Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

May 2014

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, specializes in appellate and Constitutional law and has successfully persuaded courts to overturn some of the largest jury verdicts and class actions in history. As both a crisis management strategist and appellate and media lawyer, Mr. Boutrous handles high-profile litigation, media relations and media legal issues. He helps clients plan for crises and legal problems that attract the media spotlight, and he provides strategic counseling to address legal, legislative, regulatory and public relations aspects of such matters.

In Vergara v. California, Mr. Boutrous represents 9 California public schoolchildren against the State of California, California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers in a constitutional challenge of state teacher tenure laws, specifically the requirement that administrators either grant or deny permanent employment to teachers after a period of only 18 months, dismissal statutes that make the process to dismiss a single teacher extremely expensive and time-consuming, and the "Last-In, First-Out" law forcing school administrators to make layoff decisions based solely on seniority.

In 2012, Mr. Boutrous was named an "Attorney of the Year" by both the California Lawyer and the San Francisco Recorder, and the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals named Mr. Boutrous one of the Top 100 California lawyers for ten years in a row.

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.