Chair and Managing Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Barbara Becker is the seventh Chair and Managing Partner in Gibson Dunn’s 131-year history. Prior to this role, she served as Co-Chair of the firm’s M&A Practice Group for over a decade. Barbara also created and led the firmwide Diversity Committee. She has been recognized numerous times by publications such as The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Law360, and Chambers.
As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Barbara created a Leader's Pledge detailing her personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Barbara's pledge here.
Gibson Dunn focuses on diversity at both a strategic, global level and a localized level. The firm is involved in diverse recruiting, 1L programs, and diversity-related organizations. Gibson Dunn is also proud to have represented the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, which challenged California’s ban on gay marriage. They have been rated a top firm for diversity by various sources, especially pertaining to female and LGBTQ+ lawyers.
Joined LCLD 2021
Highlights of LCLD Participation
2022: Karin Portlock; 2021: Chris Wilson; 2020: Lauren Blas; 2019: Michelle Gourley; 2017: Chantale Fiebig; 2016: Daniel Chung; 2015: Rashida La Lande; 2014: Perlette Michele Jura; 2013: James C. Ho; 2012: Julian W. Poon; 2011: Marcellus McRae
2021: Kyanna Sabanoglu, Andrenna Berggren; 2020: Matthew Aiken, Duncan Taylor; 2019: Candis Davis, Stephen Herndon; 2017: Kathyrn Cherry; 2016: Matthew Gibbons, Chelsea Norell
1L LCLD Scholars Program
2021: Hannah Gonzalez, Marina Edwards, Jorge Arias, Roshni Edalur, Angela Uribe, Swathi Sreerangarajan; 2020: Amanda Bello, Aaron Cheung, Peter Moon, Laila Naraghi, Mitchell Wellman, Kataeya Wooten, Wenyi Xu, To Nh, Huynh, Erim Kim; 2019: Luis Valle, Connor Mui; 2018: Grace Assaye, J. Sebastian Becker; 2017: Elizabeth Ngo, Simon Zhen; 2013: Sylvia Davis, Bharath Krishnamoorthy, Jie Wang; 2012: Angelica Agishi, Nina Xue
Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2019, 2017, 2015, 2012
Member: Barbara Becker
Diversity Professional: Zakiyyah Salim-Williams
Communications: Pearl Piatt