Summer
Associate
Testimonials

Each year we ask
summer associates
to describe their
experiences at the
firm.

  • Will Chamberlain
    (Georgetown ’15) 2014 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    Quinn doesn’t mess around:  three days into my summer, I was on a trial team, working closely with two partners and an associate on trial strategy, witness preparation, and last-minute research.  I spent my entire second week attending trial, watching our incredibly talented attorneys put on a show.  I’m not sure how many summer associates in the country get an opportunity like that, but at Quinn it’s nothing out of the ordinary.  Throughout the summer I was given substantive work on important matters for major clients.  If you want to litigate, Quinn is the place to be.


  • Jesse-Justin Cuevas
    (Northwestern ’15) 2014 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    I distinctly remember the weeks leading up to my summer at the firm. I thought to myself, “This place must be too good to be true.” No dress code. Real work. Annual hike. Nationally-renown attorneys. Actual trials. Frankly, despite my excitement to have my foot in the door at this top tier firm, I was terrified; there had to be a catch! It ends up that there isn’t one. On my third day of work, I assisted—not observed—assisted in two depositions. Within the first month, my partner mentor emailed me a brief and encouraged me to edit his work. When there was a particular partner I wanted to meet and possibly work with, I was told to walk down the hall and knock on the door to her office. I did, and she embraced the opportunity. The partners and associates here are brilliant mentors and attorney role models, but they are also wonderful people and ones with whom I will be thrilled to be stuck in a War Room for weeks on end. I can’t believe I ever had any doubts about this experience, and I cannot wait to return as an associate.


  • Tyler Dosaj
    (Harvard ’15) 2014 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    The firm hike really tells you everything you need to know about the Quinn Emanuel summer experience. It was a three-day trek over miles of boulder fields, sometimes wet and unstable, on terrain that had caused the scouting group to turn back a month before. Associates, summers, and partners, including John Quinn, were indistinguishable as we faced one of the greatest physical challenges of our lives, together. The same was true of work—there was no subordination, no sense that your assignment was trivial or that your arguments would not influence the final work product. I was given the chance to make real, substantive contributions to huge cases involving important clients."


  • Lindsey Jackson
    (Stanford ’16) 2014 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    I had such a wonderful time summering at Quinn.  From day one I was given meaningful and relevant assignments.  I wrote an advocate’s brief arguing that a contract should be voided, draft a subpoena, and an analysis section of a motion to remove under federal question.  I also researched and wrote memoranda on a variety of legal issues, including exclusion of expert testimony on reliability grounds, contract interpretation, and in pari delicto in a trustee case.  I participated in a Mock Trial program and argued a case from motions in limine to closing argument.  I attended a deposition and a court hearing.  I worked with amazingly brilliant and fun associates and partners.  I even backpacked for three days in Alaska which is something I never would have done on my own!  The experience was invaluable and unforgettable.


  • David Pirko
    (Harvard ’15) 2014 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    Working at Quinn Emanuel LA was the summer associate experience I always hoped that I would have. Quinn Emanuel had me learn by doing, not by watching. I wrote whole sections of briefs, participated in trial strategy meetings, attended depositions and trials, analyzed numerous issues of first impression across different legal areas, and even tried a case from opening to closing in the mock trial program. And most importantly, I did it all under the tutelage of the best and brightest trial lawyers there are. After speaking with my friends summering at other firms, I can confidently say that if you know you want to be a trial lawyer, Quinn Emanuel is not just a good place to be a summer associate, it is the best place.


  • Michael Bruns
    (UVA '15) 2014 San Francisco Summer Associate

    A summer at Quinn gives an aspiring litigator the depth and the breadth of what practice entails. I followed a case for the entire summer, including litigation strategy meetings, client meetings, and creating substantive work product that was both produced to the court and opposing counsel. Throughout, there were opportunities to work in different areas of law with brilliant attorneys. Only at Quinn will different weeks find you in Alaska, the courtroom, and the all the fun spots in San Francisco.


  • Rebecca Eckert-Fong
    (UCLA ’15) 2014 San Francisco Summer Associate

    I could not have had a better summer.  I had really interesting assignments on a variety of cases, learned new areas of law, and had the opportunity to observe strategy meetings, depositions, and hearings.  One of the best parts of the summer was getting to know the associates and partners.  I had a great time going to events and hanging out with associates after work.  I can’t speak more highly of the people at Quinn.  They are smart, fun, and passionate about their work.   I can’t wait to return next fall!


  • Lauren Hudson
    (Berkeley ’15) 2014 San Francisco Summer Associate

    My summer at Quinn was an amazing experience. I had the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting and substantive projects with a group of very talented lawyers. From writing memos and motions to attending client meetings, hearings, and depositions, I was able to do meaningful work and get a glimpse of what being a trial lawyer is really like. The summer events were also so much fun!


  • Amber Leong
    (Hastings ’15) 2014 San Francisco Summer Associate

    This summer at Quinn  was by far one of the best and most memorable experiences. On any given day, you are surrounded by brilliant lawyers who are staffed on huge, front-page headline cases. Everything from start to finish was a learning experience. From the informal training where partners and associates will swing by your office to grab you for an assignment, deposition, or hearing, to the formal training which took form in the amazing Mock Trial program that was taught by partners, of counsel, and senior associates who all took the time to personally critique and fine-tune our trial skills. Besides being in an office with top litigators on a daily, I was also surrounded by down-to-earth and friendly individuals. Overall, I can’t emphasize enough how great my summer experience with Quinn was.


  • Jonathan Tse
    (UVA ’15) 2014 San Francisco Summer Associate

    I cannot imagine a better summer experience than at Quinn. Coming in, I was interested in getting an accurate picture of working at the firm as an associate, and I cannot wait to come back and continue working with people at Quinn again. I was very impressed by the people at the firm, especially with how well-rounded everybody was. From the beginning of the summer, I was put on a high-profile, high-stakes patent case, where I consistently produced work product that was relied upon by the team. But outside of the office, the official and unofficial activities were truly memorable and we, as a summer class, grew close to the first and second year associates. If you are looking to litigate, there’s no firm like Quinn.


  • Dallas Bullard
    (Berkeley ’15) 2014 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    There’s a lot of firms that do big cases. There’s a lot of firms that have interesting work. But there is truly no place where you will have the opportunities afforded by Quinn Emanuel. During the summer, you will truly make your own destiny. You can work with whoever you wish on whatever you wish in almost any capacity. The work is great. But most importantly, the people are great.


  • Maissa Chouraki
    (Berkeley ’15) 2014 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    My summer at Quinn exceeded my expectations. I got to work on exciting cases and got experience with all aspects of litigation: from writing an answer, to drafting a motion for an appeal. More than that, I got to work with brilliant and engaging attorneys who were fun to work with and incredible to learn from. In addition to getting real, substantive experience, I also had a lot of fun. From indoor skydiving, to biking through Napa, to hiking through Alaska (which was, without a doubt, the most beautiful place I have ever been), to spending the day jet skiing and tubing on Lake Berryessa, I can’t even begin to pick a favorite event. It has been an incredible summer, and I cannot recommend Quinn’s summer program enough."


  • Cole Malmberg
    (UVA ’15) 2014 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    My summer with Quinn Emanuel has been fantastic. Not only did I learn how to litigate by observing and working with smart, talented attorneys, but I was also welcomed to share my thoughts and ideas. For example, another summer associate and I did the bulk of the work in creating a pitch to represent a semiconductor company in a patent infringement case. The associate for whom we were working encouraged us to use our own insight in crafting the presentation. Quinn gives great opportunities to gain experience, while also equipping summer associates with the tools necessary to succeed (i.e. the summer mock trial program). I cannot imagine a better summer experience.


  • Valerie Ramos
    (Berkeley ’15) 2014 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    I really enjoyed my summer in Quinn’s Silicon Valley office. The attorneys that I worked with are brilliant and down-to-earth. Also, they were willing to give me substantive work and took the time to give me feedback on my assignments.  I was given the opportunity to work on an array of cases, including patent cases, an appellate case, and a consumer protection class settlement.


  • Nathan Reeves
    (Harvard ’15) 2014 Silicon Valley Summer Associate

    My Quinn summer experience was great. I had a lot of fun working hard and playing hard along with the lawyers in the Silicon Valley office. I got substantive work experience, some very good advice, and made friends I look forward to keeping for a long time to come. Everyone I worked with was amazing at giving me assignments that mattered and feedback when I was done. The social events were excellent as well. For a well-rounded summer experience, definitely come to Quinn!


  • Amir Badat
    (NYU ’15) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    A summer at Quinn is an incredible experience. In my first week, I took on a case in which we were attempting to enforce a foreign judgment in New York. I helped the partner prepare for hearings, participated in strategy sessions, and drafted a motion for a preliminary injunction. For the entire summer, I was treated like an associate, not an intern. I worked on interesting matters and took on responsibilities that summer associates at most other firms would not have the opportunity to take on. I also got to see Kathleen Sullivan argue in the 2nd Circuit against the formidable Paul Clement – two of the most talented appellate lawyers in the nation. The summer was a fantastic learning experience.


  • Jesse Bernstein
    (Harvard ’16) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    Quinn Emanuel has a summer program like no other. Partners and associates gave us substantive and challenging work, and integrated us into their teams. The work was always interesting and the people were smart, thoughtful, and courteous. I was amazed by the amount of responsibility I was given over the course of the summer. I second chaired a deposition, wrote the first draft of a motion, and was the sole representative from QE to prepare our expert witness. Not only was the firm willing to provide all of us with opportunities that no other firm in the world would have provided, but it also took a very real interest in our development as lawyers. Nothing made that clearer than the week-long mock trial program. During the mock trial program we practiced all of the elements of trial, from picking a jury to making a closing argument. On the last day of the program we all tried a case in front of an actual jury. There is no other firm I can think of that would bring in actual jurors for a summer associate mock trial program. But, that is because there is no other firm like QE. They want us all to thrive and are willing to do whatever it takes to help us do so. I had an amazing summer, I cannot wait to return, and I recommend QE for anyone who is interested in litigation and wants to actually litigate.


  • David Farber
    (Fordham ’15) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    This summer has been a truly rewarding experience – the work, the people, and the environment Quinn are without rival.  From the very first day, I was tasked with drafting a section of a summary judgment brief in a major IP litigation, and the first week I was sitting in on strategy sessions and attending oral argument in a hotly-contested Second Circuit appeal.  All of the associates and partners that I worked with were truly brilliant, and at the same time engaging and thoughtful – always available to answer any seemingly mundane question.  And the environment at Quinn, where summers are encouraged both to wear flip flops and bring creativity to their work, is simply unparalleled.  Definitely an amazing summer!


  • Miriam Furst
    (NYU ’16) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    On my very first day, I conducted research that was sent directly to a client. The rest of the summer was equally exciting. During one week, I attended three depositions. One of my favorite aspects of Quinn is the flexibility and freedom to try different areas of litigation. One day I was working on a copyright dispute and the next day I was doing research for a bankruptcy case. Attorneys are eager to get summer associates involved and to fully explain the background of their cases. I always felt like my work was purposeful. During the week-long mock trial, I drastically improved my oral advocacy skills through the guidance of partners. Everyone here is extremely accomplished, yet laid-back and approachable, which makes for an incredible summer experience.


  • Samantha Gillespie
    (NYU ’15) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    There is never a dull day as a QE Summer Associate.  By the end of day one,  I had my first case and was sitting in on a conference call with our adversary.  In the following weeks, I attended depositions, took trips to court, and helped draft motions and pleadings.  Through research assignments, I discovered my interest in areas of the law that I previously had not considered, such as Soft IP.  All that plus sailing, private performances by Broadway stars, trips to Upstate NY and the Hamptons, and many other awesome events.  Thanks QE!


  • Jordan Harap
    (Harvard ’15) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    Quinn delivered on its promise that Summer Associates would get the most substantive work in the most enjoyable work environment. In terms of assignments, it was the best of both worlds: I had the freedom to select the projects that I was interested in, but Quinn also exposed me to completely new areas of law I didn’t know I liked.  On several of my projects, it was just a partner, an associate, and me—allowing me to see what it is really like to be an associate at the firm.  And the culture was as different from “Big Law” as the dress code. To paraphrase a partner who took me out to lunch, where quirkiness would be a liability at other firms, it is an asset at Quinn. The attorneys at Quinn always made me feel like a welcome and wanted member of a team, whether it was while on a call with a client, cross-examining an associate playing an insurance salesmen at mock trial, or doing my very own rendition of Sinead O’Connor at Karaoke.


  • Jillian Hewitt
    (Yale ’15) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    I had such a fantastic experience at Quinn this summer. By the second week, I was on a brand new matter. One of the highlights of my summer was watching the entire (very small) case team think through different potential claims and litigation strategies, and then being assigned all of the research related to one of those claims. I got to see my work implemented immediately, and learned so much from listening to others on the team. The other highlight was prepping for and attending an expert deposition, since the (opposing party’s) witness ended up being incredibly entertaining.


  • Anthony Marzocca
    (Columbia ’15) 2014 New York Summer Associate

    Quinn Emanuel is a great place to spend the summer.  The only downside is how quickly the weeks go by.  The time flies because you are constantly doing meaningful, useful, and interesting work.  This summer I was able to see an entire trial go from start to finish.  I traveled to Florida to second-chair a deposition, worked with the trial team to prepare for trial, and was able to truly share in the feeling of success when we won.  I enjoyed hearing the questions that I prepared being asked in depositions and used at trial and seeing my research relied upon by the partner during closing arguments.  Realizing that the work that I did this summer really mattered was perhaps the most gratifying part of my time at Quinn.


  • Peter Benson
    (UVA ’15) 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    I enjoyed my summer at Quinn, and I would recommend summering here to anybody who wants to litigate. Quinn provides summer associates with the unique combination of a laid back, friendly office atmosphere and substantial responsibility on high stakes litigations. This summer, I had the opportunity to work on a variety of different types of litigation, and I had the opportunity to work on cases at different stages of litigation. Summer associates also participate in a mock trial program that is exciting and effective. I had fun this summer, and I became a better aspiring lawyer.


  • Carolyn Hart
    (Georgetown ’15) 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    At Quinn Emanuel this summer, I experienced trial litigation from day one.   I worked in all different practices areas:  from IP to white collar to class actions.  In my first week, I conducted research for a high-profile criminal case involving white-collar violations.  In my third week, I flew to Houston to work with a trial team for a contract arbitration.  Partners and associates always made sure that I had interesting work.  Quinn also likes to keep its summers busy in the evenings too—my favorite summer outing was skeet-shooting.  The firm hike cannot be missed.  The summer mock trial program was a dynamic, whirlwind week—we learned the nuts and bolts of trial advocacy, and then got to argue a case and examine witnesses.  And the relaxed dress code certainly helped during a humid DC summer.


  • Carrie James
    (GWU ’15) 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    My summer at Quinn DC exceeded all of my expectations. Aside from working with friendly, smart, and hardworking associates and partners, I was able to work closely on a government contracts case, doing what the associate called the “heavy lifting”: researching, drafting, addressing client questions. In addition, I was put on an international arbitration team and worked on the filing, a sleep-deprived but satisfying experience. Finally, I was also able to work on two high-profile pro bono cases. With each of the projects, the associates I worked provided mentorship on the projects. This summer was incredible, and I would recommend Quinn to anyone interested in litigation.


  • Kat Lanigan
    (Harvard ’16) 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    I had an amazing summer at Quinn. I got challenging, substantive assignments, and I learned a lot by being able to do real work. I drafted part of a brief, helped write a complaint, and got to assist at interviews for a white-collar investigation. I loved working with the firm’s attorneys and the other summers, and I can’t imagine a better firm.


  • Matthew Wasserman
    (Berkeley ’15) 2014 Washington, D.C. Summer Associate

    The cliché that you will get substantive experience from day one at Quinn is really true.  Within the first two weeks, I was writing motions in limine for an up-coming arbitration.  This wasn’t busy work or a “make believe” assignment; it was work that was critical to our client’s case and that ended up in front of the judge.  And I was able to see everything play out when the trial team brought me with them to Houston for the arbitration.  This pattern of receiving substantive assignments continued throughout the summer.  More than that, though, were the people I worked alongside.  Everyone was down-to-earth, hard working, and respectful of my ideas.  And we really do get to wear shorts and flip-flops to work.


  • Matthew “Alex” Bergjans
    (Georgetown ’14) 2013 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    I had an incredible summer experience at Quinn Emanuel LA. My friends at other firms were envious when I told them that I assisted in a deposition, drafted part of an argument section in a response to a motion for preliminary injunction, attended a summary judgment hearing on behalf of the vice president of an African country and helped prepare our supplemental brief against the government. I worked on cases for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, DIRECTV, and Colgate. Some of the best trial attorneys in the country took a week to teach my summer class how to run a trial and I put on a mock trial in front of a jury of real people. Most importantly, I worked with smart, accomplished and kind attorneys who took the time to provide guidance and substantive evaluations of my work. I’m happy I made the decision to work at Quinn.


  • Rebecca Blake
    (U Penn ’14) 2013 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    My experience at Quinn was better than I could have asked for. I had challenging work including researching issues for motions, preparing slideshows for client presentations, and even wrote the first draft of a brief that was filed to the Ninth Circuit for a pro bono case. If you want to be a trial lawyer, there is no better place to be. I was impressed by the experience of the lawyers that led the mock trial program. I was also able to observe hearings, depositions, and a mediation, many of which were led by very junior associates. Lastly, the summer was fun! The firm hike was one of the most challenging, but rewarding experiences I have ever had. It definitely epitomized the unique and hardworking nature of Quinn lawyers.


  • Jordan Joske
    (NYU ’14) 2013 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    I remember researching Quinn during the interview process and thinking that (1) it looked like the perfect firm for me and (2) it was too good to be true. Looking back on the past 11 weeks, I am very happy to say that I was completely right on the first count, and just as wrong on the second. Quinn is a fantastic firm for anyone interested in litigating. The work is interesting, the cases are high-stakes and high-profile, and the attorneys are both toweringly impressive on paper and relatable in real life. Quinn has a reputation for being intense (and it certainly is in terms of everyone’s commitment to doing quality work), but I was consistently surprised by how pleasant everyone was. In terms of the summer program itself, I found myself constantly engaged in interesting and rewarding work for big-name clients. In addition to traditional research and writing, I attended a mediation, made a presentation on behalf of Quinn to attorneys from several other firms at a joint defense meeting, and played a substantial role in obtaining immunity for a white collar client. While many of my friends at other firms were assigned “busy work” and artificially constructed summer associate projects, I was doing billable work for real clients. I enjoyed my summer immensely and would definitely recommend Quinn to anyone interested in pursuing a career in litigation.


  • Nithin Kumar
    (Columbia ’14) 2013 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    Over the summer, I participated in everything from depositions to client pitches to elaborate mock trials. I worked under the close supervision of partners and I always felt like a contributing member of the team. At one point, I had the opportunity to help prepare and represent our client in an interview with lawyers and investigators from the Department of Justice. I was the only non-partner on the case and I was thrilled by the responsibility. Above all else, everyone at Quinn was friendly, intelligent and extremely understanding. I could not have asked for a better experience as a summer associate.


  • Zack Schenkkan
    (UCLA ’14) 2013 Los Angeles Summer Associate

    Being at Quinn gave me a chance to practice or observe nearly every aspect of litigation -- filing, motion practice, trial, and appeal. I worked on issues and cases covering an endless number of topics – privileges, removal, securities fraud, trade secrets, price-fixing, products liability and corporate governance. I worked directly for partners on nearly every assignment -- and had lunches or dinners with many, if not most, of them. Considering it lasts less than three months, summer at Quinn is about the best experience that a law student can hope for when taking the first steps in their legal career.


  • Hunter Thomson
    (Columbia ’14) 2013 New York Summer Associate

    When I got an assignment, it wasn’t to keep me occupied – it was because it needed to be done. I researched issues from discovery disputes to whether we had any grounds to file a preliminary injunction to stop a high-profile merger. I got to work on a cross-examination outline for an expert witness for trial, work on a motion with an associate in which he solicited and incorporated my thoughts on how to structure the argument, and draft a motion in limine to exclude an opposing expert witness. Quinn Emanuel lawyers are the best in the business, and watching them in their element was a sight to behold: Kathleen Sullivan arguing (and, of course, winning) an appeal and a QE team at a Frye hearing were among the more memorable parts of the summer. The summer was fantastic, and if you’re interested in litigation, you’d be crazy to go anywhere else.