2022 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Interesting cases and early responsibility.”
“No dress code.”
“Partnership prospects are remote.”
“Long hours, high expectations.”
About Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP 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, many cases go through an in-house mock trial system before they go 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 more times than not (88 percent, 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, more than 40 nine-figure settlements, and 19 10-figure settlements. It’s no wonder the firm has one of the highest profits per partner.
Young But Mighty
Founded in 1986, Quinn Emanuel is younger than many of its associates. But dealing with legal youth is the specialty of Appellate Chair Kathleen Sullivan, who previously served as Dean of Stanford Law School. Quinn Emanuel is now firmly established as a go-to counsel for some of the biggest, toughest litigations anywhere. The firm represents many of the world’s leading companies, including IBM, Google, Cisco, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, Qualcomm, Daimler, Sony, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Sony, Hyundai, AIG, and Samsung, to name a few.
Globally, Quinn Emanuel has exported its litigation-only model to 14 offices in 10 countries outside the U.S. In the past decade, the firm has opened international offices in Brussels, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Mannheim, Munich, Paris, Perth, Shanghai, Stuttgart, Sydney, and Zurich.
The No. 1 firm in Vault’s General Commercial Litigation category, Quinn Emanuel’s litigation experience is wide ranging. Among the firm’s practices are antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, corporate disputes, environmental, insurance, intellectual property, international matters, life sciences, media and entertainment, products liability, and much more. Its largest practice is intellectual property, and more than 100 lawyers at the firm hold degrees in hard sciences or engineering. The firm’s mass torts practice has been widely recognized; its lawyers have been involved in such notable matters as the Fukushima nuclear accident, the BP oil spill, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The firm also boasts a notable appellate practice with extensive experience before the Supreme Court, federal courts of appeal, and state appellate courts.
Reach the Summit
Some firms treat their attorneys to dinners or tickets to a game. Quinn takes its crew hiking—and we’re not talking about a local trail in the firm’s backyard. Associates and partners pack their bags and head to locations around the world. Past locations include Interlaken, Switzerland; Dolomites, Italy; Taos, New Mexico; Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska; The Laugavegur Trail, Iceland; and Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Quinn Emanuel was among the first to move to remote work and prioritize our employees’ health in the face of the pandemic. We remain vigilant in keeping everyone safe. At the same time, our offices are as busy as ever and the opportunity for substantive litigation work remains. We ran a hugely successful, fully interactive summer program remotely. Our 2020 Summer Associates have reflected that they felt completely integrated into the firm and enjoyed the opportunity for hands-on experience. We do not expect our recruiting goals for 2021 to be affected by the pandemic based on these factors; We will continue to heavily recruit litigation-focused students to join our team and work alongside the best lawyers in the country on the most exciting cases. Interviews will take place via Zoom with an eye towards the students learning as much about the firm as possible from attorneys across all class years.
News & Awards
- Walter Hugh Merricks v. MasterCard Inc. et al.—Reversal of Refusal to Certify a Class: Quinn Emanuel succeeded in a landmark and ground-breaking appeal that overturned the refusal to certify a proposed class action brought by the firm’s client, Walter Merricks CBE (the former Chief Financial Ombudsman) against MasterCard in respect of unlawful anticompetitive interchange fees. This is the largest claim brought before the English class, with a proposed class of 46 million UK considers and they have lost in the amount of up to £18 billion.
- Qualcomm Inc. v. Apple Inc.—Global Settlement: The firm represented Qualcomm in a case against Apple asserting that Apple infringes three patents. After an eight-day trial, a jury found that Apple infringed all three patents asserted against Apple and rejected the only invalidity defense Apple raised (inventorship); awarding Qualcomm the full $1.41 per iPhone royalty it sought.
- California Institute of Technology v. Broadcom Ltd. et al.: The firm secured a $1.1 billion verdict for Caltech against Apple and Broadcom for infringement of three patents relating to an error correction technology that was used in Apple and Broadcom’s Wi-Fi devices. Quinn Emanuel handled the case from the very beginning and guided it through nearly four years of litigation before trial; the trial win was preceded by a number of significant wins on summary judgment, including the elimination of Apple and Broadcom’s invalidity and inequitable conduct defenses.
- Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al—Trade Secret Settlement Victory: Quinn Emanuel represented Waymo LLC, formerly Google’s self-driving car program, in an action asserting misappropriation of trade secrets and patent infringement related to Waymo’s LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) self-driving technology against Uber Technologies, Inc. and Ottomotto LLC. The parties reached a settlement on the fourth day of trial, after Waymo had presented much of its case-in-chief, granting Waymo a percentage of equity in Uber as well as an agreement that assures Uber will not use Waymo’s trade secret hardware and software self-driving car technology.
- #1 in the BTI Consulting 2021 Fearsome Foursome, earning Quinn Emanuel the title of “Most Feared” law firm in the world for the second consecutive year.
- “Practice Group of the Year” for Trials and Intellectual Property, 2020—Law360.
- One of the 2021 “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”—Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
- One of the “Top 20 Trial Law Firms” in 2021—Benchmark Litigation USA.
- One of the “Top 10 Competition Litigation Practices in the World” in 2021—Global Competition Review
865 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 443-3000
Founder & Managing Partner: John B. Quinn
Hiring Partner: Patrick Curran
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
750 - 1K
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Class of 2020/2021: $205,000
Class of 2019: $215,000
Class of 2018: $240,000
Class of 2017: $275,000
Class of 2016: $305,000
Class of 2015: $330,000
Class of 2014: $350,000
Class of 2013: $365,000
Summer Associate: $3942/week
East Coast Director of Administration and National Recruiting Coordinator
No. of U.S. Offices: 13
No. of International Offices: 14
Los Angeles, CA (HQ)
New York, NY
Salt Lake City, UT
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
Washington, DC I Brussels
Antitrust & Competition
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Class Action Litigation
Crisis Law & Strategy Group
Cybersecurity & Data Protection
Domestic U.S. & International Arbitration
Employment Litigation & Counseling
Intellectual Property Litigation
International Trade Commission Proceedings
Investigations, Government Enforcement, & White Collar Criminal Defense Practice
Latin America Practice
Lender Liability & Other Banking Financial Institution Litigation
Life Sciences Litigation
Litigation Representing Plaintiffs
Media & Entertainment Litigation
Product Liability & Mass Torts Litigation
Structured Finance & Derivatives Litigation
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.