Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP at a Glance


  • “No face-time”
  • “Inclusion in strategic decisions and substantive work early on”
  • “Laid-back culture”


  • “Fewer perks than comparable firms”
  • “Lack of organized training”
  • “Bonus in relation to the hours”

The Buzz

  • “Innovative”
  • “Top tier litigation shop”
  • “Cutthroat”
  • “Insane hours”

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 firm has always had its own style: partners wearing flip-flops, eschewing work from Wall Street banks (the litigation house earns more by suing large financial institutions than by catering to them), and putting every case through an in-house mock trial system before it goes to trial. Importantly, Quinn Emanuel tries lots of cases and walks away with a win 88.4 percent of the time. Not content with just a high rate of success, Quinn Emanuel also likes to go big, with five 9-figure jury verdicts, fifteen 9-figure settlements, and nine 10-figure settlements. That's hundred millions and billions, in case you were wondering.

Planet Profits

Founded in 1986, Quinn Emanuel is a firm younger than many law school graduates. But dealing with legal youth is the specialty of appellate chair Kathleen Sullivan, who had served as Dean of Stanford Law School for five years. Previously 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 January 2013, Quinn reported that profits per partner hit $4.4 million and gross revenue increased to $852.5 million. 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. We can think of very few situations "when an eight-figure verdict simply won't do," but more power to QE and the clients that have benefitted from its whopping verdicts.

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 almost quadrupled since. 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 will be disputes against major financial institutions, which the large, full-service firms will not handle.

Since 2008, Quinn Emanuel has expanded beyond Tokyo and London, opening eight additional international locations in Mannheim, Hamburg, Moscow, Paris, Munich, Sydney, Hong Kong and most recently Brussels. In total, Quinn has opened ten international offices in just six short years. Some of Quinn Emanuel's most recent expansion efforts have focused on international arbitration. Several years ago, Quinn Emanuel established a goal of building a preeminent international arbitration practice, and it has taken a number of major steps toward achieving that goal. The firm has done this via a number of superstar lateral hires including Stephen Jagusch, the former Global Head of International Arbitration at Allen & Overy, Ivan Marisin, the former Managing Partner of Clifford Chance Moscow's Litigation and Arbitration Practice and Philippe Pinsolle, the former number two partner in Shearman & Sterling's International Arbitration Group. Pinsolle and Marisin now serve as Managing Partners of Quinn Emanuel's Paris and Moscow offices, respectively. The firm's Paris and Hong Kong offices focuses primarily on international arbitration, while its Moscow office focuses on international arbitration as well as complex financial and corporate disputes and internal investigations.

The firm has also reinforced its steadily growing product liability and mass torts practice with the addition of several high-profile practitioners, including Sheila Birnbaum, the former Co-Head of Skadden's Mass Torts and Insurance Group; Mark Cheffo, formerly of Skadden; Michael Lyle, the former Co-Head of Weil Gotshal's Products Liability Practice; and Eric Lyttle, formerly of Weil Gotshal.


March 2014

Exceptional Expats
London publication Legal Business named Quinn Emanuel "2014 U.S. Law Firm of the Year" at the 17th annual Legal Business awards ceremony. The award recognizes the U.S. firm that has made the greatest progress over the past year in advancing strategy, improving financial performance, and winning cases for clients. Quinn Emanuel's London office, which launched six years ago, has now won this award twice (in 2012 and 2014).

January 2014

No Defects on this Team
Quinn Emanuel was honored at the 2014 Chambers and Partners Practice Group of the Year Awards in New York City, taking home the Product Liability Practice Group of the Year award. This is a significant win for Quinn Emanuel and demonstrates the wealth of talent on its Product Liability team. This stellar group of lawyers includes Faith Gay, Sheila Birnbaum, and Mark Cheffo from the New York office, Mike Lyle and Eric Lyttle from the Washington, DC office, and many other well-known practitioners in other offices around the globe.

Lucky 2013
Law360 selected Quinn Emanuel as "2013 Practice Group of the Year" in four practice areas: Appellate, Banking, Insurance, and Intellectual Property. For 2013, Law360 editors received nearly 675 submissions from 130 law firms vying for "Practice Group of the Year." Winners were chosen based on the significance, complexity, and quantity of litigation wins or deals by each firm between November 1, 2012 and November 1, 2013.

January 2013

Classing it Up
Quinn Emanuel was selected by Law360 as one of five "Class Action Practice Groups of the Year" for 2012. Quinn Emanuel was selected based on the significance, size, complexity, and number of its class action representations. Law360 recognized the firm for its "major class action victories" in antitrust litigation against U.S. "railroad giants" and, on the defense side, its representation of IBM in a data disclosure suit. The publication also recognized the firm's representation of Hyundai Motor America in numerous class actions relating to car fuel economy estimates. Quinn Emanuel also defended The Coca-Cola Co., Colgate-Palmolive Co., Barnes & Noble Inc., Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., Epson America, Inc, among others, in major class actions.

October 2013

It's Getting Hot in Here
Quinn Emanuel was named to The National Law Journal's annual "Plaintiffs' Hot List" for 2012, which recognizes the firms with the best track record representing plaintiffs in major business cases. The firm was selected for its bold strategy to sever ties with certain global financial institutions and major accounting firms in order to represent clients who had claims to bring against those institutions. Since then, Quinn Emanuel has become a leading firm worldwide in such representations and has won billions of dollars from the world's banking giants on behalf of clients such as the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp., and MBIA Insurance Corp. Law360, which described the firm as a "powerhouse in post-financial collapse litigation," also named the firm to its list of the "Most Feared Plaintiffs' Firms," an honor that comes directly on the heels of the firm's recognition as one of the "fearsome foursome"-the four firms in-house counsel fear the most in litigation (based on a poll of general counsel by BTI Consulting Group).

September 2013

"Fearsome Foursome"
Following interviews with hundreds of general counsel, Quinn Emanuel has been identified by Law360 as one of four firms that "strike fear in the hearts of corporate counsel." The firm was also named one of the "fearsome foursome" in 2010. Quinn Emanuel stood out as one of the firms "most likely to trigger dread in opposing counsel for their tenacity and their ability to anticipate their legal opposition's strategy." The firm was recognized for what it termed "jugular litigation"-the ability to focus in on what matters most in a case. In 2013 the firm boasted favorable billion and multimillion dollar outcomes in high-stakes cases for clients such as the Federal Housing Finance Agency and MBIA Insurance Corporation.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

865 South Figueroa St.
10th FL.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 443-3000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: John B. Quinn
  • Hiring Partner: Bill Urquhart
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 595

  • Employment Contact
    Selene Dogan
    Global Director of Recruiting & Firm Events
    Phone: (213) 443-3000
    Fax: (213) 443-3100
    E-mail: selenedogan@quinnemanuel.com

  • Base Salary
    All offices
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $270,000*
    Summer associate: $3,080/week
    *Firm’s partnership track is 7 years

  • Summer Associate Offers
    68 out of 69 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Trade Regulation Litigation
    Appellate Practice
    Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation
    Class Action Litigation
    Construction Litigation
    Domestic U.S. Arbitration
    Employment Litigation & Counseling
    Energy Sector Litigation
    Entertainment & Media Litigation
    Environmental Litigation
    Government Contracts Litigation
    Health Care Litigation
    Insurance Recovery
    Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    International Arbitration
    International Trade Commission Proceedings
    Investment Fund & Fund Advisor Litigation
    Lender Liability and Other Banking & Financial Institution Litigation
    Life Sciences Litigation
    Litigation Representing Plaintiffs
    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
  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Brussels
  • Hamburg
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Mannheim
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
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