Regulation & Law

Gibson Dunn Boosts California Securities Practice

Michael Celio joins the firm in Palo Alto from Keker, Van Nest & Peters.

Michael Celio joins the firm in Palo Alto from Keker, Van Nest & Peters.


Gibson Dunn has bolstered its securities litigation practice with the addition of Michael Celio, who arrives in the firm's Palo Alto offices from highly-rated litigation boutique Keker, Van Nest & Peters.

Celio's practice features strengths in a broad array of securities litigation work, including shareholder derivative claims, class actions and SEC enforcement. He joins after 17 years at Keker, Van Nest & Peters, having also spent two years as an associate at Wilson Sonsini.

Commenting on the move, Celio was enthusiastic about his prospects at his new firm. He said: “Gibson Dunn is a major player in big-ticket securities and class action litigation. I am incredibly excited to be joining a firm that I have admired for many years.”

Benjamin Wagner, Gibson Dunn's partner-in-charge in Palo Alto, added: “Michael is a highly credentialed and accomplished trial litigator, with tremendous civil and white collar criminal experience. Michael has spent his entire career as a litigator in the Bay Area and has earned a strong reputation in the region.  His addition will strengthen our securities litigation practice in Northern California and nationally.”

His arrival serves as a welcome boost to the firm's securities litigation practice on the West Coast, following the losses of the late Wayne Smith and Dean Kitchens, who took up the role of the firm's general counsel.

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