Eugene Scalia

Eugene Scalia

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Eugene Scalia is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Group and a member of its Labor and Employment Practice Group, which he co-chaired for twelve years.  He is also a member of the Firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group and has served on its Executive Committee and its Partnership Evaluation Committee.

Mr. Scalia has a national labor and employment practice handling a broad range of matters involving the National Labor Relations Act, ERISA, sexual harassment and the anti-discrimination laws, and the many statutes administered by the Department of Labor.  He previously served as Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Department’s principal legal officer with responsibility for all Labor Department litigation, including ERISA, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

In private practice, representative employment matters include:

  • EEOC v. Ford Motor Co., 782 F.3d 753 (6th Cir. 2015) (en banc) – Sixth Circuit decision rejecting EEOC’s position regarding telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation.
  • Wynn v. Baldonado, 311 P.3d 1179 (Nev. 2013) – In Nevada Supreme Court, obtained reversal of lower court decision invalidating client’s “tip pooling” practice and authorizing a class action.
  • Hendricks v. UBS Fin. Servs., Inc., 2013 WL 5969888 (5th Cir. 2013) – Favorable Fifth Circuit decisions reversing district court orders that had denied arbitration and had certified ERISA class actions seeking $200 million.
  • NLRB v. The Boeing Company, Case 19-CA-32431 – Represented company in closely-watched case regarding new South Carolina facility.
  • Colson v. Avnet, Inc., 687 F.Supp.2d 914 (D. Ariz. 2010) – Defeated nationwide FLSA collective action and obtained 12(b)(6) dismissal of state law class claims with no discovery, in case involving sales and marketing representatives.
  • Hohider v. UPS, 574 F.3d 169 (3d Cir. 2009) – Vacated the largest ADA class ever certified.
  • Bath Marine Draftsmen’s Assoc. v. NLRB, 475 F.3d 20 (1st Cir. 2007) – Tried and successfully appealed to the Board and First Circuit this leading case on labor contract modifications.
  • EEOC v. UPS, 306 F.3d 794 (9th Cir. 2002); 424 F.3d 1060 (9th Cir. 2005) – Trial and two successful appeals in nationwide EEOC challenge under the ADA to a company’s physical qualification requirements for drivers.
  • Representation of companies and audit committees in many Sarbanes-Oxley “whistleblower” matters, including internal investigations and proceedings before the Department of Labor, administrative law judges, and the federal courts.

Mr. Scalia also has handled a range of appellate and regulatory matters, with particular concentration in litigation involving federal administrative rulemaking.  Representative matters include:

  • American Petroleum Institute v. SEC, 2013 WL 3307114 (D.D.C., July 2, 2013) – Successful challenge to “extractive industries” rule required by Dodd-Frank Act.
  • Business Roundtable v. SEC, 647 F.3d 1144 (D.C. Cir. 2011) – Successful challenge to SEC’s controversial “proxy access” rule, regarding election of corporate directors.
  • American Equity Inv. Life Ins. Co. v. SEC, 613 F.3d 166 (D.C. Cir. 2010) – Successful challenge to SEC rule regulating fixed indexed annuities.
  • Retail Industry Leaders Ass’n v. Fielder, 475 F.3d 180 (4th Cir. 2007) – Successful ERISA preemption challenge to controversial Maryland law that required increased expenditures on employee health care. 
  • Chamber of Commerce v. SEC, 412 F.3d 133 (D.C. Cir. 2005), and Chamber of Commerce v. SEC, 443 F.3d 890 (D.C. Cir. 2006) – Two successful challenges to SEC’s controversial mutual fund “governance” rule.
  • United States Telecom Association, et al. v. F.C.C., 227 F.3d 450 (D.C. Cir. 2000) – Successful challenge to Federal Communications Commission regulation regarding telecommunications surveillance by law enforcement authorities.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. U.S. Dep’t Labor, 174 F.3d 206 (D.C. Cir. 1999) – Successful challenge under Administrative Procedure Act to “Cooperative Compliance Program,” one of the largest enforcement programs in OSHA’s history.

Mr. Scalia is the author of more than twenty articles and papers on labor and employment law, constitutional law, and other subjects. He is listed inWho’s Who in America and is identified as a leading labor and employment lawyer in ChambersThe Legal 500, PLC’s Which Lawyer?, and other publications.  He was named the 2015 Washington, D.C. Litigation Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America®, and a 2015 Employment MVP by Law360.  Mr. Scalia is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, a federal agency that makes recommendations to Congress and the Executive Branch on ways to improve the administrative process.

Mr. Scalia graduated cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.  From 1992-93 he served as Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr, receiving the Department’s Edmund J. Randolph Award.  He graduated With Distinction from the University of Virginia in 1985 and was a speechwriter for Education Secretary William J. Bennett before attending law school.  He has been a Lecturer in labor and employment law at the University of Chicago Law School.



  • JD, University of Chicago
  • BA, University of Virginia
Supreme Court October 2017 Term Preview

Supreme Court October 2017 Term Preview

Practice Groups Teleforum

Speakers: John C. EastmanLouis Michael SeidmanRichard W. GarnettEugene ScaliaIlya Shapiro
Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Federalism • Labor & Employment Law • Religious Liberty • Security & Privacy • State Governments • Telecommunications & Electronic Media • Free Speech & Election Law
Sponsors: Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice GroupLabor & Employment Law Practice GroupReligious Liberties Practice Group
2016 National Lawyers Convention

2016 National Lawyers Convention

The Mayflower Hotel 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Speakers: Thomas W. MerrillRichard A. EpsteinWilliam H. PryorJohn C. HarrisonGary LawsonJoan LarsenMichael W. McConnellNelson LundDavid F. ForteAkhil Reed AmarNicholas Quinn RosenkranzMichael S. PaulsenMark PerryJennifer Walker ElrodRichard E. WileyThomas M. HardimanVincent Phillip MunozSandra Segal IkutaMichael O'SheaLisa HeinzerlingJohn A. AllisonLuther StrangeMark BrnovichWilliam KuntzDon WillettAbbe R. GluckPatrick MorriseyRon DeSantisPaul LarkinAdam KleinSusan G. BradenSeth HarrisOrin S. KerrPaul D. ClementJohn S. BakerRonald A. CassDiarmuid F. O'ScannlainFrank H. EasterbrookWilliam N. EskridgeAdam MossoffDouglas H. GinsburgRoger PilonJonathan R. TurleyJohn C. EastmanCarlos T. BeaSaikrishna B. PrakashKannon K. ShanmugamEugene ScaliaIlya SominJerry E. SmithDiane S. SykesStephen J. MarkmanMichael UhlmannRichard W. GarnettPatrick A. ParenteauR CruzWilliam P. MarshallSamuel A. AlitoClarence ThomasNadine StrossenEugene VolokhNoel J. FranciscoJames W. ElyAllison EidStephanos BibasBrian FitzpatrickEdith H. JonesDavid StrasRoderick M. HillsTodd ZywickiStephen I. VladeckArthur D. HellmanBill SamuelJeffrey S. SuttonRachel BarkowJoshua SarnoffC HemphillSteven CollotonE ElliottFloyd AbramsVictoria NoursePhil GrammRaymond KethledgeBradford R. ClarkDeepak GuptaDeborah A. GarzaAdam LaxaltBen SasseKimberley A. StrasselLeonard N. ChaninElizabeth GoiteinHenry GoldbergDavid J. KapposToni MassaroLawrence SolumMark FloydRandel K. JohnsonNikki HaleyDeborah L. RhodeAllan Rostron
Topics: Federalism & Separation of Powers
Sponsors: DC Young Lawyers ChapterWashington DC Lawyers ChapterAdministrative Law & Regulation Practice GroupCivil Rights Practice GroupCorporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice GroupCriminal Law & Procedure Practice GroupEnvironmental Law & Property Rights Practice GroupFederalism & Separation of Powers Practice GroupFinancial Services & E-Commerce Practice GroupFree Speech & Election Law Practice GroupIntellectual Property Practice GroupInternational & National Security Law Practice GroupLabor & Employment Law Practice GroupLitigation Practice GroupProfessional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice GroupReligious Liberties Practice GroupTelecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group
Third Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

Third Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

The Mayflower Hotel 1127 Connecticut Ave N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Speakers: Susan E. DudleyTodd F. GazianoSally KatzenDavid B. RivkinAdam WhiteMitch McConnellJonathan H. AdlerJack BeermannMichael D. BoppKelly ColeDavid D. DonigerC. Boyden GrayMichael LivermoreGillian E. MetzgerDavid B. QuinaltyNeomi RaoEugene ScaliaRobert SussmanMisha TseytlinJonathan AdelsteinThomas B. GriffithElana SchorRichard D. MorgensternDean ReuterGrace KohScott Belcher
Topics: Administrative Law & Regulation • Federalism & Separation of Powers
Sponsors: DC Student ChapterDC Young Lawyers ChapterWashington DC Lawyers ChapterCapitol Hill ChapterAdministrative Law & Regulation Practice GroupCivil Rights Practice GroupCorporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice GroupCriminal Law & Procedure Practice GroupEnvironmental Law & Property Rights Practice GroupFederalism & Separation of Powers Practice GroupFinancial Services & E-Commerce Practice GroupFree Speech & Election Law Practice GroupIntellectual Property Practice GroupInternational & National Security Law Practice GroupLabor & Employment Law Practice GroupLitigation Practice GroupProfessional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice GroupReligious Liberties Practice GroupTelecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group