Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. to Receive Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

San Diego (March 6, 2012) - The University of San Diego (USD) will honor alumnus Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., ’87 (JD), with the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award at this year’s Alumni Honors Gala on April 28, 2012. 

Each year, USD bestows this honor on one graduate from each of the schools on the campus. The award is given to recognize outstanding career achievement and exemplary representation of USD’s ideals.

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, is co-chair of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Group, its Crisis Management Group, and its Media and Entertainment Group. He also is a member of the firm’s five-person global Management Committee.

During his career, Boutrous has successfully persuaded appellate courts to overturn some of the largest jury verdicts in history. In 2011, he convinced the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse one of the largest class actions of all time in the landmark case of Wal-Mart v. Dukes.

Boutrous also represents media organizations and reporters in a wide array of First Amendment matters. He frequently advises clients in responding, or planning to respond, to crises and other especially significant legal problems that attract the media spotlight.

The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals have named 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 "one of the best media and appellate attorneys in the nation." The American Lawyer magazine, which recently named Gibson Dunn "Litigation Department of the Year" for the second year in a row, has called Boutrous "a media law star." The Los Angeles Business Journal described him as "one of the nation’s most prominent appellate attorneys" and the San Francisco Recorder named him one of the 2011 and 2009 Attorneys of the Year.

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.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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