USD School of Law Alumnus Ryan Murr ’98 (JD) Named Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Life Sciences Practice Group

Ryan Murr '98 (JD)

San Diego (April 22, 2014) - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, one of the nation’s top law firms, announced the addition of University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus Ryan Murr, '98 (JD), as a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice Group.

Murr has a broad corporate and securities practice, representing leading public and private companies, investors and underwriters in the biotechnology, technology and medical device industries in connection with securities offerings and business combinations transactions. In addition, Murr regularly serves as principal outside counsel for publicly traded companies and private venture-backed companies, advising management teams and boards of directors on corporate law matters, SEC reporting, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Murr was the managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s San Francisco office, where he practiced since 2011. He also previously practiced with Goodwin Procter and Heller Ehrman and was an associate at Gibson Dunn’s Orange County office from 1998 to 2000.

“Ryan is a great addition to the firm,” said Ken Doran, chairman and managing partner of Gibson Dunn. “He is an accomplished corporate attorney with substantial experience representing leading public and private companies, investors and underwriters in the life sciences and technology sectors. Ryan’s practice will be a wonderful complement to the firm’s existing strengths in these areas.”

Murr received his BA from University of Oregon Honors College and his MA in international relations from the University of San Diego. He graduated magna cum laude in 1998 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he was Order of the Coif and lead articles editor of 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 law, 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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