Miguel A. Estrada is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Mr. Estrada has represented clients before federal and state courts throughout the country in a broad range of matters. He has argued 23 cases before the United States Supreme Court, and briefed many others. He has also argued dozens of appeals in the lower federal courts.
In 2014, The American Lawyer named Mr. Estrada a "Litigator of the Year," praising his "brains and tenacity" and noting he is the lawyer to call for "a tough, potentially unwinnable case." From 2014-2016, Chambers & Partners has named him as one of a handful of attorneys that it ranked in the top tier among the nation's leading appellate lawyers. Chambers & Partners noted that "clients are impressed by his intellect and ability, with one saying, 'His papers are just blindingly clear in what they say and devastating in how they marshal the arguments.'" The Atlantic recently described his oral argument in a 2014 high-profile separation-of-powers case as "one of the most dazzling arguments the marble chamber has heard in many years."
Mr. Estrada was also selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialties of Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation in the areas of SEC, Telecom, and Energy. From 2015-2017, Mr. Estrada was named among the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. In 2004, Legal Times named him one of the top 12 appellate litigators in the D.C. area, noting that “people who follow appellate practice in Washington have known for several years that Estrada . . . is one of the best around.” Also in 2004, Washingtonian Magazine named him one of the top constitutional law lawyers “who could become one of the legends of the Supreme Court bar.”
Mr. Estrada joined Gibson Dunn in 1997, after serving for five years as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. He previously served as Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Appellate Section, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York. In those capacities, Mr. Estrada represented the government in numerous jury trials and in many appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Estrada practiced corporate law in New York with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
Mr. Estrada is a Trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society. He was formerly a member of the Board of Visitors of Harvard Law School.
Mr. Estrada served as a law clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy in the U.S. Supreme Court from 1988 to 1989 and to the Honorable Amalya L. Kearse in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1986 to 1987. He received a J.D. degree magna cum laude in 1986 from Harvard Law School, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. Mr. Estrada graduated with an A.B. degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1983 from Columbia College, New York. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in French.