Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Main office 865 South Figueroa Street, 10th Floor | Los Angeles | CA | 90017
Email krystinahutnyan@quinnemanuel.com 
Website http://www.quinnemanuel.com 
Phone 213-443-3000 
Fax 213-443-3100 
Year of establishment 1986
Number of offices 11
Largest office Los Angeles
Number of attorneys 411
Number of associates 256
Number of partners 129
Partner: associate ratio 0.50
Percent women attorneys 31.00
Percent minority attorneys 12.30
Percent gay attorneys 3.40


Existing as a litigation only white shoe firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. It is the premium business litigation firm in the United States known for its unorthodox style, hiring over 650 lawyers throughout ten locations in the world. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, London, Mannheim, Moscow, and Hamburg, the firm is the largest firm in the United States that is only into business litigation. In 2011, the profits per equity partner were the second highest in the world. As premier business litigation lawyers, the firm tries the maximum number of business cases to juries. Quinn has the rare capability and willingness to see the matter in the right perspective and win. The magazine American Lawyer once described the firm as a "litigation tour de force." The firm was first established in 1986 by four partners John B. Quinn, Eric Emanuel, David Quinto, and Phyllis Kupferstein. The purpose of the firm was to be a litigation only law firm. It was joined in 1988 by name partner A. William Urquhart. Since its inception, the firm aimed to do away with law firm formalities. With the modest beginning of four lawyers initially, the firm began expanding in 2007, when it opened its first office in Tokyo. By 2011, it had established offices in London, Mannheim, Germany, and Moscow in 2011. On September 2011, the opened an office in Washington DC, the nation's capital. The firm is the first AmLaw 100 firm to have a female name partner. In name 2010, it changed its name to include Kathleen Sullivan, who is the former dean of Stanford Law School. Currently, she heads the firm's appellate practice. A major initiative regarding the firm's self image is the lack of a formal dress code. This self image extends into the corporate structure of the firm. What's interesting is that the firm lacks any formal management committees other than an advisory committee, which has been set up for the evaluation of contingency fee cases. The firm has seen impressive growth in 25 years from four lawyers to over 650 lawyers without absorbing or merging a single group. The firm believes in hiring great law school students who want to try lawsuits. The firm also believes that lateral hiring is good for them contrary to the conventional wisdom that it can be destabilizing.

Areas of practice

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Financial Institution Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Domestic and International Arbitration & Mediation
  • Employment Litigation and Counseling
  • Entertainment and Media Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Government Contracts Litigation
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation

  • International Trade Commission Proceedings
  • Investment Fund and Fund Advisor Litigation
  • Life Sciences Litigation
  • Plaintiffs' Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Public Strategy in High Profile Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Satellite and Aerospace Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Sports Litigation
  • Structured Finance and Derivatives Litigation
  • Transnational Litigation
  • White Collar and Corporate Investigations

Notable cases

  • Some of the notable cases by Quinn Emanuel are as below:
  • In May 2012, when two screenwriters accused film director Edward Zwick and collaborator Marshall Herskovitz of stealing an idea from a screenplay claimed to have submitted to the production company for the Tom Cruise film "The Last Samurai", Quinn Emanuel showed the jury the stark differences between the two films, and emphasized that Zwick and Herskovitz had never seen the screenplay.
  • In January 2012, New York State Court Judge Eileen Bransten allowed a $3 billion claim filed by Quinn Emanuel client MBIA Inc. against Countrywide to progress. The judge ruled that that the plaintiff only needed to prove that it would not have insured mortgage securities if it had known of the alleged fraud at Countrywide.
  • In May 2011, Defendant Lauro Rezende, the former chief financial officer of Brazilian steel company Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN), was found guilty by jurors of stealing bearer shares certificates from CSN and illegally collecting nearly $15 million in dividends on the company's stock. Quinn Emanuel attorneys represented CSN.

Awards and recognitions

Quinn Emanuel consistently ranks high on the list when it comes to awards and recognitions. It is one of the few law firms that does not follow the traditional law firm format. Nevertheless, it is a consistent winner. Some of the noteworthy awards and recognitions won by this firm are mentioned below:

Quinn Emanuel was ranked as the "Top IP Litigation Department of the Year" in 2010 and one of the top six Litigation Departments in the U.S. by The American Lawyer.
In 2012, Quinn Emmanuel was recognized as having one of the top three IP Litigation Departments in the country by the American Lawyer.
In 2012, Vault.com ranked Quinn Emanuel as 16th in law firms according to reputation.
Vault.com's specialty rankings position Quinn Emanuel at 6th in litigation and 5th in intellectual property litigation.
Quinn Emanuel won the "Insurance Group of the Year" award in January 2011 by Law 360.
In June 2011, Quinn Emanuel's London office "International Law Firm of the Year". Was awarded the British legal publication, "The Lawyer".

Hiring criteria

Quinn Emanuel seeks candidates with the highest levels of academic credentials. In addition, they are expected to possess excellent writing ability and high degree of maturity. Candidates are expected to take on responsibility early on and want to get into the courtroom as soon as possible. For associates, the firm made offers to 44 summer 2Ls in 2011. The firm also visits law schools to meet their hiring commitments. The firm visited 17 law schools in 2011. Some of the law schools visited are:

Columbia University Law School
Cornell Law School
Fordham University School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Harvard Law School
New York University School of Law
Northwestern University School of Law
Stanford Law School
UCLA School of Law
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
University of Chicago Law School
University of Michigan Law School
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Texas School of Law
University of Virginia School of Law
Yale Law School


The firm deeply values diversity. It has been recognized by several leading institutions and publications for its diversity efforts. Some of these awards are as below:

In 2011, The American Lawyer recognized Quinn Emanuel as one of the "Top Firms for Diversity."
In 2010, The Business Insider ranked Quinn Emanuel as the 11th most diverse law firm with respect to LGBT attorneys.
In 2010, The American Lawyer ranked Quinn Emanuel 22nd in its annual diversity survey among the AmLaw 200 firms.
The National Law Journal ranked the firm as the 6th most diverse law firm in California and the 17th most diverse in the nation.
California Lawyer ranked the firm as the 5th most diverse firm in California.

Additionally, many minority group lawyers with outstanding credentials have joined the firm. The firm's minority partners are mainly graduates of Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Fordham and George Washington. The firm's commitment to diversity not only runs down deep, but it runs top down as well. The firm's statistics show that 29 of their 168 partners are women. At the same time, 20 are minority group members.

Additionally, 25% of the firm's lawyers are minority group members which includes including Asians, African Americans, Indians, Native Americans, Hispanics, and LGBT. The firm's lawyers speak Spanish, German, French, Italian, Armenian, Russian, Finnish, Hungarian, Tagalog, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Farsi and Hebrew, among many other languages.

Diversity at Quinn Sullivan is valued not just because of the richness it creates in the lives of the people working at the firm, but also it helps the firm serve its client's better at trial. The firm also knows that diversity in their trial team gives them a real advantage in communicating with diverse jurors. This helps the firm to win cases and remain successful in the legal arena.

Summer associate program

As regards to the summer program of Quinn Sullivan, it is designed to give summer associates a complete picture of what life is really like in the legal world. The summer associates get what they see. They get to work as part of a team on real cases. They are given the widest possible legal work experience. Participation in client meetings and witness interviews are the norm at the firm. During trials, summer associates work as part of the trial team and see the firm's lawyers in action.

Summer associates are also given work assignments and the assigning partners keep track of the assignments on a regular basis. Several programs such as summer mock trials, summer events such as dinners at exotic places, bowling, cooking class, wine tasting, dodgers game, and a tiki cruise party help summer associates to balance life and work. There also is a rose bowl party and an annual firm hike. In 2012, 57 summer associates were welcomed to the firm. A majority of the summer associates joined the firm from Harvard, there were others also from Stanford, Columbia, NYU, Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Fordham, Texas, Yale, to name a few.

Salary & benefits

The firm's salaries are the most competitive in the industry when compared to other most prestigious Los Angeles, Northern California, and other New York based firms. Annual compensation for entry level associates in 2012 is $160,000 along with a $7,500 interest free loan and a year end bonus.

  • Y1 $0-$160,000.00
  • Y2 $0-$170,000.00
  • Y3 $0-$185,000.00
  • Y4 $0-$210,000.00
  • Y5 $0-$230,000.00
  • Y6 $0-$250,000.00
  • Y7 $0-$265,000.00


  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Parental Leave
  • Parking/Transportation
  • Profit Sharing
  • Relocation Expenses
  • Sabbatical Program
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave
  • Vision Insurance

Benefits Package:

In addition, the firm reimburses associates who have reasonable moving expenses, along with other expenses such as bar application, examination and one bar study course. Furthermore, Federal judicial clerks are eligible for a $50,000 clerkship bonus. Other benefits as declared by the firm are as below:

Vacation: 3 weeks per year
Medical: Group Health Insurance
Health Insurance Coverage: OAMC/Out of Network plan. The firm pays 100 percent of the employee monthly premium.
401(k): Eligible to participate in firm 401(k) plan after 6 months employment.
Profit Sharing: Eligible to participate in profit sharing plan after 3 months employment. Firm contribution is a fixed percentage contingent upon the firm's profitability and is fully vested upon funding.
Life Insurance: Paid by firm.
Long-term Disability: Paid by firm.
State Bar Dues: Only one annual bar dues is paid-in the state where the attorney is officed.
Maternity/Primary Caregiver Leave: 4 months of paid leave for attorneys who have been full-time employees for at least 12 months and who are the primary caregiver for a new born or newly adopted child.
Laptops: Firm provides a fixed stipend that associates can use to purchase laptop computers and Blackberries.

Working for the Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

    As the largest business litigation law firm in the world, Quinn Emanuel has a trial success rate of over 91%, which speaks about itself when it comes to the firm's commitment to success, its will and determination. The buzz has it that it's an aggressive and casual firm that's a great choice for litigation.

    Quinn Emanuel does not boast about bureaucracy or preconceived notions about apprentice periods. The goal of the firm is brief - it wants to hire lawyers who will be a part of the firm's future. There are no minimum billable-hour expectations, and billable hour credit is given for pro bono work.

Pro bono

    Quinn Emmanuel is a firm that is dedicated to providing proper and just pro bono legal services to individuals and organizations on a global basis. It is always looking forward to expanding opportunities for lawyers so that they can participate in pro bono activities. They also recognize that such work contributes to the welfare of the community, disadvantaged individuals and also to the lawyer's professional development.

    Quinn Emanuel generally seeks pro bono opportunities that get associates hearing as well as trial experience. It counts up to 100 hours of pro bono work towards billable hours and trial experience. The firm invites associates to initiate pro bono projects, subject to obtaining partner approval and sponsorship.

    The firm also provides pro bono activities in a wide range of complex cases encompassing a wide variety of subject areas. The firm is always on the look out to expand opportunities for lawyers, so that it can participate in pro bono activities. This work ultimately works out in the firm's favor, since it recognizes that the work uniquely contributes to the professional development of the lawyer and also provides premier level services to a disadvantaged community.

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