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Corkhill, Andrew S.

Andrew S. Corkhill

Direct Tel: +61 2 9146 3999
Tel: +61 2 9146 3500 Fax: +61 2 9146 3600

Andrew is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office. Prior to joining the Sydney office, Andrew was a partner in the firm’s New York office for six years, and is a dual-qualified lawyer with extensive experience litigating in both Australia and the United States.

Andrew’s practice focuses upon litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters involving complex financial transactions and instruments, in which he regularly acts for both plaintiffs and defendants. Andrew has represented numerous domestic and foreign clients in the financial services sector, including banks, hedge funds and private equity firms. In addition to financial services matters, Andrew has also handled numerous matters in the health care and insurance sectors, where he has represented clients in multi-billion dollar commercial disputes and class actions, as well as sensitive, high profile government investigations.

Given his unique experience as a dual-qualified litigator, Andrew specialises in representing Australian clients in US-based litigation, as well as US clients who are litigating in Australia. For these cross-border matters, Andrew relies on a team of dual-qualified lawyers based in Quinn Emanuel’s Sydney office, as well as the firm’s deep bench of US litigators.

  • AIG
  • Bain Capital
  • Express Scripts
  • Heungkuk Asset Management
  • Iluka
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Macquarie Bank
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Australia Bank
  • Och-Ziff
  • Pershing Square
  • SoftBank
  • Solus Asset Management
  • Winning Appliances
  • Currently representing US technology company in Australian litigation against Origin Energy arising out of a contract for the supply of an “Internet of Things” artificial intelligence platform, venued in New South Wales Supreme Court.
  • Currently representing US pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts in a $15 billion contract dispute with its largest client, Anthem, venued in the Southern District of New York.
  • Currently representing Australian white-goods retailer Winning Appliances in a dispute concerning the alleged issuance of options to a former company executive, venued in New South Wales Supreme Court.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for Australian mining company Iluka in $100 million plus New York-based litigation against Chemours, arising out of Chemours’ declaration of a COVID-19-related force majeure event under a long term minerals supply contract.
  • Obtained dismissal of a multi-billion dollar ERISA class action against pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts related to a pricing dispute with its largest client, Anthem.
  • Obtained a $100 million award for National Australia Bank in a FINRA arbitration against Goldman Sachs arising out of fraudulent misrepresentations made by Goldman in connection with the sale of $80 million in CDO securities. This award constituted one of the largest amounts ever awarded by a FINRA panel.
  • Obtained very favorable settlements for the Lehman Brothers Estate in derivatives disputes with Citibank and Credit Suisse, the former of which required Citi to return $1.74 billion of the $2 billion in collateral that it held at the time of Lehman’s default. The Citi settlement was reached after a 6 month trial in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Obtained a $650 million settlement for American International Group in a long-running fraud action against Bank of America and Countrywide arising out of misrepresentations made in conjunction with the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.


  • Harvard Law School
    (LL.M., 2009)
  • University of Sydney Law School
    (LL.B., First Class Honors, 2006)
    • Sydney University Law Review:
      • Editor
    • Sybil Morrison Prize
  • University of Sydney
    (B.A., First Class Honors and University Medal, 2004)
    • John Anderson Prize for Best Thesis in Philosophy
  • High Court of Australia
  • Federal Courts of Australia
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Second Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Southern District of New York
  • Clayton Utz (Sydney, Australia):
    • Associate, 2007-2008
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Justice Peter R. Graham:
    • Federal Court of Australia, Sydney, Australia, 2007-2008
  • The Evolution of the Common Law Principle of ‘Issue Waiver’ (2008) 82 Australian Law Journal 338
  • ‘Dangerous’ Substances and Activities in the Context of a Non-delegable Duty of Care (2007) 15(3) Torts Law Journal 233 
  • Merger Regulation Reform: Do We Need a Formal Clearance Process? (2006) 28 Sydney Law Review 535