Patrick Doolittle is a partner in the San Francisco office of Quinn Emanuel. His practice focuses on complex business and white collar criminal litigation. He has had experience and success litigating class action and other cases involving structured finance and other securities matters, contract disputes, civil antitrust, intellectual property, unfair competition and false advertising, civil fraud claims, civil RICO claims, and constitutional challenges under the federal and state constitutions. He has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the country as well as in arbitration tribunals.
Mr. Doolittle has also defended cases involving criminal allegations of securities fraud, antitrust offenses, off-label drug promotion, export offenses, mail and wire fraud, and tax evasion. He has defended law enforcement Section 17200 matters. Moreover, he regularly represents clients in connection with internal investigations, government investigations, and SEC enforcement matters. He has been with the firm since 2003.
Mr. Doolittle has been named a Northern California "Super Lawyer," and before that, a Northern California "Rising Star" for several years in the field of business litigation.
- Mr. Doolittle has represented a variety of prominent companies such as Pfizer, Charles Schwab & Co., Bank of the West, McDonald's, Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Intuit Inc., Northrop Grumman, Marvell Semiconductor, PeopleSoft, Inc., Travelport, General Steel Corporation, Borland, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., and Fair Isaac.
- He also regularly represents individual defendants, including officers and directors of public companies, and board committees in connection with government and corporate investigations.
- Won defense verdict after bifurcated jury and bench trial for Orange County business accused of allegedly wrongfully terminating a former manager in retaliation for testifying in a grand jury proceeding.
- Represented client in consolidated securities class action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; obtained dismissal.
- Representing a brokerage company in a securities class action.
- Represented numerous companies in law enforcement Section 17200/false advertising action brought by the Sacramento County District Attorney's office.
- Represented software manufacturer in class action under the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act.
- Represented Bank of the West in an action against UBS AG and related entities in California Superior Court based upon fraud and breach of contract in connection with the structuring, marketing, and sale of interests in a $2.3 billion synthetic subprime CDO.
- Won defense verdict after jury trial for corporate entity of restaurant chain in a sexual harassment lawsuit pending in Contra Costa County Superior Court.
- Representing pharmaceutical company in action involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation.
- Representing Audit Committee of technology company in independent investigation regarding revenue recognition, accrual and other technical accounting issues.
- Represented Audit Committee of Silicon Valley technology company in independent investigation regarding expense submissions.
- Represented client in antitrust case filed by American Airlines regarding the travel distribution market.
- Represented client in "short swing" trading case brought under Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act. Won dismissal of lawsuit.
- Represented Actelion Pharmaceuticals in a three-year Department of Justice investigation into marketing activities; obtained declination and dismissal of qui tam action.
- Represents pharmaceutical companies in off-label criminal investigations conducted by the Department of Justice.
- Represented the founder and former CEO of a major technology corporation in a federal criminal prosecution; all charges were dismissed.
- Represented numerous current and former officers and directors in derivative litigations pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, California state court, and Delaware Chancery court.
- In the Brocade litigation, obtained dismissal of Special Litigation Committee’s claims pending against the company's former President and CFO.
- Represented former executive of medical device company in securities fraud and wire fraud prosecution and parallel SEC enforcement action.
- Represented company involved in Special Committee investigation regarding stock option practices.
- Represented executive of technology company in investigation conducted by the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice.
- Represented natural gas trader in Department of Justice prosecution alleging the manipulation of commodities markets.
- Represented high technology company in Department of Commerce investigation regarding alleged violations of export regulations.
- Obtained favorable settlement for large defense contractor in trade secret misappropriation case filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
- Represented large enterprise software publisher in case involving copyright infringement, unfair competition, and trade secret misappropriation.
- Successfully defended optical networking scientist against claims of trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract.
- Represented company in multi-forum litigation pending in Nevada and California state and federal courts involving trade secret misappropriation and employment claims.
- Obtained appellate victory for large financial software provider in a class action lawsuit involving alleged violations of California Consumers Legal Remedy Act and California Business and Professions Code Section 17200. The California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s decision sustaining a demurrer to plaintiffs’ complaint.
- Represented former Google employee in litigation concerning stock purchase agreement in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
- Represented large computer manufacturer in several employment cases pending in United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
- University of California, Davis School of Law
- Order of the Coif (graduated top 5% of class)
- U.C. Davis Law Review:
- Moot Court Participant
- University of California, Los Angeles
(B.A., Economics, 1995)
- Fenwick & West LLP:
- Associate, 1999-2003
- Coauthor, "Stock Options Backdating: What Matters?"
- Business Litigation Report
- "FTC Investigations," Fenwick & West In House Litigation Presentation
- Coauthor, "New Claim Construction Arguments on Appeal"
- Fed. Cir. Bar Assoc. Materials (May 2001)