting Closing Arguments
Watch Plaintiffs' riveting closing arguments on the final day of the Vergara v. California trial.
Oakland Alliance of Black Educators Endorses Vergara
"We believe the spirit of dedication and making children the priority, as exhibited by educators like Marcus Foster, are necessary ingredients to effectively steward our most precious resource ‚Äď children."
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Theodore J. Boutrous
Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., is lead co-counsel for Plaintiffs in Vergara v. California. Mr. Boutrous is a partner in the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and is Co-Chair of the firm‚Äôs Appellate and Constitutional Law Group, its Media and Entertainment Group, the Crisis Management Group, and the Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments Group.¬† He is a member of the firm‚Äôs Executive and Management Committees.
Read Mr. Boutrous’ op-ed about Vergara v. California in The Wall Street Journal: California Kids Go to Court to Demand a Good Education.
Mr. Boutrous has represented clients in the federal and state appellate courts throughout the nation in a wide spectrum of cases, including punitive damages, class action, securities, employment, environmental, insurance, product liability, antitrust, business torts, privacy, arbitration, criminal and constitutional litigation. He is responsible for the nationwide appellate strategy for several major companies, and has successfully persuaded courts to overturn some of the largest jury verdicts and class actions in history.
Mr. Boutrous also represents media organizations, reporters, and others in a wide array of First Amendment, access, subpoena, defamation, freedom of information, prior restraint, newsgathering and copyright matters.
As both a crisis management strategist and a seasoned appellate and media lawyer, Mr.¬†Boutrous has wide-ranging experience handling high-profile litigation, media relations and media legal issues. He routinely advises clients in planning how to respond, and in responding, to crises and other especially significant legal problems that attract the media spotlight and provides strategic counseling to address legal, legislative, regulatory and public relations aspects of such matters.
The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals have named Mr. Boutrous one of the 100 best lawyers in California for¬†seven years in a row. ¬†Lawdragon named him to the 2011 guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in America, calling him ‚ÄúOne of the best media and appellate attorneys in the nation.‚ÄĚ¬† The American Lawyer called Mr. Boutrous ‚Äúa media law star,‚ÄĚ the Los Angeles Business Journal described him as ‚Äúone of the nation‚Äôs most prominent appellate attorneys‚ÄĚ and the San Francisco Recorder named him one of the¬†2009 Attorneys of the Year.¬† Mr.¬†Boutrous received the ACLU of Southern California‚Äôs First Amendment Award in 2002.¬† He is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Women‚Äôs Media Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the California Supreme Court Historical Society.¬† He also is a member of the Business Advisory Council of ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
Numerous profiles of Mr. Boutrous and his practice have appeared in the media.¬† Prominent mentions include:¬† Selected as one of the ‚ÄúAttorneys of the Year 2011,‚ÄĚ The Recorder (February 20, 2012); ‚ÄúLitigator of the Week,‚ÄĚ Am Law Litigation Daily (June 2011); ‚ÄúLawyer of the Week,‚ÄĚ The Times of London (June 2011); ‚ÄúAppellate Lawyer of the Week‚ÄĚ National Law Journal (March 2011); ‚ÄúLitigation Department of the Year,‚ÄĚ The American Lawyer (January 2012); ‚ÄúLitigation Department of the Year,‚ÄĚ The American Lawyer (January 2010); ‚ÄúAnatomy of a Complaint,‚ÄĚ California Lawyer (January 2010); ‚ÄúLitigator of the Week,‚ÄĚ Am Law Litigation Daily (February 20, 2009); ‚ÄúThe Kill Step,‚ÄĚ The American Lawyer/Corporate Counsel (October 2009);¬†‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a Hired Gun of the Highest Caliber,‚ÄĚ The Los Angeles Times (June 24, 2007); ‚ÄúSpecial Appeal,‚ÄĚ Los Angeles Business Journal (July 26, 2004); ‚ÄúJackson Case Stirs First Amendment Guru,‚ÄĚ Daily Journal Extra (February 23, 2004); and ‚Äú45 under 45,‚ÄĚ The American Lawyer (January 2003).
Mr. Boutrous is a frequent commentator on legal issues. His articles on appellate issues include ‚ÄúDue Process for Exxon,‚ÄĚ Wall Street Journal (October 23, 2007); ‚ÄúSuccessfully Challenging Punitive Damage Awards: Winning Strategies After State Farm v. Campbell‚ÄĚ (2003 Monograph, National Legal Center for the Public Interest); ‚ÄúWhat‚Äôs Next for Punitive Damage Awards,‚ÄĚ Wall Street Journal (May 29, 1996); and ‚ÄúConstitutional Challenges to Punitive Damages after BMW v. Gore‚ÄĚ (1998 Monograph, National Legal Center for the Public Interest).
His extensive writings on First Amendment and media law issues include ‚ÄúThe Four Myths Surrounding the Common Law Reporter‚Äôs Privilege,‚ÄĚ¬†Media Law Resources Center (January 2007); ‚ÄúMemory Abuse,‚ÄĚ Wall Street Journal (January 13, 2007); ‚ÄúFirst Amendment on Trial,‚ÄĚ Wall Street Journal (August 19, 2006); ‚ÄúRule 6(e) and the Public‚Äôs Right to Know,‚ÄĚ Wall Street Journal¬†(August 17, 1998); ‚ÄúJudicial Proceedings and Records ‚ÄėAncillary to the Grand Jury‚Äô in High-Profile Cases,‚ÄĚ Media Law Resource Center (January 2005); ‚ÄúCelebrity Justice: A New Double Standard,‚ÄĚ ABA Communications Lawyer (Fall 2004), at 3; ‚ÄúRetooling the Federal Common-Law Reporter‚Äôs Privilege,‚ÄĚ Communications Lawyer, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring 1999); and ‚ÄúWhy an Expanded Common-Law Privilege Should Also Protect the Media,‚ÄĚ Communications Lawyer, Volume 15, Number 1 (Spring 1997).
Mr. Boutrous received his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1987, where he was Valedictorian and Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Law Review.