Quinn Emanuel has an extensive nationwide appellate practice that focuses on briefing and arguing significant cases before the United States Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals (particularly the Second, Ninth and Federal Circuits), as well as intermediate courts of appeal and high courts of California, New York and other states. Our appellate experience spans all areas of our practice, from copyright, patent, trademark and trade secret law to antitrust, arbitration, business torts, commercial contracts, financial products, insurance and reinsurance, media, securities, bankruptcy, products liability and white-collar criminal defense. Our appellate group was recently named to The National Law Journal's prestigious “Appellate Hot List” for 2015, having also been named to that list in prior years.
Our appellate practice is headed by Kathleen M. Sullivan, who joined Quinn Emanuel in 2005 after a storied career as a professor at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools and as Dean of Stanford Law School, and became the first woman name partner of any AmLaw 100 firm when the firm became Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in 2010. One of the nation’s most renowned appellate litigators, she was named in 2013 once again to The National Law Journal’s prestigious occasional list of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Chambers USA (2012) describes her as a “truly terrific” appellate lawyer who wins clients’ approval as a “tremendously agile and a fabulous advocate,” and Benchmark Litigation/Euromoney Legal Media Group named her one of the “Top 10 Women Litigators” in the nation in their inaugural edition of Top 250 Women in Litigation (2012).
Quinn Emanuel’s immensely talented appellate team also includes Susan R. Estrich, the first woman President of the Harvard Law Review and a former law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; Daniel H. Bromberg, a skilled U.S. Supreme Court advocate with experience at every level of appellate courts and special expertise in California appellate courts; Sandy Weisburst, first in his class at U. of Chicago Law School and a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Christine Chung, former chief of appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and prosecutor at the International Criminal Court; Derek Shaffer, first in his class at Stanford Law School and a former clerk on the D.C. Circuit; William Adams, also a former clerk on the D.C. Circuit with a wide range of appellate experience; and David Cooper, first in his class at Stanford Law School and former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Quinn Emanuel’s appellate practice is also uniquely intertwined with its trial practice; the firm’s leading trial lawyers, such as founder John Quinn, Faith Gay, Rick Werder, Philippe Selendy, Michael Carlinsky, Robert Raskopf, Adam Abensohn and Christopher Tayback, regularly argue and win significant appeals. Among our patent lawyers, Charles Verhoeven’s win-loss record in the Federal Circuit is now a remarkable 15-1-1, with Victoria Maroulis, David Perlson, Brian Cannon, Peter Armenio, Ray Nimrod and Kevin Johnson also routinely scoring important Federal Circuit wins.
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES:
STATE SUPREME COURTS:
LOWER FEDERAL AND STATE APPELLATE COURTS:
ALIEN TORT STATUTE
BUSINESS CONTRACTS, TORTS, BANKRUPTCY, INSURANCE, AND SECURITIES
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND CIVIL RIGHTS
TRADEMARKS AND TRADE SECRETS