Quinn Emanuel has an extensive nationwide appellate practice that focuses on briefing and arguing significant cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and the federal courts of appeals (particularly the Second, Ninth, and Federal Circuits), and also maintains an extensive practice before the high courts and intermediate courts of appeal 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 has received numerous accolades, including being named to The National Law Journal’s prestigious “Appellate Hot List” in 2016—the sixth time in the last seven years it has received that honor.
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. The author of leading casebooks on constitutional law and the First Amendment (as well as numerous articles published in both the academic and the popular press), Ms. Sullivan became the first and only woman name partner of an AmLaw 100 firm in 2010, when the firm became Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. Ms. Sullivan is one of the nation’s most renowned appellate litigators, and has been named repeatedly to The National Law Journal’s list of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Chambers USA has described her as a “brilliant appellate lawyer” and “a consummate practitioner before any appeal court,” who wins clients’ approval as a “tremendously agile and a fabulous advocate.” Benchmark Litigation named Ms. Sullivan a Top 10 Female Litigator for 2016 and a Top 10 Appellate Star for 2017, and Law360 has named her an Appellate MVP three times. The American Lawyer awarded Ms. Sullivan Litigator of the Week honors for the third time in 2016, after having profiled her in a 2013 cover story entitled “The Golden Touch.” The New York Law Journal (ALM) conferred on her a Lifetime Achievement award in 2015, and in 2017 Legal 500 named her to “The Hall of Fame.” Ms. Sullivan was elected to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in 2014.
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 to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens; Sheila L. Birnbaum, an expert Supreme Court advocate whose wins include the seminal decision in State Farm v. Campbell, which announced constitutional limits on awards of punitive damages; Daniel H. Bromberg, also a skilled Supreme Court advocate with experience at every level of appellate litigation and special expertise in California appellate courts; Sanford (“Sandy”) I. Weisburst , first in his class at University of Chicago Law School and a former law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas; Christine H. 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 L. Shaffer, first in his class at Stanford Law School and a former clerk on the D.C. Circuit; William B. 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 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 B. Quinn, Faith E. Gay, Richard I. Werder, Jr., Philippe Z. Selendy, Michael B. Carlinsky, Robert L. Raskopf, Adam M. Abensohn and Christopher Tayback, regularly argue and win significant appeals. Among our patent lawyers, Charles K. Verhoeven’s win-loss record as lead counsel in the Federal Circuit is now a remarkable 21-2, with Victoria F. Maroulis, David A. Perlson, Brian C. Cannon, Peter J. Armenio, P.C., Raymond N. Nimrod and Kevin P.B. Johnson also routinely scoring important Federal Circuit wins.Back to Top
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BUSINESS CONTRACTS, TORTS, BANKRUPTCY, INSURANCE, AND SECURITIES
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND CIVIL RIGHTS
GOVERNMENT AND REGULATORY LAW
TRADEMARKS AND TRADE SECRETS