Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP at a Glance


  • “High-profile cases”
  • “Lack of formal dress code”
  • “Flexibility”


  • “Long hours and no life balance”
  • “Lack of formal training”
  • “Billable hour requirements higher than average”

About Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP


Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has been cultivating the persona of an eccentric genius-shocking the often-staid (OK, uptight) legal world with its unorthodox approach, while awing them with sweeping successes in the courtroom. This global litigation firm has always had its own style: partners wear flip-flops, every case through an in-house mock trial system before it goes to trial, and the firm eschews work from Wall Street banks because they can earn more by suing large financial institutions than by catering to them. Importantly, Quinn Emanuel tries lots of cases and walks away with a win nearly every time (88% to be exact). Not content with just a high rate of success, Quinn Emanuel also likes to go big, with five 9-figure jury verdicts, twenty-seven 9-figure settlements, and fourteen 10-figure settlements. That's hundred millions and billions, in case you were wondering.

Planet Profits

Founded in 1986, Quinn Emanuel younger than many of their associates. But dealing with legal youth is the specialty of appellate chair Kathleen Sullivan, who previously served as Dean of Stanford Law School for five years. Once dismissed as a small, "quirky" shop, Quinn Emanuel is now firmly established as a go-to counsel for some of the biggest, toughest litigation anywhere. The firm represents many of the world's leading companies, including IBM, Google, Cisco, Qualcomm, Shell, The Coca-Cola Company, Oracle, Northrop Grumman, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Sony, AIG, and Samsung, to name a few.

Even if Quinn sometimes seems to be on/from a different planet, it does speak one language that all firms understand: $$. The Recorder heralded Quinn Emanuel's "screaming ascent" into the stratosphere of fiscal success in January 2008, when the firm announced a 30 percent increase in revenue (to $385 million) and again broke the $3 million mark in profits per partner. In April 2017, The American Lawyer reported that profits per partner hit $5.015 million and gross revenue increased to $1.2 billion. No Los Angeles-based firms have posted PPP that high-Quinn's only competition in this regard comes from established New York firms. Much of Quinn's financial success can be attributed to its tendency to take and win large cases, many on contingency.

An Explosion of International Expansion

Of all the booming overseas markets (China, Dubai, etc.), Japan is perhaps the richest in potential patent litigation, an area which Quinn Emanuel hopes to tap for lucrative international work. Japanese companies file more patents in the U.S. than those from any country outside the U.S. Through its Tokyo office, Quinn Emanuel handles all types of litigation for its Japanese clients, which include Sony Electronics, Isuzu Motors, and Seiko Epson-for whom QE won the largest patent infringement case ever filed with the International Trade Commission, a dispute with 24 different companies over the illegal sale of ink cartridges.

In May 2008, Quinn Emanuel opened an office in London via the acquisition of U.K.-trained restructuring lawyer Richard East, formerly a partner at Kirkland and Ellis. Within a month, the office's ranks had grown to seven lawyers-including Sue Prevezer, QC, a senior barrister and experienced trial lawyer-and that number has since increased fivefold. Unlike the firm's Tokyo office, which does not practice domestic law, Quinn's London lawyers litigate in the U.K. courts. And like so much else that Quinn does, the focus of the London office is unique: the bulk of its work is disputes against major financial institutions, which the large, full-service firms will not handle. London is also the center of Quinn Emanuel's highly rated international arbitration practice which arbitrates disputes all over the globe under the rules of all the major arbitration bodies. In the last decade the firm has expanded its international arbitration practice by opening ten international offices and stocking them with a number of superstar lateral hires including Stephen Jagusch, the former Global Head of International Arbitration at Allen & Overy, and Philippe Pinsolle, the former number two partner in Shearman & Sterling's International Arbitration Group on now Managing Partner of Quinn Emanuel's Paris office.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

865 S. Figueroa Street
10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 443-3000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: John B. Quinn
  • Hiring Partner: Bill Urquhart
  • Total No. Attorneys 2018: 717

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $180,000
    2nd year: $190,000
    3rd year: $210,000
    4th year: $235,000
    5th year: $260,000
    6th year: $280,000
    7th year: $300,000
    Summer associate: $3,462/week $75,000 clerkship bonus for Federal judicial clerks
    $35,000 signing bonus for 2017 3L hires that were not previously summer associates at the firm

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Competition • Appellate Practice • Bankruptcy & Restructuring • Class Action Litigation • Construction Litigation • Cyber Security & Data Protection • Domestic U.S. Arbitration • Employment Litigation & Counseling • Energy Sector Disputes • Environmental Litigation • Government Contracts Litigation • Health Care Litigation • Insurance Recovery • Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation • Intellectual Property Litigation • International Arbitration • International Trade • International Trade Commission Proceedings • Investment Fund & Fund Advisor Litigation • Latin America Practice • Lender Liability and Other Banking & Financial Institution Litigation • Life Sciences Litigation • Litigation Representing Plaintiffs • Media & Entertainment Litigation • Mergers & Acquisitions Litigation • Product Liability and Mass Torts Litigation • Public Strategy in High Profile Litigation • Real Estate Litigation • Satellite & Aerospace Litigation • Securities Litigation • Sports Litigation • Structured Finance & Derivatives Litigation • Transnational Litigation • White Collar and Corporate Investigations

Major Office Locations

  • Los Angeles, CA (HQ) • Chicago, IL • Houston, TX • New York, NY • San Francisco, CA • Seattle, WA • Silicon Valley, CA • Washington, DC Brussels • Hamburg • Hong Kong • London • Mannheim • Moscow • Munich • Paris • Perth • Sydney • Shanghai • Tokyo • Zurich