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Kapur, Emily
Direct Tel: + 650-801-5122, Direct Fax: + 650-801-5100
Silicon Valley
Tel: +1 650 801 5000 Fax: +1 650 801 5100

Emily Kapur’s practice focuses on representing crypto, fintech, and financial services clients in complex litigation involving the novel issues raised by new technology, as well as classic disputes related to financial distress and broken M&A deals.  With an Economics PhD and an extensive record at ten trials, Emily also specializes in expert witness strategy, helping top academics and business experts translate their work into accessible presentations compelling to judges and juries.

Emily focuses a substantial portion of her practice on crypto and fintech litigation, including in matters involving 11-figure damages.  She has achieved successful results for crypto and fintech clients in disputes in state and federal court and arbitration in California, New York, and Delaware, including payments companies, investment managers, base layer protocols, DeFi companies, investors, and exchanges.  Emily’s matters have included defending securities class action suits; representing companies in bankruptcy; litigating commercial disputes among fintech companies; pursuing plaintiff-side actions to address malfeasance and employment disputes; and advising fintech projects analyzing litigation and regulatory risks. 

Emily also has substantial experience with financial distress, bespoke valuation, accounting, and M&A disputes, including playing a leading role in the Twitter v. Musk litigation, taking another broken deal dispute to trial, and working on the FTX litigation and cases arising out of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy.

In all of her cases, Emily employs her unique background and deep understanding of the economics of trading markets to help clients not only win at trial, but identify creative business solutions. She has received multiple awards for her leadership in fintech litigation, and she regularly lectures and publishes on new legal issues arising in crypto and other financial litigation.

Before joining Quinn Emanuel, Emily served as an expert witness and helped direct expert-witness strategy for high-profile litigation matters.  She received her B.A. from Stanford University, her M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, where she was a Marshall Scholar, her PhD from Stanford  University, and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.  Emily’s PhD research focused on bank failures and the management of financial services firms in bankruptcy.

  • B.Protocol
  • Bolt Financial
  • Celo
  • Civic
  • Coinbase
  • Dapper Labs
  • Dfinity
  • Elon Musk
  • Fei Labs
  • FTX Estate
  • Lehman Brothers Estate
  • Proprietary Capital
  • Ripple Labs
  • Snow Phipps Group
  • Wealthfront
  • Stanford University
    (Ph.D., Economics, 2017)
  • Stanford Law School
    (J.D., 2015)
    • Stanford Law Review:
      • Articles Editor
  • London School of Economics
    (M.Sc., Economics, 2011)
  • Stanford University
    (B.A., Economics, 2008)
  • The State Bar of California
  • United States District Court:
    • Northern District of California
    • Central District of California
  • Named a "Rising Star" in Fintech by Law360’s Top Attorneys Under 40, 2022
  • Named to Lawdragon 500 “Next Generation” for Crypto and Fintech Litigation, 2023
  • Named a California Legal Awards “Lawyers on the Fast Track Winner”, 2023