Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP at a Glance


  • “Very early responsibility”
  • “Complexity and variety of the cases”
  • “No dress code”


  • “High billable hours requirement”
  • “Sometimes a little more structure would be nice”
  • “Not easy to get free dinner”

The Buzz

  • “Big-time cases”
  • “Litigation powerhouse”
  • “Aggressive”
  • “Scorched earth approach”

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, twenty 9-figure settlements, and ten 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 May 2015, The American Lawyer reported that profits per partner hit $4.925 million and gross revenue increased to $1.1 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. 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. As a direct result of the high-profile achievements of the firm's product liability group, Quinn Emanuel was named Chambers USA's "Product Liability Firm of the Year" in both 2014 and 2015. 


May 2015

Premier in Product Liability
On May 19th, Quinn Emanuel was honored as the Product Liability Practice Group of the Year at the 2015 Chambers USA Awards. This is the second consecutive year that the firm has received this honor for its innovative and successful work on behalf of Pfizer, Colgate, Forest Laboratories, State Farm, Koch Industries, Endo International, Intuitive Surgical, GAF Materials Corporation, and others. The Products Liability group has succeeded in some of the most significant matters in the nation, ranging from trial level victories to a unanimous decision in the U.S. Supreme Court and a hotly contested win in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (en banc). Quinn Emanuel's superstar group of product liability lawyers includes Sheila Birnbaum, Mark Cheffo, and Faith Gay in New York, Mike Lyle and Eric Lyttle in Washington, DC, and many other storied practitioners in offices around the globe.

April 2015

In recognition of our outstanding results in recent antitrust matters, The Recorder has named Quinn Emanuel "2015 Litigation Department of the Year" for Antitrust. Selected from a pool of more than 100 nominees, Quinn Emanuel was chosen for its achievements in matters with the highest degree of difficulty, dollar value, and importance. The Recorder acknowledged several key achievements in selecting the firm for this honor. Most notably, the firm represented TransWeb in the defense of patent infringement claims asserted by 3M and the pursuit of Walker Process antitrust claims against 3M, obtaining a unanimous jury verdict in TransWeb's favor and a $26 million judgment. In connection with this victory, Los Angeles partners Michael Williams and Harold Barza were also named "Litigators of the Week" by The AmLaw Litigation Daily. Quinn Emanuel was further recognized for its smart defense strategy on behalf of DIRECTV in BYBB v. DIRECTV, led by Los Angeles partner Michael Williams, where the firm obtained summary judgment in a matter alleging a Cartwright Act violation based on theories of monopsony, price fixing, group boycott, and market allocation. Finally, The Recorder applauded the firm's appellate win for Samsung against Panasonic and SD-3C LCC in a case involving trade in the market for secure digital (SD) memory cards.

November 2014

Appellate Hot-Listers
The National Law Journal has once again named Quinn Emanuel to its "Appellate Hot List," marking the fourth time the firm has received this recognition in the past five years. The firm was selected as a result of several major appellate victories, including a notable Federal Circuit win for Google reversing a $30.5 million verdict, a landmark Second Circuit decision on behalf of the Federal Housing Finance Agency that enabled more than $20 billion in settlements, and a major Federal Circuit win for Samsung against Apple in the ongoing patent litigation between the two smartphone giants that once again prevented Apple from obtaining injunctive relief against Samsung. In other appellate news for the firm, in 2014, Kathleen Sullivan, Chair of the firm's Appellate Practice, was honored by election to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a prestigious group limited only to the top appellate lawyers in the U.S.

September 2014

Three Times the "Fearsome Foursome" Charm
Law360 has once again named Quinn Emanuel as one of the "four firms in-house counsel fear the most." The 2014 "Fearsome Foursome" were selected based on BTI Consulting Group's recent survey of 300 General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers at major corporations. According to the report, the Fearsome Foursome "have a history and a reputation of bringing every single resource to bear for their clients" and "enjoy a decided advantage when the opposing counsel is not part of their cohort." This is the third time Quinn Emanuel has been named to the Fearsome Foursome since 2010.

March 2014

Legal Business Luminaries
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

A Renaissance Firm
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.

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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 2015: 700

  • 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
    60 out of 60 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust & Competition Litigation
    Appellate Practice
    Bankruptcy & Restructuring Litigation
    Class Action Litigation
    Construction Litigation
    Cybercrime & Data Protection
    Domestic U.S. Arbitration
    Employment Litigation & Counseling
    Energy Sector 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
    Israel Practice
    Lender Liability and Other Banking & Financial Institution Litigation
    Life Sciences Litigation
    Litigation Representing Plaintiffs
    Media & Entertainment 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
  • New York, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Seattle, WA
  • Houston, TX
  • Brussels
  • Hamburg
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Mannheim
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
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