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Gillespie, Colin

Colin Gillespie

Direct Tel: +1 212-849-7550, Direct Fax: +1 212-849-7100
New York
Tel: +1 212 849 7000 Fax: +1 212 849 7100

Colin Gillespie is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s New York Office.  He joined the firm in 2017. 

Colin’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation.  He has represented clients across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, biotech, insurance, early-stage startups, and financial services.   He practices in a wide range of subject matters, at both the trial and appellate level, including bankruptcy, securities regulation, RICO, fiduciary duty actions, and contract disputes.  His pro bono practice focuses on consumer rights and employment litigation.  He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers for the New York Metro area every year since 2020.  

Prior to joining the firm Colin clerked for the late Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  He graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law in 2011.  He has published extensively on international and human rights law issues.

  • New York University School of Law
  • (J.D., magna cum laude, 2011)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Florence Allen Scholar
  • Northwestern University
  • (B.A., English, 2006)
  • The State Bar of New York
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Rosemary S. Pooler:
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit: 2013-2014
  • Recognized by SuperLawyers as a “Rising Star” in the New York Metro area, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.

  • A Modern Integrated Paradigm for International Responsibility Arising from Violations of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, 3 Cambridge J. Int’l & Comp. L. 556 (2014) (symposium) (with Diane Desierto).
  • Evolutive Interpretation and Subsequent Practice—Interpretive Communities and Processes in the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR, 4 Heidelberg J. Int’l L. 549 (2013) (with Diane Desierto). Reprinted in INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS AND ENFORCEMENT (Fausto Pocar ed.) (2019).
  • Global Human Rights Monitoring, New Technologies, and the Politics of Information, 23 Eur. J. Int’l L. 1089 (2012) (with Philip Alston).