A. William Urquhart
Washington, D.C. Office
Los Angeles Office
Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Banking and Financial Institution Litigation
Class Action Litigation
Energy Sector Litigation and Arbitration
Entertainment and Media Litigation
Government Contracts Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
International Trade Commission Proceedings
Member, The State Bar of California; Member, The State Bar of New York
A. William Urquhart joined the firm in 1988. He began his career at the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Mr. Urquhart specializes in complex business litigation and arbitration. These matters range from high-stakes IP litigation to class actions to investor/sovereign international arbitrations. He has been named "One of California's Most Successful Business Lawyers on multiple occasions" by California Law Business, named "One of the Most Influential Attorneys in California" by The Los Angeles Daily Journal, chosen as one of the "Outstanding Trial Lawyers of America," by Chambers, USA., chosen as a "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine, listed as one of the world's leading litigators in the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading International Law Firms, and Benchmark and a recommended IP lawyer by Chambers Global. Ranked as a leading California litigator by Chambers USA every year since its first publication, he has been called "exceptionally bright" (Chambers Global), a "forceful trial lawyer" who "commands a strong reputation in the litigation arena" (Chambers USA) and a "litigation celebrity" (Vault 100 Guide). Benchmark Plaintiff Litigation 2012 has also recognized Mr. Urquhart as a “National Intellectual Property Litigation Star” and a “Local Litigation Star” for California Antitrust, Class Action, Intellectual Property, and Securities.
On behalf of a leading mutual fund, obtained dismissal of a class action alleging the client invested in illegal gambling operations.
Obtained a $100+ million award for an aerospace company in a breach of contract/misappropriation of trade secret matter before London Court of International Arbitration.
Obtained a settlement for Dubai Ports World in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Yemen.
Represents a Middle Eastern investor in three ICSID arbitrations against the Arab Republic of Egypt.
On behalf of a global telecommunications company, successfully resolved the largest IP dispute in U.S. history acting as lead world-wide counsel in 18 separate litigations and three international arbitrations around the world.
On behalf of Dubai World, resolved dispute with joint venture partner MGM over the funding of the CityCenter, one of the largest privately funded projects in U.S. history.
Advised Dubai World in connection with the aftermath of the Emirate of Dubai's announcement that it would not guarantee Dubai World's debts.
On behalf of Superior National, obtained a $137 million settlement from Health Net, on the eve of trial, arising out of alleged fraud in connection with the sale of several insurance companies.
Obtained a $15 million settlement from a financial advisor in a fraud case even though our client warranted it was not relying upon the advisor's opinion.
On behalf of Dubai World, obtained a defense verdict from a Florida jury in a case brought by a former employee who alleged fraud, abuse of process and defamation.
Obtained a $6.5 million verdict for a manufacturer in a dispute concerning post-closing adjustments following the sale of a business.
Obtained a $20+ million settlement of a misappropriation of trade secrets case after obtaining a preliminary injunction.