Chairman and Managing Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


Kenneth Doran has served as Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher since 2002, after serving as Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Councilors of the USC Gould Law School and past Director of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. Kenneth is also a strong supporter of Gibson Dunn’s diversity efforts. 

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 LGBT lawyers. 

Joined LCLD 2009

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated:
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

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
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
Scholars hosted:
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: Kenneth Doran

Diversity Professional: Zakiyyah Salim-Williams

Communications: Pearl J. Piatt