Helgi C. Walker

Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Helgi Walker

Helgi Walker is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C. office. She is Co-Chair of the firm’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Group and a member of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Group.

Ms. Walker’s practice focuses on appellate, regulatory and complex litigation matters.  She has extensive experience in appellate challenges to agency rulemakings, particularly in the telecommunications space, and in other high-stakes commercial litigation.  Chambers USA describes her as “dynamite in the courtroom and a forceful oral advocate,” “a brilliant legal mind,” and counsel with “excellent judgment” and “a reputation for excellence.”  

Ms. Walker is a Public Member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, which is composed of leading authorities on administrative law.  By appointment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, she serves on the Court’s Advisory Committee on Procedures.

Ms. Walker worked in the White House Counsel’s Office as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003.  In this capacity, she was responsible for general regulatory and administrative law matters and judicial selection.  Ms. Walker was part of the original litigation team on behalf of then-Governor Bush in the battle over the 2000 presidential election.  From 2006 to 2010, she served on the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission by appointment of President Bush. 

Ms. Walker clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from 1995 to 1996 and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit from 1994 to 1995.  After her clerkships, she worked as an associate at Gibson Dunn.  She then reentered government service, serving at the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) as Legal Advisor and later Senior Legal Advisor/Chief of Staff to Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth.  Before rejoining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Walker co-chaired the appellate practice and communications appellate practice at Wiley Rein LLP. 

Ms. Walker is listed as a leading lawyer in both Appellate Law and Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite by Chambers USA.   In January 2014, she was named The American Lawyer’s “Litigator of the Week” for her win on behalf of Verizon in the “major appeals court ruling” overturning the FCC’s “net neutrality” regulation of Internet service providers.  In 2011, The American Lawyer selected her as one of the “45 Under 45,” “best of the best among young women lawyers” in the United States.  The National Law Journal named her one of “Washington's Most Influential Women Lawyers” in 2011, and Washingtonian magazine recognized her as one of the District's “Top Lawyers” in its 2013 and 2011 biennial rankings.  In 2014, she was included in  Washington Lifemagazine’s “The Power 1oo” list of “influential players running Washington and the world.”  She has appeared on FoxNews, CNN, MSNBC, and Frontline as a commentator on judicial nominations and the Supreme Court.

Ms. Walker graduated in 1994 from the University of Virginia, School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and Raven Society and served as Executive Editor of the Virginia Law Review.  She also received the Robert E. Goldsten Award and John M. Olin Prize in Law and Economics.

  • University of Virginia
       1994 Juris Doctor
       1988 Bachelor of Arts

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Publications and Multimedia
The FCC's Authority to Promulgate Internet Traffic Rules - Event Audio/Video
Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group
March 03, 2010