Laurentia McKessar is an associate in New York with trial and appellate experience in the United States and Australia. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel in 2013, Laurentia served as Clerk to the Chief Justice of Australia in Australia’s highest court, worked as a commercial litigation lawyer at a preeminent Australian law firm, and worked on appellate and legal advisory matters with the Western Australian Solicitor General and State Solicitors’ Office in the High Court of Australia and Western Australian courts. Laurentia graduated first in her class with first class honors and numerous first-in-class prizes at the University of Western Australia Law School and served as a Law Review Editor. Laurentia also graduated from Harvard Law School where she was awarded the Saltonstall Memorial Scholarship. As lead oralist, Laurentia’s team won the 2012 Victorian Young Lawyers’ Appellate Moot Court. She has also taught law and accounting in Australia and presented papers to the Australian legal profession.